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Old 10-11-2006, 08:54 PM   #151
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This is more of a first impression than a full review, and these tires are replacing stock, worn out 14" tires on the test car, so there is a bit of apples to oranges comparison here. I'm comparing their performance to similar sized Pirelli P Zero tires mounted on my old RX-7 turbo.

Tire tested; Conti Extreme Contact 205/40/17 mounted on Kazera 17x7" wheels bolted to a 1995 Impreza wagon.

Location; NJ

Driving events; None with these tires.

Percentage of Highway/city driving; 60/40

These tires have only been mounted for a week, and barely have 500 miles on them. First, the Conti tires provide much quicker turn-in, and dry grip than I expected from any brand new tire. Very impressed. The Pirelli P Zero tires on my RX7 no doubt offer more dry grip, but not enough to drool over. The dry limits of the Conti tires place them in very fine company.

Tire noise is well tamed, and even on one of the worst highways in the country (Rt 22), the tires track very well, and don't lock into road surface 'features' at the expense of steering wheel input. They get full points in that area. Braking is strong, and as with the dry cornering limits of the tire, it is easily modulated at the ragged edge.

OK, so that makes it a very good all season high performance tire at a good price compared to others. What really prompted me to write the review was that it rained in NJ today. It started raining heavily at about 3:00 pm, and it is still raining now. I took the car out, and flogged on a variety of twisty mountain roads, one lane traffic circles, and the evil Rt 22 just to see how the tires performed in heavy rain.

Wow! What a revelation. The Conti rubber performed better in the very wet than the stock tires managed to do in the dry. Compared to the Pirelli tires on my RX7, the Conti Extreme Contact tires are head and shoulders at the top of the heap in raw wet perfomance. If they handle snow in a reasonable manner (I'll find out soon), they will become my top choice for a year round performance tire for some time to come.

I'll update my opinion of these tires as the miles add up, but my initial impression is that they are an all around winner for any high performance daily driver.

I don't know if it is taboo to mention this here, but Tire Rack shipped my mounted/balanced set of wheels and tires in perfect condition, and with all mounting hardware. It arrived the very next day from Delaware, even though it was shipped UPS ground. I ended up buying lots more stuff from them in the past week or so. Kudos to Tire Rack for great customer service.

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Old 10-21-2006, 02:07 AM   #152
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please answer these questions

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Michelin Pilot Sport 2 in 225/45x17 (pre-owned, with about 3/4 tread left)

#2.) what is your geographic location
Houston, Texas

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
none - just head out to the Hill Country near Austin every chance I get to ride the twisties

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
70-30

#5.) your review and personal comments
Just changed from Bridgestone RE070's. I'm missing the super-stiff sidewall of the RE070's but nothing else. These tires stick great both wet and dry - although they don't handle standing water as well as real rain tires like the FK451 and GSD3. Way better in the wet than the RE070's. Biggest differences between the two tires, other than the sidewall: the PS2 is 4 lbs. lighter, and that difference in unsprung weight allows the car to handle transients better. Hard to tell if the car really accelerates a little faster, but it certainly seems to have a bit more pickup from a dead stop. But the biggest difference is the noise, or lack thereof. The RE070's are unrelenting noisy on many road surfaces - though relatively quiet on extremely well paved roads. Around Houston with its sucko road surfaces, the difference in noise is extreme. The PS2's are the quietest summer tires I've ever owned, and their performance in tire tests, the Cannonball, and the fact that they are factory approved for every Porsche model except the Cayenne says a lot. I'm keeping these till they die...
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:47 AM   #153
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Kumho ASX - 205/55R16


#2.) what is your geographic location

Midwest - NE Iowa


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

DD tires, used for one early season (COLD, coated asphalt) AutoX


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

~70% city/30% hwy


#5.) your review and personal comments

Mounted these up on a set of 16x7 wheels last fall, used through last winter and as my street tires all this year so far. Very good cold grip, excellent wet grip, and very good dry grip. Actually a very responsive and good performance tire for an all season option. I was quite surprised to see significantly less tire roll over with these vs. the 225/50 Kumho MX's I had mounted on the same rims last year.

