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Old 05-15-2017, 03:28 AM   #301
Raszaron
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Nokian WR G2 SUV 225/55R18
Vehicle- 2015 Forester XT Touring

#2.) what is your geographic location
1. Omaha, NE

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Daily Driver

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
50% Highway / 50% City

#5.) your review and personal comments
I wanted a great winter tire for my wife's Forester, so after doing some research, and once again taking Nebraska winters into account, I decided to use the Nokian tires. These tires worked well in the snow and ice that we received, and did decent in rain with some pulling in large puddles that the AWD system would counter shortly after initiation. While the roads were dry and cold the tire did good at gripping and turning and worked well at everything we needed them to do.

As spring came around, I decided to keep these on the car and the hot summer here in Nebraska, plus they made a trip to Jacksonville, FL. Now in the hot weather they do feel slightly giving in the sidewall upon initial turn-in. That feeling does quickly subside, but after a year of that we went through another winter with no problems. This spring I ended up changing out the WRG2s for a set of Pilot Sport AS3+ as the Nokians just don't inspire the confidence in extreme heat (pavement temps over 95F) even though they advertised them as an All-Season at the time I purchased them in 2015.

I will be putting the same set back on for winter again though (November 2017)!
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:46 PM   #302
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 in a 235/45R17 97 R XL (on my stock 2017 WRX rims)


#2.) what is your geographic location

Burnaby, BC, Canada.

That said, I also spend a great deal of time driving BC mountain passes on route to Calgary and various ski hills.


#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

Daily driver (with the occasional winter hooning session).


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

Approximately 65/35 highway/city.


#5.) your review and personal comments

I had an older version of the Hakkapeliita on a previous car that prompted the purchase. They’re still the best overall winter tires I’ve ever driven. Put in concert with my WRX’s AWD system, I’ve never felt more comfortable tackling horrendous winter roads. Ice, compact snow, slush, whatever the road had to throw our way these tires gripped with aplomb. Living in the Vancouver area I also had the opportunity to sample performance in heavy rain where the Hakkapeliita’s performed admirably. They’re not cheap at $276.17 (Canadian)/tire but “you get what you pay for” rings especially true in this case.

If you’re the type to run two sets of tires (summer/winter) these are hands down my top pick for winter rubber.
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Old 05-22-2017, 03:25 PM   #303
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I've got the new Michelin pilot series on stock 07 XT, 245/70/r17 and there awesome, I'm in Montana on mostly highway and dirt roads, they seem to have good traction when needed but even my basically stock xt can drop the clutch to provide a solid burn
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:16 AM   #304
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Continental Extreme Contact DWS

#2.) what is your geographic location

Greenwood, IN

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

Daily Driver


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

90% city
10% highway


#5.) your review and personal comments

I've had these tires on a previous car (05 G35) and loved them especially on how long they lasted and even lasted longer than the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S symmetrical and costed less.

I now have them on my 2016 STI and its quieter than the stock Dunlops and grips well but feels a little spongy when taking turns but still rides very well. I moved from FL to IN so I needed all weather tires and from multiple reviews, I would recommend this tire for anyone who wants all weather tires.
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:54 PM   #305
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
hakkapeliitta 8 245/40-18

#2.) what is your geographic location
Bloomington Mn

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Daily

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
50/50

#5.) your review and personal comments
These replaced a set of Michelin x-ice xi3 that where in their second year of use on my 2017 WRX. Had almost new treads. The Michelinís werenít what I was expecting in regards to turning and to a lesser extent stopping. Taking clover leafs, or a curvy road with a quarter inch of snow will have the car start under steering. I was able to get my Hakkapelitta 8ís installed right before the last two big snow storms that hit the Twin Cities, with the most recent dumping about 16-18 inches of wet snow on April 14th. These tires are phenomenal!! As deep as the snow was, not once did I ever come close to getting stuck, have problems over steering or stopping. With the amount of snow on the ground, at worst It felt like I was driving in some sand. Cars and trucks where getting stuck everywhere. I was having a blast just driving around for fun. As for warm driving, Iíve driven in about 60 deg. No issues with wet roads or even normal snow tire squirrelly handling. Bottom line; these are phenomenal!!
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Old 04-29-2018, 01:28 PM   #306
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review
Nitto NeoGen 235x40r18


#2.) what is your geographic location
Tennessee

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
None

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
90/10

#5.) your review and personal comments
I decided to try these because they were designed for lowered cars with
negative camber. These have held up very well and are showing
considerably less camber wear than my previous BFG Pro Comp 2 A/S. They
are pretty grippy and hold up well to adverse weather conditions. I would
recommend these for those that like to run their cars low with a bit of
camber and want to get some extra life out of their tires.
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Old 06-12-2018, 04:16 PM   #307
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1. Continental Pure Contacts, R16, DC/MD/VA, 70% highway. 30% street. Great all season tires, rain, snow, dry. Does slip on ice/snow on turns, but doesn't get stuck - more credit to AWD.

