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Old 02-23-2005, 02:39 PM   #76
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And a quick note on other tires, specifically the 225/45/17 Continental ContiSport Contacts. They're junk. They are very hard which means they last long but they are worse than azenis sports in the wet, they are noisy, they are MARGINALLY better than the stock RE92s in the dry.
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Old 03-09-2005, 09:36 PM   #77
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

225/45/17 Bridgestone RE750 Potenza/P1 rims

#2.) what is your geographic location

Chicago/Northern California/soon to be North Carolina

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

Back road group drives(250miles long, "the lizard" twice), rough city streets, mountain/canyon blasts.

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

50/50

#5.) your review and personal comments
After 30,000+ miles I still have tread. I lowered the car last year and now have some uneven wear. Good dry traction, excellent wet traction, great tire wear. Not very noisy, even with 30k+ miles. Sidewall could be stiffer if you are into sharp hard turns and lots of gas.

Overall I am very impressed with these tires, I just ordered the Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2. I am moving again, to North Carolina and I want a great wet tire and a little better ride without much of a performance drop. I will have a review sometime on the new PE2's. I hope their dry traction is close to the RE750. RE750 price 145/per at theRack, great tread life(340), quiet compared to some and plenty of performance for backroads and the twisties.
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Old 04-02-2005, 05:47 PM   #78
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1) 215/40/17 Yokohama Parada Spec 2
2) Orange County/Long Beach
3) Every day commute of approximately 40 miles and spirited weekend driving
4) 80/20
5) I bought a set of used Rota SDR's with these tires on. I believe they had 4k miles on them, and I proceeded to put an additional 15-20k miles on them. There was still plenty of tread on them, however, they had uneven wear and became annoyingly loud. I know they were not optimally sized, but I had no complaints on either their wet nor dry handling. I can only compare their sidewall to that of the RE92's and obviously they were night and day better.

Overall, I would not recommend these tires to anyone for several reasons. Non-optimal size, extremely loud as tread wears and I believe their are higher performance (dry) tires for the same price and noise level.

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Old 04-03-2005, 11:08 AM   #79
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#1.) tire?

BF Goodrich G-Force sport, size 205/55ZR-16


#2.) where you at?

St Augustine, Florida


#3.) Race it?

Intend to Auto-X this season, havent yet.


#4.) Highway/biway?

About 50/50, so far have driven it in rural florida on these as well as Miami stop-and-go traffic.


#5.) Personal quotes:

Even though I still intend to go to a 17" wheel and tire combo, I replaced my stock RE92s after a 2nd blowout. Those tires have weak sidewalls apparently, and it showed in all sorts of situations. These BFs handle great. They have a very attractive tread pattern and amazingly look wider than the 205 width would suggest... kindof a broad-shouldered look.

Breakaway is predictable, and 4 wheel drifts on lightly dusty pavement are easily achievable. Understeer is still prevalent however, so an upgraded rear-sway is on the menu to the get the rotation in line. Braking in wet or dry is predictable, but on bumpy roads the wide tread blocks have a habit of invoking ABS. These are as good in the city as they are in the country, and in snow-free florida are an excellent every-day tire.

One thing i Havent tried is bombing around in the sand, the RE92s performed admirably the last time I went through deep sand, causing Jeep owners to give me confused looks. I dont think these BFs are going to be nearly as good however... maybe Ill get a set of rally tires on steelies for that.


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Old 04-03-2005, 08:58 PM   #80
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Toyo Proxes T-1s 205/55-16


#2.) what is your geographic location

Upstate New York


#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

None, merely spirited street driving

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

50/50

5.) your review and personal comments

I have about 9,000 miles on these. I bought them at the begining of last summer. The price was right @ $112.00 each. I had them mounted at a local place. SPD Tuning service was absolutly correct "[t]he stock suspension should not be changed until you drive the car on good performance tires." I did not have the inclination to go all the way and get the 17" wheels, so I just followed Mike's recomendation and got Toyo Proxes T-1S.

