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Old 07-14-2009, 02:09 AM   #1
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Default Goodyear Eagle GT vs. Falken Ziex ZE-912

Before you guys say anything, I just have to start off by saying I can get PRETTY good deals on either tires.

I'm looking to replace the stock RE92s that came with my 02-03 WRX Wheels. I'm looking at a couple of all-seasons due to the occasional winter rain, and my lack of Auto-X-ing.

I've searched and people said that the 912s are a decent all-season. I've tried searching for the Eagle GTs and I've haven't heard much about the new tread design.

Any feedback on either will be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:43 AM   #2
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I'm enjoying my 912's that came new on my Protege5. They are relatively stiff-sidewalled, and have near summer grip levels. No clue on rain or snow performance. I recommend, if the price is cheap. BTW, they're infinitely better than the 512's.
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:41 PM   #3
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Hi, I may be due for some new tires soon and am currently running the Ziex 512's which I've been pretty happy with other than somewhat fast tread wear considering I don't really do any "spirited" driving (about 3.5 years I've had them doing pretty low mileage) and I have probably a few months left. How do the 912's compare? Are there other tires that are similar (or cheaper) that have similar ride characteristics but maybe better tread wear than the 512's? Curious about any thoughts, I've been really happy with my 512's except for the treadwear being a bit fast.
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Old 07-14-2009, 11:55 PM   #4
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Hi, I may be due for some new tires soon and am currently running the Ziex 512's which I've been pretty happy with other than somewhat fast tread wear considering I don't really do any "spirited" driving (about 3.5 years I've had them doing pretty low mileage) and I have probably a few months left. How do the 912's compare? Are there other tires that are similar (or cheaper) that have similar ride characteristics but maybe better tread wear than the 512's? Curious about any thoughts, I've been really happy with my 512's except for the treadwear being a bit fast.
if you are happy with the 512, you would be real happy with balls of snot for tires

almost anything would be better
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Old 07-15-2009, 01:35 AM   #5
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I've had 912's on a couple of cars... I like them. They have pretty good sidewalls, and the grip is better than expected. 512's are no comparison to 912's. They are so different. I recommended the 912's to a friend for his ladies maxima, and he was really happy with them too.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:30 AM   #6
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Hi, I may be due for some new tires soon and am currently running the Ziex 512's which I've been pretty happy with other than somewhat fast tread wear considering I don't really do any "spirited" driving (about 3.5 years I've had them doing pretty low mileage) and I have probably a few months left. How do the 912's compare? Are there other tires that are similar (or cheaper) that have similar ride characteristics but maybe better tread wear than the 512's? Curious about any thoughts, I've been really happy with my 512's except for the treadwear being a bit fast.
Buy the 912's. They're cheap, and grip really well for an a/s, with good handling and feedback. FAR better than your 512's.
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Old 07-16-2009, 05:13 PM   #7
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Buy the 912's. They're cheap, and grip really well for an a/s, with good handling and feedback. FAR better than your 512's.
Cool thanks for the tips, like I said I don't do much "spirited" driving much so pretty much anything better than the RE92's and on par or better than the 512's would be great by me especially at the price point. One of the things about the 512's that I loved compared to the RE92's was the whole "abs going off on rough pavement on gentle stops" issue completely went away once I got them which was a nice surprise. If for some reason I have trouble finding them, do you guys have any other recommendations for a good inexpensive all season tire?
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Old 07-17-2009, 02:55 PM   #8
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Kumho asx? But the 912's are plentiful. These guys consistently have the lowest prices, when you factor in that that price is shipped to the installation location of your choice.

