Got tires ordered and will get them put on next week. Yoko Parada's installed with an alignment will be $870 otd...not much better I could do in this area. It'll be interesting to see if these tires do as well as everyone says in the snow.
For anyone in the MD area looking for Yokohama Parada Spec-X's, I had done a good bit of footwork, and finally found a place to get them from... Mr. Tire (of all places
). I bring this up only because I had gone to other ntb's and Mr Tires, but the Mr. Tire in Owings Mills was the only one that 1) said they could get the spec-x's and 2) said they would be competitive with tirerack.com... Mr. Tire could get them in 255/50/20 for 283.99, but came down 96.99 per tire when I showed him the tirerack.com quote, bringing it to 187 per tire.
My "out-the-door" total (after tax and an "exotic" alignment at 125.60, and road hazard coverage at $72) was 1011.30... I know I may have gotten a little hosed on the alignment, but it was there, they're convenient to where I work, so I figured what the hell.
The manager there, Gary Huffer, seemed knowledgeable about the SS, and said he had even done a staggered setup on an SS there in the past with the Yokohama's. Their number is 410-363-6333.