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Where to find tires?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by GregS_WI, Oct 11, 2010.

    GregS_WI guest

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    One would think buying a couple Goodyears would be easy, but...

    I hit some road debris and one of my Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 met a violent death. The other three aren't that worn, so I thought I would buy a new pair. However...Goodyear doesn't make the Eagle F1 GS-D3 any more and the replacement model doesn't come in my size. (And it's only been a couple years since I bought those, but don't get me started!)

    Is there anyplace to find new 'discontinued' tires out there? My local shop could find any. I need a pair in 235/45ZR17 for my 2002 530 5spd sport.

    Thanks!
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    John in VA

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    Try Tire Rack, Discount Tire, and Coker Tire.
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    MGarrison

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    Only set that came up on ebay in your size searching "Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3." Perhaps more could be found with a broader search. But, for $190 you'd have one to use, and a 50% spare.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/PAIR...ptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

    There were 3 listings for 245/45-17's, enough for a set of 5 tires. Two listings for 235/40-17's, enough for a set of 4 tires.

    Ok, searching by size where seller also lists brand -

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/GOOD...r_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2a0a919855

    Lots of LS-2's, darn few GS-D3's in your size, at least searching that way.

    GregS_WI guest

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    MGarrison: I don't have much faith in eBay. And for a set of used tires from a south-LA warehouse... I gotta sleep on this one.
    Thank you very much for your research!

    John: Tirerack is where this all started. I had my indi-dealer call to see if they could find some that weren't listed online. No luck. Thanks.
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    MGarrison

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    My experience with EBay purchases has been positive, by and large. With one of the sellers having been on ebay for five years and with a 100% positive feedback record, and the other for 6 years with nearly 3300 transactions & 98% pos. feedback, personally I'd feel reasonably confident about their legitimacy. Sellers are unlikely to risk their feedback record built up over that long, over a $200 sale, imo. I understand your caveat emptor wariness, however, as you never know absolutely until something's in hand. I look for sellers with well-presented, straightforward, un-verbose ads, avoid those with little to no feedback or sub-par feedback ratings, and am very rarely disappointed.

    You might call the Tire Rack &/or Discount Tire, it's not unheard of for them to have an oddball tire or two not listed on their website due to its discontinuation &/or having less than 4. I think EBay is about as close at it might get for a national level used/discontinued tire clearing-house. Craigslist maybe? Too bad that Craigslist doesn't offer a custom search area.

    Best of luck w/ the search!
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    John in VA

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    Greg,
    You didn't mention where you'd looked, so I stated the obvious! I was looking for some 13" options for my 2002 and stopped by my local Goodyear shop - was surprised that they had access to some choices that didn't show up at the big web dealers.

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    Thanks again guys. After reading some more online I bought the pair of tires off of ebay. My spare is 9 years old so I will toss that one and put the 'extra' one on that rim. Happiness of a full sized spare.

    Then in three weeks, I'll put my snow tires on anyway!

    Thanks again, wish me luck.

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