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Old 05-12-2004, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default Best summer tire to replace stock RE92s?

Best summer tire to replace stock 16" RE92s?

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Old 05-13-2004, 12:14 AM   #2
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Depends if you wanna get new rims, how much you want to spend, etc.

I bought falken ziex-512's for $500 installed, and so far they're awesome. Very very good deal too, ride seems more comfortable than the RE92's, not sure performancewise as I bought the car with 10% tread left on the RE92's
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Old 05-13-2004, 12:29 AM   #3
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I bought my car used... so I don't know how the stockers are... but I have those same ziex tires and they are pretty darn good. Heck, I went half the winter with em and no major problems with 'em.
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Old 05-13-2004, 06:39 AM   #4
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I bought falken ziex-512's for $500 installed, and so far they're awesome.
+1 on that

I just installed those yesterday and their awsome.
Need some rain now to test there roadworthness.

BTW, got them at www.tiretrends.com for $125 a piece, stock sizes.
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Old 05-13-2004, 09:22 AM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback fellas, I am keeping the stock 16"ers -- for the time being anyways.

I was also looking at Kumho Ecsta 711s -- heard anything good/bad about them?

I will look into the Falken ziex-512's too, thanks.
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Old 05-13-2004, 12:47 PM   #6
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November 2003 Consumer Reports on Ultra-high-performance tires.

In Order of Ratings...

Last number is price in US Dollars.

19 Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD3 $135
20 Toyo Proxes T1-S 190
21 Continental ContiSportContact 2 170
22 Michelin Pilot Sport 180
23 Dunlop SP Sport 9000 140
24 Pirelli PZero Nero 140
25 Bridgestone Potenza S-03 Pole Position 180
26 Hankook Ventus Sport K104 115
27 Yokohama AVS ES100 120
28 BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 145
29 Firestone Firehawk SZ50 EP 175
30 Kumho ECSTA Supra 712 125
31 Sumitomo HTRZ II 120
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Old 05-13-2004, 01:01 PM   #7
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Good summers that people I know have raved about:

Kumho Ecsta MX
Falken Azenis
Toyo T1S
Yokohama AVS Sports
Falken Azenis ST115
Bridgestone S02 and S03

Oh and these are great too, although not too much of a "normal" tire...Advan A032R.
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Old 05-13-2004, 06:02 PM   #8
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Thanks guys, keep em coming -- I am buying this weekend.

Am I not being realistic in hoping to spend ~$500 for a nice set of tires?
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Old 05-13-2004, 06:05 PM   #9
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depends what you mean by nice..? if you are looking for high performance...? probly not...
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Old 05-13-2004, 06:51 PM   #10
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$500 for all seasons is probably achievable.

For summers though? I highly highly doubt it, and if you could swing it for that price...it probably isn't worth it.
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Old 05-13-2004, 08:40 PM   #11
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Yah, this is a tough one since there is such a range of the types of tires. You gotta make the choice between all-season, or summer only, and after that how much you are willing to spend, since there are sub-classes of tires within summer only and all season.

For summer tires (IMHO, think that the feel, grip and response of summer tires can't be touched by all-seasons) There are the more hardcore max grip tires like the Falken Azenis, Kumho MX BFG KD, and the more well rounded tires like the Yoko ES100, Falken GRB 451, and then the value orientated tires like the Kumho 721.

I've driven both the Falken Azenis and Kumho MX, and for the street I'll take the MX for their low noise and excellent rain performance. I'd say they are 95% of the grip and response of the Azenis, but a much more liveable street summer tire.
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Old 05-14-2004, 12:28 PM   #12
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Does this sound like an alright deal?

Kumho Ecsta 712's - 225/50 R16

tires, tire tax, installation, sales tax: $586.00 CAD

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Old 05-14-2004, 01:24 PM   #13
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Does this sound like an alright deal?

Kumho Ecsta 712's - 225/50 R16

tires, tire tax, installation, sales tax: $586.00 CAD

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Yep, if that's all costs included then that's a pretty good deal.
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Old 05-19-2004, 11:52 PM   #14
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Just for comparison, I just got Yoko ES100s for USD 500 (plus tax), 225/45/17s.

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Old 05-20-2004, 08:57 AM   #15
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Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD3


I have had these for a year and they are amazing!

3 track days last year and they had really good grip!

Althou they are not cheap, $200-270 a tire!

Best I've ever seen in the rain

Toyo are almost the same!

And they are made in Germany
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Old 05-20-2004, 05:41 PM   #16
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I'm running the Kumho 711s right now. They replaced my Toyo Proxes FZ4s (these are 17" sizes I'm running, though). The 711s are nice and cheap. I have nothing to complain about them. They aren't the stickiest out there, but they are only a high performance summer tire... i.e. starting point for summer tires. They are WAY better than any all-season I've tried. I hear the Ziex are about the same price, but are slightly better.
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