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Old 07-14-2005, 02:34 PM   #1
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I'm looking at getting a set of tires which would primarily be used for TSD rallies (gravel roads). I've been looking for a set of dedicated gravel tires, but those are a way off yet, so in the meantime I'm settling for some good all seasons. I need a reasonably affordable tire, so this is what I've narrowed the list down to (sorted by price, lowest to highest):
Hankook Ventus V4ES
Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring
Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring HR
Yokohama AVID T4 (not sure if these are all-season)
Sumitomo HTR+
Pirelli P3000 Cinturato
Michelin Harmony

Suggestions? I already have a set of dedicated winter tires that I don't want to be tearing up on hot gravel roads, and set of dedicated summer tires on nice rims that I don't want to be pitting with gravel.
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Old 07-14-2005, 03:10 PM   #2
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I use Toyo Proxes4's for summer TSD's and as my daily-use tire. There all-season's so they have a little bit of tread for gravel, but they also have an AA traction rating so they're great on the pavement. If you go for a more aggressive tread you'll pay for it on the pavement. You have to find the right balance for your situation. Gravel tires will let you go stupid-fast on gravel, but for a TSD going fast isn't the point.
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Old 07-14-2005, 03:17 PM   #3
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Any idea how the FZ4's compare to the 4's? The Proxes 4 are a bit out of my price range.
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Old 07-14-2005, 05:44 PM   #4
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The Nokian WR's are an all-season that has the snowflake winter rating. I'd imagine they'd do very well on gravel also.

Not sure if they're in your budget.
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Old 07-15-2005, 09:46 AM   #5
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Any idea how the FZ4's compare to the 4's? The Proxes 4 are a bit out of my price range.
The P4's are the next generation of tires so they are more advanced and have better performance, but maybe your looking for cheap tires that you can abuse and then throw-away, if you already have good summer and winter tires. Buying used tires or cheap Motormaster tires might just do the trick.
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Old 07-15-2005, 10:04 AM   #6
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Some of the Forester guys swear by BF Goodrich Traction T/A's. Decent on gravel, AA/A rating with a 440 treadwear. H, V or T speed ratings. Much more of a "lugged" tread than the Proxes, and a little cheaper.
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Old 07-15-2005, 11:36 AM   #7
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It's true the P4 is bearly an all-season. They have a pretty agressive pavement pattern tread and not a great "lug" pattern. I would never use them in winter. They are better than a pure summer tire though and I've never had any issues, but then I really like getting the back end out.
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