2015 Dodge Viper GT: New Tires Don't Come Cheap
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 28, 2016
After two cross-country road trips, a few track days and plenty of hard miles through local b-roads, our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper needed some new rubber. I started calling around, searching tire websites and scouring the web for options. In the end though, I discovered that there were only two realistic options for tires on our Viper.
In the front, the Viper runs 295/30-18s and in the rear it's got significantly wider 335/30-19s. The two available sets of tires were direct replacements (Pirelli P Zero) or stickier P Zero Corsa. The Corsas are nice and all, but have a much-lower treadwear rating of 60 AA, compared to the standard P Zero, rated at 200 AA.
There were other tires available, but only just for the front or rear, so they'd all be mismatched. Since this isn't a track-dedicated machine and we want the tires to last a while, we went with the standards P Zero.
A low-budget independent shop I'm familiar with said it would take 4-5 days to get the tires. Another major chain said they couldn't get them at all. The third call I made was to our local tire shop, Stokes Tire Service. They could get the tires in less than 24 hours and have them installed before the weekend.
I decided to wait at the shop for the install. After three hours, the techs explained to me what was taking so long. They had to "road force" balance the wheels. Otherwise, the 14-inch wide rear wheels would've looked a bit silly with wheel weights along half of the inside of the wheel.
All said and done, tires and install ran us $1,797. We might've saved a few bucks, but our local shop got things done quickly and correctly, all with free Wi-Fi in the waiting area. And if you own a $100K Viper, you probably aren't going to squabble over just a few shekels on tires.
So, we've got another set of stiff (but grippy) Pirellis and the Viper is back on the road, ready for
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor @ 16,653 miles