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Old 08-31-2005, 12:47 PM   #1
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Good morning!

My RE92's are pretty bald that this point (29.3K, 2004 WRX) and need replacing around the 30K mark. I'm shopping around and I've settled on one of the three tire choices below. I'm looking for an all season tire that's better than the RE92s, but economical. No tracking, no auto-X planned in the near future. All stock sizes (205/55/16)

1) Toyo Proxes

2) Kumho ASX

3) Continental ContiExtremeContact

If I get the tires at Discount Tires today, I can get the Continentals for $90 each. Mounting is an extra $10 per tire and a disposal fee of $2 per tire. Free rotations etc too.

This is my first time buying tires... am I missing anything?

Thanks!

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Old 08-31-2005, 12:53 PM   #2
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Check TireRack against those prices. You can always print out the TireRack price and ask Discount to match it. I've had good luck with that. TireRack has the Continentals for $78 and the Kumhos for $70. For $90/tire that better include mount/balance as well as road hazard. If nothing else, you can buy 'em from TireRack and have your Discount mount/balance and give you road hazard.
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Old 08-31-2005, 01:20 PM   #3
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I didn't know you could negotiate prices... that's definitely good information.

Keep them coming! They close at 6:00... so I need to decide before then.
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Old 08-31-2005, 01:21 PM   #4
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$90 might not include mount/balance, but it might. The price differential doesn't sound high enough. These guys need to make a living too.

If you order from Tire Rack and have someone else mount them, remember you need to figure in shipping costs to your house and then mount/balance.

Shipping varies by distance from Tire Rack, but figure ~$100 for mount/balance at a place you didn't buy the tires from.

And figure in the ease of service IF you ever have a problem. Just some things to consider.

And check this site for info about various performance aspects for those tires:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/survey...jsp?type=UHPAS
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Old 08-31-2005, 01:25 PM   #5
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Kumho's would seem to a better choice based on these test results - plus they're a little cheaper:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/...csta_asx_c.jsp

I'd buy the Pirellis though...

in my experience, Discount Tire has nice but incompetent people. they typically use air tools - and don't seem to understand the problems they cause - and you'll find plenty of threads where they scratched wheels in the process of tire mounting and dismounting. your local store may be an exception - but probably not.

if you do want to buy from them, check prices on DiscountTireDirect.com - usually much cheaper, free shipping - maybe no tax as well.

I'd go to TireRack's list of installers and find one for your zipcode:

http://www.tirerack.com/installer/index.jsp

I've used 4 of their recommended installers now - all were excellent, did not use air tools when I asked them not to, and did not have problems following my requests for agressive alignment settings. most have top-of-the-line Hunter alignment and balancing machines as well
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Old 08-31-2005, 02:41 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info guys. They apparently sold three out of the four tires just a short while ago... I'll probably just order online and get them installed at one of those recommended locations.

Thanks again!
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Old 08-31-2005, 04:32 PM   #7
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I always order form tire rack and have installed locally. Prices are great, service is great as well.
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Old 08-31-2005, 08:43 PM   #8
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Check out edgeracing.com. They've got Falken Ziex 512s in that size for $61 per tire, or V rated versions in 225/50/16 for $74 per tire. I hear Sears carries Falken and they sometimes are willing to price match.
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Old 09-01-2005, 11:43 AM   #9
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You know what, I'm leaning towards the Toyo's. My little brother can get them for around $80 and might take care of the install since he works at a shop.

He's got to check if they have the right balancing machine for the stick on weights he wants to use.

Any thoughts on the stick on weights?
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Old 09-01-2005, 01:04 PM   #10
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Fron my experiences with DiscountTire, a lot of their special order tires come from TireRack, of course they pay the wholesale price to TireRack. Also, DiscountTire will typically eat the shipping costs for ordering the tires for you too. So if you can get them to match the price, you're doing good.
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Old 09-01-2005, 04:50 PM   #11
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i shy away from the contis.
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Old 09-01-2005, 05:57 PM   #12
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i have the asx's in 225x18x45 on my LGT they have been pretty good .. but then i don't push the legacy as much as i did my wrx
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