I purchased these tires back in April. They were a mere $90 a piece
with the tirerack promotion. They are now $128 a piece
with normal pricing thru tirerack.
Local shop charges $270
a piece for these mounted and balanced.
They are a strictly summer tire with no treadlife warranty. They are designed for 2 things:
When I first bought them I could not break traction with them, this is on a 1998 SSEi with a 3.4" pulley and other supporting mods. I mean maybe a little chirp but compared to the previous tires I had on there (Toyo Spectrum), the difference was night and day.
These tires allowed my 18" wheels to put down consistant 2.1s and even a 2.0s 60ft time at the track last summer.
So they are really cheap for 18" tires, but whats the catch? I'm at 15,000 miles on them right now and here is what the tread looks like:
Here are the rears, they have never been rotated before:
So it looks like the rears may be good for another summer and I will need to replace just the 2 front tires and be good for another summer.
So lets do some math here....Here are some favorites by members on the club for all season tires and the pricing.
All Season tires from tire rack:
Michelin Pilot Sport A/*: $269.00
Goodyear Eagle RS-A EMT: $345
Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS: $198
So if you ever upgrade to low profile wheels, and want to retain the same handling you had with 16"/17" wheels, I'd recommend you invest in a set of summer tires and put some winter tires on your stock wheels. I do like these dunlops though, they are a great tire for the price and exceeded my expectations for what they are designed to do.
Tirerack rates this tire in 4th place out of 23 for "Max Performance Summer" Tires.