I just recently put my stock wheels/RE92's back on the car to run for a while since there's still some useable tread left (although not snow worthy) and was amazed at the size difference between the two tires. Sitting side by side on the ground, the ASX's looked to be MUCH wider than the RE92s. Granted, they are mounted on half inch wider rims, but that shouldn't make as much of a difference as I noticed. Once I had the RE's on I decided to measure the width of the ASX's and found them to be a 219mm section width as mounted on a 7" rim!

Overall, I'd highly recommend the ASX's as a replacement A/S tire. At ~$60 a piece the price is VERY tough to beat for performance A/S, especially compared to the higher dollar RE92 (bleah!) that come stock and the equally expensive Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires that came stock on my wife's Mazda3. As soon as the time comes for new tires for the 3 I'll definitely be getting a set of ASX's for it as well.
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Old 11-29-2006, 06:22 PM   #154
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

205/45/16 Yoko AVS ES100, approx 27K miles on them

#2.) what is your geographic location

Tampa, FL

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

None

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

2/98 - I'm never on the highway

#5.) your review and personal comments

Overall, not a bad tire, but nothing so great that it would make me buy it again. Dry traction is pretty good, wet traction is good, treadwear was better than expected - about what I would expect from a medium performance summer tire.
They are pretty loud and they tramline like crazy - it's pretty bad on a particular 1 mile stretch of road that I commute on everyday. I have to drive very attentively to keep the wheel straight. It's so bad that at first I thought something was wrong with my alignment or suspension.
Better tires than the RE92's they replaced, but nowhere near a real performance tire, like an RE070. They've gone up in price too much to the point where there are much better tires for the money.
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Old 12-03-2006, 05:58 PM   #155
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please answer these questions

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
General Exlaim UHP. 225/45x17 (on 17x7.5 ASA wheels all procured from the TireRack)

#2.) what is your geographic location
Eastern Mass.

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
None

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
90/10

#5.) your review and personal comments
Although General is not well known (or regarded) as a maker of performance rubber, I couldn't pass up the risk/reward ratio attached to this tire. It was just what I was looking for: a low profile, reasonably priced, performance tire that would give me decent wear; and it had the added bonus of being rated number one in its' category on theTireRack survey database. I caught a ton of flack from a number of yahoos in this very forum, but regardless I've been thrilled with the tires. I've put over 11K miles on the set this year and have little sign of wear. They handle as well as the car does and provide plenty of grip. They ride extremely well, are quiet and are quite competent in the rain. I know buying this tire was a minor leap of faith, but it was the right move. I've had numerous different performance tires, but I don't think this tire can be beat for the money. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend it.


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Old 12-07-2006, 03:23 AM   #156
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Toyo Proxes4
size: 225/45/R17

Vehicles used on: 2002 Subaru Forester

#2.) what is your geographic location
United States, SE Minnesota

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
No events

However, daily "agressive" driving. I tend to push my cars and tires to and past their limits for fun a little more often than a sane person should.

Conditions experience: asphalt dry/wet, gravel dry/wet/packed/loose rock

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
50% each

#5.) your review and personal comments
I got the Proxes4 wrapped around a used set of Rota Subzeros I bought on Ebay. The price was good and they only had one summer on them. Both the wheels and tires were a good investment

Impressions:
I'm impressed. For what would be considerd a high performance tire, they are very civil. Besides having a far shorter sidewall than I was previously used to, these tires are very comfortable. They ride quiet and soak up both small and large bumps well. Yet, they provide good road feel. I'd almost place these in a performance touring tire sort of category.

Since these are performance tires, I have to talk about grip. Well, they're ok. They were designed as an all-season option capable of handling some light snow. In this reguard, they suffered some summer weather grip. This is noticable. When I first got these tires, I was somewhat disappointed. They offer grip a good notch above standard all-season tires, but they don't make you say wow. They feel good, but they just kind of run out of grip a little early.

Wet traction fairs a good deal better. I was actually suprised by their wet traction capability. I was fearing the large tread blocks would hamper wet traction through standing water and hard downpours. Instead, they just shined through. Wet grip levels fall a small amount over dry, but it's very acceptable. These tires have never felt uneasy in wet weather, not in a downpour, not through puddles.

