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Old 10-01-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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I'm running some Nexen N3000 tires right now. Had them for about 4 years and the side walls are cracking. I caught a flat so I need to replace them.

I barley drive the car, so they don't need to be huge mileage tires. Just want something that works well in the rain and decent in the snow/winter. You know Texas we get about 2 good snow days and that's it.

I worry about off brand tires as the side walls may crack early, you know the deal.

Look for advice on what everyone else likes. Got 18x8.5 wheels, and looking to spend 150$ max per tire. Was going to stick with discount for the change just trust you guys more with opinions than them pushing a special.

Falken, Dunlop Kuhmo, Nitto? They recommended Nitto Motivo's?
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:37 PM   #2
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continental DW stickies. love them in the rain, stick like glue when dry i dont know about snow yet cause its fall. lol
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:14 PM   #3
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DW are summer tires. Forget about snow.

Krzys
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:05 PM   #4
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dont drive it in the snow
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:37 AM   #5
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dont drive it in the snow

I would but my other options is a scooter.
Which I usually commute on.

The car maybe gets like 5k miles a year or so.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:47 AM   #6
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i wouldnt own a car for 5k miles/year

WAY cost ineffective

id buy the cheapest as tires you can find at walmart and done
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:28 AM   #7
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i wouldnt own a car for 5k miles/year

WAY cost ineffective

id buy the cheapest as tires you can find at walmart and done

I use it for hauling my race bike every month or so and drive to work in bad weather. Work is only a 10 mile drive so that's how I keep miles down.

It has 95 k on it now. I put a lot of miles on it at first but it has slowed way down.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:25 AM   #8
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Talked to Discount tire.

They are willing to give me a deal on the Dunlop Direzza.
Basically an extra 10% off.

Anyone run these?
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:16 AM   #9
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Talked to Discount tire.

They are willing to give me a deal on the Dunlop Direzza.
Basically an extra 10% off.

Anyone run these?
direzza is a line of tires

NOT a particular tire

and all but the star specs suck and will NOT work in any snow
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:45 AM   #10
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direzza is a line of tires

NOT a particular tire

and all but the star specs suck and will NOT work in any snow
Thanks Scotty!


http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/sea...45&ar=40&rd=18

The DZ101, considering is snows maybe 2 times a year what do you think? Rain is my main concern. I am use to the Nexen N3000 and they are ok.
I just want to be able to get to work on a snow day.

Would you recommend any of the other tires WAY above the Dunlops on that page? Need to stay cheap cause of usage.
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:34 PM   #11
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Oh man.
If you want to drive in snow the summer tires are not proper tool. In wet snow some summer tire may be passable but do not count on it. I was caught with Hankook Evo V12 in wet october snow last year and they performed better than expected. But my expectations were quite low.
If you have dry snow accumulating then take your scooter, may be safer. Or stay home.

If you have to drive in the snow in Texas and have money use summer tires on dedicated wheels for most time and put studless winter tires for snow/ice on dedicated wheels (I think you have more chance of glare ice than snow but I do not know your wether). You may want to put them on only for winter weather. With TX wether you almost need a special vehicle to handle winter as it may be that sudden and infrequent.

Cheap solution is to buy all seasons but on ice they will not be of great help.

Decent all seasons are Goodyear Eagle GT, Conti DWS but you do not need their very good snow traction that often, Potenza RE970.
Maybe Falken ZE-912?

Krzys

PS Looking at tire prices in your selected size. Maybe go with smaller wheels if your main objective is: "Just want something that works well in the rain and decent in the snow/winter". Narrower and smaller will buy you decent all seasons for much less money and be better with hydroplaning and snow.
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:47 PM   #12
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Good deal I will look at those all seasons. Yeah I want something that works well in the rain and decent in the snow.

I would say in Texas 75% of a year it is 70 degrees +
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:52 PM   #13
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Got money?
Bridgestone Potenza RE-970 A/S
Best dry traction and performance.
OK wet traction, hopeless in the snow.
Best road feel
Shortest lifespan

Good balance?
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Good dry, wet traction.
Decent in snow, worked well in Colorado ski season.
Mushy road feel
Lasts pretty long

Low budget?
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Good dry, wet traction.
No comments on snow (haven't driven it in snow)
Last a long time
Super rock hard road feel.
Transmits a lot of noise and vibration into the car.
Feels like you're riding on top of a jackhammer.

I have personally driven on all 3 tires before.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:01 PM   #14
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Thank Atomic, I am low budget to be honest. With the low miles I put on the car the tire usually go bad before I use them all up.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:26 AM   #15
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Thank Atomic, I am low budget to be honest. With the low miles I put on the car the tire usually go bad before I use them all up.
I have the Kumhos on my 05 STi. Since the exhaust is loud I can't hear the road noise, but I also have a full set of rear suspension bushings so it makes the tire feel worse than it is.

The tire is very good at transmitting information to you, but you will feel (and your spine will feel) every imperfection in the road.

Before that I had the last generation of the Potenza A/S tire, the RE960. My favorite tire, but obscenely expensive. Quiet, excellent road feel but not harsh, and very grippy.

I have the Continental DWS on a 08 Sti right now. Very refined ride, very smooth and quiet. If you suddenly jerk the wheel, the soft sidewall will flex and you'll feel the delay in response. Otherwise, excellent tire for a daily driver. Got nearly 40k miles on it and still haven't worn through the "W" on it yet, and the "S" on it is still showing. If you didn't know, Continental puts wear indicators on the tire that indicate what you can safely drive it in - D W S. When the D is worn down to the point where you can't see it, it's time to replace the tire.
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