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Old 11-23-2012, 02:18 PM   #276
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1) Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110 205/55/16
2)South Florida
3)daily driving, spirited cornering as well.
4)50/50
5)

I am coming from General Exclaim UHP which are pretty much dead and on wear markers to this tire.

HUGE DIFFERENCE.

Both claim to be UHP tires and both tires are not meant for winter or cold and being in Florida finding tires is easy unless you plan on driving out of state. It's fairly hot all year around so no reason to buy ALL season tires. Dry rot will get most tires in 5 years anyhow. I had some tires that had plenty of tread but were starting to crack so I felt like switching them out anyhow.

The Hankooks do not tend to tramline and are nice and soft on the highway yet grip like no one's business.

I only have the 2007 2.5, not a WRX or anything but I can still tell these have serious grip. When it's wet, they grip as if it's dry. I love the shoulder blocks. They don't leave alot of room for cupping which the Exclaims tended to do if you weren't really careful with rotation. Even after trying to keep up, they eventually cupped and got really noisy.

Running at 36psi instead of 33 like the car states but they are extra load tires vs normal load.

For the price... I don't see how they can be beat. Even though tire rack gave them a crap review, car and driver had them #2 among summer tires. They beat much higher brand and $$$ tires. I really hope they don't cancel this tire and go make something worse and cheap.
Just an FYI....cupping is due to blown struts, not shoulder block design....
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:03 PM   #277
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

215/45 R17 91W XL Yokohama S.Drive


#2.) what is your geographic location

Front Range, Colorado. Mostly paved, some dirt road driving in the mountains.

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

No motorsports; spirited weekend warrior. Most miles mix of highway/city.

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

50/50

#5.) your review and personal comments

I put more or less 25k miles on these, and I'm down to the wear indicators in the middle, slightly less on the inside tread. Alignment is in spec; aggressive driver, so I'm not surprised at the insides wore faster. Also seems to indicate that spec alignment is ideal for my driving.

Tire rode much better than the 87W Pirelli P-Zero M&S tires I had previously; handled high-frequency impact much better, and seems to have better grip overall. This isn't surprising since the S.Drive is a summer tire, vs the M&S Pirellis. Road noise increased with age, as expected. Grip in wet conditions was very good even with little tread remaining. Overall great tire for the money; I'd recommend to others.

Replacing with summer Pzero 91Y XL; will reply with that tire's review also.
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Old 04-13-2013, 06:36 PM   #278
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

-Michelin Alpin pa4, in 245-40-18

#2.) what is your geographic location

-Montreal, Canada

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

-None

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

-70% highway, 30% city

#5.) your review and personal comments

Excellent tire. More winter than winter/performance, this tire made my 2012 STI unstoppable, when combined with 4wd and the DCCD. I strongly recommend this tire if you have rough winters, need excellent ice/snow handling, but also want retain some decent dry road performance in comparison to other purist winter tires.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:30 PM   #279
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Michelin Pilot Super Sport 235/45 - 17 on 17x 7.5" CE-28s


#2.) what is your geographic location

Calgary, Ab Canada


#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

Hopefully some Auto-X this year


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

50-50


#5.) your review and personal comments

Had these installed while down In Denver, and drove them home 1300 miles the following week. Very decent in regards to noise, especially compared to the previous RE-070 on the car.

Grip is excellent, and no tramlining issues, even with a wider track on my car.

Rain is a non-issue so far, which has normally been a huge problem on this car, even with 225/45 tires.

Very happy with these, and hopefully I can get the car out to some auto-x this summer to really test them!
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:06 PM   #280
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Default Khumo Ecsta ASX

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Khumo Ecsta ASX 225/45R-17 on Enkei PKR 17's

#2.) what is your geographic location
Central Texas

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Daily Driven in and around Austin Formula 1 style traffic

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
85/15

#5.) your review and personal comments
A. This tire is wide. Wider than the same size Falken Ziex ZE-512's replaced, and those had a rim-protector type sidewall. I had no fender rub with -1.5* camber in the rear on the Falken's, now I am rolling my fenders and going back to -2* because the fender-well is hitting the tread... not even the sidewall. Looks very meaty... even if the tread isn't super aggressive.

