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Old 12-28-2010, 10:49 PM   #1
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Before you all scream "Use the search function" I would actually like reviews from TEXAS drivers. I don't need somebody in NY telling me what tire I need when they don't deal with Texas roads and Texas weather. I am currently running a set of Proxes 4. I'm somewhat disappointed with the wet handling of them. I'd like a tire that handles comparably dry and better in wet. I'm not looking for an all season per se but a well rounded tire that performs well in wet and dry on my daily driver. The car never sees track time and never will. Please and thank you.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:24 PM   #2
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Before you all scream "Use the search function" I would actually like reviews from TEXAS drivers. I don't need somebody in NY telling me what tire I need when they don't deal with Texas roads and Texas weather. I am currently running a set of Proxes 4. I'm somewhat disappointed with the wet handling of them. I'd like a tire that handles comparably dry and better in wet. I'm not looking for an all season by any means but a well rounded tire that performs well in wet and dry on my daily driver. The car never sees track time and never will. Please and thank you.
A. Tire rack has a GREAT search filter that lets you search by make/model and region.

B. Seriously, I could not be happier with my Dunlop Z1 star specs. Wet, dry, track, highway, they work great.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:32 PM   #3
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I'm currently running a set of Hankook Ventus V12 EVO and they've been great so far. Wet traction is surprisingly good, and dry traction has been phenomenal.

However, tire wear seems to be pretty advanced. But I guess you pay to play.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:34 PM   #4
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I'm very happy with my new set of Continental Extreme Contact DWSes. But they're all-seasons.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:42 PM   #5
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Updated to include all seasons. Evidently my brain can't process the right phrases to use. I'm open to ideas. Has anybody had any experience with the BF Goodrich KDWs? Thanks for the help so far.

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Old 12-28-2010, 11:45 PM   #6
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advan ado8's very sticky dry and wet.... if you dont mind a 20k tire
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:58 PM   #7
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Updated to include all seasons. Evidently my brain can't process the right phrases to use. I'm open to ideas. Has anybody had any experience with the BF Goodrich KDWs? Thanks for the help so far.
Yeah, I had a set when I got the new wheels for the FXT. They weren't bad, but when I switched to the Hankooks I was much happier. KDWs are great in dry conditions, but I still found my car floating over grooved highway and in higher speed cornering. Didn't have a lot of wet experience with them, since I only had them for about five hundred miles, but they didn't leave an impression, so that doesn't say much for them.
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Old 12-29-2010, 01:36 AM   #8
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Hankook Ventus HRII. Fantastic wet. Very nice dry. Very good tread life. Not too expensive. This is my second set, and about to be my third.
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Old 12-29-2010, 02:01 AM   #9
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My favorite so far have been Bridgestone RE01s.. unfortunately I wasn't able to afford them this go round.
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Old 12-29-2010, 03:45 AM   #10
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Yeah, I had a set when I got the new wheels for the FXT. They weren't bad, but when I switched to the Hankooks I was much happier. KDWs are great in dry conditions, but I still found my car floating over grooved highway and in higher speed cornering. Didn't have a lot of wet experience with them, since I only had them for about five hundred miles, but they didn't leave an impression, so that doesn't say much for them.
What Hankook did you switch to?
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Old 12-29-2010, 04:43 AM   #11
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Ventus V12 EVO K110. It's a high performance summer tire, so not the best for the winter at all. That said, I haven't switched to my all seasons yet, and we've had plenty of sub-freezing temps and recent crap weather.

Only downside is tread wear is pretty ****ty.
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Old 12-29-2010, 08:26 AM   #12
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I friggin loved the kdw's they do wear fast but I'd definatly buy them again!! I'm currently running Goodyear f1 all seasons they're mobetta in dry than wet, best wet weather tire I've seen or experienced is the kdw!!! I've been to south Carolina to michelen's proving grounds and to San Angelo for Goodyear proving grounds and been to a few bridgestone events, been a tire guru 7 years but I'll b honest the Dunlop I ran shock was the star spec n San Angelo is pretty phenominal tire and you can't beat that price!! I just can't bring myself to drop 9 bills on michelin's pilot sport all season plus yes they're a great tire and do have a 45000 mile warranty but damn that's some loot!!!
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Old 12-29-2010, 08:33 AM   #13
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^ have heard good things but the hankooks though...
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Old 12-29-2010, 08:35 AM   #14
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I'm w spiderpig on this one Treadwear is something to look for when you have power!!
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:43 AM   #15
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Conti DWS.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:54 AM   #16
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B. Seriously, I could not be happier with my Dunlop Z1 star specs. Wet, dry, track, highway, they work great.
I had them on my STi as well and loved them. I've never heard anyone with a complaint about them.

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I'm currently running a set of Hankook Ventus V12 EVO and they've been great so far. Wet traction is surprisingly good, and dry traction has been phenomenal.

