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Nick86FC
03-23-2005, 09:38 PM
I've been looking at some new tires, and everytime I go into a shop they say:

"You can buy these tires for $X, or I can sell you a set of Wanlis for half that."

The tires in question are Wanli S-1088's. They are a z rated tire with a 280 treadware - they look like this:

http://americanwheelandtire.com/images/tires/wanli_s1088.jpg

One salesman even said they were made by Dunlop.

So - Has anyone used these? What are they like? Any opinions?

Thanks!

M50E30
03-24-2005, 09:03 AM
As of this past January there is no road hazard warrantee for tires in Canada (unless the shop offers one for an extra fee). Wanlis are OK for the price but if you drive hard I suggest you get into a better tire.

Nick86FC
03-24-2005, 10:39 AM
It's strange - I have just worn through a set of Yoko AVS - and went looking for replacements. Everywhere I went, I'd get a quote for about $200 a tires - then the salesman would say "Really you should try the Wanli's. They are Z rated and they are listed at $135 a tire." If it was one place I'd have thougt nothing of it - but the fact that I heard this from 3 different places has made me question why.

What aspect of the tire is questionable? Is it that they just don't offer a high level of grip, or is it that they are poorly constructed?

M50E30
03-24-2005, 08:10 PM
It's strange - I have just worn through a set of Yoko AVS - and went looking for replacements. Everywhere I went, I'd get a quote for about $200 a tires - then the salesman would say "Really you should try the Wanli's. They are Z rated and they are listed at $135 a tire." If it was one place I'd have thougt nothing of it - but the fact that I heard this from 3 different places has made me question why.

What aspect of the tire is questionable? Is it that they just don't offer a high level of grip, or is it that they are poorly constructed?

They are just a cheap quality tire. I can sell 205/40/17 for $79+tx/ea.

As for wear every tire has a "treadwear" rating... http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/general/utqg.jsp

OTTO
03-28-2005, 01:17 PM
I have 3 215/40/17's for sale...
you may be able to get the 4th for under $90 from M50E30

Used for less then 1 week and i decided to switch to 235s so these are just sitting in the basement.

have full receipts; purchased last year... and can even show you the reciepts of my second set for you to confirm time used...

$250 (no tax and delivered in GTA area) ---> these are 215s not 205s

OTTO
03-28-2005, 06:56 PM
my apologies for the confusion..the tires are i have are the ones in question..the wanli's same thread pattern and wear rating as discussed in above posts.
thanks!

Big Chin
03-29-2005, 12:58 AM
Wanli's are probably some of the worse tires I have ever seen.. but they are cheap.. If you don't drive hard they are fine.. but then again i would choose any kumho tires over wanli's

Nick86FC
03-29-2005, 01:56 PM
Thanks for the offer OTTO - but I'm looking for a set of 225/45/17's.

8500 RPM
04-02-2005, 01:33 AM
I am getting some Kumho MX's. I heard they are pretty good bang for the buck as well. My favourite tire I've ever bought was Bridgestone S-03, but too expensive for me now. :)

M50E30
04-02-2005, 08:09 AM
I am getting some Kumho MX's. I heard they are pretty good bang for the buck as well. My favourite tire I've ever bought was Bridgestone S-03, but too expensive for me now. :)

Good dry tire. But they are not good in cold or wet.

8500 RPM
04-02-2005, 07:27 PM
Good dry tire. But they are not good in cold or wet.

At least I would think their cold/wet traction is better than my Falken Azenis RT? no?

M50E30
04-02-2005, 08:54 PM
At least I would think their cold/wet traction is better than my Falken Azenis RT? no?

What kind of driving do you do? Do you do any auto-X or driving schools?

If no then there are many better street tires available than MX's.

8500 RPM
04-02-2005, 10:16 PM
What kind of driving do you do? Do you do any auto-X or driving schools?

If no then there are many better street tires available than MX's.

I do PITL. What tire do you recommend that is in this price range and yet has excellent dry and wet like a performance tire should be, without having to spend Bridgestone S-03 type of money. I personally know a few people with Wanli's that had their side wall crack and bubbles developing on the sidewall. This happened to me on my Kumho Ecsta 712s. I guess the saying , "you get you pay for" is ineed the case so far. But for the Falkens, I'm very happy with what I got out of them in dry weather. STIFF sidewall and a champion on autocross. I am looking for 205 50 15's and would ideally not spend over $500 all-in. I don't do any winter driving with this car.

M50E30
04-03-2005, 10:38 AM
I do PITL. What tire do you recommend that is in this price range and yet has excellent dry and wet like a performance tire should be, without having to spend Bridgestone S-03 type of money. I personally know a few people with Wanli's that had their side wall crack and bubbles developing on the sidewall. This happened to me on my Kumho Ecsta 712s. I guess the saying , "you get you pay for" is ineed the case so far. But for the Falkens, I'm very happy with what I got out of them in dry weather. STIFF sidewall and a champion on autocross. I am looking for 205 50 15's and would ideally not spend over $500 all-in. I don't do any winter driving with this car.