Last summer I don't think 48 hours passed without rain here. It was miserable, but the tires were fantastic in the wet. I am no Mario Andretti, or Goggles Paisano for that matter but, turn in was much improved and I am pleased with every aspect of their handling that has been discussed previously.

Untill I changed them back from the snow tires yesterday. THAY ARE JUST AS LOUD AS MY SNOW TIRES!. Sorry for shouting. Every day of clear pavement this winter, and there were not many,I dreamed of putting back on my quieter summer tires. Boy was I disapointed.

I routinely run 85 mph on the highway to go from one town to the next around Albany, NY. Meetings run late and you gatta do what you gotta do. Besides I just adore driving my WRX. The last time I loved a car this much it was an '89 Fleetwood.for totally different reasons, but that is another story.

Well, Goodyear F1 GS D3's were about $15 more. Pirelli P Zero Rosso's and Michelin Pilot Sports the same. I was strapped for cash at the time. If I knew then what I know now, I would have gone the extra $60. Well, live and learn. If $60 means that much to you, then these are great tires, the diference between wet and dry is almost nil. Be warned, THEY ARE LOUD. Sorry for yelling again, I think I have permanenet hearing loss. Next time around, I will forgo that extra lap dance and go Goodyear based on what I have read here to date.

4/11/05

This is an addition after a warm weekend. It got up to about 70 degrees F, yesterday. I have heard these tires are temperature sensitive. Wow. these became much more quiet. I am still going to look at Michelin or Pirellis as I said above, but the noise I complained of but not quite as loud as snow tires. They are still loud though.

5/12/05

I just got the WRX back from its 60k service. Aliginment brakes and a left front bearing. Much of what I said about noice must be dsicounted. The tires were cupped and the bearing was bad. I had a friend I used to trust look at it. He said not much you can do, stuff happens but the bearing is probabaly fine. Took it to Goldstein Subaru here in Albany. I was right the bearing was bad on the left front. With the alignment (also no longer trust that same guy, least not on a Suby) Things are much quiter. SPD was right these are good tires. So sorry for wasting bandwidth.

I have left my previous stuff up to show I have a big mouth but at least the strength of character to admit it. I may still try Michelins or Goodyears next time though. I will keep you posted, and speak more softly.

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Old 04-03-2005, 09:17 PM   #81
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#1.) Falken Azenis Sport RT-615 255/40R17 on Modded STI


#2.) Northern Virginia


#3.) Fast Road & Mountain Twisties + lots of highway commuting


#4.) 50/50


#5.) Best dry grip I've experienced in a street tire thus far. Easily outperforms Kumho MX's, RE070s, and any other summer tire I've used. The wet grip is equally terrific. I have no experience with a tire that grips this well on wet pavement so I'm learning the limits gradually, but it's far beyong RE070s and MXs and better than S-03s. They do not do well with heavy rain (standing water) because they are so wide (an inch wider than the RE070s and not much more tread pattern) but they are certainly liveable in this respect. The ride comfort seems to be slightly better than the RE070s which leads me to believe the sidewalls are roughly similar in stiffness (I'm running these at a little lower pressure than the RE070s). All in all, these are a tremendous value at $147 each from vulcantire and I'd buy them again in a heartbeat based on my current impressions.
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Old 04-10-2005, 09:38 PM   #82
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[quote=Luke@tirerack]please answer these questions

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
All are 205/55-16
Bridgestone RE-92
Nokiian Hakkapallitta
Dunlop Wintersport M3

#2.) what is your geographic location
Snowmass Village, Colorado

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Going to my first track day at 2nd Creek Raceway on 4/12

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
90 hwy/10 city
In the summer 75% of my driving is spirited on twisty mtn roads.