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...w=false&cs=205
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Old 07-17-2009, 03:52 PM   #9
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I just got the eagle gt's 225/45zr17's put on a set of stock 07 wheels i've got and I love them. They're better in wet and dry by far compared to my old kumho asx's
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:57 PM   #10
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Have used ZE-912 for about a year / 13K miles. Much, much better than the RE-92, but that's not saying much.
Nice level of grip in the dry with predictable break-away, astonishingly quiet compared with other decent all-season tires, and good in the rain. I have not had a chance to drive them in the snow, but they were absolutely adequate in near-freezing temperatures.
Wear has been as expected given their grip and my driving habits.
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Old 09-05-2009, 12:09 PM   #11
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Sorry to bump an older thread, but I just got the 912's installed today. Obviously I haven't had much of a chance to check them out but they sure seem quieter than the 512's that just came off the car, though I'm guessing much of that is due to them just being new. One thing I was a bit bummed about is they don't seem to have the rim protector like the 512's did. That came in handy when I would park on the street outside my brother's house. Other than that they seem like a good setup and reasonably priced too.
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Old 09-05-2009, 01:09 PM   #12
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I had the 912's too. They were pretty good. Better than the POS Pirelli's I replaced them with. I used them for winter duty and they performed relatively well in the snow/sleet. I usually don't venture out in the bad weather but when I did they were fine.
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:58 PM   #13
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What I like about Eagle GT's:

1. Good stiff sidewall.
2. Improved corner stability over the RE92A.
3. For regular road driving tire wear is good.
4. Dry grip is very good.
5. Wet grip is also very good.

What you may not like about it:

1. Little bit noiser and bumpier.
2. Not a very good competition tire as it seems to sacrifice alot of treading for grip.
3. Price is somewhat reasonable.

Overall: Feels like Goodyears DS-G3, but at a cheaper price (with a little less dry grip)
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Old 09-05-2009, 05:15 PM   #14
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2. Not a very good competition tire as it seems to sacrifice alot of treading for grip.
Agreed. I have also heard of one person attending a track event with these on. By the end of the day the tire was done, but he said it gripped very well, almost like a summer tire.
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:39 PM   #15
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I have the opinion on the 912 v. 512. 512 I think had better all around grip and seemed to have a stiffer sidewall than the 912. The 512 was also an excellent rain tire. Both are frightening in any snow. 10 mph and youre going too fast
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:47 PM   #16
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In summary, I think both work pretty well for the price but I preferred the feel of the 512 and think it was a better A/S tire.

As for the Potenza RE92 the car came with OEM, I consider them one of the worst tires I've ever driven on in sleet or snow. I experienced near zero traction with minimal snow on the road.
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^^^
what was your comparison based on? color and shape?
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:49 PM   #18
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dang this would have been the perfect thread for me if anyone had answered the initial question: Goodyear Eagle GT vs. Falken Ziex ZE-912 - that's exactly my choice today - Falkens are cheaper and i'm unemployed atm, so i think i'ma just do that...
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I had 512 and 912, same size for 2-3 years ion each and I am switching back to 512.

912>512:
Quieter, harder and "more square" sidewall, a little better in rain

512>912:
Much better in snow, 912 will scare you in snow, 512 is still ok~~~ lighter in weight, cheaper

The factor of snow performance has pull me back from 912~~~

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912's really dont do anything well...they dont suck on dry roads but they are far from enjoyable.

and forget about snow performance. I got stuck in like an inch of unpacked fresh snow
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:00 PM   #21
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So I have a chance to buy some 912's in a 225/45/17 this Sunday from Sears. They have a deal where you can buy 3 get 1 free on top of a 10% Friends/Family Event. So installed out the door is like $495. Is this a good deal for this tire or should I not get em?
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I've had both of these tires. My car came stock with Falken 912's, and I never really liked them. The side walls flexed way too much for my liking. Overall, I just didn't like them very much. After my experience with the Falken's, I installed the Eagle GT's. They have a much stiffer side wall and grip like crazy. The only minor negative thing about the Eagle GT's is that they make a little bit of noise. Not much at all, so don't let that be the determining factor of your purchase. Also, the GT's have a bada$$ looking tread. Good luck with your purchase!
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:20 PM   #23
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I was only interested in em cuz my right rear tire is considerably more worn than the other 3, yokohama's yk250's
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AWD and conservative driving in the rain will make up for a lack of all season tires, my kumho spts never missed a beat, just buy summer tires, skip both of those crappy tires

my freind bought eagle gt's and never liked them, they lasted 6k on his car, but he bought the wrong tire for the job
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Since when all seasons are required to handle rain?
You mistake summer tires with dry weather tires (tirerack calls them Extreme Performance Summer).
Not all summer tires suck in rain. Some are very good.

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