These tires are designed for all-season use, but I removed them prior to any serious snow. What I can comment on is their cold weather use. The compound isn't very sensitive to colder temps, which is good news for those of us living a little farther north.

Earlier I mentioned civility. I think this one of the major focuses of these tires
besides cold weather use. I wouldn't call the tire silent as there is some light drone from the tire. It's noticable but not strong. For a performance tire, I'd consider it pretty quiet. As well, the ride is superb. The sidewall design really does handle the rough stuff beautifully. I was really expecting a lot harsher ride.

If it's comfortable, how bad is handling? Well, pretty good actually. I played with tire pressures a bit trying to find a really good spot. The tire felt very much at home around 35psi or a few above. If you go much above 40psi, they tend to start riding up on the center. Handling crispness varies some by pressure. At 35psi where you have full tread contact, the tire feels...comfortable. Handling isn't razor sharp, but it's also not to a point where it feels mushy. If you up the psi to 40psi or higher to say 45psi, handling tightens up and the tire begins to feel edgy. It's a good sporty feeling with plenty of crispness and nearly no wiggle. High 30's seems to be the sweet spot. I've run them up to their max 51psi just to test out their feel. Not much changes from 45psi. The tires don't really get bouncy either, which is kind of nice.

These tires transition in and out of grip relatively smoothly, no real suprises. Wet or dry, they're pretty easy to use. If I were to complain, I'd say their grip ends slightly abruptly. You just kind of run out at some point, and that's it. Besides some tire squeel which is pretty audible but not annoyingly so, there's not a lot of tell before the grip level ends. You just kind of learn where it is and leave it as that. The tires feel stable and smooth through grip/slip. I think it's primarly because grip levels almost seem constant from grip to sliding back to grip. You just hit that grip wall, and it just sort of sits there. Nothing's gained, nothing's lost.

Since part of my commute with these tires have been gravel, I figure I should comment. These obviously are not gravel tires. There's nothing special here. Their relatively hard compound and large tread blocks don't favor loose gravel. They aren't horrible, but they don't really bite much either. If the gravel road is packed down, they fair a good deal better as grip approaches something more like asphalt. It makes for an uncomfortable tire on gravel. Depending on the surface, the tire can have a good amount of stick or be pretty loose. I found nothing particular with wet gravel roads. If the road gets a little mushy, some tires kind of turn to slicks and end up doing very little. These are somewhat that way, but I really haven't gone through any real mushy stuff with them.

So far wear has been pretty good. The tread compound feels relatively hard, more so than I'd expect from a performance tire. Still, they show very little wear from hard driving and don't seem to chunk/melt like a lesser tire. They scrub a little bit(if I'm using that term correctly) and get a little noisy for a few minutes, but they seem to take abuse with stride. 30,000 miles would seem like no problem for these tires.

Final Thoughts:
If you're in the market for a performance tire but are affraid of the ride comfort, the Proxes4 is a tire you should heavily consider. It's a very civilized option. If I were to complain about anything, it would be road noise. It may only be slightly noticable, but it's still noticable.

I personally would like to see a little more grip, but I understand the trade-off for all-season use. I little more progressive grip limit would be nice too, but again you get a trade-off of crisp and predictable/uneventful handling at the limit. However, wiggle room is kind of nice as long as the transition remains smooth and predictable.

I'm somewhat curious why the tread compound is so hard. I'd be curious to see a version of this tire with a softer compound. It could see it gaining a bit more stick and even a quieter ride. I am suprised that the compound being as hard as it is doesn't really worsen with cold weather. Maybe the change isn't as big as one would see with a softer compound tire.

All in all, it's a very good daily driver performance tire that's easy to work with. The tire itself really has no real negatives. It's well built and functions well.