#5.) your review and personal comments

1. The stock Bridgestone RE-92's suk.

2. For pure snow and ice driving the Nokian Hakkapalitta's studless snow tires absolutely rule (unless you step up to their studded tire). However they have very soft sidewalls and the large soft blocky tread is squirrely on the dry. They are also only Q speed rated (99mph). You have to be as or more conservative on the dry with these tires than the RE-92's. But, on snow and ice, they are as good as the RE-92's are in the dry. Nokian has replaced this tire with something called the NRW? Don't know anything about it, but I assume the idea was to improve on the Hakk-up-a-paycheck's. They are pricey but worth it if you want to go anywhere fast on snow and ice. Love the looks I get when I fly past SUV's at 80mph on snowy icey roads!

3. Dunlop Wintersport M3. V-rated tire (149mph). Blows the RE-92 away in the wet/dry/ice/snow. Blows the Nokian away in the dry. But, I estimate it has about 60-70% of the traction of the Nokian in snow/ice. These tires are suitable for year-round driving if you don't want to go through tire changes in the spring/fall or buy a 2nd set of rims.

I'm going to buy a 3rd set of wheels\tires. SSR's w/215/45-17 Gpodyear F1 GS-D3's. I'll review when I get them tested!

My plan is to run the Nokian's in the heart of winter, Dunlops in the shoulder seasons and GY's in the summer.
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Old 04-15-2005, 07:20 PM   #83
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#1.) tire?

Yokohama AVS ES-100


#2.) where you at?

Salem, OR


#3.) Race it?

Drag race every weekend, plan to auto-x this month


#4.) Highway/biway?

About 70/30, I got 30K miles on this 05' STi, had these on for the past 4K miles

#5.) Personal quotes:
These Tires were great the 1st month but started to wear fairly bad on the outside edge probably due to hard cornering and a stiff side wall. Now the car is tramlining so bad it's nearly unbarrable and I only have 4K miles on them, not k00l! I really urge people to avoid this tire! I wore my stock RE070's to the point they could be considered slicks and only experienced minimal tramlining. I'm probably gonna go with the T1-S the next go around as they have a softer sidewall and less directional pattern. Anything to minimize tramlining. For track use i will throw on some slicks because we all know how much that helps
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Old 04-17-2005, 11:35 PM   #84
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1- Bridgestone S02's 225/50/16- these are the oem rear fitment for the Honda S2000

2- eastern Montana- this is a "summer" only tire

3- autox/track

4- 50/50

First thing you notice w/ these tires is they are wide, much closer to 235 neighborhood vs 225 (I think Honda spec'd this on purpose). These are wrapped on 16X7.5" rims, 7" rims would be a close fit IMO- 8" would be near perfect.

Dry grip- oh boy it's there Sidewall stiffness- got that too. Wet grip- don't know, my guess is fair. These are 140 treadware so they won't be super long lived- that's OK. Communicative- medium, have had more and less w/ other tires.

Around "town"/highway w/ about 36 front/33 rear- I'm pretty impressed comfort wise. Some tramlining, but not excessive.

This is kind of an obscure tire (but tirerack carries it!) that is worthy of a look if you happen to run 16" wheels.

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Old 04-18-2005, 11:49 AM   #85
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Toyo T1R 205/55/16

#2.) what is your geographic location

Quebec, Canada

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

AutoX (seldom)

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

city: 10, highway: 30, regional:60

#5.) your review and personal comments
I am totally impressed with these tires, I had the T1s before an these are another story. What was not good with the T1s is totally gone (toyo did they job, I am telling you). The handling is not not soft at all and they don't scream as much at the limit. Overall A very good tire. It seems that they even last longer than the t1s according to toyo specs. Maybe not for me cos I will have a lot more fun pusing them than the T1s.

