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2005 SLK55 AMG- getting new tires, opinions?

The SLK55 AMG I just purchased has some $50 Chinese "Mayrun" crapolas on them the dealer threw on.
They're brand new, but c'mon, that kinda tire on that kinda car?

So I've got the local Les Schwab dealer (one of my companies has an account with them) willing to give me $50/ea for the Mayruns if I get the following tires --> http://www.amazon.com/Toyo-Tire-Prox.../dp/B009NHEG42

Do you feel these are great tires for the SLK, or would there be a better option?
The fact that I'll get $200 worth of trade-in for the Chinese **** tires is a big selling point to me, but not at the expense of not having awesome tires on the car.

Thoughts?
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May not be entirely helpful, but I have Toyo R888's on my "other toy" (a Westfield, Lotus7-inspired, kit car - check out my garage if you want to see it!) and they're fantastic (in the dry... the R888's are really a road legal track day tyre).
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Michelin or Continentals are usually the way to go.
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First off, Amazon got the description wrong, Toyo T1 Sport are Ultra-High Performance Summer Tires, not an All season tire. High Performance Sport Sedan & Coupe Tires | Toyo Tires

I think Toyo tires are very good tires, for many years I ran Toyo T1R's on my Honda S2000. Maybe one of the best rain tires I have ever owned and living in Houston at the time, rain tires for standing water where important. I would think about them again, if they where available in the size I need.

I don't know much about the Continentals that came on my car, since I haven't driven it much, yet. I need to replace the rears, this spring, and so I will get a season of driving the ContiSportContact 5 and who knows. I also like Michelin Pilot Super Sports and Bridgestones Potenza S04 and I am thinking that one of them will be my next tire choice. They are both cheaper than the Continentals.

I just found that my local shop is now a Toyo dealer, so who knows.
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Thanks for the quick responses guys!
I'll move forward with the tire purchase.

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The only decent tires and with very happy prices are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 or the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. A good alternative for the latter are the Pirelli P Zeros.

I buy my tires at Discount Tires, and they price match TireRack. As for you Chinese tires, you'll easily get rid of them on Craigslist. Heck I was able to sell the miserable run-flat tires that came with my BMW!
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The only decent tires and with very happy prices are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 or the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. A good alternative for the latter are the Pirelli P Zeros.

I buy my tires at Discount Tires, and they price match TireRack. As for you Chinese tires, you'll easily get rid of them on Craigslist. Heck I was able to sell the miserable run-flat tires that came with my BMW!

Ya know, after reading jbanks' and your testimonial on Michelin, I'm considering this route.
They should be able to be purchased on Amazon for about the same as the Toyos (likely for less even), and you're right, I should be able to sell the Chinese crap on Craigslist.

Thanks guys~
I'm diggin' into it.
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I've got Conti's on mine

SportContact 5 on the fromts, and SportContact3 on the rears (to be replaced with 5's when next due)

The 5's are quieter than the 3's and bot seem to grip as well as each other both wet and dry, plus they are the MO fitment (Mercedes Original)

I've had Toyo's on previous performance cars - pretty good tyres for the money .....
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I had Toyo Proxes on an Impreza WRX many moons ago. Very good grippy tyres at a good price.
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Well damn, maybe I'll go with the Toyos then... ... ****! haha

When I drive a car like this, I drive it like it's supposed to be driven, not 55mph in the right lane.
Get me on a curvy country road, and look out.

So, something that grabs and does the job.

Thanks for all the feedback everybody, definitely have given me some things to consider.


p.s. Heading to Eugene, OR in 1.5 hours to pick up the AMG...
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Hi, this week amount of new rear tires. In the end I decided to put the Dunlop Sportmax RT, but modifying the measure 225-45 / 17 instead of the 245 that had assembled. It will be less nice but I really think over the 245 to 230 hp car


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Cesi, that looks cool...

Well, I decided on and have since gone with the Toyos.
They're a good improvement over the Chinese crap.

Thanks again for all the awesome responses everybody!
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Toyo's(bar R888's) I've experienced do have good grip but very soft sidewalls. Turn in was not very inspiring.
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Cesi, that looks cool...

Well, I decided on and have since gone with the Toyos.
They're a good improvement over the Chinese crap.

Thanks again for all the awesome responses everybody!
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That is correct sir.
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