Update(7-22-07):
A couple intro auto-x events: ~40-50 runs(novice school + test n' tune, lots o' seat time)

Well, needless to say this chewed through the tires well. Being an all season compound, they faired quite well till the current near end of nearly slicks. They hold up well to spirited driving, however, long term heavy driving pays its toll. The tire handles hard driving well. It doesn't get greasy or lose grip. A little extra heat actually helps a little but don't look for a lot of gain. Continuous heavy driving just sort of chews them appart. If you have them as a disposable set, they fair quite well reguardless of their all-season ranking. Grip is good, not tremendously high for a performance tire but good. The tire's stability and easy of use makes it a breeze to work with and is probably one of its better traits. Grip/slip is easily mannaged and transitions are smooth and without really any change of grip levels. The tire has good internal dampening that soak up bumps well, and there is no odd hopping or unnecessary wiggle when pushed. Handling crispness is good, not stiff, not mushy, comfortable yet responsive.

Minus the autocrossing, these tires would have no problem lasting 4 full spring/summer/falls.

...got some Bridgestone RE-01Rs coming in the mail soon to replace these

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Old 12-17-2006, 04:57 PM   #157
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
pirelli p-zero nero m+s, stock size, 16" stock rim

#2.) what is your geographic location
indianapolis, IN

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
no event, but *cough* "spirited" *cough* driving.

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

#5.) your review and personal comments
i love these tires. if i'd realized how much better they are than the stock potenza, i would have put them as soon as i drove it off the lot. they are much quieter and handle beautifully. they say that all season tires do not compare to dedicated summer tires, but i'd say these handle better than some summer tires i've used in the past. they corner much better than the stockers, and the handling feels far more predictable. for instance, the bridgestones, when accellerating from a stand-still while turning, would pull a LOT more than anticipated. i'd assumed it was just an AWD thing, but doing the same maneuver with the pirellis, the car goes exactly where i expect it to. wet handling has been absolutely fantastic, as well as snow handling. i'd say the deepest snow i've run them in was about 6", but i had absolutely no problems. i was actually looking for reasons to go take a drive! i also grinned like mad when passing by oh-so-many SUV's that had slid off the road. i'd say my only complaint is that they seem to tramline a bit worse than the stockers, but it's nothing major. it's much more noticeable on grooved pavement, especially when the grooves go straight down the road vs across the road. the only way i'd buy a different tire is if i went with dedicated summer tires and had a spare set of wheels for dedicated winter tires. otherwise, pirelli gets my money!
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Old 01-09-2007, 04:53 PM   #158
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Kumho ASX - 205/55R16


#2.) what is your geographic location

Western NY (Halfway between Buffalo and Erie, PA)


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

None.


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

~75% city/25% hwy


#5.) your review and personal comments

1/9 - First Impression

First of all, at $378 installed (including 8% sales tax!), they were an excellent deal. I've read good things about these, and a coworker got a set for his wife's Integra, and they like them a lot. I just got them on this past friday (1/5/07), I haven't had much time to get a feel for them yet, but this morning I woke up to the first snowfall in a month, and drove five miles on unplowed roads. ASTONISHINGLY better than the RE92's, for serious. Granted, I had those awful bridgestones for 36k miles, which is probably too long, and I lucked out with virtually no snow this winter, but it was fantastic to drive with them. I'll subscribe this thread and edit this post once I get a better feel for them.

1-13 - Update

I've had the change to drive on these tires in some snow and rain, and on the highway some, and I love them. They look good, they're no louder or quieter than the RE92s, and they feel great. A whole lot more lateral traction, in particular, than I'm used to-- much harder to get the back end out of whack with standard tire pressure, than with the old tires.

Conclusion: ~400 miles in, I love these tires. Money well spent.

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Old 01-16-2007, 02:39 AM   #159
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Federal 595 225/40ZR/18s

#2.) what is your geographic location
East coast, Maryland.

