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Tire Mounting cost HOW MUCH?!

In the very near future, I plan to buy new tires from Tire Rack. I stopped by Discount tire today to see how much mounting would run, and they quoted me a price of $128 for 4 tires! It's been a few years since I last bought new tires and I don't remember what I paid, but that sounds ridiculously high.

What have people on here paid for tire mounting?

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That sounds a little pricey... my local America's Tire shop charges $20/tire for mounting and balancing.

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Some really REALLY fancy tire mounting machines actually mount the low point on the tire to a high point on the rim. Sometimes they can get the wheel balanced without actually using weights. IIRC, it's between $40 and $60 per tire for that kind of mount and balance.

$100 is about average depending on the tires.

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It was $100 at Discount tire to do my 225/45/18. If they were 16", It would have been under $50.

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IIRC Tirerack has established deals with a lot of local shops to do mounting at a reasonable price. They'll drop ship right to the shop.

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IIRC Tirerack has established deals with a lot of local shops to do mounting at a reasonable price. They'll drop ship right to the shop.
Yeah, I called a couple places since I posted and found a few cheaper that are TireRack affiliates. I found one that'll mount and balance all 4 for $52.

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I used to go to Mr. Tire, or god forbide, Merchants, but then I started ordering tires from TireRack. Once I did that I needed a place to mount and balance. Mr. Tire wanted $25 per tire if they werren't purchased there and Merchants were about the same. I finally found a place that specialized is the super huge, ghetto rims. They can do ridiculously low profile tires on huge rims so my 225/45/18's are cake. They charge $10/per and do a fantastic job. 100x's better than the chain stores.

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Look for coupons! I see $59.99 4 tire mount and balance coupons from Firestone occasionally.
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They charge $10/per and do a fantastic job.
Wow! You're giving me second thoughts about leaving Maryland. That would almost be worth not moving for!

Almost.

We don't have Harbor Freight in NH either.

Tell me again why I'm moving?

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Because everything is new to you in New London, New Hampshire?

Ok that was a dumb joke.
People do ask me about the submarines, but that's the other New London in New England.

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IIRC Tirerack has established deals with a lot of local shops to do mounting at a reasonable price...
I found local TireRack installers by using the Installation link on the TireRack website. One place is $10 per tire, another is $20, another is $25.
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Wow! You're giving me second thoughts about leaving Maryland. That would almost be worth not moving for!

Almost.

We don't have Harbor Freight in NH either.

Tell me again why I'm moving?
Thank god for HarborFreight.com, right?

They do have the internet in New London, NH don't they?

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They do have the internet in New London, NH don't they?
Very much indeed!

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I generally look on the Hunter website for shops that use the GSP balancing equipment as they seem to do it the best. Full road force balancing usually runs about 120-160 for 4 tires. At most shops I've paid around 15-25 per tire, and i got my winter tires mounted in about 20 minutes at a sketchy midas shop for about 20$ for all 4. Most places have tiered pricing for mounting based on the sidewall height (one local place won't even mount anything lower than a 50 series!)

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