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Old 09-04-2007, 11:12 PM   #1
Ian Sheppard
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Tire Review

I just bought a new set of tires last week, and have had alot of different tires over the last 3 years. In case anyone is looking, here is my personal experience:

Kumho SPT (235/40/17 on 1995 BMW M3) - only put these on last week. Seem decent, but do not stick as well as any of the others. That said, I expected this as I purchased these for extended treadwear as I can't seem to get a season out of a set of tires anymore! So far they are nice and quiet, and work well in the rain. To be determined if I'd buy again 7/10

Continental Sport Contact (245/40/17 on a 1992 BMW 325is and 225/45/17 on 1995 M3) - Had two sets of these. Best tire I've ever used in the rain...2nd best in the dry. Very good progressive stick, with predictable break away. Did not last long (~8K), but I drive like an ass. Would buy again for sure if I wasn't looking for better treadlife. 9/10

Michelin pilot sports (235/45/17s on a 1992 BMW M5) - Decent tire, but pricey. Good stick in the dry and wet, but not as good as the contis in ether conditions. Wore out really quick, and unevenly, but I was throwing a 4000 lbs 300+HP car around alot. Would not buy again, which is OK, since they are discontinued. 8/10

Bridgestone SP2000s (235/45/17 on 1992 M5) - Not a great tire, and I only bought these as I was selling the M5 and didn't think anyone would really apreciate a corded set of pilots. 6/10

Michelin pilot sports PS2 - (235/40/17 on 1995 M3) - Great tire. Best stick of the lot in the dry. not as good as the contis in the wet. nice and quiet right up until I chorded them. Worst wearin tire of them all. Still liked them though. If stick is your priority and cost is no concern, these are a good buy. Personally I think there are almost as good of tires out there for a lot less though. 9.5/10 (not considering $)

Yokohama ES100s (2 sets in 225/50/15 on an 89 325is) - Great tire, especially for the price. Stick pretty decent in the dry (not as good as the michelins or contis), but not that great in the wet (fun in the wet though). Pretty decent treadwear - these are the last tires I remember getting 2 seasons out of. I would have bought these instead of the SPTs, but wanted to try something different. 8/10

Yokohama A520 (225/45/16 on 1988 M3) - decent tire, but only stuck marginally better than the ES100. Treadwear was drastically worse than the ES100. Its discontinued, so not an option anymore. Would not buy again. 6.5/10

Yokohama AO32R (225/50/15 on 1988 M3) - R compound tire, but not very competitive. Buy some Kumhos instead...Would not buy again. 7/10

Anyone want to add some others?
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:10 AM   #2
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You should check out Toyo Tires. I bought a set of Toyos
PROXES T1-R last year for my car and I love them the grip better then the
Continental Sport Contact that came one my car and they are not as noise and the 10 times better in the rain just my 2 cents
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:11 AM   #3
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Didn't go through many different brands, but here they are

Yokohama AVS sport (235.35.19) Great overall tire. Went through two sets. I found them to stick pretty good either in the wet or dry. Great street tires. No complaints.

Just bought the Toyo Proxes T1R (235.35.19). Still in the garage waiting to be mounted. Heard great reviews, but will have to let you guys know when they're on.

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Old 09-05-2007, 10:23 AM   #4
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Falken ZE-912 is what I have and they are sweet.
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:08 PM   #5
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how about General Tire Exclaim UHP? Supposedly worth their cost.
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Old 09-05-2007, 05:41 PM   #6
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For a street tire with great grip and low cost, you guys should check out the Falken Azenis RT-615.

Treadwear index is low (200?) and performance in the wet is so-so but in the dry

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Old 09-05-2007, 06:05 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Karim@Corner73 View Post
For a street tire with great grip and low cost, you guys should check out the Falken Azenis RT-615.

Treadwear index is low (200?) and performance in the wet is so-so but in the dry

used the previous generation Rt 215...absolutely siiick grip. cool tire thread to look at. they last for quite some time.

right now...using bullshit S1088 wanli tires. ok grip in dry condition(well, i don't have enough power to really test the tires) ABSOLUTELY NO ****IN GRIP IN WET WEATHER!!!!. i always enjoyed burning out at times. surprisingly they do last for quite a while. butt **** wanli and allied

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Old 09-05-2007, 09:36 PM   #8
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I'm on General Exclaim UHPs for the past 4 months - approx. 5000kms already.

It's been a GREAT tire, best bang for the buck IMO (bought from Tire Rack at $86USD per tire ). Tread wears out evenly, the grip in the dry is VERY nice, and very decent in the rain too. So far the tread has held up nicely, it doesn't seem to be wearing out too quickly and I drive spiritedly, too.

I would definitely buy these again, it's nearly impossible to beat these for the price.
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