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Old 03-09-2012, 01:53 AM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Originally Posted by M3 Mitch View Post
A second vote for used tires, either from a yard, or a shop that specializes in them.

...Junk yards have good deals too. Some cars are wrecked with only a few thousand miles on them. I have done this before.
Just in case someone is looking for Where to buy Absolute Cheapest Tires?

I buy at junk yards and off craigslist for $5 - $20. usually a matched set I have my own tire machine (and balancer) that I also got on CL, quite cheap, considering mounting charges... (I keep over 40 vehicles on the road, and change lots of tires for free for neighbors ... friends and enemies)
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:46 AM
Location: Afghanistan
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If the OP is looking at total cost you have to consider the mounting, balance and disposal. Easily this can be 25/tire. If you are thinking long term, look at a manual tire mounting tool, Available from Tractor Supply for 55.00 or Amazon for 90.00 also needed is a static (bubble) balancer which costs 45.00 from harbor freight. Tires were mounted and balanced this way for decades it worked then and it still works. If you are going to race the Indy then a dynamic balance is necessary but a static balance was worked for me for 22 years, it worked in the 60's and 70's and it still is sound.

I have saved over 1500 in fees over the years.

Its not for everyone but it does return the investment quite quickly.
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