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      09-20-2010, 10:39 PM   #1
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Star Spec prices up

When I purchased my first set in January I paid $161 per tire (245/45 R18 - was for a 350Z). Now the same tire, same size is $207, big increase over 8 months. I am not buying the same size but wondering if the increased popularity of the tire has caused this or if the materials pricing has gone up.
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      09-20-2010, 11:09 PM   #2
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maybe this ought to be in the wheels/tires forum? the dunlop star specs come highly recommended, was a strong consideration when my contis wear down but i'm guessing the case for value hankook ventus just got stronger?
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      09-22-2010, 07:54 PM   #3
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i believe it's due to this

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/22/r...ostlier-tires/
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      09-23-2010, 01:37 PM   #4
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SKim is right... rubber shortage..
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Actually I heard rumors tire rack is an exclusive dealer for them, so of course they would raise prices.
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      09-23-2010, 02:28 PM   #6
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Rubber shortage due to competition between tire and condom companies. How else can you explain the chick looking so sad in that pic? She's thinking to herself, "DAMMIT TO HELL; imma hafta be preggo now...". So she tries to steal some rubber from her tires, but then finds out the hard way that it's not the same shit
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      09-23-2010, 09:32 PM   #7
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Bummer,
Tire rack is still a little cheaper than discount tire (discount will match their price). Guess I should order before October.
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      09-23-2010, 09:59 PM   #8
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www.discounttiredirect.com (direct) has always been cheaper than TireRack for me?
They have free shipping and don't charge tax.
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      09-25-2010, 03:10 PM   #9
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Check their eBay store too. When I ordered my last set of rims and tires they were supposed to already be mounted. They weren't and there were no hub centric rings. I called them and they sent me the rings the next day. They also asked if I would take them and get them mounted and balanced then fax them the bill. I did and the money was in my PayPal account the next morning when I woke up. Awesome customer service.
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      09-29-2010, 10:53 PM   #10
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I ended up getting the RS3's to try something different. Plus they are a little cheaper.
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      10-02-2010, 10:12 PM   #11
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Ran the RS3's today in a time trial (like a high speed autox). Much more grip than the worn out star specs but new tires will do that. I had to run higher pressure, 37 front, 38 rear cold. I would run the star specs at around 32 cold.

Tires were fine, I am running 245/40/18 square setup and I still have a little understeer with stock alignment. This was a fast couse too, 3rd and 4th gear all the time hitting 110 on the fastest part. Before next event I will install the washers on the struts to get -2 to -2.5 camber and then see if I can get a slight oversteer situation.
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      10-06-2010, 09:44 PM   #12
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Im not to familiar with the star spec tires or who makes them but Obama did put a 35% tariff and some imported tires from china. My tire guy told me it was to help push americans into buying american made products.
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Conten...6/959ypaav.asp
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      10-06-2010, 10:30 PM   #13
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China does not let their currency float, keeps their products cheaper to us so we buy more.
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