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Old 06-11-2003, 07:21 PM   #1
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I'm looking at getting new rubber for my 98 GT wagon. I am currently running 205-55-16 Falken Zeix that I had siped. They were great in the snow and elsewhere and have lasted around 30,000 miles. I'm fine with these again, but I was wondering if there are better tires for the money.

I did a search on tirerack.com and came up with these as possible alternatives. Anyone have good/bad experiences with these:?

BFG g-force T/A KDW
Yoko AVS dB S2
Dunlop sp sport 5000


Any experience/knowledge with these or others would be good. I'm looking at spending around $100/tire or less, if possible.

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Old 06-11-2003, 09:55 PM   #2
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Yoko AVS ES100.
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Old 06-12-2003, 02:27 AM   #3
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SP5000's are a very competent tire for the money.
They are my favorite all season. I've had them in snow
and out auto-xing. They're not fantastic at any one
thing but hold there own very well in all conditions.
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Old 06-12-2003, 12:02 PM   #4
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SP5000's are a very competent tire for the money.
They are my favorite all season. I've had them in snow
and out auto-xing. They're not fantastic at any one
thing but hold there own very well in all conditions.
Seconded. Couldn't afford S-03s the second time around, and got the SP5000. I've been very happy with them. I got around fine in the snow this winter (of which there ended up being quite a lot), they have good rain adhesion and are competent handlers on dry tarmac too. A lot of tire for the money, IMHO. Mine are now almost 7 months old, about 9K miles on them.
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Old 06-12-2003, 01:09 PM   #5
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Seconded. Couldn't afford S-03s the second time around, and got the SP5000. I've been very happy with them. I got around fine in the snow this winter (of which there ended up being quite a lot), they have good rain adhesion and are competent handlers on dry tarmac too. A lot of tire for the money, IMHO. Mine are now almost 7 months old, about 9K miles on them.
Thirded. My OEM's lasted ~39K, my first set of SP Sport 5000's lasted ~ 42K and I have ~5K on my current set of SP Sport 5000's.
The ideal would be mounted summer and winter tires, but I don't have the space or funds to do that.
All around I like the tires as I don't like to slow down much whether it is dry, wet or snowy. Just keep the pressures up or they roll over onto the sidewalls and act squirmy. I run ~44psi all around and have done a bit of suspension work.
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Old 06-12-2003, 01:18 PM   #6
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Summer Only
Falken Azenis RS
Falken FK451 (or GRB2's if you can still find them)
Yokohama AVS-i, Sport, ES100's
Bridgestone Potenza S0-3's/SO-2PP's
Michelin Piolt Sports

All Season
Yokohama Avid V4's
Falken Ziex 512's
Pirelli P7000SS
Dunlop SP5000's
Michelin Piolt Sport A/S
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Old 06-12-2003, 04:42 PM   #7
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Good question I live in Conneticut last winter I drove with the infamous re-92's which tires are going to give me the best all season performance would you say:

Yokohama Avid V4's
Falken Ziex 512's
Pirelli P7000SS
Dunlop SP5000's
Michelin Piolt Sport A/S
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Old 06-13-2003, 10:39 AM   #8
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spriggan - each of the tires I've listed has their own merit. Given no budget, get the Michelin's. The Falken Ziex 512's are a good bang for the buck, same w/ the Yoko's.

If you don't see snow, then the Ziex would be a good choice, as they shed water quite well.

I've tried the Ziex 512's on 3" of snow.. not exactly confidence inspiring (don't ask, this was thanks to one of our freak snow days in the middle of May here in Calgary) They were however good in rain
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Old 06-13-2003, 07:59 PM   #9
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I did a search on tirerack.com and came up with these as possible alternatives. Anyone have good/bad experiences with these:?

BFG g-force T/A KDW
Yoko AVS dB S2
Dunlop sp sport 5000
Even on TireRack there are negative comments about the AVS dB's road noise after 5k (even though they are marketed as a quiet performance tire).

I just bought Yokohama ES-100's. I have tested them on a rolling double S-turn on my way to work, and hard throttle 90 degree turns at intersections. I've been very happy with their performance in both situations and road noise is low.
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Old 06-20-2003, 03:15 PM   #10
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I'm running Dunlop Sport A2's and are happy with them, they came with the car when I bought it.
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Old 06-21-2003, 01:24 PM   #11
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One tire I'm not seeing that I run is the Firestone Firehawk SZ50 EP. Great (summer) tire. I went for it after some recommendations and have been pleased with it's performance. It does much better in wet conditions than my Pirelli Pzero's did and slightly better on dry roads. Plus it has the rim protector(for the wife) and really good treadwear compared to the Pzeros I had.

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(sidenote: The SZ50 does better in snow than the Pzeros too.)

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Old 06-21-2003, 03:53 PM   #12
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I can't believe you had Dunlop SP 5000's last that long. I have less than 10K on mine and have no tread left on the outside edges and very little tread left in the middle. I keep them at 45psi.

I do tend to corner rather fast.
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Old 06-21-2003, 05:31 PM   #13
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Personally I wouldn't touch ANY firestone tyre, they are crap!
I use the dunlop fm901, they are one of the best dry tyres you can buy
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Old 06-21-2003, 08:33 PM   #14
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The Firestone SZ50 is actually one of the highest rated high performance tires at Tirerack.
The exploding Firestones on Explorers (and my wifes minivan!) are one thing, the high performance Firestones have always had a good reputation.
You won't have to worry about buying a Firestone soon, Bridgestone has decided the brandname is history!
Glad you like your FMs, its rated 41 out of 49 UHP tires at Tirerack, the Firestone was 3rd!

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Old 06-21-2003, 09:15 PM   #15
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If you keep your SP5000's at 45psi and corner hard/drive hard it's not surprising you wear them down so quickly. I had mine on and kept them at 32-36 psi max, ran them at auto-x and had them last heaps longer than yours did.

FM901 are nowhere near the best dry performance tire. They are an inexpensive entry level performance tire. They are not bad for the money but you can do WAY better than FM901's.
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Old 06-21-2003, 09:47 PM   #16
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Seconded again. I drive the crap outta my tires, but my pressures are around 35-38 (Baltimore streets sux, and the v5/H&R setup is punsihing enough over pavement heaves). Plenty of tread left at 7k and aggresive alignment to boot.
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Old 06-21-2003, 10:33 PM   #17
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[b]One tire I'm not seeing that I run is the Firestone Firehawk SZ50 EP. Great (summer) tire. I went for it after some recommendations and have been pleased with it's performance. It does much better in wet conditions than my Pirelli Pzero's did and slightly better on dry roads. Plus it has the rim protector(for the wife) and really good treadwear compared to the Pzeros I had.

//Mark

(sidenote: The SZ50 does better in snow than the Pzeros too.)
I run these too!

FANTASTIC TIRE!!

All the things sovereign said is true and I'll have to add in that they're pretty quiet for a directional tire. I ran Michelin Pilots on my old Acura and they were in every way, worse than the SZ50EP's. Except for price of course, these suckers cost quite abit of coin. I suppose I could have gone with the SZ50, but the treadwear rating on the EP's were much higher.

As for performing in snow, they dont. However, they were predictable enough for me to drive about 10kms (all uphill) home from the university during a flash snowstorm this past April.
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Old 06-22-2003, 12:03 AM   #18
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Are any of these tires low profile?
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Old 06-22-2003, 10:19 AM   #19
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Are any of these tires low profile?
I'm not sure what you mean.....are they available in low profile sizes like 45 and 40? Yes. But for the purposes of this question I assume we're talking 205-55-16.
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