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Old 04-06-2014, 12:04 PM   #1
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Ecopia EP422 for svt focus

Is anyone running Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 tires on their SVT? 215/45/17

Im currently running primewell PZ900 and I cant get much more than 20-30k out of a set of tires cause of bad inner wear, so I want to get a tire i can rotate around the care more appropriately.

Anyone running these tires? issues? thoughts?


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If you are getting bad inner wear you might want to check that your toe is in spec. A common misconception is that camber causes tire wear but excessive toe is more often the culprit.
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I've taken it in 3 times for alignment at Firestone complete auto care, it hasn't made a difference in my tire life over the last 30k miles. Every time i go in something thing is out of wack.
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Toe can definitely make the problem worse, especially if you have a lot of camber. But I'd also suggest checking out your bearings by spinning them with the brake pads off. My car doesn't make the "usual" bad bearing noises while driving. It's quieter at highway speed than it is while driving slowly and turning doesn't seem to affect it much (though, I believe both rear bearings are bad). I jacked up my car this weekend and my bearings definitely sound shot even though I've been driving on them and ruining tires for 60k miles. lol

Check out my thread in the MK3 section to see if that's what your tires look like:
Summer Tires:
Rear Tire wear issues, are there TSB fixes?
Winter Tires:
Rear Tire wear issues, are there TSB fixes?

And windeye on this website had the same problem with weird inner tire wear from bad bearings on her Mazda 3:
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...73#Post3170273

EDIT: To be honest, I'm not even convinced that my front wheel bearings aren't damaged.
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Toe can definitely make the problem worse, especially if you have a lot of camber. But I'd also suggest checking out your bearings by spinning them with the brake pads off. My car doesn't make the "usual" bad bearing noises while driving. It's quieter at highway speed than it is while driving slowly and turning doesn't seem to affect it much (though, I believe both rear bearings are bad). I jacked up my car this weekend and my bearings definitely sound shot even though I've been driving on them and ruining tires for 60k miles. lol

Check out my thread in the MK3 section to see if that's what your tires look like:
Summer Tires:
Rear Tire wear issues, are there TSB fixes?
Winter Tires:
Rear Tire wear issues, are there TSB fixes?

And windeye on this website had the same problem with weird inner tire wear from bad bearings on her Mazda 3:
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...73#Post3170273

EDIT: To be honest, I'm not even convinced that my front wheel bearings aren't damaged.
Ill try that! thanks dude.
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Primewells...ick. Ecole A's are nice tires, but they are Bridgestone Eco tire. Not a performance tire at all. Go with one of the Potenzas, RE...97 I think that is the directional tire. Very good tire for grip and on wet roads. I test drove a bunch of those including the Ecopia on BMWs.
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Skip the ecopia line and look into the turanza line up. Better all around all season that has much less side wall flex and more grip.

The 97 is decent at first but I hate that its directional. Begins to cup badly after a few thousand and theirs nothing you can do to stop it. So looking into a asymmetrical tire is better so you can rotate it around to prevent that.

Try change your rear alignment to -.04 and 33-35 psi should give it a very smooth even wear. Every one will tell you zero toe for the rear is better but I found I tend to eat up the outsides a little bit faster.
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:48 PM   #9
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I do agree with the directional tire "debate". I purchase symmetrical tires as well. I have a set of Hydro Edges and they are cupped...loud and annoying. But when I tested those tires, they gripped really well, specially on a wet road. Ecopia did the worse, 970s then the 97, than...The others, I can't remember what they were. But that was taking corners at high speed. Power sliding threw corners...goodtimes.
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