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NightFlyer
07-03-2013, 04:01 PM
Here's a list of matching sets that are currently being produced and readily available online and at authorized retail outlets nationwide. Note that this list does NOT include proprietary house brands due to their unavailability online and limited distribution/availability.

Matching Sets – Front 195/60R15 (OEM) / Rear 225/60R15:

Apollo Acelere - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Apollo – India)
Continental ContiPremiumContact2 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V or W (Czech Republic/Malaysia)
Cooper CS4 Touring – Load 86/96 Speed: H (Cooper – USA)
Cordovan Mirada Sport GTX - Load: 85/95 Speed: H (Sumitomo – China)
Evergreen EH23 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (??? – China)
Falken Sincera Touring SN211 - Load: 82/95 Speed: T (Sumitomo - Thailand)
Falken ZIEX ZE-912 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Sumitomo – Japan/Thailand)
Federal SS657 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Federal - Taiwan)
Fuzion Touring - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Bridgestone – China/USA)
Geostar S6065 - Load: 85/96 Speed: H (Nankang – Taiwan)
GoodRide H550A - Load: 86/98 Speed: H (Hangzhou Zhonghce – China)
Hankook Optimo H418 - Load: 85/95 Speed: H (Hankook – South Korea)
Hero Atlanta AR01 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (Federal – Taiwan)
Hero HR668 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Federal – Taiwan)
JINYU YH12 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (??? – China)
Kenda Komet Plus KR23 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Kenda – Taiwan)
Kenda Komet KR02 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Kenda – Taiwan)
Kumho Solus KR21 - Load: 85/95 Speed: T (Kumho – China/South Korea)
Marshal Power Racer II - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Kumho – China/South Korea)
Marshal Solus KR21 - Load: 85/95 Speed: T (Kumho – China/South Korea)
Marshal Matrac MH11 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (Kumho – China/South Korea)
Maxxis MA-P1 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (Chen Shin – Taiwan)
Multi-Mile Mirada Sport GTX - Load: 85/95 Speed: H (Sumitomo – China)
Nankang XR611 Toursport - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (Nankang – Taiwan)
Nexen CP641 - Load:86/96 Speed: H (Nexen – South Korea)
Nexen N5000 Radial - Load: 85/95 Speed: H (Nexen – South Korea)
Ohtsu FP7000 - Load:86/96 Speed: H (Sumitomo – Japan/Thailand)
Primewell PS830/850 - Load: 86/97 Speed: H (Giti – China)
Sigma Mirada Sport GTX - Load: 85/95 Speed: H (Sumitomo – China)
Sonar SX-608 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (Nankang – Taiwan)
Sunny SN880 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (South China – China)
Toyo Extensa A/S - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Toyo – China/USA/Japan)
Vanderbilt Mirada Sport GTX - Load: 85/95 Speed: H (Sumitomo – China)
Vredestein Sportrac 5 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V DESIGNED BY GIUGIARO (Apollo – Netherlands)
Wanli S-1023 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (South China – China)
West Lake H550A - Load: 86/98 Speed: H (Hangzhou Zhonghce – China)
Zeetex ZT102 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (ZAFCO Dubai – India/China/Indonesia)

Matching Sets – Front 185/60R14 / Rear 235/60R15 (OEM):

Cooper Cobra Radial G/T (Rear RWL) - Load: 82/98 Speed: T (Cooper – China/Mexico/USA)
Mastercraft Avenger G/T (Rear RWL) - Load: 82/98 Speed: T (Cooper – China/Mexico/USA)
Hercules H/P 4000 (Rear RWL) - Load: Speed: 82/98 Speed: T (Cooper – China/Mexico/USA)

* - Older stock of the Cobra/Avenger/H/P are made in the USA while currently produced stocks are primarily made in Mexico.

NightFlyer
07-03-2013, 04:17 PM
Here's the non-Asian made options, extracted:

Matching Sets – Front 195/60R15 (OEM) / Rear 225/60R15:

Apollo Acelere - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Apollo – India)
Continental ContiPremiumContact2 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V or W (Czech Republic/Malaysia)
Cooper CS4 Touring – Load 86/96 Speed: H (Cooper – USA)
Fuzion Touring - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Bridgestone – China/USA)
Toyo Extensa A/S - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Toyo – China/USA/Japan)
Vredestein Sportrac 5 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V DESIGNED BY GIUGIARO (Apollo – Netherlands)

All Cooper CS4 Touring tires are made in the USA. When ordering/purchasing either the Fuzion, or Toyo, you must specify made in USA, otherwise you'll probably end up with the Asian made equivalent.