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Old 04-22-2005, 02:20 PM   #86
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#1.) Yoko AVS ES100 235/40 17


#2.) Right in the middle: Omaha, NE


#3.) so far just commute


#4.) 90% highway


#5.) I had the Hankook K106 in the exact same size. According to the specs the Yoko is a very wide tire for its size and it appears to be. I was excited to try the ES100 since it was tested by GRM magazine as being comparable to the 'kooks. I really liked the 'kooks.
The ES's are mounted on 17x8 torques and the first thing I noticed is that they feel rock hard...as in inflated to 80psi hard. They seem to effectively double the rate of the Prodrive springs I'm riding on. In fact, I was worried driving them home from having them mounted because I thought the shop had inflated them to some ridiculous psi. Checked when I got home and they were at 35# all around.
I set the front tires to 32# and kept the rear at 35#.
The next thing I noticed is that they are loud. It's an unusual sound though, a high pitch almost-turbo whine combined with a low rumble.
Next, the tramline like a streetcar. Suddenly and unexpectedly they'll decide where you are going. I'd suspect that some of that might be from the different offset of the Torques if I had not had the same offset with the 'kooks.
The good: turn-in is crisp and right now. Again, as if they spring rates were much higher. Grip is great. Stand on the brakes and the car stops. Even when it is wet (we are having a lot of rain right now) they grip. When they decide they do not want to grip anymore the transition is smooth and uneventful. no surprises, no drama, no screeching or squealing.
I honestly think I would try one of the many other similarly priced tires out there before I'd buy the ES100s again. The grip is really, really good but the noise and ride are too harsh...even for me. I never thought I'd say that.
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Old 04-28-2005, 11:44 AM   #87
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 225/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location
New Jersey, USA

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
AutoX (1 on these tires)

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
50/50

#5.) your review and personal comments

Car and suspension:
'02 WRX sedan, H&R Sport Springs, KYB AGX struts, Perrin sway bars.

Personal comments:
I have had these tires since summer 2003 making this the begining of the third season. The tires now have approximately 15K miles on them including 2 round trips to florida.

Daily performance:
This is an excelent all around daily driving tire. It provides great feedback and very sharp turn in at any speed. The grip levels for daily driving are more than adequate. Wet performance is excelent and I have yet to feel the car hydroplaning; I was surprised how much wet grip these tires can afford.
During normal/spirited street driving the tires show minimal wear; another surprise after 2 seasons of using them.

On the down side the tires become very noisy above 40mph. It is not an uncomfortable level but audible enough to grab ones attention. The faily hard thread compound also conveys a little too much road surface than one my wish for during daily driving.

Track/Auto-x performance:
I have done 1 Auto-x even on these tires, puting about 8 miles worth of abuse on them over a fairly abrasive surface. On the track the tires perform predictably and offer sharp turn in and good road feel. When pushed too hard they will not break traction suddenly instead predictably drifting slightly until traction is regained.
The bad part for the track use is that grip is limited and the tire underperforms the likes of Azenis Sport. During the auto-x I classified 7th in my class and I am a novice driver Class D Ranking . I felt that a grippier tire would have scored better times.
I also noticed some stretch marks on front wheel sidewalls even though I was running with 41psi. Perhaps the walls are not as stiff as track use and my driving style desire.
The last drawback with auto-x-abusing this tire is that it chunks easily. The edges of the inner thread blocks were substantialy shaved of after the event. This could have been a result of the front tires "rolling over," or just me pusshing the tires beyond it's limits (and I did).

Overall:
Great street tire offering excelent performance in both wet and dry for a decent price with sligth road noise problem. Wears like a charm with normal driving. Track performance is good but not excelent with observed chunking and heavy thread wear.
I would buy this tire again for the daily driving.
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Old 04-28-2005, 10:26 PM   #88
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Lightbulb oversized tires

please answer these questions

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Khumo Ecsta 712 in 205/55-16 verses Khumo MX in 225/50- 16

