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Old 06-24-2002, 07:17 PM   #1
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Buying tires for my car, what is a good brand?

I need to buy some new tires tomorrow for my car, my rims are 18" by 8" in size and right now have pirelli super sports with a width of 225.

If i were to buy the same tires it is going to cost me close to $700 which i want to avoid because i need to save some of my money to fix up other things on my car to sell.

What other brands should i look into? I dont care about road noise i just want something that sticks well in the rain though.

Do you think i can get 245's on them and use those on the back keeping the 225's on the front? Or will that mess up my handling?

i'm probably going to order through wheels direct since they're about 15mins away from me.

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Old 06-24-2002, 07:19 PM   #2
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Kumho's are pretty cheap.. Though I don't know what the price is on them. I Think my 235/40/17 were about $110-125/each
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Old 06-24-2002, 08:05 PM   #3
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Kumho's are pretty good for the money, the only downside is that they have a crappy wear rate. I got them for $225 each for 235/40 R18's.

They have good wet weather traction.
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Old 06-24-2002, 08:06 PM   #4
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$235? not too bad
my pirelli's are going to run me $280 or $290 each
i want to avoid spending $300 each tire if i can
i'll check out some kumhos
i'm sure they can cut me a deal if i pay ca$h =)
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Old 06-24-2002, 08:09 PM   #5
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HMM.. looking st those prices makes me think I have a screw loose.. I coul;dnt have paid that little for my tires.. interesting.
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Old 06-24-2002, 08:15 PM   #6
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are yours 18's like mine or 17's?
17's are much cheaper
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...17's...
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Old 06-24-2002, 10:52 PM   #8
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yup, the Kumho's 712's are your best bang for the buck. i had 225/50/16 on my old rims, and when i replaced it with Kumho's the profile "50" looked a bit higher. i measured my original tires (my new spare) and it was the same height. asked the tire expert who installed it and he said its the design of the tire that make them appear they have a higher profile. so if you want the same look, i'd drop down to a 225/45/16 to get the same appearance. you will probably notice a slight change in ride...

Good luck with the purchase!
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Old 06-24-2002, 11:34 PM   #9
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nothing beats michelin although tey do cost 1000 bucks 4 4
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ok i'm going out today to look at the tires
should i get the 225's again or up them to 235 or 245 for the rear?

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Old 06-25-2002, 12:39 PM   #11
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I was looking at another thread and it said that you can't fit 245's under the rear fender without rolling them. On my car I have 235's and i can just about get a finger inbetween the fender (unrolled) and the tire. I say go for 235's...
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Old 06-25-2002, 12:46 PM   #12
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ok cool thanks
i dont want to get into rolling my fenders just yet
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Old 06-25-2002, 02:35 PM   #13
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ok i just came back from wheels direct
they put on two hercules 225/40's on my car balanced and installed for $390 cash

i know they're probably not the best tires but they had a much nicer tread than the Kumho's i saw, and match my pirelli's a little better.

i went with the 225's because the 235's were going to be $550 and i'd have to wait 2 weeks for them to come in.

i get my car back tomorrow from my mechanic who's checking out what other things are wrong in my front end since the accident.

thanks for the suggestions and information!!
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-Vortech V9 G-Trim @ ~10psi w/ BOV
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-255LPH Walbro fuel pump
-TEIN SS Coilovers w/ Pillowball mounts
-Keskin KT1 17x8.5 & 17x10
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Old 06-25-2002, 06:38 PM   #14
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what happened what accident?
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Old 06-26-2002, 08:37 AM   #15
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ok i just came back from wheels direct
they put on two hercules 225/40's on my car balanced and installed for $390 cash

i know they're probably not the best tires but they had a much nicer tread than the Kumho's i saw, and match my pirelli's a little better.

I've got those tires too! They're good tires. If you feel the rubber, and compare them to Pirelli or Yoko, they're so close that they may as well been made by the same company. And check the specs on the sidewall, they're comparable to the high end tires out there. Great in the rain!
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