Matching Sets – Front 185/60R14 / Rear 235/60R15 (OEM):

Cooper Cobra Radial G/T (Rear RWL) - Load: 82/98 Speed: T (Cooper – China/Mexico/USA)
Mastercraft Avenger G/T (Rear RWL) - Load: 82/98 Speed: T (Cooper – China/Mexico/USA)
Hercules H/P 4000 (Rear RWL) - Load: Speed: 82/98 Speed: T (Cooper – China/Mexico/USA)

Only New old stock (NOS) of the Cobra/Avenger/H/P are made in the USA, while currently produced stocks are primarily made in Mexico - so if you want made in USA, be sure to specify when ordering/purchasing.


On a personal note, I recently ordered a set of the Giugiaro Designed (same man who designed the DeLorean) Vredestein Sportrac 5's. Here's how the cost of the set boils down:

Front 195/60R14 - $119/ea
Rear 225/60R15 - $159/ea

Total on the set: $556

If you'd like a set of these tires for your DeLorean, you can get them from the Tire Factory / Tires By Web. They offer free shipping anywhere in the continental US.

http://www.tirefactory.net/
http://www.tiresbyweb.com/

The rears (225/60R15) just arrived today. The fronts are expected in two weeks or less. I'll be the first running these tires here in the States, as I had to import them from Holland/Netherlands directly through the manufacturer. Because of my order, Vredestein will be keeping a small supply in DeLorean sizes here in the US ready to go for other owners that may be interested in running these tires.

I'll post pics and do a review once I receive the fronts and get them mounted.

NightFlyer
07-26-2013, 12:01 PM
Speaking of tires - look what the FedEx person just dropped off :)

Made in the Netherlands, Giugiaro Designed Vredestein Spotrac 5's! Going on the D sometime next week :cool:

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Chris 16409
07-26-2013, 12:06 PM
Please let us know how they are on the car!

NightFlyer
07-26-2013, 12:15 PM
Please let us know how they are on the car!

A full review with pics will be coming...

stevedmc
07-26-2013, 02:37 PM
Wow. Those do look nice. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

dvonk
07-27-2013, 12:00 AM
the netherlands is my homeland! well, the home of my ancestors. you may have surmised by my unique last name... its dutch for 'spark.'

NightFlyer
10-07-2013, 05:51 PM
German owner/member Christian (aka chrisp) recently informed me over on Talk of the Continental ContiPremiumContact2. I've added them to the list. While he asserts that they're the best current option for DeLorean owner's, I vehemently disagreed. Here's what I posted over on Talk in response to his assertion:

It would appear that the Continental ContiPremiumContact2, a true summer tire, are indeed offered in a 60 profile with a 195 14" front with an H speed rating and a 225 15" rear with either a V or W speed rating. I'd also like to note that this entire tire line from Continental is now made in either the Czech Republic or Malaysia.

Continental ContiPremiumContact2 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V or W (Continental – Czech Republic/Malaysia)

http://www.continental-tires.com/www/tires_de_en/themes/car-tires/summer-tires/contipremiumcontact-2/contipremiumcontact-2.html?page=4

They are not offered for retail sale in the US by Continental, and would need to be imported (probably via a retailer, as Continental corporate isn't too good about responding to customer inquiries).

Per the uniform EU tire rating guidelines, the Continentals scored the following:

Rolling Resistance (efficiency): Grade E (bad)
Wet Traction: Grade B (good)
Noise: 71dB

The Vredesteins scored the following:

Rolling Resistance (efficiency): Grade C (pretty good / not bad)
Wet Traction: Grade B (good)
Noise: 71dB

Clearly, the Vredesteins will result in MUCH better fuel economy.

The same review site that gives the Vredesteins a near perfect 98% 'buy again' rating gives the Continentals a mere 63% 'buy again' rating.

http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre/Vredestein/Sportrac-5.htm

http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre/Continental/Premium-Contact-2.htm

The sentiments expressed about the ContiPremiumContact2 on review sites appear to mirror that of other lines of Continental tyres - when they were made in Germany, they were good, but as soon as they started outsourcing to the Czech Republic and Asia (Malaysia), the quality greatly suffered.

On a personal note, I had a set of Continental ContiTouringContacts that came stock/OEM on my '08 Chrysler 300C Heritage. They were absolute JUNK and by far the worst tire I've ever had the displeasure of having to experience. In fact, they were so bad that there was a class action lawsuit over them and Continental actually had to pay me and other litigants in the class $360/each as a part of the settlement.

http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/715-continental-tire-class-action-settlement

I appreciate the info and I'll be sure to the add them to the list, but I cannot in good conscience recommend the Continentals, and especially not over the Vredestein Giugiaro Design Sportrac 5's.

Conclusion: IMHO the Vredestein Giugiaro Design Sportrac 5's are the BEST matched set tires currently available for DeLorean owners.

