Tire Streets: Bringing Budget Tires to the Masses

 

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Tires are better than they’ve ever been. They’re also more expensive than ever before, in part because of how far they’ve come, and in part because modern cars demand bigger, better rubber at each corner. This wouldn’t be a big deal, except tires are also a consumable: Unlike a $1000 differential that will last for years, a $1000 set of tires is worn out after a few events. And unlike other parts, buying tires used isn’t as good of a deal as it seems: Cheap used tires are often worn, and good used tires aren’t often cheap. 

Fortunately, there’s a solution: A new company called Tire Streets pitches themselves as “A smarter alternative for the street savvy driver,” and has the following language boldly posted at the top of their homepage:

At Tire Streets, we believe everyone should be given the opportunity to race - whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting your engine off the ground. We strive to bring affordable street legal race tires to drivers, fans, and car enthusiasts alike. Just pick your size, make a set, and we'll take care of the rest for you. Simple, right?”

Put simply, Tire Streets sells good tires at a great price. Sound too good to be true? We talked to Kaylee Zozos, Tire Streets’ Ecommerce Project Coordinator, to get the details.

Kaylee started by explaining the company’s origin story: The business was started by racing enthusiasts about a year and a half ago, and they wanted to solve a simple problem: Make sticky tires cost less than the $200-$250/each that mainstream brands were demanding. They found a foreign tire partner, Accelera, set up an office in Miami, and just like that Tire Streets was born. They currently stock seven different tires in a wide range of sizes, selling street-legal race tires, street tires, and rally tires. And unlike other sellers of budget-oriented tires, everything they sell ships directly from Florida, meaning you’ll wait days–not weeks–for your order to arrive. The customer support is all done in-house, too.

So, are they any good?” That was our next question for Kaylee, and judging by her answer it’s one she’d heard before. “We wouldn’t want to push a product that didn’t perform,” she said, referring to the Accelera 651 Sport. This is Tire Streets’ 200 treadwear tire, making it a good product to benchmark against the competition. She explained that the Indonesian tire was very versatile and had already gained a large following in the drift world. 

In our world, though? “It fills the niche nicely between something on the low end like a Federal and the top-tier tires like Bridgestone’s Potenza RE-71R,” she says. And with a 195/50 R15 tire costing just $96 with free shipping, it’s considerably cheaper than Bridgestone’s offering, which costs $125.60 from Tire Rack and doesn’t include shipping. Step up to a larger size, 235/35 R19, for example, and the price difference is even more noticeable. Tire Streets gets just $164 (with free shipping), while the RE-71R in that size is listed at $275.69 on Tire Rack before any shipping is added.

Without testing out a set ourselves, we’ll have to take Kaylee’s word for the Accelera 651 Sport’s performance. Fortunately, though, Tire Streets’ customers don’t. The company has a truly impressive return policy, which Kaylee summarized this way: “You can sleep on a new mattress for 100 nights and return it, so we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on every customer’s first set of tires. We don’t care if they’re mounted, used, etc.–there are no questions asked. If you don’t like them, send them back and we’ll refund your money. All we ask is that you pay return shipping.”

In summary, Tire Streets has made buying imported tires easy and reliable, then backed them with the warranty and support normally seen only at the big, name-brand dealers. What’s next? Keep growing, Kaylee says. With more orders every day, Tire Streets has plans to expand their selection continuously. “We’re weekend warriors ourselves,” she says, “and we’ll always be striving to help the average Joe.” 

To shop their range of tires yourself, head on over to TireStreets.com and place an order. You’ll even get a healthy discount–Tire Streets is offering 15% off your first purchase with the discount code “GRM15

 

 

 

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GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
8/27/19 2:09 p.m.

Hmm yes this is very relevant to my interests...not just for racing use, but it would be a better option for street-driven cars than Chinese cheapo tires with hilarious brand names you've never heard of.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/27/19 2:21 p.m.

Agreed. I've already got a few sets on the way for the Lemons car!

EvanB
EvanB MegaDork
8/27/19 2:21 p.m.

