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Old 09-06-2003, 03:28 AM   #1
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Default need suggestions on GOOD summer tires.

I need a new set of summer tires and looking for something that has a reinforced sidewall and within the price range of $100-$130ish. Any suggestions?

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Old 09-06-2003, 03:36 AM   #2
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Kuhmos are pretty good bang-for-your-buck tires. The Ecsta is the top of the line tire from them, and I have a few friends that really like them. Maybe not QUITE as good as the S-03s or anything, but about $50 cheaper too.
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Old 09-06-2003, 11:00 AM   #3
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There's the S-03, and there's everything else. I couldn't afford a second pair after my first ones wore out, so I have SP5000s. I am very happy with them, but for a dedicated summer tire I would still go for the S-03.
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Old 09-06-2003, 03:11 PM   #4
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Firestone Firehawk SZ50 EP's.

Awesome grip, quiet road noise, sweet looking tread pattern and it also has a rim protector to minimize road rash.

I know alot of people are gonna talk smack about Firestone but thats the Truck tire line and its totatly unrelated.

The S-03 and SZ50 uses the same technology that Firestone and Bridgestone collaborated on to produce longer lasting rubber. Essentially they're the same tire but they just look different.
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Old 09-06-2003, 03:33 PM   #5
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I have Firestore Firehawk SZ50EP... LINK HERE

These are the best tires so far I installed on my car.. well worth the price..

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Old 09-06-2003, 08:08 PM   #6
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Right now i've got a BFGoodrich Scorchers. These were put on in exchange for the Ecsta 712 that i had (the side wall bulded up due to sink holes that i encounter everyday goin to school ). The BFs didn't feel like it was grabing at all even on dry and humid days.

How are the Yokohama Parada or the Nitto Neo Rage? How much does the SO3 or SZ50 cost . I could still exchange the tires i have now since i've only had em for 2 days at Discount Tires. Only thing i have to pay for is the price diff. and installation.
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Old 09-06-2003, 10:41 PM   #7
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VOLTIS5 - Check out the Falken FK451's they're great bang for the buck. V. sticky
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Old 09-06-2003, 10:50 PM   #8
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I have Firestore Firehawk SZ50EP... LINK HERE

These are the best tires so far I installed on my car.. well worth the price..

I second that! but they are a tad more than your top price, but cheaper than the S-03's.

//M

Also doesn't Bridgestone=Firestone
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Old 09-06-2003, 11:08 PM   #9
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Second thought, What size of tire is it? Nitron's link is for the 205 @ $117 while the 215/45's are $144.

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Old 09-06-2003, 11:49 PM   #10
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sover-
i need em for my 17's, 215/40 i believe. i would like to go with a 45 series but due to my +40 offset wheels i think i'll be rubbing .

GTBGUY-
That was another suggestion that i got from one of my friends. I'll look into it
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Old 09-07-2003, 01:30 AM   #11
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sover-
i need em for my 17's, 215/40 i believe. i would like to go with a 45 series but due to my +40 offset wheels i think i'll be rubbing .

GTBGUY-
That was another suggestion that i got from one of my friends. I'll look into it
With the 17" 40 series Firehawk's, they only come in 205 @ $148 on Tirerack.com....side note - If you have a Discount Tire shop near by, they'll (should) match Tirerack's prices Save some shipping.

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And gotta love the Rim protector on the tire
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Old 09-07-2003, 02:33 AM   #12
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Default Firestone SZ50 EP's !

Very good summer performance tire, dirt, gravel, pavement, autocross, rallycross, track ...

Love mine!

