From an outfit called BestUsedTires.com I bought the following brand new tires with free shipping:
Four 145/65R15 Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires for $193.91
Four 175/60R15 Dunlop Enasave for $289.08
My impression is that these tires were residuals they were trying to get rid of which is why their attractive price and they only had four of each.
Optimistically, I figure the snow tires would also be good wet-weather tires (hopefully we'll get some more rain this winter, despite the present 70degF temps and nothing wet forecast for the next few weeks...). Hey, if they last 10K miles I'll consider them worth it.
From reading the sidewalls, the Blizzaks are five years old and the Enasaves are three years old. Brand new with stickers still on them and no sign that they were ever stored outdoors.
Today I had one complete set of wheels/tires mounted and balanced and new seals for the TPMS for $133.71 (includes tax and tire disposal fee). I brought them the wheels loose.
Bottom line, for a set of i-MiEV tires with mounting/balancing I paid $96.95 + $144.54 + $133.71 = $375.20
The local tire outfit (Wheel Works) gave me a pretty compelling argument as to why I should buy a $7 TPMS kit (for each tire) from them - they prefer to unscrew the nut holding the TPMS valve stem and let the sensor drop into the tire prior to removing the tire from the rim for fear of damaging the TPMS during the tire removal. Sounded fishy, but what do I know?
I presently have my i-MiEV up on jackstands and plan on bleeding the brakes and changing the transmission oil and having a serious look-around while under the car, so it'll be a day or so before I find out just how bad those Blizzaks are (the i-MiEV I picked up for my buddy had them and all I remember is they were noisy, but mileage was ok).
So, I now still have a set of tires for the other i-MiEV sitting in my garage. I guess I won't be doing the Mini wheel conversion just yet.
BTW, WheelWorks said they would not mount the tires if they were used. Just out of curiosity, I asked them what they would have charged for a set of Enasaves and their starting tire price was 'around' $160 each, plus the mounting and balancing etc.
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
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