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Old 03-23-2005, 04:19 PM   #1
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Goodyear Eagle F-1

Anyone run on these. Are they worth the performance/cost difference say for instance between them at $136 and say Parada Spec 2's at $96????

(that would be in a size 215/45/17 by the way)


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Are you talking F1 GS-D3's? If you can get them for that price that's a steal. I have them on my Focus. They are (IMO) superior to the stock Continental ContiSportContacts the car came with. I haven't experienced the Eagles in the rain, but word is they are quite good in the rain for an ultra-performance tire (that's the whole idea behind the unusual v-groove tread design). They have a stiffer sidewall than the Conti's did, and they eliminated the annoying "tramlining" problem the Conti's gave me as well. Just overall seem to be a nice stable and secure tire. So far treadwear is not disappointing, but I really haven't put a lot of miles on these tires yet (a few thousand at most on the front tires, which are the oldest set).

As I've mentioned before though, I do have a weird problem where they seem to cause the car to have a slight "drift" to it that wasn't there before, and an alignment did not cure the problem. It's not severe, it's actually kind of strange... I feel like I need to hold the wheel a teeny bit to the left to keep the car straight - but if I let go of the wheel altogether, the car usually continues straight. I dunno, but just figured you should know that about these tires.
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Yes, the F-1 GS-D3's thats the ones. You say you haven't tried them in the rain but good traction and cornering on dry? How much did you pay for yours...I thought $136 each was a bit steep but if they are that much better.............

They are rated also for being relatively quiet, is that what you find? Overall they come with a very high rating in all categories.
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The fronts have about 5,000 miles on them, I bought that pair last summer at about $169 a piece. The rears have about 1,000 miles on them, those were $162 a piece, although he initially wanted to charge me near $190 for them until I said "huh?! The last ones I bought were about $20-$30 cheaper than that!!"

Since they have relatively low mileage, it's hard to say if they won't make more noise in the future, but I haven't noticed any more or less road noise than I did with the stock tires. Also they do have more of a visible "rim protector" to the sidewall area, the stock Conti's seemed to have a sidewall just about even with the edge of the wheel, these have sort of a "bulge" near the rim that makes the tire look like it's sticking out a little bit from the edge of the wheel. Which a lot of people must complain about or think means they have the wrong size tire, because the sales advisor actually took the time to go out and show me the tires and the rim protector, even though I hadn't asked about it.
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The Eagles are the best in their class. I honestly think the price is ridiculous though. But, I'd roll'em if I could afford to.
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Enough said..placed an order with Tire Rack today 4 F-1's 215/40/17......should be here next Tuesday.
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Make sure to come back and let us know what you think of them, I'm curious to see what another Focus owner thinks. BTW I'm sure you know that new tires feel weird at first because of the mold release stuff on there, just out of curiosity, I would love to know how "slippery" they felt at first to you, because that's one thing that caught me off-guard, they were extra slippery compared to other new tires I've gotten... felt like I was driving on butter for the first 50-100 miles or so.
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I'll let you know after the install. Couldn't decide between the 40 and 45 series but with the exel rims at an offset of only 42 I finally went with the 40 series...hopefully won't have any issues with the 215 and my 1.6" drop. I wanted the 45's for a better ride but I believe I might have had problems with rubbing.

Turns out the guy I spoke with at tire rack is a FJ member, mentioned by the way that the F-1 was an "excellent tire".
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Good luck! Hope they suit you well. I wonder how the 40 sidewall will feel, I have noticed (and I forgot to mention this) that the tire definitely seems to give a more "firm" ride than the stock tires, I feel more road imperfections and bumps than I did with the Continental tires. I presume that was the tradeoff, the Continentals were softer in the sidewall area which made for a smoother ride but the edge starts to "roll over" easier in hard cornering.
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I'm sure the 40 series sidewall will be stiff as hell (the people mounting the tires will really appreciate that, lol).
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