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Old 09-07-2003, 03:30 AM   #13
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I've got a set of 215-40-17 Falken Ziex 512's and they've treated me well Around $100 from tires.com

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Old 09-07-2003, 11:27 AM   #14
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GOOD summer tires? definately Falken Azenis.. the best street R-compound-like tires you can have and they are cheap too (~US$90; but they are expensive up here) !
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:33 PM   #15
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Yokohama Parada Spec 2. I still can't get these tires to brake loose. They are the next best thing to SO3's and cheaper.
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Old 09-07-2003, 08:59 PM   #16
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GOOD summer tires? definately Falken Azenis.. the best street R-compound-like tires you can have and they are cheap too (~US$90; but they are expensive up here) !
I use these for auto-xing and they are the closest things to R's that are under $150 a tire. They wear extremly well too. Kuhmo 712s are like plastic. so3s are nice.
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Old 09-07-2003, 09:03 PM   #17
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Default Don't forget the other Bridgestone...

I've got RE750 sneaks on my GT. Great grip. They aren't S-03 quality, but they aren't as expensive either.

I've had them on for 6k and so far, thay provide some fantastic grip, the noise is almost unnoticable (esp now after I installed STi mounts, so the engine is now overpowering any other noise :-)

But even before the mounts were put in, the noise was a bit higher than touring tires (yuk).

And the wear is even and not as aggresive as other compounds for summer tires.

Hope this helps,

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Old 09-07-2003, 09:47 PM   #18
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Question rubbing?

would i rub with a +40 offset if i go with a 45 series (215/40/17 is what i have now).
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Old 09-07-2003, 10:29 PM   #19
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I went with 205/50/16 toyo proxes t1-s on my legacy turbo...and I loved them...Incredible wet traction...very good dry traction...lightweight, rim protector. Decent price...compared to So3's anyways. I liked them so much I just put a set on my new 97 Legact GT...except I went 215/45/17...
I love them!
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Old 09-10-2003, 02:25 AM   #20
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I vote for the Kumho ECSTA MX, the Firehawk SZ50EP (I think my reviews a while back may have turned others here onto the SZ50s), and the Toyo T1-S. I have the Kumhos on my Mustang now, they're unbelievably grippy and unbelievably inexpensive. They were only $147 for a 275/40-17!

I currently have the Toyos on the Legacy, and previous to that I had a set of SZ50EPs. Very similar tires - quiet, very good dry grip, excellent wet grip, cool tread pattern, sidewall rim protecting bulge, mid-grade pricing, good treadwear rating. I got over 33,000 miles out of the SZ50s, and I certainly didn't baby them. I'm not sure where the Toyos are mileage-wise, but I'll probably get a bit less mileage out of them - they did see a little more track time, though, so....

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Old 09-10-2003, 10:35 AM   #21
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Kumho MX gives you very good bang for buck. I would definitely recommend it.
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Old 09-11-2003, 08:24 AM   #22
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Ecsta MX's are of S03 qaulity for way less money.

Just as a reference I bought my car with 17x7 +47 wheels and Pirelli P7000 SuperSports in size 215/45/17 and the rear tires rubbed any time there were passengers in the rear. +40 will most definitely rub the fender. I hope you didn't buy +40 wheels.

Good news is you could probably get the inner fender lip rolled and be able to fit the offset of those wheels.

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Old 09-11-2003, 08:55 AM   #23
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Just as a reference I bought my car with 17x7 +47 wheels and Pirelli P7000 SuperSports in size 215/45/17 and the rear tires rubbed any time there were passengers in the rear.
Interesting. I run 215/45/17's on 7.5" wide ET 48. I don't think I've ever gotten rubbing, even with a few hundred pounds of crap in the trunk...

Is your car lowered?

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Edit: I'm running Kumho Ectsa 712's now, I'll probably try out the MX's when I'm due up for new tires.
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Old 09-11-2003, 11:09 AM   #24
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my car is not lowered YET. Don't know if i have to change springs if i go with the KYB GR2s.

I do have a +40 wheel with a 215/40/17x7 tire. So what are my chances of rubbing if i drop the car by an inch?
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Old 09-11-2003, 12:02 PM   #25
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I think that I might be possibly running the biggest tires on the board...


...225/45/17's on a +48 rim.


Mass rubbage with more than 1 person in back and I'm not even dropped...
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