Mastercraft Tires - Experience?
Mastercraft have recently started advertising and selling in Australia with a limited product range.
Apparently they have a very high wear rating and the minimum that I've found on their product has been 540 or so.
So.... and my rear tyres are wearing out I wanted to get some opinions from you all about the quality and performance of these tyres.
As a comparison, I am currently running Falken 452s all round and on the price / performance / life equation I am quite happy with them. The fronts have more than 50% left and the rears will need to be changed soon. I did not rotate the tyres at all since new (lazy) and my wheel alignment has been done twice - once when the tyres were fitted and again after front suspension overhaul. I have since also DIY'd the RTABs but no alignment.
DD, occasional spirited driving and club meets
Conti sport 2
Conti sport 3
(both grippy and quiet but poor life span)
Thanks in advance for the input!
There are four tire contact patches that are approximately the same size as four hand prints that keep your Bimmer stuck to the tarmac. You drive a Bimmer I'm guessing because you like a spirited drive every now and again, and perhaps more on the "now" than on the "again.".
Don't throw the dice on unknown and cheap tires. If you've ever read EVO Magazine or Car and Driver who do equipment tested tire tests, the "second tier" brands always do poorly. Michelin, Continental, and others consistently do well. There will be a time when you will have an "oh sh1t" moment and if you have cheap tires on your sled, you're going to throw a 7 and crap out, to use a gambling metaphor, but if you play the smart choice, meaning buying good tires, you'll throw the point every time, and who wins - definitely you.
Lastly, I'd say most people who buy premium car at full price have some scratch, and it's generally known you are going to open your wallet wide when it comes to maintaining your sled, especially one that has the blue and white fan on it. So the reality of the matter is, make the smart play and don't experiment with unknown or cheap tires.
Valid points there and no argument from me. The question was really because Mastercraft are a new brand here in Aus and they are selling themselves as a long life high quality product. As we have no reference point for them here, I asked the one place that usually come up with answers ;)
Of course they're selling themselves as high quality. As do Ling Long, Nankang and Nexen, yet they aren't quality tires.
Be conservative and buy a known quantity.
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