Recently Tyresales has had a lot of email enquiries for tyres patterns that are now deleted. A good example is the Kingstar K106 directional which was deleted 3 years ago and replaced by the splendid Kingstar SK10. Yes, we have had 4 inquiries for this tyre in one week with everyone wanting to buy one only tyre to match up with another Kingstar. The K106 was a very hardwearing tyre, and the fact that people are trying to find them to complete their set 3 years after deletion proves that.
Obviously there are no K106’s left in stock anywhere, but in most cases we have been able to offer our customer another fully compatible, wof legal match tyre. A good example is the K106 in 205 55 16 where the Hankook H437 is a great substitute.
In fact the trend from directional tyres to asymmetric technology is exacerbating the situation and sometimes we just can not find a match meaning our customer really has no choice but to buy two tyres. In these situations, we always recommend the customer retains the “other” tyre when it is a match for the tyres on the other axle so there is a replacement in case one of those tyres gets damaged or wears out before the other tyre.
Another tip to avoid this situation is to always buy two online tyres at a time so as to avoid having one tyre wear out before the other and being unable to buy a matching replacement.
Another Topic of customer emails often is “Why was the pattern deleted and why didn’t you warn us it was going to be deleted”? The simple answer here is that everything has an end date, be it milk, clothes, tyres, cars or even US! There is constant research and product development going on, and old has to make way for new. And I can assure you, tyre companies never tell us in advance that they are going to delete a tyre!