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Need New Tires for SC430 (suggestions for runflats)

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Old 03-11-04, 06:24 AM   #1
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I have 24K miles on my Bridgestone runflats and it is time to replace. There has been a great deal of discussion on this board debating runflats vs. regular tires and I realize the regular tires will give me a better ride. However, I am going to stick with the runflats. Can I get some suggestions on which brand to look at and any idea of what others have paid. My dealer has quoted me $1700 installed and it sounds kind of high to me. Thanks in advance for your responses.
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Old 03-11-04, 07:25 AM   #2
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Check with the TireRack, particularly their surveys for your SC 430. www.tirerack.com
At purchase, I refused the Dunlop or Bridgestone "run-flats" in favor of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S.Great ride in ALL-SEASON Chicago weather. For snowless climates, I'd check for the premium SUMMER tires.

"Run-flats" are notorious for poor treadwear, noise and roughness.
2004 Lexus SC 430 PEBBLE BEACH EDITION with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S (Chicago) w/spare; no run-flats.
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Old 03-11-04, 09:10 PM   #3
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You only have 2 choices, as far as I know: Bridgestone and Dunlop. The new C6 vette will wear identical size as our car in the front, and they're a new design made by Goodyear. I don't know if their weight rating will be enough for a 600+ lb heavier car though.

My '04 car thankfully came with Dunlops (Bridgestone tires are crap IMO), but I've only put 800 miles in 5 months, so I can't really comment objectively. They definitely feel very stiff; obvious when they have to support a 4K-lb car deflated. One thing I was disappointed at was the very shallow looking treads; they look as if they're half worn already, and the wear bars are right there. Hopefully they'll provide decent life, as they should being an all-season tire. We should learn about that in a few months, when '04 owners start piling up the miles. I'll also put run-flats again, even with their disadvantages, just for the piece of mind. Tire rack has them for $235 a piece, and mounting and balancing shouldn't be more than $200 I'd think, so $1,700 seems abusive. No dealer or Lexus warrant tires, so go for the cheapest place. My only concern would be wheel damage, so make sure you show your car to the manager before they touch it.

Please keep us posted about your experience.
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Old 03-22-04, 05:14 PM   #4
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Question run flats or not

My dealer has offered Yokahama run flats. He claims better milage than oem. Anybody know anything about these?
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