I got excited for budget rally tires, but they aren't. sad

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/27/19 2:24 p.m.

https://tirestreets.com/products/accelera-ra162-205-65-r15

$185 shipped is a good deal, no? It's been a while since I've bought rally tires but I remember them being in the mid-$200 range for a 15.

EvanB
EvanB MegaDork
8/27/19 2:28 p.m.

There are multiple options for $160-200 now. It isn't a bad deal, I was just hoping that possibly they had a source for $100 rally tires. 

Pepe
Pepe New Reader
8/27/19 4:44 p.m.

From the website:

"the 651 Sport shreds evenly and can last up to 7 heat cycles depending on your car and set up, and of course the track you are on."

Seven heat cycles? That doesn't sound like much.

irish44j
irish44j MegaDork
8/27/19 5:58 p.m.
Tom Suddard said:

https://tirestreets.com/products/accelera-ra162-205-65-r15

$185 shipped is a good deal, no? It's been a while since I've bought rally tires but I remember them being in the mid-$200 range for a 15.

Not terrible, but Federal Federally-1 gravel tires can be gotten from the East Coast distributor for $600/set shipped in that size (made in Taiwan).

$185 shipped is still pretty reasonable for 15" gravels though. 

irish44j
irish44j MegaDork
8/27/19 6:05 p.m.
GameboyRMH said:

Hmm yes this is very relevant to my interests...not just for racing use, but it would be a better option for street-driven cars than Chinese cheapo tires with hilarious brand names you've never heard of.

hehe, props for digging up my old thread.

The Accelera tires appear to be made in Indonesia, if anybody cares. 

irish44j
irish44j MegaDork
8/27/19 7:05 p.m.
Tom Suddard said:

https://tirestreets.com/products/accelera-ra162-205-65-r15

$185 shipped is a good deal, no? It's been a while since I've bought rally tires but I remember them being in the mid-$200 range for a 15.

So curiously, the rally tire they show is a "right side" asymetric tire. But there is no option to order "right" or "left" (which there should be). Four right-side gravel tires won't do much good lol.....if you talk to them, you may want to inquire. 

kevinatfms
kevinatfms Reader
8/28/19 5:54 a.m.

They dont offer a 205/50R15? WTF.

klodkrawler05
klodkrawler05 HalfDork
8/28/19 6:38 a.m.
Pepe said:

From the website:

"the 651 Sport shreds evenly and can last up to 7 heat cycles depending on your car and set up, and of course the track you are on."

Seven heat cycles? That doesn't sound like much.

I would guess it depends how long the heat cycles are? The general autox concensus is that Bridgestone RE71R's only last 80 autox runs before they get noticably worse. The hot street tires of today just don't last like older ones.

buzzboy
buzzboy HalfDork
8/28/19 6:39 a.m.
Tom Suddard said:

Agreed. I've already got a few sets on the way for the Lemons car!

I'd be very interested to hear how they perform in Lemons. We've been RT615K people for a few years but can always stand to save a little money.

Error404
Error404 New Reader
8/28/19 7:34 a.m.

I'm interested, especially if they compare well with Falken Azenis RT615s. 

captainawesome
captainawesome Reader
8/28/19 8:15 a.m.

I'm interested in the 100tw ones. With code it's a little over $500 shipped in 235/40/18, so it makes me want to buy a set for science purposes. It would be nice to read reviews from someone other than drifters though. That's about all I am seeing data from at the moment.

Spec13_Josh
Spec13_Josh New Reader
8/28/19 10:44 a.m.

Currently stretching the last bit of life left out of a set of Dirrezza Z3s before winter hits. I would snag a set of these just to try them out as the track season comes to a close. But no 255/40/17. Interesting concept tho. I am curious and might buy a set for my street car for fun. 

NickD
NickD PowerDork
8/28/19 10:57 a.m.

In reply to Spec13_Josh :

Hey, Josh, fancy seeing you here. Aren't these what Brian is running on his GTi?

mikell17
mikell17 New Reader
8/28/19 11:01 a.m.

I’ve been buying these for 6 years now.  They’re good tires and the price is great compared to comparable tires.  They’re also good looking tires.   I think I paid about $140 for 275/35/19.  I bought Phi 2’s.  The prices on the website is cheaper than I’ve been paying. 

morello159
morello159 Reader
8/28/19 11:22 a.m.

