2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Chevy Corvette Z06: New Bridgestone Rubber

October 21, 2010

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The results from our vote, Which tires should we get for our Z06, were overwhelming. Ok, not overwhelming, but the Bridgestone Potenza RE760s took the top spot. Plus, they were the ones we wanted. So after Jacobs drove the rear tire smack into a flying truck tread, the time for procrastination was over, it was time to spend some money.

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Our first stop, natrually, was Tire Rack, and as we expected, they had the tires we were looking for (Bridgestone Potenza RE760) in the sizes we needed (265/40R17 / 295/35R18) for a reasonable price ($858 shipping incl.) Good deal for four sizeable performance tires.

But we'd be remiss if we didn't call our local tire shop, Stokes Tire Pros-- you've read about them 1,000 times here-- here in Santa Monica, and give them a shot. They got back to us with an out-the-door price of $1,043.04. That was $935 in tires, $91 in tax, and, since we bought the tires from them, a compted mounting and balancing. Had we bought the tires from Tire Rack, they'd be subject to an additional $140 in mounting-- $35 per wheel.

That makes the local guys, who had the tires available in less than 24 hours, only $45 more than the online outlet. That sounds like a fair deal to us.

The new tires are installed and have less than four miles on them. Testing and daily driving impressions are sure to follow.

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Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Inside Line @ 53,192 miles

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