I highly recommend, had them a couple years still plenty of tread. 70k mile warranty.

Cost is over $500 with alignment/install/balance etc.
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Old 06-18-2018, 04:21 PM   #308
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Not sure if this question goes here. Been using Extreme Contact DW on my past two WRXs but have noticed in the 2015 road noise is a little high. Can you suggest something quieter.
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Old 11-05-2018, 11:36 AM   #309
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Are reviews from Europe/UK welcome? All of these are in rotational use on my 2003 Impreza WRX running a front big brake kit and 300bhp):

Yokohama Advan V105 225/40/18 ZR XL
Scotland
Road use only, very little city, 50% motorway (interstate), 25% wide country roads, 25% narrow & rough country roads.
Temperature range 5c to 30c
Good feedback, stiff sidewalls and about 8,000 miles so far over three summers (down at about 4mm now). Slightly disconnected on cold and greasy tarmac, but great when warm and dry. And even in colder conditions they're actually pretty good once warmed up. Despite having a very similar tread pattern to Eagle F1 Asymmetrics they don't seem to have such good aquaplane resistance, nor do they have the same effective temperature range. I went for them over the alternatives as they weren't stupidly priced and had good sidewalls. I was also less concerned with their cold weather performance as I use winter tyres in the colder months. Overall I'd happily buy them again as an all rounder.

Toyo R888 225 45 17 ZR XL (GG Compound)
Scotland
Road use only, very little city, 40% motorway (interstate), 30% wide country roads, 30% narrow & rough country roads.
Temperature range 10c to 30c
I picked these up on a set of V7 STI wheels for my WRX. Turn in is sharp and once warmed up they have serious grip, significantly in excess of normal Eagle F1, Yoko V105's etc. But, that grip comes at the expense of feel. When cold they are quite glidey and don't feel like they're keying into the road surface. Once warmed up though they're sensational, particularly in the dry, but even on wet roads they're still good once warmed. Their Achilles heel though is on standing water where they're simply awful. They're also noisy, not that noise is really a buying criteria for a tyre like this...

Pirelli Sottozero 3 225 45 17
Scotland
Road use only, very little city, 50% motorway (interstate), 25% wide country roads, 25% narrow & rough country roads.
Temperature range -20c to +8c
In the UK there's very little call for full blown winters, and for me a performance winter is a good compromise. If the snow's bad enough to need full winters then the chances are the roads will be blocked. This will be the fourth winter I've had the Sottozeros fitted and while one of those was pretty warm, last winter saw 4k of driving on icy and snow covered roads. They're good in deep snow (driving through over 1ft of fresh snow proved no issue), and on ice and compacted snow they offer a very gradual transition. On wet and cold tarmac they key in well and still allow you to actually drive quite spiritedly. They're controllable and give good braking even from 60-70mph on snow.
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Old 12-17-2018, 08:10 PM   #310
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
#2.) what is your geographic location
#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving vs. canyon
#5.) your review and personal comments
Summer:

1. Michelin Pilot Super Sport - 245/40 R18
2. Colorado
3. Daily
4. 60/30/10
5. Very capable in dry and wet. Kept canyon traction like I had upgraded sways. Lots of confidence in tire. Much better than stock '13 Dunlops. Good enough for a Ferrari, its good enough for an STi.

1. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S - 245/40 R18
2. Colorado
3. Daily
4. 60/30/10
5. Same comments from above, but improvements on noise level.

Winter:

1. Dunlop Winter Sport 3DS - 245/40 R18
2. Colorado
3. Daily and Ice Racing (frozen lake)
4. 60/30/10
5. Handles dry as well as the stock '13 STi Dunlops. Great in all elements. Handled ice (the first 2 seasons) as well as studless winter tires (and studless can't handle like these on ice).

1. Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 - 245/40 R18
2. Colorado
3. Daily
4. 60/30/10
5. So far, seem to be on par with the Winter Sport 3DS and Pilot Alpin PA3 I've had in the past; better on noise though.
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Old 12-18-2018, 04:22 PM   #311
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Bridgestone RE71R - 265/35/18

#2.) what is your geographic location

North Carolina

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

Track (HPDE)

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

50/50

#5.) your review and personal comments

Miles driven - ~13,750
HPDE Events - 3 (6 days, 27 x 20 minute sessions)

Daily Driver Life
These tires are tolerable as a daily driver. I have a 45 minute commute that is a combo of freeway and streets. Dry grip is outstanding (as it should be) and traction in the rain was good up until around 5/32s. We can get some heavy downpours here in the south and once treadwear hit 5/32s slowing down from freeway speeds (on an off ramp as an example) during heavy rain would be hit or miss as to whether the car with hydroplane for a quick second before getting grip.

These tires pick up everything! At first it's a bit disconcerting hearing pebbles hit the wheel wells all of the time, and your passengers will definitely ask you "what's wrong". I've had police and general "non car" people ask me if I'm "running slicks" throughout the summer as the tires wore down.

Pros:
Grip for days.
They lasted 13,000+ miles! Way more than I expected.

Cons:
Loud (louder than anything I've driven on)
Very sticky and more prone to puncture than other tires.

HPDE
I am by no means a seasoned vet; I've only been to 5 HPDE events total -- All with NASA-SE. When it comes to comparison, I've been at two events with my old RX8, running Direzza ZII Star Specs. Between the two, the biggest difference at the track is just how much longer I had usable grip in the session with the RE71r's vs the Star specs. With the star specs, right at about 10 minutes or so in I'd have to stop pushing to improve my times as the tires about had it.

With the RE71r's, I would keep pushing to get faster and most of the time my fast laps would be with around 2 or 3 laps left in the session. Only at the very end of the session would I feel the grip start to go.

I would start off with cold pressure at around 29psi and aim for a hot pressure of 36-37psi as that seemed to be the happy spot for those tires.

The tires were consistent over their lifespan. This is evidenced by track times improving by a little less than a second from my time out at CMP in April compared to my time out there last week (November). I did perform some mods between the two (sways, intercooler and ebcs) so that may help with times, but overall, there was no noticeable drop off in traction at any of the HPDE events.

Overall
I bought these tires with the expectation they would last from spring until fall, with a few HPDE events in between -- And they met those expectations...just barely. (Un)fortunately, I have the HPDE bug bad, and am already planning on 4 or 5 events next year. That being said, I am not going to buy the RE71rs again as they wont be able to handle those 2 extra events. I will be looking for a more durable tire (most likely Hankook RS4) that will last 5 events + daily driving during the spring/summer/fall. Apparently the RS4s are much more durable and they should be able to handle more than that; with maybe a 1-2 second increase in track time compared to the RE71rs.

I am very surprised to have gotten more than 13,000 miles on these tires based on other reviews; my star specs only lasted 12,000 miles. I feel I hit them pretty hard at the track (I did manage to go through two pairs of Carbotech XP12 pads during 3 events), but I'm sure there are others who'd be able to wear them more quickly.

Based on how quickly they get to temp, the RE71r's are pretty much the perfect autox tire. When it comes to HPDE and/or time trials, I think there may be smarter solutions. For HPDE, the extra second or so just isn't worth it for me if I want to do more than 3 events a year. If/when I move up to time trials, I'd probably go straight to a "better" 100TW tire that I can drive to the events (but not use as a daily tire).

Additionally, these tires are DIRECTIONAL. This definitely hampers their usable life (as you can see uneven wear in the photos above). I rotated tires front to back a couple of times throughout their lifespan (after track events) and it helped. If I had not rotated, I would not have been close to 13000 miles. On top of that, before my last event, I did a non standard rotation (Passenger Rear to Driver Front and Driver Rear to Passenger Front) -- which means the treads were not in the proper direction. This is perfectly fine for track days and/or driving in DRY weather, but not for wet weather. To be clear, I did this at my last event only (a total of 2 days).

Photos Here: https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2889420
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Old 06-18-2019, 04:16 PM   #312
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
235/45ZR-17 Pirelli P Zero Nero GT XL

#2.) what is your geographic location
Southeast Massachusetts

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Daily driver

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
70% HW 30% city

#5.) your review and personal comments
I bought these to replace the Michelin Pilot Super Sports I had previously. While I loved those tires and the grip they provided I couldn't justify the almost $200 per tire again for a DD. I started looking for another performance summer tire and saw these on Tire Rack. I have had them on since April and so far they are a good tire. For a DD they provide all the grip I need and were almost half as much as the PSS with the $70 rebate from Pirelli. Wet driving is confidence inspiring and there is very little road noise.
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