#2.) what is your geographic location?
Virginia International Raceway

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Track use- road course


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving?
None. All Track use

#5.) your review and personal comments
using stoCk 16" rims, OVERSIZING was a mistake. I moved from stock size 205/55-16 712's to a wider 225/50-16 MX, and my lap times INCREASED by 3 sec per lap. the oversized tire was less stable in high speed cornering, as the car wallowed over the larger sidewalls. I never would have guessed that the wider tires would suck more, even though they are better design and stickier compound.
If you never go to the track, oversizing will not matter. but 6 hours with the new, oversized MX's at 4 track days, and i still havent matched the lap times acheived with stock sized 712's. thats as scientific proof as i have ever seen against oversizing. I even added a COBB stage 1 and cant catch my old lap times!!!
My next set of track meat will be SMALLER 205's on stock rims. it looks worse, but performs better.
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Old 05-17-2005, 03:47 PM   #89
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

225/45YR-17 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3


#2.) what is your geographic location

Indianapolis, IN


#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

None


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

70% highway, 29% city, 1% driveway


#5.) your review and personal comments

Compared to the stock WRX tires, these are awesome. I had a set on a 350Z (in the proper size, of course) and made my choice based on the experience with that car.

Good things:
Turn in is great, the car feels WAY more responsive. Grip seems good, but they're not really broken in yet so I haven't pushed them much at all. Again, the turn in improvement with these vs. stock is awesome. Rain performance is excellent- hardly worse than dry pavement, from my previous experience. Compared to stock WRX tires, they have a very nice, stiff sidewall.

Bad things:

Ride is a bit rougher than stock WRX tires (I did go to a 17" rim as well, though) and the steering is heavier, even at speed, despite my rims (Kosei K1 TS) being lighter than the stock 16x6.5 rims. A little noisier than stock but not much worse, certainly not unbearable. Tramlines a bit (but they are a 225 vs stock 205) and they will steer a little into an off-center puddle (i.e. water by the curb) and/or hydroplane in very heavy rain (i.e. like we got slammed with last Friday here in Indy).

(I felt I had to put the steering effort as a "bad thing" but I should say that, to me the steering feel/weight is really a plus as it's light, squirrely, and "floppy" feeling with the stock tires.)

Note: The tires tramlined up north on a road with (not exaggerating) 2" deep grooves from constant semi traffic. It was a struggle, but other than that they've been great.

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Old 05-25-2005, 10:50 PM   #90
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Toyo T1S 225/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location

USA East Coast

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

Street

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

50/50

#5.) your review and personal comments

I love these tires.
A lot grippier than the Azenis I had before. And extremely secure and sticky in rain. Theres some sick rainstorms in Ohio where it looks like its raining upsidedown on the roads. I gunned it and hit 21psi on a straightaway and the tires made it feel like it was safe to do so...which is why I did it in the first place. You get the idea.

I find that they shine in the wet, enough for me to write about them.
Dry performance is a given, very sticky. Road noise has an aggressive tone -- perfect cause its the way I like it. BIG PLUS to the tread design, like art.

I'm gonna buy these tires over and over until they make a new T1S, if ever.
Another plus is that these tires have JDM factor if you into that.
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Old 06-07-2005, 03:58 PM   #91
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using stoCk 16" rims, OVERSIZING was a mistake. I moved from stock size 205/55-16 712's to a wider 225/50-16 MX, and my lap times INCREASED by 3 sec per lap. the oversized tire was less stable in high speed cornering, as the car wallowed over the larger sidewalls. I never would have guessed that the wider tires would suck more, even though they are better design and stickier compound.
If you never go to the track, oversizing will not matter. but 6 hours with the new, oversized MX's at 4 track days, and i still havent matched the lap times acheived with stock sized 712's. thats as scientific proof as i have ever seen against oversizing. I even added a COBB stage 1 and cant catch my old lap times!!!
My next set of track meat will be SMALLER 205's on stock rims. it looks worse, but performs better.
Wow. Considering how crappy 712's are (and how grippy MX's are), I think there's something else going on to make you that much slower.