B. This tire is not quiet. It isn't as loud as the Falken or Riken Raptor's that I've had before, but I can still hear them over my Invidia N1 (with 3" turbo-back). I've not found a directional tire that is quiet though, so that's no surprise.

C. This tire is safe. And by safe, I mean on the edge it howls like a dying elephant and breaks loose as gently as a feather dropping. There isn't much edge-of-your-seat handling to be had. In the rain it grips like it's dry... but without the howl. I got this tire because I wanted cheap and safe for my wife and 16yo to learn to drive in. It was cheap and is safe. It's boring, but does exactly what it is supposed to.
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:15 PM   #281
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Default Nitto tire review

I am presently running Nitto Invo 245/40-r17 W as an oversize on my 2005 Sti.

I live near Houston, Texas;

I do not participate in any driving events;

My driving is probably 80% city and 20% highway;

The tires have amazing grip and are reasonably quiet. Unfortunately, they are becoming harder to find, so I have to resort to searching for mailing-tires to replace them.

They do not come with a mileage warranty, so i buy replacement certs from Discount Tire for them.
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:35 PM   #282
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Default Bridgestone Potenza RE-11a 245/45/17

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11a 245/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location
South East USA (Florida)

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Tail of the Dragon

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
50/50

#5.) your review and personal comments

I purchased these tires new from Tire Rack for the Boxer Takeover trip to the Tail of the Dragon in NC. I also drive on them daily. Pros: These tires grip and grip. When they start to lose grip, it is very progressive. The tires get louder as they lose more grip so i get good input as to when i am pushing too hard. I have these on my 17x8 enkei rpf1s and love them. They are also great in the rain. They give the same progressive feedback and as long as i stay out of big puddles, i have the same confidence in the rain as in the dry. They are quiet and comfortable on the highway and in daily driving. I drove these tires new to NC, through all the roads in the area, then to DC then back to Florida with no complaints at all.

Cons: hmmm...hard to say. they arent cheap but you get what you pay for. They arent going to last 50k miles but i did purchase extreme performance tires. no real cons for me, i love these tires.
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:04 PM   #283
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review
FUSION UHP stock wheel of 2011 wrx

#2.) what is your geographic location
NJ/VA

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
NA

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
60/40

#5.) your review and personal comments
I am a broke college student who needed new tires badly. Got the fusion for $55/tire total with tax come out to be 300 flat from tirerack. To be honest, i like it. I know this isnt the best tire out there. But if u are strapped for money like money and need tires go fusion tires. They are bit noisy and u can feel the road alot compare to stock tires. But overall i like the tires for the price i paid. However if this tires were 100/tire i would be absolutely pissed off and feel ripped.
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:52 AM   #284
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Default Michelin X-ice xi3 on 2013 Impreza Limited

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Michelin X-ice xi3, 195/65-15 (dedicated winter wheels on 2013 Impreza Limited)

#2.) what is your geographic location
Northern NJ, maybe 12 miles from NYC

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
none

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
probably about 65% city

#5.) your review and personal comments
The snow and ice performance of these tires is fantastic (they actually seem a little better than the Hakka Rs I had a while back, but that was on a different car), but that is not really news to anyone based on the test results they get. My big concern prior to getting these was how much handling degradation to expect on clear roads compared to the OEM passenger all seasons (Yokohama AVID S34D in 205/50-17). You would expect the ride and handling to get a good bit "mushier" with this size change even if you used the same tire model, let alone with dedicated snow tires. Our area often has pretty mild winters so I think most people around here opt for performance snows instead of full-on winter tires.

Well, the answer is: Not bad at all! The change is noticeable, but I don't feel the impact is severe. My wife says she hardly notices the difference at all. As per their reputation these tires seem to minimize the effect on clear pavement handling. There is a slight increase to body lean and a slight loss of steering precision, but not enough to be bothersome. (Bear in mind my driving style is pretty relaxed; you might notice more difference if you often drive like a nut). Also I don't notice any loss of traction (turning OR braking) on clear or wet roads, although in theory that is supposed to happen. If there is any difference it must be very slight. These are highly recommended. In my experience performance snows give up a lot to real snow tires (especially on ice) and I think these X-ice 3's make them unnecessary for most people. I was considering the Dunlop 3Ds also and I suspect I'm better off with these.