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

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

#5.) your review and personal comments
For the money (I bought them in Hawaii for about $115 per tire), I have no complaints. They are almost strictly dry pavement tires, don't try to spirit drive on wet roads. Dry grip is pretty good, once they warm up. I have put about 15K on them and they are still holding...
If you need cheap reliable summer tires these are the way to go.
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Old 01-18-2007, 12:56 AM   #160
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Just a suggestion to the OP, can you edit your post and list what tires have been rated and how many times? someone like me who is looking for a certain review may not feel like reading all 4 pages to find one particular tire. just a suggestion. thanks.
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Old 01-28-2007, 01:14 PM   #161
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please answer these questions

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Kuhmo AST 215 45 17 (vs. ASX 225 45 17)

#2.) what is your geographic location
Texas

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

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


#5.) your review and personal comments
I got the asts because I had a flat in the asxs that wasn't fixable. I needed tires right then and there, and the asts were all they had. I liked the asxs and would have bought more because they handled well and lasted forever. When I switched from the asxs to the asts, I also went from 225s to 215s. The narrower tire seems to provide a little better feedback, feels better on turn in, but has less overall grip. At least on 7" rims. Maybe someone with more tire knowledge can comment on how tire width affects handling. It just seems to me that the wider higher performance tire doesn't feel as good as the cheaper narrower one on the same rims. I suppose that if I had the same size of each tire, I'd probably prefer the asxs. But, I'd probably go with 215s on a 7" rim.
Both tires have been outstanding in the the rain and cold. Like I said, the asxs lasted forever, ~50k, and I expect the asts to last about the same. The asts look a little better, but not as wide. They're a little quieter. I think they're a little cheaper than the asxs too.
Neither of these tires would come close to performing like an re70 in the dry though. They're good, but they're still all seasons.
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Old 03-06-2007, 04:58 PM   #162
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#3.) Everything from daily commute to Rally-X


#4.) About 60% city 40% highway


#5.) I was very skeptical about buying these tires because of the fact that I had never heard of them before and they are the cheapest snow tires Tirerack sells, but I was in desperate need of some new tires on my car and planned on buying higher performance skins for spring/summer use so I figures what the heck, I'll buy snow tires. Another reason I went with the cheapies (other than I was tryin' to save a buck) is that they appeared to have the most aggressive tread pattern of all the snow tires in the selection. The all season tires that were on the car when I bought it were absolutely horrible in any road condition other than completely dry. I have never been more pleased with a tire purchase in my life. (and i've bought numerous sets). These tires turned my car into a freakin' snow-tank. So far I've put about 2000 miles on'em and I can't say enough about them. They're awesome in wet conditions and offer great dry traction. Also, I Rally-X'd for the first time ever and I took 4th place in my class out of 22 cars (which I attribute partially to these tires). The terrain was 90% soft snow coverage and about 10% dirt/mud. I went a lil' narrower and taller than the OEM size for even better snow traction, but dry cornering suffered a little. It took a few days of drivin' to adjust to the change in handling, but a change well worth it in my mind. If you go thinner and taller like I did, prepare for a much more squirrelly feel at higher speeds. Also, these skins can be a lil' noisy at speeds greater than 65, but this isn't necessarily a problem for me cuz' I like my music loud. I highly recommend these tires if you're serious about snow traction.

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Old 03-16-2007, 02:40 AM   #163
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just want to revive this thread and see if anyone has used the new Goodyear ResponsEdge....??

Im looking to buy them and im trying to find any info on them.

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Old 03-16-2007, 10:14 AM   #164
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Nokian Hakkepillita 4 (non-studded) 215/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location
Northeast - NY/Ct for most of my travels


#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
none, other than the occasional offroad adventure


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
80% highway / 20% city


#5.) your review and personal comments
These are excellent snow tires. I have put about 8K miles on them. Needless to say we haven't received a lot of snow in this area, but everytime we have, I have had zero problems. Snow grip is excellent, slush is excellent, and icy road conditions is pretty good (if there was ever a lot of ice, I could get the studs put in).

Dry grip is excellent as long as the temp stays cold (below freezing). The tires definitely get soft (even with 40 PSI) when the temp goes above freezing. Wet grip is excellent. Even hitting puddles with only one side of the car, there is no pulling to the side. The tread pattern is excellent for water removal.

Before these I had the Toyo Garret Observe G02's which where also great (snow tires), but the handling (snow, slush, wet and dry) on these is even better.


