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#1 starnes

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 09:48 AM

Could anyone share their experience in tires?  I.E.  what to shops charge you to change tires?  Can most tire shops change these or do you need a special shop?  We do not have a lot of great options here locally and I have thought about getting some high quality tire servicing equipment but wonder if these tires are really that difficult to work with?  Do you really need/want tools like corghi equipment to mount and balance?  



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Posted 16 May 2017 - 01:04 PM

I go to my preferred Discount Tire location here in San Diego. My friend is the manager at the location and he takes care of all the high end mounts/dismounts on difficult tires such as the RFTs for the GTR. I just had a new set of Dunlop AS 7010 tires mounted two weeks ago in under an hour with absolutely no issues.

 

Most Discount locations should have the correct equipment to mount/balance the tires properly. Request the person with the most experience to avoid any complications. If you're planning to purchase a new set of factory Dunlops, be sure to order far in advance. The full set took ~3 months to arrive. I wasn't charged for installation nor the TPMS rebuilt kit.


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 01:34 PM

Thanks



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:56 PM

Could anyone share their experience in tires?  I.E.  what to shops charge you to change tires?  Can most tire shops change these or do you need a special shop?  We do not have a lot of great options here locally and I have thought about getting some high quality tire servicing equipment but wonder if these tires are really that difficult to work with?  Do you really need/want tools like corghi equipment to mount and balance?  

You might check with your local SCCA autocross group and ask where members change tires and inquire at that shop how much it would be to mount tires. 

 

Since track and autocross drivers have many wheels and tires they use they often partner with tire or wheel shops to mount and dismount tires on a regular basis. As a result the rates are negotiable and usually quite good. I pay about $20 per wheel while the going rate at outside shops is more like $35 per wheel.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:40 PM

I've used discount tire as well. Although they had their "best man" on the job, one tire was mounted backwards so I went to a different discount tire location to get it fixed.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:48 PM

the skill of the mechanic plays a big role in how well and trouble free tire mounting can go. Know your mechanic.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 06:31 AM

A total suggestion for you, and from what I went through, it's NOT overkill at all.

 

When you get there, call the mounter, manager over to inspect the rims and tires. Agree on any and all prior

knicks/damage, if any. Put it all in writing.

 

Agree that any extra damage will result in replacement, then have them do the work.

 

Check each and every rim thoroughly before you leave. If there's any damage, it must be called out.

 

I had a very bad experience and i'm going through this now.

 

I'll post after the DM makes his decision.




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