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Old 12-13-2000, 11:22 PM   #1
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Location: Carlisle, Pa, USA
Thumbs up Field Test Of AVS Decibels On Ice/Slush

About time we get some winter weather in my area!!!! We've had about 90% freezing rain and 10% slush(wet snow) for almost 4 hours now(2am). I thought it would be a good test of my Yokohama AVS db Decibels. After letting the car warm up and defrost I headed for the closest unsalted/ungraveled parking lot. On the way I experienced no problems from stop sign to stop sign. They brake confidently(no ABS unless really pushed) and start out just as well. Upon getting to the parking lot I self-appointed myself 'official SVX LSI AWD w/ AVS Decibels tester'. I did a couple of panic stops with ABS and a couple of "oh my God, the idiot behind me can't stop" take offs. They performed very well. When accelerating from a dead stop I used 'manual 2nd' and had no problems getting up to speed. They tracked in a striaght line and had plenty of bite despite how slipery the lot was. In the ABS stops the tail end wanted to come out a lil' but nothing that couldn't be easily controlled. Slowing down was no problem. Actually they(AVS db's) are the best tires I have ever had when it comes to stopping on slick surfaces. Taking curves the tires also were very confident. With a slight bit of steering correction coming out of a corner I was able to stay on the gas and drive just like I usually do. No having to lift off the throttle. In comparision....When I had the stock RE95's going into a turn I had to lift off the gas. Even doing so the car always went into a side slide w/ lil' or no control. Those tires suck when compared to the Yoko's. Any one looking for a good(outstanding) all-season tire, with a small price tag(around $100 a piece), should definetely consider the Yokohama AVS db Decibels. They kick ass!!!!!!!!!!!! Any questions......just ask

Happy winter driving

P.S. I also made it a point to play around a teeny tiny bit while in the parking lot I had a hell of a time With out having any obsticles I was able to throw(in a controlled manner) the car around with out the worry of hitting anything. To bad winter driving can't always be that fun
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Old 01-27-2001, 04:49 PM   #2
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Location: Woodland, CA
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I am also curious of how well they perform in the rain. I've heard very good things about the Yoko AVS Decibels, and they seem to be a nice match for the SVX. I will need new tires sometime this year if these lame Falkens ever wear out. I was also considering Kumhos, but really like the idea of an all season performance tire that is designed to be quiet. I'm getting a bit of tire noise from the Falkens right now, and its annoying. And I'm glad its not the bearings droning ... Nice review, btw.

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Old 01-28-2001, 12:19 AM   #3
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I just ordered a set of these and should have them on by thursday - drove about 500 yds out of the parking lot at work today and had the rear tire go flat due to a razor blade in the tread! Been wanting to get new tires for a while and this gave me the kick in the rear. Ended up at $599 with mounting from a local chrome coffee can tailpipe outlet. Not too bad.

You've had them for a while now - do you still like them?
How are they in the rain?

I'm looking forward to gettin a decent set of tires, but I am also having fun with the 2wd fuse in - My first time doing smoky burnouts in the svx today was great and I figure I might as well destroy whats left of these tires before they end up on the rear end of an IROC.

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