In for some lap times... I run Rival S tires on my Miata all the time but I'm looking to move to two sets - one for street and one for track. Something like this might fit the bill for street driving.

Rodan
Rodan Dork
8/28/19 12:02 p.m.

No 205/50-15, and no 225/45-15 in their 'race' line... ??  So much for the Miata market.

I'll be interested to hear how these work out for folks, but I'm very surprised by the lack of these sizes if they're trying to break into the budget racing market, especially the 205/50-15.

Error404
Error404 New Reader
8/28/19 5:42 p.m.
Rodan said:

No 205/50-15, and no 225/45-15 in their 'race' line... ??  So much for the Miata market.

I'll be interested to hear how these work out for folks, but I'm very surprised by the lack of these sizes if they're trying to break into the budget racing market, especially the 205/50-15.

I only know what was written up there and what I saw with a peek on their site but, from what I've heard they're big in the drift crowd right now. That demand of drift cars might be driving their supply. I am curious if calls from the GRM Miata drivers would prompt them to add more Miata apprope tires to their lineup.

vwcorvette
vwcorvette UltraDork
8/28/19 6:51 p.m.

Just a quick look at their site looks like drift oriented for sure. Especially based on the sizes. By "race" I think they meant to type "drift."

Spec13_Josh
Spec13_Josh New Reader
8/29/19 6:24 a.m.

In reply to NickD :

Hey I know you! I think he runs accellera. Never heard of them either. 

RedGT
RedGT Dork
8/29/19 10:23 a.m.

The widest 17" is a 235, and the widest 18" is a 265.  Oh well.  They tried?

 

The '7 heat cycle' thing definitely sounds like drift language.  It even says 'shred' right in that paragraph.

Vigo
Vigo MegaDork
8/29/19 10:54 a.m.

Im fairly interested based on this review found there:

Ethan Hodges - 235/40 R18 on Dec 03, 2018

I tried these on my 2007 Nissan 350z for track day grip driving and drifting. After warming them up on the Palm Beach International Raceway road course, I found they had excellent grip, The 100trw 235/40/18 had more grip than the larger and wider 200trw 265/35/18 size throughout the entry and exit of each corner. After a full session on the road course, I began a drift session (same set of tires) on the Palm Beach International Raceway G0-Kart track where I abused and smoked the tires for about 45 minutes straight. They wore slightly more quickly than the 200trw version of this tire but had a significant amount more grip as well. I can tell you The 100trw 235/40/18 651 Sport XTRA are different animal than the 200trw 235/40/18 651 Sport as I have tried both.

 

Dootz
Dootz Reader
8/29/19 12:40 p.m.

In reply to Vigo :

You can tell it's a legit review because a 350Z owner decided to randomly start drifting

bcp2011
bcp2011 Reader
8/29/19 2:15 p.m.

On the topic of budget tire... I've been running Federal RS-RR this year for track duty.  At $100 bucks a tire on eBay for a 235/40/17 they're hard to beat, especially since the competition (RS4/RE71R/etc.) are basically 2x the price (and basically similar performance).  I was running Direzza Z3s before and these tires felt similar in terms of grip and feel.  I think I can probably get a total of 13-15 hours of track time out of them (with tire flipping at the mid point).  

captainawesome
captainawesome Reader
8/30/19 11:54 a.m.

In reply to bcp2011 :

I'm curious how those Federals work out for you. I've been eyeballing them a bit, but since my rt615k+ have done so well, I'm hesitant to swap for just a few bucks savings.

NickD
NickD PowerDork
8/30/19 12:24 p.m.

The lack of any real 15" sizes is a deal killer for me. I need at least 225/45s, and would really prefer 245/40R15s.

bcp2011
bcp2011 Reader
8/30/19 5:13 p.m.

In reply to captainawesome :

I guess it depends on how much the difference is. I’d get a RS4 as replacement and I think they might last a little longer but on track these have been pretty good. I had them during an hour long session and they lasted a good 40-45 min before getting a bit more greasy and even then it wasn’t bad. They are noisy on the street but I don’t really care all that much. 

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