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Old 04-19-2009, 04:22 PM   #1
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Replacement 15" tires for wife's daily driver

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We have about 40,000 miles on the original Eagle RS-A's, and they're about kicked. I've been happy with their handling and traction, as our Focus is used as a daily driver in Central NJ, so it needs to handle moderate amounts of snow (but lots of rain!). I would like the replacements to handle as well as the RS-A's for weekend fun on twisty roads, but to produce less tread noise if possible. This is my wife's daily driver, so we're not looking for race tires here.

Some tires I'm looking at are Goodyear Assurance Comfortred and Continental ContiProContact. Any comments on those or other suggestions?


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Old 04-19-2009, 04:40 PM   #2
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Bridgestone RE950s in stock size have been working really well on my wagon....
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:19 PM   #3
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I'd suggest the g019 grids over the re-960 polepositions for an every day driver. the 960's are fanatstic in the rain but lack in snow traction.
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:39 PM   #4
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Eagle RS-A is the worst tire ever. Go to tirerack.com and see the ratings/reviews for yourself.

I switched to Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S and with 30k miles on them I'm very happy.
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well i live in socal (so my tier might not help) but i got some Nexen 5000 and they are the best tier i have ever had and i herd the 9000 are better and the price of the Nexen brand is a lot less then most other tiers

i drive about 25mi one way for work and they are holding up grate

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well i live in socal (so my tier might not help) but i got some Nexen 5000 and they are the best tier i have ever had and i herd the 9000 are better and the price of the Nexen brand is a lot less then most other tiers

i drive about 25mi one way for work and they are holding up grate

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Eagle RS-A is the worst tire ever. Go to tirerack.com and see the ratings/reviews for yourself.

I switched to Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S and with 30k miles on them I'm very happy.
the Eagle RS-a is a fantastic tire actually. For a Crown-Vic or Impala of the like.

My only problem with the Exalto A/S is that it is a 2 generation old design.

Bridgestone, Pirelli and Goodyear are all on their 2nd or 3rd "Performance" A/S tire. Keep in mind the Exalto A/S is a "Performance" A/S. Not UHP or not HP. Like the RE-960's or the Pzero Nero M/S.

The exalto a/s is more along the lines of the Old Firehawk Indy 500. Which is now only made in limited niche sizes.

Firestone has now since moved to the Firehawk GT

Bridgestone had the RE-92 when the Exalto came out. While they still make the RE-92 it is designed as a smooth riding OE tire and no longer considered a replacement tire as it once was back in the early 2000's. Now Bridgestone has gone through the Potenza G009 AND is currently on the G019 GRID's.

With this information we can thus conclude the Exalto A/S is in fact, 3 generations of Performance All Season Tires old.

I won't argue that in it's day it was a bad tire. In fact if it was the early 2000's I would have chose that tire of pretty much any tire on the market.
It is just now there are tires that are far beyond the technology of the Exalto A/S.
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^^ok, so you're saying buy the newest design?
Looking at the ratings, none of your "new" design tires have the ratings as high as Exalto A/S

And yeah Eagle RS-A is great only if they had any traction and didn't sound like i'm in the tractor.
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Like I said, I'd prefer a quieter tire. The traction of the RS-A's was sufficient, because we're not using this car to Autocross or anything, just getting to work and back.
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I actually was thinking the same, the only reason I switched was that I couldn't stand the noise RS-A's produced at highway speeds.
I couldn't believe the difference when I switched.

Anyway it's your choice, I just said what I have and I'm pretty much happy with them regardless of what everybody says.

If you do a search on this topic, you will see that all threads pretty much lead to nothing as everybody starts to defend their tire and put down others.
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Yea, I appreciate your suggestion. The Pilot Exalto A/S looks like it does pretty well in the Tire Rack surveys. On a side note, one of the problems with the Tire Rack's surveys is that they're self-reported data. I.e., while I had no choice in selecting the RS-A's that came with the car, when I go to buy the replacements, I will want to validate my decision by believing that they are superior to the tires I replaced.

I thought about trying the Assurance ComforTred, because they're supposed to be significantly quieter. The ContiProContacts are like 30 bucks cheaper each though, and they're good enough for OEM use on BMW's, so they can't be awful.
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