Well if the Falken's are working out for you then I would stick with them. But if you can get a good price on the MX's then give them a shot. I'm not knocking the MX's......but just warning you that everybody hates those tires in cold or wet conditions.

thinair
04-04-2005, 02:40 AM
I heard the MX's rival S0-3's in the wet??? I almost bought a set actually.

M50E30
04-04-2005, 10:08 AM
I heard the MX's rival S0-3's in the wet??? I almost bought a set actually.

My suppliers that have used these tires say that they were not impressed with the wet traction.......but I still think they are an excellent tire.

I think that they are definatly worth a try (due to the price) and actually find out. If I decide to put the E30 back on the road late this year or next I think I will go with a 215/45/17 and the MX's will probably be one of my choices for my new wheels.

8500 RPM
04-04-2005, 10:17 AM
My suppliers that have used these tires say that they were not impressed with the wet traction.......but I still think they are an excellent tire.

I think that they are definatly worth a try (due to the price) and actually find out. If I decide to put the E30 back on the road late this year or next I think I will go with a 215/45/17 and the MX's will probably be one of my choices for my new wheels.

I couldn't do ANY winter driving with my Falkens. I wonder if I can do some light snow driving like I can do in Falken 512s... :confused:

M50E30
04-04-2005, 08:38 PM
I couldn't do ANY winter driving with my Falkens. I wonder if I can do some light snow driving like I can do in Falken 512s... :confused:

I wouldn't even think about it. I had to move my car one time with Toyo FZ4's......that was a joke.

8500 RPM
04-05-2005, 12:56 AM
I wouldn't even think about it. I had to move my car one time with Toyo FZ4's......that was a joke.

Yeah, and Toyo rates it "all season". hahah

Axxe
04-06-2005, 09:35 AM
My friend has Wanli tires on his 7th gen civic. Damn, they are made of granite-like compound and have soft sidewalls. Bad combination in a 40-series tire.

flyinggonzo
04-07-2005, 02:00 AM
Does anyone here heard of Nexen tires?

I'm looking for new tires for my Z, and the sales person suggested I go with Nexen tires because they are cheap but decent. I'd rather get a set of Toyo T1Rs (I've heard of Toyo), but they are almost twice the price!

M50E30
04-07-2005, 09:05 AM
Does anyone here heard of Nexen tires?

I'm looking for new tires for my Z, and the sales person suggested I go with Nexen tires because they are cheap but decent. I'd rather get a set of Toyo T1Rs (I've heard of Toyo), but they are almost twice the price!

I just priced out a set of these Nexen N3000 tires in 20" for a customer yesterday. They look like a Falken tire........

http://www.megaperformance.com/i//nexenn3000.jpg

8500 RPM
04-07-2005, 04:56 PM
I heard good things about Fuzion tires as well. Any word on those? They are made by Bridgestone.

M50E30
04-07-2005, 08:35 PM
I heard good things about Fuzion tires as well. Any word on those? They are made by Bridgestone.

They seem to be a half decent tire. I'm getting alot of calls for those @ work.

http://www.tirerack.com/images/tires/fuzion/fuzion_zri_ci2_l.jpg
Click for TireRack.com write up! (http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Fuzion&tireModel=ZRi)

8500 RPM
04-13-2005, 09:31 AM
I've decided on the Fuzion ZRi after a lot of thought.

My original list varied a lot in pricing and longevity:
Falken RT215
Falken RT615
Bridgestone S-03
Bridgestone RE750
Avon Mtech 500
Fuzion ZRi
Kumho MX

-Based on bang for the buck, performance, cost, longevity, dry handling, and wet handling, the tire that touched on all of these aspects and yet still had the lowest price was the Fuzion Zri made by Bridgestone. Now, if I can only find someone to sell them to me...205/50/15

TheMadChigga
04-13-2005, 02:01 PM
I have Fuzion on my Lexus, biggest complaint about them is the noise, its so ****ing noisy when rolling at below 40km/h, but provides relatively good dry traction, ok wet traction, its size 235/45/17

Wanli is ok for what you paid for, someone I know have done 12s pass on 'em, its great for daily driving, but pretty bad for track adventures.

I've got Dunlop Fm901 on my Volvo, and its absolutely amazing for what it costs, then again, its dry grip is like tad bit behind Yoko AVS intermediate, which I really miss having them.

Jattdee328
04-24-2005, 01:11 AM
i heard wanli tires are made by yokahama

M50E30
04-24-2005, 01:29 AM
i heard wanli tires are made by yokahama

Nope....they are just a knockoff of Yokohama. Made in China I think.