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Old 09-13-2012, 09:28 AM   #1
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Tire Recommendations

I am needing to replace the tires on my car and looking for recommendations from the community. I am looking for tires that are no more than $100 each. They also need to be a decent all season tire as we get snow and ice here occasionally. On my short list is..

Falken Ziex ZE-912 (Discount Tire Direct)
General Evertrek HP (Wal-Mart)
Nankang Ultra Sport NS-II (Discount Tire Direct)
Fuzion Touring (Tire Rack)

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Old 09-13-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
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Look at kelly tires, made by goodyear but good prices for a decent all season tire
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General Tire has always made good inexpensive tires.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....&affiliate=AD4

I had these on my SVT Contour, they were butter smooth, took a lot of abuse, worked great in any kind of driving condition including snow and have an awesome 55K mile warranty. I am considering buying them again for my SVT Focus.

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Old 09-13-2012, 11:51 AM   #4
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I put Hankook H727 on my daughter's Focus Wagon. The sidewalls are more flexible than those of my favorite BF Goodrich tires, which I felt would be better for CO winter driving for her. It also makes the ride a little nicer.

The only trade-off is a tiny bit less road-feel/stiffness in summer driving. But the Focus wheelbase is a bit more stretched out than that of my Saab, so I actually don't notice much of a change unless I'm really looking for it. Also, your ZX5 is a bit lighter than my 900, so I would think the more flexible sidewalls would be a benefit.

They're nice tires & seem to wear pretty well. She says they have very good winter traction. They were right at your $100/tire limit.
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I drove a 2010 Focus with some Hankook Optimos on it and I thought they were noisy. They may be ok otherwise.
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I've gone through 7 sets of tires on my 08, out of all of them i found the riken raptors to be the best all around tire, dry pavement 1-5 probably 4.7 wet 4.5 ice 4 and powder/hardpack 4 they are also decently priced, im sure tires that are 170 a piece would preform better though.. my logic is im going to need tires in max 8months so why spend alot of money
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I have a set of the Falkens and had a set of Fuzion HRi's. The Falkens are great on dry pavement but pathetic on snow and worse on ice. In my opinion these should be called a three season tire. The Falkens were surprisingly pretty good, especially for the price, and while not great in ice or snow they could get you from point A to B if driven carefully (unlike the Falkens which just spin).

What size tires are you interested in?

If you can save a few more bucks, the Continental Extreme Contact DWS is considered the best all around all season tire currently available. It's really worth the money. The General G-Max has been getting good reviews as well. Just remember that all season tires fall considerably short of true snow tire performance. They're only mediocre at best in the ice and snow.
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I have a set of the Falkens and had a set of Fuzion HRi's. The Falkens are great on dry pavement but pathetic on snow and worse on ice. In my opinion these should be called a three season tire. The Falkens were surprisingly pretty good, especially for the price, and while not great in ice or snow they could get you from point A to B if driven carefully (unlike the Falkens which just spun and spun).

What size tires are you interested in?

If you can save a few more bucks, the Continental Extreme Contact DWS is considered the best all around all season tire currently available. It's really worth the money.

I'm Confused, I think you meant to say Fuzion somewhere in that post . I am looking at 205/50R16
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I had a set of General Altimax HPs on my old car for ~20K miles, paid $105 each for 205/15/65. Loved them, though obviously they faltered in the deep snow. Still, dry traction was fantastic, really made the crappy car I drove so much better.
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