Just seen these Vitour brand Galaxy Radial GT tyres on eBay, being retailed by a SA tyre shop. Thought it's worth mentioning in case someone is looking for new tyres.
Fairly new to OZ market as I understand it.
Chinese made, RWL V speed rated tyres in our sizes.
Not expensive. $100-160. 215-295 widths etc.
Standard profiles like 60.
Wear rating 400, so not that soft, but then not rock hard either.
Traction code A,
Heat code also A.
Anyone tried them yet? For now I just like that their old school looks with a V speed rating. As far as I know no other cheap tyre offers that. To my knowledge these would be the only V rated old school look muscle car tyres except for the mega dollar Avon CR66ZZ's. (C $600 each)
I figure they can't be any worse than the roller skate BFG T/A or Cooper Cobras with their pathetic speed ratings. Just another option perhaps? Or are Chinese speed ratings not trustworthy? That's my only real concern.
Some scary news articles from the USA on YouTube regarding Chinese tyres. But are they all bad? Are many brand name tyres now made there now? Not my trade really so don't have inside knowledge in those issues?
Anyone know anything more? Can't find any reviews yet.
Some googling reveals they are promoting their tyres (different models obviously) in NZ and Japanese drifting competitions, apparently using them with success. So perhaps they are not all junk?
If the V rating is real, not just Chinese BS, then they could be a real contender for classic muscle cars. Look and price are right. Etc. They are rated 400/A/A, so their heat rating is better than either Cooper's Cobras or the venerable BFG T/A, which are both rated B. The Cooper might be harder too as their stated wear rating is 440. If one can believe Chinese ratings they should perform slightly better than those 2 usual choices.
OK spoke to the official importer in VIC. Those VITOUR Galaxy GT tyres on eBay are being parallel imported by someone else. Although they may bring some in themselves later. As the SA retailer reckoned he could get any listed size in a few hours I'm guessing the grey importer must be in Adelaide?
Grumpy old git!
Last edited by mungus on Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:06 am; edited 4 times in total
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