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Old 02-18-2008, 09:11 AM   #1
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Question Starting the quest for new tires

Ok, still on the stock tires and time to replace them.

I am looking at these brands/series...

Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3
Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1
Continential ContiExtremeContact

I need a good daily driver tire with the best performance with good wet performance. I want to keep it around $800 installed. Can anyone suggest other brands/series in my tire size and budget? Also looking at the Dunlop would those be more prone to picking up more junk from the road than others? I imagine I would only get about 20-24k miles out of these new tires that is about what I have gotten with my stock tires.

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Old 02-18-2008, 09:44 AM   #2
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falken ze912, under $100 a tire, good performance, just tested the wet traction at interstate speeds yesterday in a torrential downpour. i mean, i haven't seen rain that hard and heavy in quite some time, ran no problem. concrete. asphalt. easy. actually, was running the inside lane for a while, near the concrete median...hit a rut that i didn't see coming...absolutely no problem, where as my goodyears i would've been scared out of my mind. would've run them at higher speeds, as comfortable as i was doing , but i was already speeding through that stretch, while a lot of traffic wasn't even running the speed limit because of the rain.

and from what i'm reading, these are supposed to be falken's best all-season performance tire yet. i've only got 2 of them on the front, as my rims i got used had falken azenis st115's on them, but 2 needed replacing. special order tire, so the shop recommended these other falkens. if the life is good on them, i'll keep with them for sure. and reading reviews on them right now, apparently they've got a limited treadlife warranty for 60,000 and 45,000 miles, depending on the size of the tire.
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Ok, still on the stock tires and time to replace them.

I am looking at these brands/series...

Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3
Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1
Continential ContiExtremeContact

I need a good daily driver tire with the best performance with good wet performance. I want to keep it around $800 installed. Can anyone suggest other brands/series in my tire size and budget? Also looking at the Dunlop would those be more prone to picking up more junk from the road than others? I imagine I would only get about 20-24k miles out of these new tires that is about what I have gotten with my stock tires.

Thanks in advance,
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All are good choices, but keep in mind everyone is going to have an opinion one way or antoher.

A good place to start would be HERE:

Read First: Selecting the Best Tires for YOU

Consider these thoughts and I think it will narrow the list you have even further.

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^^ Good catch...

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oh, and the grip of those falkens definately trumps anything else i've had. i've run goodyear gt's and goodyear rs-a's, and these falkens...i took an interchange ramp on the freeway last night to put them to their biggest test yet...pulled this ramp averaging about ...and there's no doubt i could've run + comfortably...the goodyears, was pushing the limit.

of course though, i'm sure those f-1's are a higher performance tire than the goodyears i've had.

but in any case, search the forums and the web. it's true that what may be great for one person may not quite be to the liking of another. so read some reviews, see how most people feel, you can at least get an idea of how some different brands and tires perform and ride and try to go from there.
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Avon Tech M500 are in that price range, handle well in the wet and dry... the only drawback is that I only got about 15K miles out of them.

I'm on BFG g-force sports right now and they are doing pretty well... a bit heavier than the Avon's though and are closer to $550 installed. Avon is the British version of (Cooper)? I think.
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You have a strange cross section of tires there. Three high performance summer only tires and one high performance all season tire (the Conti). Naturally the Conti will be better in the wet and get better mileage. It's not very probable that you'll get 20 to 24K from the Potenza's or the Dunlop's. Of the three summer tires the Goodyears will probably have the better all around manners. If it's a summer performance tire (that gets some mileage) is what your looking for, it's hard to pass up BFG g force Sports.
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You know I was looking at those ze912's just yesterday at discount tire for I think $80 a pop. Anybody else have these? I need to replace my two fronts but don't know how well they would run with the stock conti's in the back i got 25k out of em too bigb7000 so don;t feel left out
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Yeah, I am in Texas so that is why the summer versions. Ford and others were pushing the conti's...

I just wanted to get a feeling from other svt peeps so far have not gotten too much feedback on the ones I was looking into get other suggestions which is great as well.

One concern is with the tread pattern like the dunlop that looks more like a slick is that going to pick up more junk in my daily route over the other tires?
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