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Old 11-19-2002, 11:22 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Yokohama AVS ES100 tires

paid $105 each from tirerack for 225/45R17 and had them mounted locally.

They have much stiffer sidewalls than my previous Kumho 712s which results in far crisper turn-in, but also a little bit more bump-feel from small pavement imperfections.

The rain traction is superior to the 712s and the resistance to hydroplaning i'd say it about the same, if not better.

Dry traction is a little better I'd say than the 712s.

For the same price as the 712s, I think it's an easy choice.
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Old 11-25-2002, 01:20 AM   #2
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Wow, a review that actually convinced me to get something (that i can afford). I was considering on getting these tires to replace my dunlop fm901s which im unhappy about because of the soft sidewall. These sound like a great tire and they have what im looking for.
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Old 11-26-2002, 10:46 AM   #3
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do the dunlops really have that bad of a sidewall?

all tires feel like they have softer sidewalls than they really do when they are new... but once you wear off the grease...
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Old 11-28-2002, 02:48 AM   #4
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I have 225/4018 Bridgestone Potenza S0-3s and i am really impressed. I've put 20kmiles in about 4months and i believe that they are well worth the extra ~$50 a tire. However $50/tire = $200 extra that could go to (heaven forbid) an intake or at least a Grounding kit and some gas money (I get 20miles/gal if i'm lucky). Thanks for the great review, if i wear strapped for cash which is probably next time i have to buy tires i'll get the Yokohama's. I've had Kumho's on another car and felt they performed well for the money.
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Old 07-08-2003, 08:18 PM   #5
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Thumbs up my 2 cents

I got 18's about 2 months ago and shod them with es100's. Man, these are some awesome tires. Great in the dry, pretty damn good in the wet. My only comlaint is their grip on worn sections of pavement. By that, I mean they tend to follow road wear and crowns. But I think you wold get that from any directional tire outhere! BUMP to es100's
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Old 07-09-2003, 12:56 PM   #6
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IMy only comlaint is their grip on worn sections of pavement. By that, I mean they tend to follow road wear and crowns. But I think you wold get that from any directional tire outhere! BUMP to es100's

actually, that happens on any wider tire with stiffer sidewalls.
i went with a smaller diameter aftermarket momo steering wheel and it cured that.
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Old 08-06-2003, 02:22 PM   #7
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Another big thumbs up for these (AVS ES 100) tires! I went from stock 16" (RE92s) to these in 17" and the difference was amazing. It's a whole new car in terms of wet and dry handling - and I have no other suspension mods.
Oh, and they're quiter than the stockers, if you can believe that
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Old 08-06-2003, 07:54 PM   #8
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like jrgiza...I went from the stock 16's to 17's & 225/45 Yokos. So far these tires have been great. Planning to test them out at a track very soon, so i'll see how they hold up.
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Old 08-07-2003, 09:33 PM   #9
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jarelee - dragstrip or race track? These tires will be eaten up after a day at the track or auto-x course. Great on the street, bad for any serious track work.

In my mind, these tires beat everything else in their price range. They're not amazing, but they're still realy good tires as far as dry/wet grip go. I'm on WRX rims running 205/45/16.
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Old 08-09-2003, 01:34 PM   #10
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I have these tires in 225/40/18 and they are awsome. I had 225/40/18 Parada Spec 2's before. The ES100's are far better and less expensive. The Paradas were horrible in the wet and hydroplaned quite often.

I can't justify spending another $200 more for Bridgestones. You should be arrested if you're driving at the limits of traction with these tires on public roads.

Its nice to have a lot of grip.

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Old 08-10-2003, 02:51 PM   #11
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I have had my AVS ES100's for two weeks now. The grip is awesome!

What tire pressure are you guys using? I am running 36f/34r. My tires are 225/45/17 on Rota tarmacs. I find the tires to be louder than stock and also follow the lines on the freeways. Obviously the ride is stiffer than with the stockers.
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Old 08-10-2003, 07:18 PM   #12
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I had the chance to run these last Thursday at a dragstrip, and These have good traction and don't spin as much. Highway driving...they seem to follow lines a bit, but once i get an alignment....hopefully that will be cleared up. So far....i like the ES100's.
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Old 08-17-2003, 01:25 AM   #13
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I hear that its very common for WRX's to follow the grooves in the road if springs or wheels are changed.

