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Old 02-27-2004, 02:15 PM   #1
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looking for recommendation for a good tire for the forester S. thanks!
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Old 02-27-2004, 04:09 PM   #2
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All-season, winter, summer? I've gone with the Dunlop Sport SP5000. These are ultra high performance all-season tires that many other folks have recommended. So far, they did pretty well in the snow, and no tire squealing. My second choice would probably be the Continental ExtremeContact (also all-season), but I'm still waiting to see how well people rate it.
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Old 02-27-2004, 04:25 PM   #3
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What kind of treadlife do you get out of those Dunlops?
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Old 02-27-2004, 05:20 PM   #4
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I think it's rated at 340 AA while the OEM ones for our Foresters are rated at 320 BA, so maybe it's a little bit better than stock? I had these Dunlops on for about 4 months. Here's the link from tirerack.com:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes
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Old 02-28-2004, 10:08 AM   #5
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I can strongly recommend Kumho HP4 716s. I've had a set of 215/60-16s on my 2001 L for over 15K miles now and they are without a doubt the best tires for the money I've ever had. I'm going to assume you are looking for an all season tire and for that I think they are tops. They are relatively quiet and excellent in the rain. So far mine have kept their balance and show no uneven wear. At $48 each it's like getting Michelins for less than half price. No, they are better than the Michelins I've owned in the past. Look here for the Tire Rack info on them.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....=Ecsta+HP4+716

There are tons of customer reviews and almost all are favorable if not glowing. Most of the ones that aren't are folks that were expecting $200 uber performance tires. In this case though the HP4 716s are actually worth more than what you pay for. It makes me wonder if Kumho is under pricing them to get a good foothold in the high volume passenger car market.
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:32 PM   #6
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I had far too many sidewall failures ("goose egging" in the sidewall when air leaks into the tire's skin due to band warpage/breaking from potholed roads) to ever go with Dunlops again--(and I got them with a friend's employee discount).

I swear by Michelins, and the Pilot A/S will be my next tire for the XT. Pricey, but well worth it IMHO.
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Old 02-29-2004, 04:36 PM   #7
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I had far too many sidewall failures ("goose egging" in the sidewall when air leaks into the tire's skin due to band warpage/breaking from potholed roads) to ever go with Dunlops again--(and I got them with a friend's employee discount).

I swear by Michelins, and the Pilot A/S will be my next tire for the XT. Pricey, but well worth it IMHO.
Certain Michelins are also prone to bubbling. A lot of us with the stock Michelin MXM4 Pilots (Acura OEM) have dumped them because of early sidewall bubbling. The Pilot Sport A/S doesn't seem to have this issue, but I am hard pressed to give Michelin my money for another product when then don't make a quality OEM product.

I wrote them over a year ago about this issue and am still waiting for their response.
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Old 02-29-2004, 10:16 PM   #8
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I wrote them over a year ago about this issue and am still waiting for their response.

Dunlop never wrote me back either when their tires failed, guess unless it's a Firestone style recall, they just don't care.
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Old 02-29-2004, 11:31 PM   #9
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Dunlop never wrote me back either when their tires failed, guess unless it's a Firestone style recall, they just don't care.
Yup.
I did also file my issue with the NHTSA.
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Old 03-01-2004, 08:04 AM   #10
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Replaced my stockers with SP5000s at 35k.......now have 59k.....ZERO issues!

Why SP5000s......highly touted by many users.......price........needed all season/performance tires.

Would I recommend them .........absolutely!
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Old 03-01-2004, 09:20 AM   #11
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Add me to the list of SP5000 users, replaced at 38K. No issues with them yet. My car has 63K miles, but of the additional 25K since replacement, only about 17K are on the SP5000s. The other 8K are on a set of Pilot Sport A/S on 17s, but that's another story...

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Old 03-01-2004, 01:59 PM   #12
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so sp5000 it is. i kinda thought so as they were highly rated a while back. still is i guess eh. how about the Contis? tirerack rates up pretty high.
i guess there's no love for the stock Geolanders huh?
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Old 03-01-2004, 04:03 PM   #13
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I think the Geos are alrighty, especially as winter tires. At least here in MD where we rarely get more than 8".

But the sidewall is just too soft for spirited driving is all.
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Old 03-02-2004, 09:14 AM   #14
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I would also vote for the Kumhos. As a rule, I usually stay away from Korean brands based on preceptions of low quality or reliability. I would definately not purchase a Korean make car. Of course, this is my person choice.

BUT, I decided to go with a set of Kumho Supra 712 based on price and also on the reputation of the Kumho Victor V700 among autocrossers. I've been very happy with the 712's. They are not the best tires I've ever had, but they compare favorably to the best brands regardless of price. Price is really what puts them over the edge. They are very good in dry and better than expected in wet. They suck in the snow, but what do expect for a SUMMER tire.

I have since bought another set of Kumho for my wife's Mercedes SUV. I was a little concerned as they are considered street sport tires and the upcoming snow season. We also have a very steep driveway that with swallow any 2-wheel drive vehicle with only 2-4 inches of snow. The Kumho STX conquerred the driveway with ease. For non-off-roading SUV (90% of everything out there) I don't think I could recommend a better tire regardless of price.

Not that I would recommend the STX for your Forester, but I would definately recommend Kumho's.
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