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    Costco.com website: no tires for 2009 Corvette 245/40-18 & 285/35-19

    As a Costco member you probably know that Costco sells only three tire brands: Bridgestone, Michelin and BFGoodrich (owned by Michelin). You can order tires at your Costco warehouse Tire Center or online at Costco.com. In most cases the list of tires suggested on Costco.com is very limited, and in some cases the overall selection of tires in the three tire brands sold by Costco is limited as well.

    In the case of the 2009 Corvette, according to Costco.com there are no tires available, not for the Base, the Z06 or the ZR1:

    Go to http://tires2.costco.com/

    Select Year = 2009; Make = Chevrolet; Model = Corvette; Options = Base Then, press [FIND TIRES]

    Original Equipment-Front: P245/40ZR18 88((Y)) We found 0 result(s) that fit your vehicle.
    Original Equipment-Rear: P285/35ZR19 90((Y)) We found 0 result(s) that fit your vehicle.

    Trying it again for the Z06 and ZR1 models, the results are the same - no tires available.

    However, you can special order from Costco just about any Bridgestone, Michelin or BFGoodrich tire that is specified for your vehicle. We can see the list by going to TireRack.com:

    Go to http://www.tirerack.com/:
    Select Make: Chevrolet
    Select Year: 2009
    Select Model: Corvette C6 Coupe, Standard Model
    Click: Tires
    You see the O.E. Front and Rear tire sizes.
    Original Equipment Front Size 1: 245/40-18 Load Range LL
    Original Equipment Rear Size 1: 285/35-19 Load Range LL
    TireRack.com reports that there are 19 sets of tires, comprising all the brands that Tire Rack sells, that fit your vehicle.
    In the left sidebar under Brand (19) Click Deselect All
    Then click the little boxes to check BFGoodrich (2), Bridgestone (3) and Michelin (3)
    Scroll down the left sidebar to Speed Rating (8) and Deselect Z and W. This leaves you with Y and (Y) rated tires. TireRack.com now reports five (5) sets of tires. Here they are, Summer first then All-Season, listed by
    performance category and then in descending order of Tire Rack user ratings. Tire Rack BEST SELLERS are noted.

    9.0 Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position (Max Performance Summer)
    8.7 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 (Max Performance Summer)
    N/A Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP (Max Performance Summer) run-flat BEST SELLER
    8.2 BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2 (Ultra High Performance Summer)
    N/A Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP (Ultra High Performance All-Season) BEST SELLER

    It is strange that of these five sets of tires Costco could sell you, none are suggested on Costco.com. I've asked Costco Member Services and the Costco tire broker why the Costco.com website should be so useless, but I've yet to get an answer.

    While it is possible to special order tires on Costco.com, I recommend that you go to your Costco Tire Center to order them. Why? On Costco.com you have to search for tires by size, and you will have to do two individual tire searches. Costco.com does not let you search for tires for staggered wheel vehicles in one pass. This means you have to input two different search criteria, and keep track of the results. You have make sure you enter correct tire size parameters and that you don't have mismatched tire speed ratings (for instance W on the front and Y on the rear). Having said that, if you want to try, I recommend you search for the rear tires first as there are far fewer choices:

    To do that, click this link: http://tires2.costco.com/TireInformation.aspx
    Under the Notice, click the link: CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
    Select Size, Width, Aspect, Rim as follows:

    First look for rear tires: P285/35ZR19 90((Y)) Specify EMetric, 285, 35, 19 and click [FIND TIRES]
    Costco.com reports 3 possible tires, including 1 Y-speed rated tire.

    Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Item #353587 285/35ZR1999Y

    Then, look for front tires: P245/40ZR18 88((Y)) Specify EMetric, 245, 40, 18 and click [FIND TIRES]
    Costco.com reports 20 possible tires, including:

    Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Item #311951 245/40ZR1893Y
    Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Item #245963 245/40ZR1893(Y)
    Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Item #918648 245/40ZR1893(Y)

    Probably any one of these three would be fine. Y-rated is 186 mph, while (Y)-rated is 186+mph. But I would check with your Costco Tire Center.

    The bottom line is that Costco.com identifies only one tire, the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2, even though TireRack.com identifies five tires. So, if you want a set of one of the other four tires you will have to go to your Costco Tire Center and special order it.

    Given the limited selection, expecially of All-Season tires, it might make sense to look at other brands, with the understanding that you won't be able to buy them at Costco.

    Go back to your TireRack.com search and under Brand (14) click Select All.
    Deselect BFGoodrich, Bridgestone and Michelin.
    Deselect All Winter/Snow Passengers Tires
    Under Speed Rating (10) make sure only Y and (Y) are selected.
    You now have a list of eight (8) other tire sets:
    They are listed by use, SUMMER first, then ALL-SEASON, by performance category and finally in order of Tire Rack user survey rating. Tire Rack BEST SELLERS are noted.

    8.3 Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 (Max Performance Summer)
    8.1 Pirelli P Zero (Max Performance Summer)
    N/A Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar EMT (Max Performance Summer) run flat
    N/A Pirelli P Zero Run Flat (Max Performance Summer)
    8.0 Kumho Ecsta SPT (Ultra High Performance Summer) BEST SELLER
    N/A Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT (Ultra High Performance Summer) C6 Corvette only BEST SELLER run flat
    N/A Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-2 EMT (Ultra High Performance Summer) Orig. Equip. BEST SELLER run flat

    8.4 Continental ExtremeContact DWS (Ultra High Performance All-Season)

    The good news for Costco members is that Costco offer high-quality tires for your vehicle. You will have to go to your Costco Tire Center to order them however. Regardless of whether or not you are buying tires at Costco, I suggest that you begin your search on TireRack.com. Do not rely on Costco.com for information on tires that will fit your vehicle. Go to TireRack.com and pick out the tire set that best satisfies your need. If it is a Bridgestone, Michelin or BFGoodrich tire set, you can then go to your Costco Tire Center and order the tires. Otherwise you can order them on TireRack.com or from another local tire retailer.

    NOTE: I highly recommend using the Tire Rack Tire Decision Guide to help you make your decision. The Tire Decision Guide asks you about Winter Driving and also asks you to rate in order of importance to you: Handling, Ride/Noise Comfort, and Treadlife. Based on your answers, the Tire Decision Guide will recommend tires to you. For instance, many high performance tires offer outstanding handling but are noisy and/or have a short treadlife. If a smooth, quiet ride is very important to you, you don't want to buy a noisy tire, regardless of how well it performs.

    Here is the link to the Tire Decision Guide:


    I also suggest that your read Tire Rack's "Additional Tire Information" for tires you are considering. Surveys can be useful for seeing how other drivers rate all of the tires within a performance category. The Tests will tell you how professional drivers compared similar tires.
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