Given, oversizing might be screwing up your steering feel and possibly your turn in, but there's no way it's making you that much slower by going to a tire which is much stickier.
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Old 06-08-2005, 05:23 PM   #92
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Wow. Considering how crappy 712's are (and how grippy MX's are), I think there's something else going on to make you that much slower.

Given, oversizing might be screwing up your steering feel and possibly your turn in, but there's no way it's making you that much slower by going to a tire which is much stickier.
Yep, it doesnt make sense. The only thing I can think of is that the tread depth on the newer tires is allowing the car to wallow more than the worn-down 712's they replaced. I can testify that the car was very loose the first day on the track. Tire pressure adjustments did little to correct the problem, and I did find that the MX's like to have ~5lbs more air than the 712s to work well. I even spun the car off the track for the first time in 3 years on my new grippier MX's. Damn "South Bend"!
It is not due to changes in the car setup, or power loss. I really dont think my driving ability has deteriorated so much since installing the MX's, that installing a Cobb Stage 1 power package cant compensate. The car pulls like a motherf*<}#r now, so I know the engine isnt to blame. I still feel like these tires allow more body roll. I recommend wider rims.
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Old 06-10-2005, 09:48 AM   #93
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#1.) Yoko AVS ES100 235/40 17


#2.) Right in the middle: Omaha, NE


#3.) so far just commute


#4.) 90% highway


#5.) I had the Hankook K106 in the exact same size. According to the specs the Yoko is a very wide tire for its size and it appears to be. I was excited to try the ES100 since it was tested by GRM magazine as being comparable to the 'kooks. I really liked the 'kooks.
The ES's are mounted on 17x8 torques and the first thing I noticed is that they feel rock hard...as in inflated to 80psi hard. They seem to effectively double the rate of the Prodrive springs I'm riding on. In fact, I was worried driving them home from having them mounted because I thought the shop had inflated them to some ridiculous psi. Checked when I got home and they were at 35# all around.
I set the front tires to 32# and kept the rear at 35#.
The next thing I noticed is that they are loud. It's an unusual sound though, a high pitch almost-turbo whine combined with a low rumble.
Next, the tramline like a streetcar. Suddenly and unexpectedly they'll decide where you are going. I'd suspect that some of that might be from the different offset of the Torques if I had not had the same offset with the 'kooks.
The good: turn-in is crisp and right now. Again, as if they spring rates were much higher. Grip is great. Stand on the brakes and the car stops. Even when it is wet (we are having a lot of rain right now) they grip. When they decide they do not want to grip anymore the transition is smooth and uneventful. no surprises, no drama, no screeching or squealing.
I honestly think I would try one of the many other similarly priced tires out there before I'd buy the ES100s again. The grip is really, really good but the noise and ride are too harsh...even for me. I never thought I'd say that.
I have to agree with you a little on the ES100s.I have owned 2 sets,and they were both very hard-feeling.The set on my Miata tramlined horribly,but the set on my Civic wasn't as bad.They were the same size (205/45/16).I liked the grip,but the fact that they felt so hard put me off to them.I have had other low-sidewall tires that had better compliance,so I think the rubber compound they use to keep the cost down or something is at fault.Not my next choice for a daily driver,but might be good on track or with the right setup...I just don't want to chance getting another set that is like that.
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Old 06-10-2005, 10:06 AM   #94
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I have to agree with you a little on the ES100s.I have owned 2 sets,and they were both very hard-feeling...I think the rubber compound they use to keep the cost down or something is at fault....
One benefit is that I'm getting better gas mileage with the wider and heavier Yokos than I was with the stock sized Conti Extremes.
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Old 06-12-2005, 12:53 PM   #95
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#1.) Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 205/55/R16 on stock wheels

#2.) Arlington, VA

#3.) No racing besides occasional on-road asshattery

#4.) 50% city/50% 0-100-0 highway driving

#5.) Holy hsit! these tires are a major improvement over my RE92's. I the limit is way higher- now my suspension is showing it's age. The ride is a lot more comfortable and quiet but the sidewalls are slightly softer because it is an all-season tire. And yes, I confirmed the claims of "miraculous wet traction". It is all true. With a stiffer sidewall, this tire would be the stuff of legends...