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I don't think tirerack carries these tires, but wanted to submit the review anyway.
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:03 PM   #165
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1) Falken Ziex 512 225/45- Z17 (for STI)
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3) Driving events on Ziex 512's? Are you kidding? 100% street.
4) 50/50 hwy/city
5) Review: My story of how I got these is kinda backwards. I bought a used STI with almost new Falken Ziex 512's. The grip is less than the Khumo MX's I had on the WRX which I traded i for the STI. So less grip in a 300hp car = ass-happy machine. A week after buying the car I aquired a used set of RE 070s, and the STi became a twitchy, hard riding race car (like I would have expected). So keep in mind the 512's have a lot of tread, and the 070s have almost no tread, which automatically makes them act more like a racing tire. In retrospect the Ziex 512's are exactly what I would expect of a tire with treadwear 360 = softer, smoother than the RE070, much less grip, and slower response. The fakens do make a lot of grindy sounds when turning hard, probably those deep tread blocks flexing. Dry and wet traction is above average. Ziex 512s look good, and are fine for driving around on streets and highways, but they just dont let all the great suspension components and horsepower of the STi do what it is designed to do - go fast. It is like putting hiking boots on a marathon runner. You can keep these Falkens for the minivan.
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Old 03-18-2007, 07:50 PM   #166
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Pirelli P-zero Nero M+S, 225/40/18 on BBS RG-R 18x7.5, mounted on a 2006 Subaru Legacy GT.

#2.) what is your geographic location
Northern California

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

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
80% Highway, 20% city

#5.) your review and personal comments
Nice quiet tires, not harsh at all on rough roads here in Sacto. Very grippy and predictable in wet weather, no "scary" sudden let-go moments. Snow performance is good considering the tread pattern, it was a pleasant surprise. Overall a great bang for the buck tire - I got them for $137 a piece through tire rack.
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Old 03-24-2007, 03:30 AM   #167
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[quote=schmoke;17398821]#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Continental Contisportcontact 2 215/45/17. Mounted on an '04 wrx wagon w/ H&R sport lowering springs.

#2.) what is your geographic location
South East PA (Philly suburbs)

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
None Yet, AutoX ASAP, Agressive(Spirited ) street driving.

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
10% Highway, 90% city

#5.) your review and personal comments
I've only had them on for 2 days now...Seem like excellent tires. Aside from the stockers, I've had Yoko avs 100s and General Exclaim UHP (for $75 each I had to try) So far the Conti's seem to have a much less harsh ride than the yokos or the generals. Excellent wet grip, I havent found out how far I can push them but after driving for a year on the generals I'm alittle gun-shy. Road feel is alittle muted compared to the yokos, but the mildly ride on the lowered springs is sweet. I got them from a friend who owns a shop for cost ($117 each) I couldnt say no. I'll update after I get a few 1000 miles on them. Forgot to mention very smooth and quiet compared to any of the others.

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Old 03-25-2007, 04:15 PM   #168
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Re: Goodyear ResponsEdge I am in the same boat and looking for an all around tire. Will probably pull the trigger shortly as my originals have just about had it in aout 18,000.

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Old 03-31-2007, 02:55 AM   #169
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size):
Sumitomo HTR ZII 215/45-17


#2.) what is your geographic location:
Leonardtown, MD (Southern Maryland)


#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX):
Track, NASA HPDE's


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving:
70% city, 30% highway


#5.) your review and personal comments:
Great tire for the money. They work very well for street driving in the rain and dry.
Not a good track tire for an experienced track driver, as they heat up very quickly and become very "greasy" feeling
I used the same tires and agree.
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Old 06-06-2007, 04:46 PM   #170
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size):

Dunlop SP SportMaxx 225/45/17


#2.) what is your geographic location:

Chicago, IL

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

None

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving:

50/50

#5.) your review and personal comments:

WOW!! When I bought these last summer I was running on stocks with a stock suspension. I put these tires on with lightweight Kazera-S's and my handling improved UNDENIABLY!!. There are some on-ramps around town that are pretty tight clovers which I would start to skid on if I took them too fast on the stocks. Now with these SportMaxx tires I'm holding them VERY confidently and I'm able to actually merge at highway speeds (everyone else isn't able to step on the accelerator until after the clover which is way too late and they try to merge at like 30mph which is just plain dangerous). I also can't remember the last time my ABS has kicked in- these tires combined with some aggressive pads and rotors have made me able to stop on a dime. I totally dig these tires!!