However, tire wear seems to be pretty advanced. But I guess you pay to play.
I have them on the G8 right now and I've got mixed feelings about them. The price was nice, but like you said the treadwear is pretty quick. Also, I find the dry traction to be seriously lacking but that could just be the difference in our platforms. No complaints with wet traction, however I'm uber-cautious with the accelerator on this car when it's wet.

I'm giving consideration to trying a set of Nittos when these give out...which looks soon.

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I'm very happy with my new set of Continental Extreme Contact DWSes. But they're all-seasons.
A lot of the G8 community loves those tires as well as the GY F1's

I had great results wet/dry with a set of Federal SS595's on the STi for daily drivers. Price was great and the tread life seems good. The new owner still has them on the car and has auto-xed on them a few times as well.
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:51 AM   #17
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Thought about looking at nitto's aswell, heard good things but none of my close subi friends have ever ran them so it's like a shot in the dark...... As to the continentals I'd agree and you sure can't beat price!! If anyone runs a set soon spread the word....... I'm curious myself!
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Old 12-29-2010, 12:03 PM   #18
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The KDW's with the basket weave pattern on the tread are terrible. I will never use them again. The old style KDW's which look just like the Dunlop Star Spec's were great tires.

I am going with the Star Spec's once I use the KDW's up.
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Old 12-29-2010, 02:42 PM   #19
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From all the reviews I have read on the Conti DWS everybody loves the crap out of them. Same for the Hankooks, except multiple warnings about not driving them on ice. If I had the dough for 2 sets of tires I would probably go that route but at this point I'm really liking the Contis.

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I friggin loved the kdw's they do wear fast but I'd definatly buy them again!! I'm currently running Goodyear f1 all seasons they're mobetta in dry than wet, best wet weather tire I've seen or experienced is the kdw!!! I've been to south Carolina to michelen's proving grounds and to San Angelo for Goodyear proving grounds and been to a few bridgestone events, been a tire guru 7 years but I'll b honest the Dunlop I ran shock was the star spec n San Angelo is pretty phenominal tire and you can't beat that price!! I just can't bring myself to drop 9 bills on michelin's pilot sport all season plus yes they're a great tire and do have a 45000 mile warranty but damn that's some loot!!!
Were you talking about the original KDW or the new "basket weave" KDW 2?

Please keep the reviews coming. I know there are a lot of tires out there and I always trust first-hand reviews more. Thanks for being so helpful.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:09 PM   #20
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I like my Goodyear Eagle GT's. They perform extremely well in the rain and are super-grippy in the Texas heat.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:45 PM   #21
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If just for everyday driving and good wet performance without the all season price, may I suggest Bridgestone Potenza RE760. It's slightly cheaper than Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec by $6 a tire.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:50 PM   #22
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goodyear eagles here too, no complaints. next set will be firestone indy 500 wideovals.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:38 PM   #23
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advan ado8's very sticky dry and wet.... if you dont mind a 20k tire
Another AD08 vote. Great tires as long as it's not too cold, and this is TX. I think they start to have issues below 14F. I'm going to put a set on fairly soon, myself.

Bridgestone RE11s are also excellent tires, as are the Star Specs. Don't expect great tread life out of any of these, but you'll get as close as possible to r-compound track-only tires (in terms of performance) in DOT approved street format with any of these.
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Old 12-30-2010, 12:31 AM   #24
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I've run everything from the Dunlop signature series, star spec's, eagle gt's, kdw ( new tread)'s which I honestly loved, most responsive cornering tire I've ever had the pleasure of being on and let's face it goodrich did produce the first tire to hold a g so they're def worth it in my opinion... I've heard great things about Michelin ps2's and their all season plus but you cld def expect to drop a grand..... Plus side to pilot a/s plus...... 45 k warranty on a zr rated tire not gonna find w any other manufacturer. I'd love to test the nitto's the conti's and the hankooks myself but I've yet to try them.I'm currently running f1 all seasons which are amazing dry but wet, nowhere near the same. I will keep my eyes posted on all new tires we recieve n try to keep updated.......?'s pm me n I'll check at work tomorrow n hollaback
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:04 PM   #25
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REVIVAL!!!


Running out of rubber pretty quick, what tire does TXIC recommend nowadays?
On tirerack I'm looking at BFG Sport Comp2, BFG KDW2, Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS, and Dunlop DZ101.

Little background to help point me in the right direction:
daily driven in all conditions
zero track days in this car, no autoX yet but I wouldn't mind getting into it this year
rack up miles pretty quick so treadwear is important
running factory 08 BBS and looking for a slightly taller tire in standard width (245-45-18 to be specific)

As for drawing the line between $$ vs performance, I'd like something that has better than average dry traction and lateral performance. Not quite into the $1,000/set territory unless they stick like gumballs for 40k miles . Quiet and treadwear are important and I completely ignore wet traction. The only times I really hammer it lately are straight lines and back roads.
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