Meet a TireBuyer tire and wheel expert: Bryan Barnes

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In this series we introduce you to the tire and wheel experts who work on the TireBuyer customer sales and service teams, located in Kirkland, Washington and Huntersville, North Carolina.

Today we’d like to introduce Bryan Barnes, who works out of our Kirkland office. If you’d like a little help finding the right tires, if you need assistance with your current tires, or if you just have a general question, give Bryan a call at (866) 961-8668!

Industry experience:

I have been in the tire industry since 2008 (10 years). I got my start as a tire tech at Discount Tire in Lynnwood, Washington, working part-time while in school. I held that job for a number of years while in school and playing/coaching baseball, until I became a full-time salesman/technician in 2015. Recently I made the switch to come to and have been here since July of 2017.

What do you enjoy most about your job at TireBuyer?

The thing I like most about my job is the people and atmosphere. I’ve played baseball all of my life and have always had a sort of team mentality, and that’s what you get here at TireBuyer. A bunch of hard-working people that feed off of other, whether it’s trying to get a problem taken care of for a customer, or just goofing around with each other during some down time.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Coach baseball, play guitar, and going to as many concerts as humanly possible.

What’s in your dream garage?

Bumblebee from Transformers.

Fun tire fact/tip:

LT tires, or light truck tires, actually have a lower load carrying capacity when run at the manufacturers’ recommended PSI on passenger vehicles. LT tires are designed for heavier vehicle models (F-250, F-350, RAM 2500, etc.) that require a much higher air pressure (for example, 65 PSI or 80 PSI). In order for an LT tire to meet or exceed the load carrying capacity of a passenger- rated, or standard 4-ply rated tire, it would need to be inflated to a much higher tire pressure than what’s recommended for most passenger vehicles. This causes a much louder, stiffer, and bumpier ride, and this is why LT tires aren’t recommended for passenger-rated applications.

4 thoughts

  1. What’s a good tire for my truck. I have a 2015 Chevy 1500 silverado with inch lift 4×4. It has 35×12.5×20 on the truck. So I mostly drive highway and country roads no off roading. I’m looking for a smooth ride with minimal noise. What is your suggestion.

    1. Hi Steve, thanks for reaching out and great question! has several truck tires available in a variety of brands. Based on your vehicle and driving conditions, we recommend considering the Falken Wildpeak A/T3W. This is consistently one of our top-selling tires with exceptional customer reviews (4.8/5). It features the deepest tread amongst the all-terrain category and offers a surprisingly quiet ride. A few members of our Customer Service Experts also had the opportunity to drive on these tires with the Falken product team and agree with the positive reviews! Click here for more details: If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of Customer Service Experts at 1-866-961-8668 or send a message here: Thanks for visiting our blog, we hope you continue to enjoy the read! Team

  2. I was thinking about making one of those ridiculous-looking Ford or Mercury Marquis with the 4 or 6 inch lift. In research, I have found out that there are lift kits for other cars in GM or Chrysler as well. What kind of tires would make one of these a car that could be driven in snow in Colorado? Thanks for response.

    1. Hi Charles, great question! To ensure we help you find the right tire for your vehicle and needs, please give us a call directly at (866) 961-8668. We’re open Monday through Friday: 8 am – 8 pm ET and Saturday: 9 am – 7:30 pm ET.

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