-One important note!!: DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE ON SNOW WITH THESE!!! LOL. I hadn't switched to my winter rims by the first storm up here and my car was literally sledding around town. These tires are not made to be driven on snow, so let me tell you from my own experience- DON'T!!

Otherwise they're freaking GREAT summer tires.
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:24 PM   #171
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size):

Falken Fk452 245/45R17


#2.) what is your geographic location:

Texas

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

HPDE

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving:

20/80

#5.) your review and personal comments:


I tracked my full tread depth 452s over the weekend and have some comments on them. A couple of caveats - Previous tires were BFGoodrich gforce sports. I'm no track stud by any stretch of the imagination, I don't even mess with tire pressures more than twice in a trackday since that is usually the least of my problems. I'm sure there is still lots of time to be gained out there. The car is an 05 STI with mild suspension and engine mods. Seven sessions at 20 minutes each on a taxing 1.3mi track. The day started off wet but dried out just fine by the afternoon and temps topped off at maybe high 80s.

The Falkens really shined compared to the BFGs, even at full tread. Dry, they were completely predictable at the limit. In fact, I was used to using throttle to get some rotation in slow turns but the Falkens would drift all four wheels. I think I overcooked turns on purpose because the car was very easy to control at the limit. This may have been due to confidence but the bottom line is they clearly outperformed the BFGs. Rollover wasn't an issue even when I dropped the pressures to 35lbs when things dried out.

Tires got a little greasy after 10 or 15 minutes on the tight track but never gummed up or chunked. Still similar breakaway characteristics as far as I could tell, nothing too dramatic.

Wet, they did fine but I wasn't pushing very hard early in the day. On the street in the rain they are just fine. No complaints there.

So, these were a great buy and for the price, I love em. Any marginal increase in performance from more expensive tires would be wasted on me. Plus, it's a great street tire! Recommended.
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Old 06-28-2007, 08:12 AM   #172
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:34 PM   #173
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
toyo T1-R stock 205-55-19

#2.) what is your geographic location
ct

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

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
[70% highway 30% city-ish

#5.) your review and personal comments
decent tire if u drive BELOW speed limit, low noise good tredware(ran them almost 30k mile with 3 autox) they slide like crazy when pushed. and have really soft sidewall. for autox i was running ~50psi and they were still roiling over !!! any way my 2 pennies
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Old 08-02-2007, 10:52 PM   #174
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Hankook RS2 Ventus 215-50/16

#2.) what is your geographic location

Pennsylvania

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

I have not attended track events so far. I'm seeing what life they get driven nicely.

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

Highway 20% City 20% Country roads 60%

#5.) your review and personal comments

I switched from RE92's to these 6k miles ago, needless to say these tires are a Godsend. Initial impressions (after first 200 miles brushing) is they grip extremely well in most conditions. Wet grip is phenomenal minus polished/tar surfaces, dry grip is astounding versus most road tires, and even the dirt/gravel grip surprised me, all categories BETTER than the RE92's as expected. The tire resists hydroplaning very well, much better than the 92's again. As far as wear: so far I have 6k miles and I forecast 25k-30k miles at this wear rate. I have driven them hard a few times, so I am very pleased with the wear so far. Tires have been rotated at 4,000 miles and pressure is kept at 40 lbs. all around.

Bottom line: The Hankook Ventus RS2's are an excellent replacement tire for the Stock RE92's if you are going for a summer performance tire. At 97$ a tire, these have made me more than happy. I'll of course update when my tires are dead, but if I get a winter set, I foresee me getting 2 Summer/Fall seasons out of each set.

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Old 08-04-2007, 07:44 PM   #175
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please answer these questions

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Falken Azenis RT-615 225/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location
Monterey Bay, CA

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

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
40-60

#5.) your review and personal comments
very sticky tires. NVH is not to bad with these tires. Last around 18-22K depending on driving. got them for 90 each with one year warranty so you cant beat that. Overall amazing tire. they also seemed a lot better once I got the car lowered with some Zeals.

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