First of ALL Thank you for all the great suggestions & info/ inputs!
Ok So I am going tell the story here..it turn out that the tires that came on my PA were 11 years old!! Aged tires can be dangerous and mine had dried out & cracking!
From the ABC news story: (aged tires a driving hazard?)
I learned how to read the DOT code and then knew my tires were 11 years old!
Look at the date before you buy your tires folks! My new ones are 4011 (week 40 of 2011) so they are fairly fresh!
So I did buy the Michelin Destiny that Can Tire Was clearing out @ $114 each! Reg $195
Total installed & balanced with all costs incl tax was $154 each. They have a tread wear of 725 and 130,000 km warranty. (I normally change out at 35 % anyways)
The interesting fact is these tires do have a good firm sidewall and Really try to get the treads to lay flat by Michelin Stress Equilibrium Casing™ technology.
Anyways it now drives great ( had 4 wheel alignment done a week ago) very solid at 34 psi, strong & quiet. Will see how they grip when it next rains! Stayed wit 225-60R-16 for fuel economy as well.
It needs front brakes soon and may do the front Quick Strut (monroe) next too!
I agree suspension makes a huge difference in performance & handling!
Will see if I got sway bars too..another topic for another day!
I am liking the safe tires and feel almost ready for a long 1000 mile trip soon!