Radar Dimax AS-8 225/55R19 103V Tires Finally Installed

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Pueblo county CO
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CX-5 Sport 16.5 6M
Maybe something to do with container shortage?

I think you got a good deal. Are yours speed rated?
 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Maybe something to do with container shortage?
Supply chain is only part of problems. IMO the root cause is too many dollar bills been printed, and much higher import duty imposed due to the trade war.


I think you got a good deal.
Yes, no complaints on the cost. With installation、disposal fee、sales tax、and DT 10% promotion, my actual total cost is $427.95 for a set of pretty decent new tires.


Are yours speed rated?
225/55R19 103V, 103 XL Extra Load and V speed rated.

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HardRightEdg

US 2020 CX-5 Touring AWD Soul Red
IMO the root cause is too many dollar bills been printed, and much higher import duty imposed due to the trade war.
Assuming you purchased the tires around the time of your original post just a few weeks ago, neither of those causes are plausible. I read your post to mean the rebate was two years old, not the purchase.

There have been no recent increases in import duties. The printed dollars that matter are the ones flowing into mailboxes, stimulus checks and federal unemployment supplements, and those are in the rear view mirror.

The US market for replacement light truck tires is strong, but other replacement categories are showing only modest increases over 2019 pre-pandemic levels. OEM sales are weak for obvious reasons. In the aggregate 2021 total sales are expected to be only modestly ahead of 2019 pre-pandemic levels despite pent up demand from 2020. The data is here, USTMA's last update in August:


The more likely causes of the outsized price increases, not just the Radar brand but across the board, are in no particular order:

1) Increases in raw material costs
2) Increases in shipping costs
3) As we see with chips, a few months of capacity underutilization (slowdowns and shutdowns) can take a long time to right itself in a just-in-time world, constraining supply.
4) Tires are precisely the kind of product, high weight and size per $1 value, that would be tied up at ports and in warehouses constraining retailer supply. Unloading ships is just the first step which doesn't do anything to resolve the truck driver shortage.
5) Psychological component of inflation. We don't know if we're there yet but if you've lived long enough you've seen that movie. Manufacturers pad the price increases to get ahead of the curve, expecting even higher raw material and shipping costs. Retailers pad price increases to get ahead of the curve expecting the next order to be more expensive still. Consumers get acclimated to inflation with an inclination to buy now before the price goes up further. Are we there yet? Perhaps in the first inning.
6) The outsized increase in your Radars could be because that manufacturer was slow to increase prices earlier in the year and are catching up. Goodyear recently announced their 4th. increase in 2021, for example. Or perhaps a favorable review by @yrwei52 at Mazda247 has generated a spike in demand. [A smiley face would go here if this software would let me].
 
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yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
Assuming you purchased the tires around the time of your original post just a few weeks ago, neither of those causes are plausible. I read your post to mean the rebate was two years old, not the purchase.

There have been no recent increases in import duties. The printed dollars that matter are the ones flowing into mailboxes, stimulus checks and federal unemployment supplements, and those are in the rear view mirror.

The US market for replacement light truck tires is strong, but other replacement categories are showing only modest increases over 2019 pre-pandemic levels. OEM sales are weak for obvious reasons. In the aggregate 2021 total sales are expected to be only modestly ahead of 2019 pre-pandemic levels despite pent up demand from 2020. The data is here, USTMA's last update in August:


The more likely causes of the outsized price increases, not just the Radar brand but across the board, are in no particular order:

1) Increases in raw material costs
2) Increases in shipping costs
3) As we see with chips, a few months of capacity underutilization (slowdowns and shutdowns) can take a long time to right itself in a just-in-time world, constraining supply.
4) Tires are precisely the kind of product, high weight and size per $1 value, that would be tied up at ports and in warehouses constraining retailer supply. Unloading ships is just the first step which doesn't do anything to resolve the truck driver shortage.
5) Psychological component of inflation. We don't know if we're there yet but if you've lived long enough you've seen that movie. Manufacturers pad the price increases to get ahead of the curve, expecting even higher raw material and shipping costs. Retailers pad price increases to get ahead of the curve expecting the next order to be more expensive still. Consumers get acclimated to inflation with an inclination to buy now before the price goes up further. Are we there yet? Perhaps in the first inning.
6) The outsized increase in your Radars could be because that manufacturer was slow to increase prices earlier in the year and are catching up. Goodyear recently announced their 4th. increase in 2021, for example. Or perhaps a favorable review by @yrwei52 at Mazda247 has generated a spike in demand. [A smiley face would go here if this software would let me].
The title:

“Radar Dimax AS-8 225/55R19 103V Tires Finally Installed”,​

And I started the thread by saying:

Bought these Radar Dimax AS-8 225/55R19 103V tires for $84.49 each (price match to WalMart.com) and DT Independence Day Event 10% gift card rebate from my local Discount Tire Store more than 2 years ago and finally installed them today due to a puncture at right front tire strangely by a metal tubing and there’s not much tread (3/32” ~ 2/32”) left to worth the flat repair.”

