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Old 06-30-2004, 10:31 PM   #1
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Default I know I said I would get the fk451's but...

tires.com was out of stock. So me being the impulsive person that I am got the azenis sports instead. They were delivered this evening. The sidewalls on these suckers are stiff as a board. I can't wait to get em mounted tomorrow. As far as wet traction, I don't think it will be a big deal because I drive extremely slow in the rain anyway.
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Old 06-30-2004, 10:41 PM   #2
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I liked the Kumho MX's better
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Old 06-30-2004, 11:04 PM   #3
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Yeah, it was a tough decision. I really don't need anything like the azenis sport because I don't track the car and I am not a good enough driver to get the most out of the car. Anyway, I am just glad to get rid of the potenzas. If the falkens don't work out I'll get the kumhos.
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Old 06-30-2004, 11:26 PM   #4
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It isn't so much slowing down in the rain...you have to do that with the Azenis anyway....BUT.....BE VERY CAREFUL CROSSING STANDING WATER.....ie puddles.
Last weekend, I encountered a VERY bad series of thunderstorms and slowed down to ~50 or so on the highway....no real problems there, and you can tell the tires are NOT good wet tires.....but I hit one puddle at ~45 that scared poop out of me

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Old 06-30-2004, 11:30 PM   #5
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Man, is there anyone here with 1st hand experience with the fk451s? People continually say they're going to buy them and then end up with something else at the last moment.
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Old 07-01-2004, 12:45 AM   #6
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I hydroplaned at 40mph in my 94 SS. Spun around a few times and hit a damn tree. The bald ass goodyears didn't help much. since then I avoid standing water at all costs. It will probably rain tomorrow, as it has been raining everyday for the past week or so. Do you have the kumhos on your car Uncle? (hold on a minute, that sounds like we are related or something)
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Old 07-01-2004, 03:54 AM   #7
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I hydroplaned at 40mph in my 94 SS. Spun around a few times and hit a damn tree. The bald ass goodyears didn't help much. since then I avoid standing water at all costs. It will probably rain tomorrow, as it has been raining everyday for the past week or so. Do you have the kumhos on your car Uncle? (hold on a minute, that sounds like we are related or something)
Yea it loves to flood in NO. I used to own a place there. I'm over in MS now. One of the most amazing experiences I had was flying along I-10 and exiting at Elysian Fields and seeing literally a pond(and several stopped cars in front of me) at the base of the ramp.

IIRC I sat there for about an hour before the water went down enough to cross.

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Old 07-01-2004, 12:28 PM   #8
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I love driving in the rain, and choose to drive in the fast lane so I can throw sheets of water over the center divide onto the other side of the freeway .

Seriously, I like rain driving and tend not to slow down, so these Potenzas are killing me. They hydroplane better than any tire I've tried before, and slide at ridiculously low speeds.

I am saving for new tires and will be buying 451's from splittingimagez.com (the name bugz be for some reason, like I will be leaving with a mural on my hatch and some wire-spoked 13's). $67.50 each in my size. I got about $100 to go. I will post a detailed review once they are on. I am open to donations, or at least buy my stuff I am trying to sell (kidney on Ebay ).

The other tire I am curious about is the Avon Tech M500 at tirerack. They sound good, but theyre about $20 more per tire.
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Old 07-01-2004, 02:43 PM   #9
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Alright. Got em mounted this AM. Drove around a bit and it started raining. These bastages GRIP! I mean they stick to the road like superglue. There is a small increase in road noise but the added grip and feel far outweighs it. In the damp it wasn't bad. Actually I would say at least as good as the crappy tires they replaced. didn't drive thru any puddles or standing water yet. I should have bought these tires a long time ago.
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Old 07-01-2004, 03:51 PM   #10
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I liked the Kumho MX's better
in what ways do you like them better? i'd like to hear an expert comparo. are the mx sidewalls truly that soft like everyone says?
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Old 07-01-2004, 11:22 PM   #11
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in what ways do you like them better? i'd like to hear an expert comparo. are the mx sidewalls truly that soft like everyone says?
Overall a better tire. The Falkens seem to be like a slick tire more than a treaded tire and respond the same way. I've gotten ALL crossed up on them and it was REAL hard to slide the MX's.
The MX's are better in the rain...even with little tread left.

...and the sidewalls are not "truly that soft like everyone says"...

The damn Kumho MX's stick like glue in the dry. PERIOD.
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Old 07-02-2004, 04:34 PM   #12
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...and the sidewalls are not "truly that soft like everyone says"...

The damn Kumho MX's stick like glue in the dry. PERIOD.
good thats what i thought! i might have to try these next.
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