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Old 10-02-2008, 01:32 PM   #11
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sweet. a good tire writeup.

now if you can help me with my auto-x wheel tire combo.
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Old 10-02-2008, 01:41 PM   #12
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now if you can help me with my auto-x wheel tire combo.
Didn't look real hard, did we.
Here you go:
Buying dedicated autocross wheels, what size?
autocross wheel tire combination question
tires for autocross
Is this a good wheel/tire choice for G stock/STN
Tire recommendations for stock 16" wheels for autocross
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:54 AM   #13
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good advise,while speed ratings are very misrepresented, one thing the do is improve handling and braking simply with less tire flex! their construction is so good that it takes higher speeds to cause them to become damaged. when downgrading you will most likely see edge wear,do to lower quality shoulder edges. you will have the alignment checked and find out nothings wrong! theirs not ,wrong application. use the min stock rating or improve upper ratings. ford did on zx3 to svt.
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:46 PM   #14
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Here is a method to find the best ALL SEASON tires for the $ you spend.....

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I basically go to….

http://www.tirerack.com/

I use tirerack.com because there is an extensive number of reviews and some tests on various tires.

No need to purchase the tires here…but they do have good prices.

I usually have decided what size tire I want to buy…usually maybe 2% to 3% over sized for better mpg. I use this page to calculate what size I want to look for and what the % difference will be from the original tires:

http://www.csgnetwork.com/tireinfo4calc.html

How to SEARCH for a good tire:

* Go to tirerack.com using the link above

* I SEARCH for tires by TIRE SIZE…..and I usually am searching for ALL-SEASON tires….so I CHECK those various boxes that pertain to these type tires.

* After the search…I then rank the tires by PRICE...low to high.

* I then CHECK the first so many tires…maybe 4-5 of the lowest priced….then click COMPARE.

* Then on the left in the Customer Survey area I look at SNOW TRACTION….followed by WET TRACTION…and DRY TRACTION…looking for higher numbers.

Then considering price, traction, and tread wear…I carefully go through the REVIEWS, SURVEYS, and any TESTS for any tire that looks good.

Not everyone is going to like a certain tire….but I can usually tell from the majority of the reviews what the tire is probably going to be like to own.

My “THEORY” as far as Low Rolling Resistance tires is that YES…the OEMs put LRR tires on their new cars…but if you read some of the reviews…a lot of people can’t wait to get them off of their cars…usually due to poor traction. Eventually they might come up with good LRR tires though.

The method I use finds good high traction tires that I can then put enough PSI in to have lower rolling resistance along with good traction year around….and I usually get a good deal at the same time.

The PSI in the glove box (or where-ever) is only a start…after market tires are sometimes made in a much different way…I usually test various pressures…going with as high a PSI that I can and still have good cornering and traction.

I usually end up 4-5 lbs under the sidewall max pressure. If one end of the car is lighter in weight…best to keep that axle a couple of lbs below the heavier end?

Bottom line for me is finding the best tire for the price…and the best traction and handling the tires are capable of…cause you never know when you’re going to need it.

You can spend almost 2Xs as much for the same size tire…and get less tire for your efforts in some cases.

Note: You should use your own judgment if applying any of these ideas or methods...as they are only my opinions....not facts.
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:32 PM   #15
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frednumber15, I disagree with one of the sources you rely on...."customer reviews/surveys." While better than nothing I suppose, I rarely rely on these for the following reasons: 1) people are often very (overly) defensive of their purchases, 2) most are comparing the new tire to a worn out old tire so naturally the new one will usually seem head and heals better, and 3) very few people get to do head to head tire comparisons to "fairly" rate a tire. When I look at these surveys I will normally look at the bad reviews rather than the positive ones. Most bad reviews seem to be a little more unbiased.

I do agree that there is a lot of very good info on the Tirerack site and I do rely heavily on "their" testing results when shopping for a tire.
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Some of the bad reviews are by people who just go by the PSI sticker and don't realize that some non-OEM tires require more air. I generally pay most attention to the people who have run the tires a good many miles.

The tirerack tests don't usually cover all the tires they sell.

I'm mostly interested in all season tires...the same method with modifications could be used for summer performance tires.

But every body does it differently......
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Just remember your tire patches are the size of a softball. So I say step up!!!!!! Please don't cheap out there!!!!!
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I just want to buy tires for my 2001 ZX3 to help me get another 100K miles out of it. I drive aggressively sometimes, but rarely over 75mph.

What tires last the longest and have the best reputation?

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