So I thought it’s obvious that I bought these tires more than 2 years ago, with price match and DT 10% gift card at the time. No promotion on tires can be lasting for 2+ years long. From $84.49 to $135.70 on the same tire in 2+ years, it’s obvious that the inflation is severe world wide.

And have you checked the food price and consumer goods lately?
 

HardRightEdg

US 2020 CX-5 Touring AWD Soul Red
The title:

“Radar Dimax AS-8 225/55R19 103V Tires Finally Installed”,​

And I started the thread by saying:

Bought these Radar Dimax AS-8 225/55R19 103V tires for $84.49 each (price match to WalMart.com) and DT Independence Day Event 10% gift card rebate from my local Discount Tire Store more than 2 years ago and finally installed them today due to a puncture at right front tire strangely by a metal tubing and there’s not much tread (3/32” ~ 2/32”) left to worth the flat repair.”

So I thought it’s obvious that I bought these tires more than 2 years ago, with price match and DT 10% gift card at the time. No promotion on tires can be lasting for 2+ years long. From $84.49 to $135.70 on the same tire in 2+ years, it’s obvious that the inflation is severe world wide.

And have you checked the food price and consumer goods lately?
Actually not so clear. It sounded like you were holding on to the rebate card for two years, while having new tires laying around for two years seemed implausible.

I never questioned that inflation is happening, only the causes. It's pandemic induced supply side constraints driving inflation not outsized demand.
 
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yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
Did the 4 wheel alignment 3 weeks ago on my 2016 CX-5 GT AWD with new Radar Dimax AS-8 225/55R19 103V tires even though I knew the alignment should be fine based on the tire wear on my stock Toyo A23's. I had an excellent experience with the Brakes Plus near by when I did the 4 wheel alignment about 3 years ago on my 1998 Honda CR-V the first time at 183K miles. The young tech was really good, and I had no complaints after the alignment.

Unfortunately that young tech went back to California where he is coming from, and a different tech was working on my CX-5. The store has upgraded to a newer Hunter HawkEye Elite® Alignment Machine this time and the obvious thing to me is the tire hook-up sensors used to be clipped on the wheel edge, now they're attached to the tires directly. This definitely prevents any possible scratches to the edge of expensive alloy wheels.

The whole alignment process is fast as advertised by Hunter website. It took only about 20 minutes and it's done. But I went back after I test-drove my CX-5 and asked for re-adjustment the toe-in as I felt the steering wheel is off-center to the left more than before. And this time the store manager did the alignment and the result is satisfactory.

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yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
Contributor
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Plano, Texas, USA
Although I usually want to watch the alignment closely just in case, but this time I chose to let the tech at the Brakes Plus do his job without asking anything. The tech initially said the left-front toe-in is off a bit, which requires some adjustment and the free alignment check is gone. He said he's going to put more toe-in at left-front in to meet the spec where the Hunter machine showed a bit toe-out. As I mentioned in previous post, after the alignment I really hated the off-center feeling on the steering wheel especially it's more to the left. I also noticed from the print-out that the CX-5 actually missed merely 0.01° toe-out at the left-front which will be within the spec if the tech positioned the steering wheel a bit to the right before the alignment as the total toe is within the spec. I felt my money is wasted for something which is actually getting worse on steering wheel centering, I decided to take my CX-5 back after I test-drove the car. The store manager was nice and put my CX-5 on the machine again. He agreed the tech should adjust the right-front having it more toe-in at the first time with the steering wheel centered properly, so that my steering wheel will be more towards right while driving straight. And he did it based on my suggestion adjusting the toe to the right-front. And the result is good on steering wheel centering position but I "donated" $64 to my local Brakes Plus store as my CX-5 definitely didn't need any adjustments on alignment at beginning!

I understand the alignment is sensitive as we can see the "Actual" data on the first print-out and the "Before" data on the second print-out are not the same although they're supposed to. Each time the car been put on the machine the readout can be different than the previous time. Luckily the camber and caster at front and the camber at rear are all within specs as these can't be adjusted.


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