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Old 11-09-2010, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default Anyone ever run Yokohama S.drives for summer tires?

Anyone running these? thoughts? My summers (Dunlope Direzza's) are shot after 2 summers which is about right as I daily drive my car. I saw these on discount tire and was wondering if they are worth buying. I cannot tell if they are low profile or what from the photo, but after a google search I see they are. With daily driving I am wondering how long they will last as well, since I switch to my Winters come you guessed it...Winter. Thoughts? Link
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:30 PM   #2
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I cannot tell if they are low profile or what from the photo, but after a google search I see they are.
I have to wonder, based on that statement, what your definition of low profile is? I mean, I assume you found the tire by searching for your desired tire size, so if the tire appeared in that search then it must be low profile, right?

I've never owned them, but from what I've read they're supposed to be pretty competent UHP summer tires. Here they are compared to your current tires; the S.drives are markedly better. And a couple other tests (here and here) that show similarly good performance. Looks like the latest from Bridgestone are a bit better, and the Michelins are still good even after years on the market (but also cost 40% more, as is typical of Michelin).

Seems like a safe bet.

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Old 11-09-2010, 05:01 PM   #3
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My definition is are they meaty or low profile lol Most high performance tires are low pro as you know but I have seen some that are pretty beefy lol I answered my own question in my original post. Thanks for the input Pat I will check out those links when I get home since they are blocked on my computer.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:24 PM   #4
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Here they are compared to your current tires; the S.drives are markedly better. And a couple other tests (here and here)n
Wow... ZRis were higher rated? S.Drives must be total shiet. I know that Luke dislikes them.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:25 AM   #5
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Wow... ZRis were higher rated?
Yes, the ZRis were rated higher by 0.14%.

Although I posted the test results, I have to say they're not terribly conclusive. In that 2007 test the S.drives were basically on par with the Fuzion ZRis and the ECSTA SPTs. But in the most recent (June 2010) test, the S.drive scores significantly better than the SPT. Not sure what to make of that.

Anyway, based on TR's testing, I think it's clear that the S.drive is a better tire than what he's got now. There are certainly better tires than the Yokos, but I would still say they're a safe bet.
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:25 PM   #6
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Im running S Drives right now. Ill go outside and take a picture, Im in the process of finding some "stockers" or winter tires and rims for the upcoming snow. I have the benefit of having a balancer and mounter at my school so its free for me.
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:35 PM   #7
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eh, my phone takes bad pictures.
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:41 PM   #8
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I like the S-Drives. My last set only lasted about 15,000 miles in Arizona heat and spirited driving... That would be my only concern with them. On tire developed a bubble on the sidewall, but Discount Tire replaced that for free, and I replaced the remaining 3 at that time since the tread was running low.
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:43 PM   #9
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My definition is are they meaty or low profile lol Most high performance tires are low pro as you know

Profile won't change unless you change tire sizes. It refers to the size, not the tire.
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:57 PM   #10
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I was running them on my last car for 2 summers and they were great.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:49 AM   #11
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Hey thanks for the photos! Yeah how long they last is a concern of mine since I do DD so they will get some miles put on them. If I can make them last 2 summers I will be happy. I might have to give Luke a call and see what he thinks even though liked mentioned he does not like them lol
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:51 AM   #12
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lest just say I drive 100 miles a day for work and they lasted more then 2 summers.
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:02 AM   #13
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20k on mine now. Still plenty of meat left. Decent tire and cheap.
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:54 AM   #14
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I think they've got excellent wet and dry traction but mine are quite loud and harsh. They're on our tuned VW Tiguan in 245/45/18. Price is right though. If I were on a strict budget, I'd consider them for my WRX.
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:13 AM   #15
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I know alot of people here in texas that use s-drives, and everyone runs on summer tires here.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:49 AM   #16
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Awesome thanks for all the input guys, I think these are the tires I am going to try out. Noise is not a big issue for since I have music on all the time. Thanks for the help
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i had s.drives...i wasnt too impressed.
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:47 PM   #18
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I just installed a new set on my '07 this summer. I like them now, but break-in was a major pain...the tires really follow grooves in the road initially.


After about 2K miles they neutralized. I have 15K on mine and they are not worn much. I often drive up to 150 miles a day for work

I probably will not buy these again, but will say once they are broken in the grip in the dry & wet is fantastic.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:22 PM   #19
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i liked them, predictable tire, easy to get loose and control, great wet traction too, comparable to the falken fk452s i have now, but nothing close to star specs that i had befpre

most budget summer tires are the same for daily driving, wont notice that much of a difference
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