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Old 06-11-2002, 03:46 PM   #1
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Talking Federal SS 595 tires

Having seen them for a low price and noticing the lack of info on this tire on I-Club, I decided to purchase a set of Federal SS595 tires and slap them on my Rota Subzeros. All I can say, is that these tires are bad a$$ , unbelievable dry and wet handling. With previous tire sets, they would squeel and begin to bend like jello under hard cornering. Many times I would also get into a cheap so called "drift" with other tires. With these you just turn like your on rails. No noise, not a lot of sidewall flex, and you barely slide. In the rain, I can drive comfortably at speed in excess of 80mph while still feeling the tires in complete contact with the road. As far as tire wear, durability, and snow performance is concerned, I can not give you guys any feedback because I have only had them for about 2 months. World class performance at a dirt cheap price. When I initially heard that they were comparing themselves to Potenza SO-2 tires and Pirellis, I thought they must be kidding. Now I know that these tires stack up with the best of them and man do they look great.

It is now 01/03/03 and I wanted to follow up with a winter/snow evaluation? I really loved these tires all year long, but they are an absolute nightmare in the snow. I was all over the road at even relatively low speeds. If you have an extra set of tires around, you might want to use them for winter. If you live in areas where it doesn't snow, then don't even worry about it because they handle great in the rain or shine.
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Old 06-12-2002, 08:31 PM   #2
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I've had them on my rotas since Feb. I posted about them in the tire section a long time ago.

For the price of $500 mounted and balanced, they can't be beat for the most part. They were even cheaper then Kumho's at the same place I bought mine at.

Did you know they are knocks offs of Dunlop SP9000? Look it up, they are very very close with only the blocks on the side being different. Well that and I'm sure the compound. The 9000 was known for excellent wet weather performance due to the large channels in it.

But I agree, they grip well and to me they seem to have a very good thread wear.... READ LONG LASTING.

However, they seem to break a little easy on my car. Since there is no noise made by them, you have to go by the "feel" of the car and either slow down or speedup to prevent the tires from breaking loose.

In the end, I'm happy with them. They are better then RE92's and price vs. performance is excellent

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