Its a lot more noticeable with a lower offset (ie 45et is worse than a 55et) I dont' know what causes it, but an alignment didnt' fix it.

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Old 08-17-2003, 10:25 AM   #14
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Of course switching to 17s is going to be an awesome upgrade. How can you attribute this to tires alone?
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Old 09-08-2003, 03:33 AM   #15
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Just got the Yokos and my initial impression is that they stick! Of course I am comparing them to the stock RE92s..
I got the same size, 205/55-16 on the stock rims. So the performance changes will be from the tires.

I took my car up a road that I always try after I try out a new mod and I definately like! Stable, grippy, and confidence inspiring! The sidewall flexes less and there is higher overall grip! Turns are faster, stable, and have a crisper feel.

Noise has not been a factor...nor has ride harshness. The only slight downside....is the tracking on grooved freeways, but even then its not so bad.

So far, for the $100/ea. mounted and balanced, there are little downsides and many upsides. Will update as I get more time with them and a chance to try rain.
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Old 09-08-2003, 05:58 PM   #16
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Just give them about 4 months till they get loud I have them on my 18" rims and love them, but they are getting louder and louder as time goes on. Plus I've done proper balance/rotation and alignment jobs. Air pressure checked too.
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Old 09-15-2003, 04:29 PM   #17
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Mine are starting to get loud after 5-6K miles. I'll just turn up the stereo a bit.

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Old 09-16-2003, 01:48 AM   #18
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i have them and love them..i think they are great. and they are not loud yet.
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Old 09-28-2003, 04:44 AM   #19
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I've had them all summer racked up around 12,000 miles on them and they have far more grip,tread and less noise than any other tires I've had. I think I'll actually be able to get a few thousand more miles out of them next summer. For the price they are absolutely great. Only complaint is tracking but there is a lot of construction on every major highway here right now so that has a lot to do with it.
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Old 09-30-2003, 10:35 AM   #20
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awesome awesome tire, I have them on my 04 WRX with 17" P1's and I love them. I paid about $110 each which included mounting and balancing
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Old 12-23-2003, 03:39 PM   #21
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I have them on a MY04 wrx and love them. much better than stock. The car feels more stable and well planted (except for the 40mph wind gusts lately) the car feel salmost as stable as my MY95 maxima wiht coilovers and dropped with kyb-agx struts. both cars are running motegi mr-7 (freaking heavy rims but i like the look in gunmetal grey) with 235-40-17 (which rub a bit in the rear on the wrx only when i have people in the back.) the offset on these rims are 40+ but stil work great. PSI set at 40 for better gas milage and ( i think this is kinda high but the car moves alot better than when set any lower and i am watching for accelerated wear at this PSI)
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Old 12-24-2003, 08:52 PM   #22
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my friend had these es100 on his mr2 for less than 50km...and he traded them in for s03...

his reasons: the tires are not circular (from spinning them in the shop)...it shakes like hell in highway speed (60mph)..

he said it could have been a bad balancing job or sth...but all 4 tires had the same problem..

i really want to give them a try...but now i'm a bit concerned..

just my 2 cent..
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Old 12-25-2003, 01:56 AM   #23
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I have these tires in 205/55/16. I found that I am very happy with them, for what they are. Dont expect R compound grip in the dry but they do hold surprisingly well. Also as far as the road force or out of round that has been mentioned above, I mounted and balanced mine on a Hunter road force balancer at work and found that the road force numbers were very low.
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I have these on my WRX and on my Supra - excellent tire. On my WRX, two tires road-forced out to zero without any weight!! My Supra has a 275/40/17 on the rear, and they took about .5oz to zero out. Very pleased.
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I used to have these and S0-3's as well. They are both great handling tires but extremely heavy and I felt noticeable losses in the daily driving department, i.e. too much grip going forwards = slowed acceleration.
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