Well, after 40,000km the SP Sport 9000’s on the XR are just about cactus. So I’ve been ringing around in the last few days looking for replacements.
After having a favourable previous experience with the brand, and based on the results from the 18” tyre test done last year by Wheels Magazine, I’ve been looking at going back to the Hankook Ventus Sport K104.
But I thought I’d at least ask about the price of the Dunlops. The tyre size is 245/40 ZR18. Here’s some price shocks for you all….
The Hankook K104 will cost me between $250-$260 each from any JAX tyres outlet. A couple of other places have quoted as low as $235 or as high as $275, but the price has been fairly consistant.
Now remember that this is the tyre that came equal 1st in the Wheels Tyre Test.
With the Dunlops on the other hand, the cheapest quote was $490, the most common was $530 and the HIGHEST (from a particular Beaurepairs branch in the Western suburbs of Sydney that shall remain nameless) was $890
And this is the tyre that’s Ford OEM and came 8th in the test.
While I don’t want to start the tyre debate again, I think I’ll go with the tyre that Wheels thinks is twice as good and tyre dealers will sell me twice as cheap…
Stick with Dunlop???? Not at those prices….