Purchased from Tire Rack along with a set of 15" wheels. No TPMS sensors (Not needed, I check the air every week anyway).
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:38 PM   #285
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April 2014

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

A: Bridgestone Potenza RE-92; non-directional; 215/45-17
B: Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec; directional; 225/45-17
C: Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season; directional; 225/45-17
D: Toyo Proxes R888; directional; 235/40-17
E: Continental Extreme Contact DW; non-directional; 245/40-17
F: Bridgestone LM-60 Blizzak Performance Snow Tires; directional; 215/45-17

#2.) what is your geographic location

Southwestern Connecticut

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

A: Four-season daily-driving; no auto-x or other HPE
B: Three-season daily-driving; auto-x
C: Four-season daily-driving; no auto-x or other HPE
D: Summer-only; previous daily-driving; auto-x only
E: Three-season daily-driving; no auto-x or other HPE
F: Winter-only daily-driving; no auto-x or other HPE

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

A, B, C, E, & F: approximately 50/50, but tends to be more local driving

#5.) your review and personal comments

A: When the car was unmodified, these tires were perfectly fine for dry, wet, and snow if the roads had been plowed.

If you had no intent on modifying the car and/or trying to drive in a performance-oriented manner, they were truly adequate.

These were on the OEM wheels.

B: When the car was 'semi-modified', I moved to these more for auto-x performance. They had grip, were quiet, and did work adequately in wet conditions.

By the third year, they were down to the wear-markers and the centers of two tires had delaminated.

These were on 17x8 48ET Enkei wheels.

C: When the car was 'semi-modified', I moved to these for more street performance, wet-weather performance, and plowed-street snow performance. They had grip, were mostly quiet, and were excellent in wet conditions.

While they did do marginally well in snow conditions, as I modified the car more and more, these became ineffective in the snow.

These were on 17x8 48ET Enkei wheels.

D: The car is effectively 'modified' and these tires were the next step in the evolution for primarily auto-x. These tires are excellent and provide superior grip for competitive purposes as well as on the street. I do not however recommend using these for daily-driving because you will be wasting them.

The road surface however should be seasonal (warm). At closer to freezing conditions, these tires, if not driven on carefully, can work against you and they are adequate to marginal in wet conditions.

While considered a 'street tire' they are closer to the Hoosier brand of competitive tire.

Also, these tires are loud, really loud. As you approach highway speed and slightly above, they will begin to deafen you due to the high pitch / frequency of noise produced. I ended-up wearing ear-plugs to protect my hearing.

These are on 17x8 48ET Enkei wheels and continue to be used for auto-x.

E: The car is effectively 'modified' and these tires were the next step in the evolution for primarily daily-driving. These tires are excellent and provide superior grip for the street. If you have not experienced a tire such as the Toyo Proxes R888, then these may also be an excellent choice for an all-purpose performance tire: both street and auto-x.

I have yet to take the car out for some puddle-jumping to test-out the wet weather performance of them. As of July 2014, my consideration is that, although still 'new', they are excellent in wet-weather conditions and do provide superior grip in such conditions.

Do not confuse these tires with a similar "DWS" tire from Continental. DW = dry / wet and should not be used at or below freezing temperatures. DWS = dry / wet / light-snow (there's a trade-off).

These tires are very quiet, but they are also very new. The G/Y F1 A/S are noisy when compared to these. As of July 2014, they are still very quiet.

These are on 17x8 48ET Enkei wheels and continue to be used for the street.

F: The car is effectively 'modified' and these tires were the next step in the evolution for winter. These tires are excellent and provide superior grip for winter purposes.

These came into play when the suspension and chassis were continually upgraded for more performance purposes and the all season tires could no longer provide snow-traction.

These are on the stock OEM Enkei wheels 17x7 55ET.

General note: the fenders, front and rear, have not been rolled or otherwise altered.

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