...An expensive legend. Retail is over $200/tire, but I pulled 'em down for a lot less (more than $60 less). Shop one of the major online dealers before June 15, 2005 to get free shipping (I won't say which one as not to offend Luke).
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Old 06-13-2005, 03:36 PM   #96
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1.) Falken Ziex 512 205/55/R16 on stock wheels

2.) Waldorf, MD

3.) Some spirited driving now and again, no racing.

4.) Mostly twisties and highways up to 75mph. No hard cornering.

4.5) (1-10 rating)
Grip (dry): 8
Grip (rain): 7
Grip (snow)(for an allseason tire): 4
Noise: 7
Tread Life: 4 (17-20k)
Price: 8
Overall: 6.5

5) Started off loving these tires as they were a replacement for the legendary RE92s. Dry road handling was similar (maybe a bit more noise) but these tires were great in the rain. Had some crazy grip even in the heaviest rains. Suprisingly, that didnt seem to apply very well to snow. Snow was only a hair better than the RE92s. Tread life was a surprise as it seems variable. I had one tire replaced after an accident in Jan05 with most of the tread left, but out of the other three (all replaced at the same time) 2 have about the same wear (but still less than .25"), and one has rouhgly half of the tread that those two do. I dont remember exactly how much tread, but its almost bald (will be by the end of summer!) I put 20k on my car a year and dont care for buying new tires every summer..especially w/o racing or hard cornering. I am considering going to the Yoko Avid V4Ss and hope to get better wear out of them.
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Old 06-27-2005, 03:33 AM   #97
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ok ok ok.... I think we can all say that the stock RE92's suck... lets get over this
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Old 06-28-2005, 04:56 AM   #98
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Sorry I don't have time for the particulars, but the Falken Azenis Sport RT-615 in 255/40/17 is the best street tire I've ever had and can't imagine one better. Hands down better than any tire I've had including the stock Advans that came on my car. Anything short of an R compound cannot hang with this tire, especially for the price. Keep them at moderate pressure on the track and they'll hold up all day without chunking up or falling off.
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Old 06-29-2005, 08:36 PM   #99
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please answer these questions

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

BF G-Force Sport 225/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location

Southern California

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

Everyday spirited driving

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

50/50

#5.) your review and personal comments

This is my third set of tires to be used on my '03 WRX sedan. I started with RE-92's and then upgraded my wheels and got 215/40/17 (yes I know these are not optimal) Yoko Parada Spec II's. These tires have great dry grip and are predictable at the limit. I have very limited seat time in wet conditions, and I never push my car in wet conditions. My criteria for new tires was (in order of importance) road noise, dry grip, price, sidewall stiffness/responsiveness and every day driveability overall. In terms of road noise, I have approximately 10k miles on them and they are plenty quiet. Dry grip is above. The price was great...I think I drove off for under $450. The sidewall stiffness is the weakest aspect of these tires. My first impression was that they were much more sloppy than my Yoko Parada Spec II's. This has not improved, however I have grown used to this downside as a tire at this price cannot do it all. Everyday driveability has been great. So far, they have minimal tramlining, but I would suspect that as they wear with the solid line of tread up the middle this will change as well as the sound characteristics. One more potential downside is that they are directional; therefore, will probably wear faster on the drivers side.

Overall, I would recommend this tire in a heartbeat to anyone who is looking for a performance oriented tire at a discount price. The tire wear appears to be great thus far, so you bang for buck is further supported. Also, the aesthetics are really good. They have a wide shoulder that makes the tires looked nice and squared off (not stretched).
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Old 06-29-2005, 09:22 PM   #100
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The tires treat me very well, snow meant nothing to these tires. Wet driving was very good also. I do not corner at high speeds so they treat me well. A very nice replacement tire for my needs.
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