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Old 12-22-2005, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default Falken ZE512's road noise

Is it normal to have a hum coming from these at under 30mph to a stop?
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Old 12-22-2005, 01:09 PM   #2
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Yes. Had them in 235 40 18 on my gf's tiburon and that was the only complaint I had about them. I could feel each individual tread block (or so it felt) contacting the ground from 30-0.
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Old 12-22-2005, 01:23 PM   #3
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How are they otherwise? Good grip for an all seaseon? I am getting a set for the new wheels that I will hopefully order in the next couple of days.
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Old 12-22-2005, 04:42 PM   #4
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How are they otherwise? Good grip for an all seaseon? I am getting a set for the new wheels that I will hopefully order in the next couple of days.
I don't have any complaints, looks nice, good price, tried them in snow seemed to grip just fine, execellent in rain the rim guard is a nice feature too.
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Old 12-22-2005, 06:11 PM   #5
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Yeah I haven't really heard anything bad about them yet. Since money is the big factor at the moment, they are my best option I believe.
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Old 12-22-2005, 06:46 PM   #6
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not to burst ur guys bubble, but the thing that annoys me about them is that the sidewalls are kinda squishy. sometimes it feels like im riding on sponges, and its kind of annoying. and by the way, tires are inflated to the correct psi.
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Old 12-22-2005, 10:30 PM   #7
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I have these and they are lightyears ahead of the Yoko ES100's in the road noise department. I had those before the Falkens and I almost shot my car after every drive.

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Old 12-23-2005, 01:25 AM   #8
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bluesubaru, what size are you running and what kind of driving were you doing when they felt squishy? Mine will be just daily driving. Rally-x's will be done on stockers.
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Old 12-23-2005, 02:18 AM   #9
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I'm running them too and they are considerably squishier than the 070 but a brick would feel squishy compared to the 070. I like them fine so far, they have done very well in the several snows so far this winter. I am actually enjoying the ride compared to the stock tires. I will be running r compound rubber on my stockers as well.
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Old 12-23-2005, 10:35 AM   #10
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I'm running them on my stock 16" rims in a 225/50/16 size. I don't like them because of the sidewall flex they have...once the car in under load in a corner they grip pretty well but when you let off the car shifts in the opposite direction and I don't like the feeling very much...almost feels like an old Cadi with the water like suspension. I should have gone with a 215/50 or a 205/55 but I thought it would be best to get a wider tire. Other than that they are great tires...no significant road noise, good daily drivers for my 80 mile/day commute, and excellent water evacuation in the heavy Florida rains. Just not up to the performance standards that I'm used to. I came from Azenis 215 to Hankook rs2 to Azenis 615...I didn't want to waste the Azenis commuting so I saved them for autox.

Basically, keep the size in mind before making a decision. Good tires & cheap.
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Old 12-23-2005, 12:31 PM   #11
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I had these on my old crapbox Sentra, in the 205/55/16 variety. They make good daily drivers, but like the others said, try not to push them to the extreme. Other than that, I couldn't really complain. They're decent tires with good wear and grip.
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Old 12-23-2005, 01:48 PM   #12
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The Falken Ziex 512 tires are awesome all season tires, ALL SEASON! Of course they aren't going to perform the best in dry like a RT615, that's because they aren't designed to. They are designed to do pretty well in the dry and have awesome wet traction and a great tread life. Now if the S-03's I use for my summer tires felt soft then I would be mad, but you can't expect an all season tire to drive lika a max performance summer tire.

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Old 12-27-2005, 12:51 PM   #13
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decent, the conti-extreme is better but more $ so obviously thats why. Not as squeakey as the conti's but same traction levels... snow traction is worse than the conti's but adequate...

They're poor in the dry compared to BFG CompTA R1's......
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Old 12-28-2005, 11:55 AM   #14
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had mine installed for the winter and they work very well in the snow....haven't had a chance to push them on dry roads yet, but I expect them to react like an all-season tire....noise doesn't seem to be a problem, however that is relative to the 070's which sound like a freight train passing by. Many smiles/$ with the 512's!
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Old 12-28-2005, 12:03 PM   #15
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I haven't noticed much road noise on mine. I've found that cranking the pressure up on these helps a lot to make them feel less squishy on the street. I don't wear out the outsides of my fronts as bad either
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Old 01-29-2006, 08:36 PM   #16
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Is it normal to have a hum coming from these at under 30mph to a stop?
110% normal. I get the same thing. Once you get over 30 mph they are pretty quiet tho. Not as quiet as RE-92s but I dont care cuz these things kick RE-92 ass in every way!

Oh, it helps to overinflate them a bit. I keep em at about 38psi all around and they are ALOT more responsive. FYI, I have them on my Baja in 225-60-16. Its a really quiet car so the 0-30-0 tire hum is more noticeable.
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Old 01-29-2006, 09:28 PM   #17
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That ****ing hum kills me in my wifes Passat. PITA
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Old 01-29-2006, 09:32 PM   #18
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Some people mentioned squishiness. I also noticed squishiness until I wore through the first 20% of the tread. Then it firmed up a lot.

Great bargain of a tire.
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Old 02-02-2006, 10:15 AM   #19
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I liked mine at first, but they have gotten noiser over time. I have about 10k miles now, stock size 205/55/16, and they also appear to be wearing quickly. Will be considering something else next time, maybe in a 215 width just for looks.
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Old 03-17-2006, 08:26 AM   #20
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Mine are noisy as hell, starting to piss me off too. Now the hum is audible from 50 mph and under. Quiets down after 55 mph. But around town they resonate like crazy. They perform great but I am starting to hate them cuz of the noise. And they are advertised as a QUIET tire....WTH??

I am starting to suspect a wheel bearing issue though...maybe its not the tires, cuz they were quiet when new. Ugh... anyone know how to tell if road noise is caused by tires or the wheel bearings? Easy test?
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Old 03-17-2006, 08:44 AM   #21
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My Falken tires were also quiet when new and then got progressively noisier (although I never got a hum - more like white noise). It became really apparent when I replaced the old Falken's with new Falken's - the car got suddenly quiet.
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Old 03-18-2006, 11:21 PM   #22
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Just got these on yesterday...loving it...nice and quiet ride so far (need it for the LA streets and fwys)..will be using it like it was designed for....all seasons
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Old 03-19-2006, 07:31 PM   #23
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For the price I really like the 512s. I've had them installed for 3-5K miles and have had several big snow storms with no complaints. They aren't as good as some of the dedicated snow tires, but they do well for an all-season.
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Old 03-19-2006, 08:10 PM   #24
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I must be deaf because I don't hear any road noise with these tires. I love the tire and they are a good all-season tire.
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Old 03-24-2006, 11:44 AM   #25
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Mine were quiet for 10,000 miles. Now they sounds like BFG Mud-terrains! But only under 60mph. I keep checking the tread for abnormal wear, and I see none. I dont think its alignment, car drives straight.

UPDATE:

I recently emailed Falken Tire directly after the Sears store didnt show an interest in helping me out with the tire warranty. Falken told me to make an appointment with sears, and if there is no abnormal wear on the tread they will replace them under warranty. The guy at Falken even gave me his direct line for Sears to call him to get authorization. They have been very helpful.

Seriously the noise is so bad the thought of returning to RE-92s crossed my mind . One good thign about re-92s is they were quiet from day one to the day I replaced them.

If anyone else is having these noise issues, I almost suspect its a known issue, because Falken was so cooperative with me. You may notice on the Falken website, the Ziex-512 is advertised as a "smooth-riding, quiet tire". Bah! False advertising! I mentioned this in my email to them.
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