NightFlyer
06-24-2014, 04:49 PM
*** ALERT *** Matching Sets - STOCK SIZES *** ALERT ***

Nankang NK Comfort XR-611 - Load: 86/98 Speed H/S (Nankang Taiwan)

Matching Sets Front 195/60R14 (OEM) / Rear 225/60R15:

Apollo Acelere - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Apollo India)
Continental ContiPremiumContact2 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V or W (Continental Czech Republic/Malaysia)
Cordovan Mirada Sport GTX - Load: 85/95 Speed: H (Sumitomo China)
Evergreen EH23 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (??? China)
Falken Sincera Touring SN211 - Load: 82/95 Speed: T (Sumitomo - Thailand)
Fuzion Touring - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Bridgestone China)
Geostar S6065 - Load: 85/96 Speed: H (Nankang Taiwan)
Hero Atlanta AR01 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (Federal Taiwan)
JINYU YH12 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (??? China)
Kenda Komet Plus KR23 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Kenda Taiwan)
Kenda Komet KR02 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Kenda Taiwan)
Kumho Solus KR21 - Load: 85/95 Speed: T (Kumho China/South Korea)
Marshal Matrac MH11 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (Kumho China/South Korea)
Multi-Mile Mirada Sport GTX - Load: 85/95 Speed: H (Sumitomo China)
Nankang NK Comfort RX-615 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (Nankang Taiwan)
Nankang NK Comfort XR-611 - Load: 86/98 Speed H/S (Nankang Taiwan)
Nexen CP641 - Load:86/96 Speed: H (Nexen South Korea)
Primewell PS830/850 - Load: 86/97 Speed: H (Giti China)
Sigma Mirada Sport GTX - Load: 85/95 Speed: H (Sumitomo China)
Sonar SX-608 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (Nankang Taiwan)
Sunny SN880 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V (South China China)
Toyo Extensa A/S - Load: 86/96 Speed: H (Toyo China/USA/Japan)
Vanderbilt Mirada Sport GTX - Load: 85/95 Speed: H (Sumitomo China)
Vredestein Sportrac 5 - Load: 86/96 Speed: H/V DESIGNED BY GIUGIARO (Apollo Netherlands)

Matching Sets Front 185/60R14 / Rear 235/60R15 (OEM):

Cooper Cobra Radial G/T (Rear RWL) - Load: 82/98 Speed: T (Cooper China/Mexico/USA)
Mastercraft Avenger G/T (Rear RWL) - Load: 82/98 Speed: T (Cooper China/Mexico/USA)
Hercules H/P 4000 (Rear RWL) - Load: Speed: 82/98 Speed: T (Cooper China/Mexico/USA)

NightFlyer
07-01-2014, 02:51 PM
I just wanted to go on record that the Nankang NK Comfort XR-611 receives marginal to poor reviews (and is made in Taiwan), thus while they are being produced in stock/OEM sizes for a matching set, I still wouldn't personally recommend them or put them on my own car.

My personal endorsement still goes to the Vredestein Sportrac 5, even though you do have to drop the rears down to a 225.

stevedmc
09-11-2015, 08:34 AM
How are your tires handling up? Mine are a few years old and like any other tire, will eventually need to be replaced. I'm happy with my pep boy tires (cooper) but am thinking ahead for next time I need tires.

stevedmc
09-11-2015, 08:45 AM
Price seems to have dropped a little as well. I'm just window shopping, but I put those tire sizes on the tiresbyweb website and it came up at $496 for the set.

I wonder if they are selling new rubber or if this is stuff that was produced back on 2013.

NightFlyer
09-14-2015, 03:55 PM
How are your tires handling up? Mine are a few years old and like any other tire, will eventually need to be replaced. I'm happy with my pep boy tires (cooper) but am thinking ahead for next time I need tires.


Price seems to have dropped a little as well. I'm just window shopping, but I put those tire sizes on the tiresbyweb website and it came up at $496 for the set.

I wonder if they are selling new rubber or if this is stuff that was produced back on 2013.

The tires are holding up GREAT with about 6,000 miles logged on them so far - I estimate around 80% tread remaining.

I also haven't noticed any cracking in either the sidewall or the tread, and just inspected them yesterday while doing some work on my car.

The ride is exactly as it was when you rode with me to/from the Woodward Dream Cruise a couple years ago.

A price drop is always welcome and $125/tire shipped isn't bad for top quality :thumbup:

Vredestein still shows the Sportrac 5 as being in active production, but I have no idea what the demand is here in the states for such tires in our sizes. As I was the one who convinced them to import them after many months of continued begging, I'm thinking that it's relatively low, thus my guess is that they're probably selling stuff that was manufactured in either late '13 or early '14, not that such would be bad, as warehouses tend to store them in cool dark places, and Tirebyweb ships to you directly from the warehouse.

I'll have them on my car at Andrews and you can take a look see / test drive for yourself :)