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Old 08-28-2006, 10:13 PM   #1
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Falken ZE512's

Any insight on these tires? I did 20,000km on 2 sets of yokohama's avs es 100's At a tad over a G a set it gets expensive... I have a stock 318is so I can't burn them for crap. I also have major camber issue's in the rear, i need to pick up a camber kit. I think I'm getting a good deal, $123 each for 225/45zr17's. Maybe someone should shed some light on these? Maybe Jay...
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Old 08-29-2006, 10:24 AM   #2
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They're damn good for cheap street tires. I've used them twice now, and I may keep going. They don't last any longer than sticky summer tires though, so don't expect all-season-like longevity.
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Old 08-29-2006, 11:41 AM   #3
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Cool thanks, good to know, I think I might just get them afterall.
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Old 08-29-2006, 04:41 PM   #4
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Yeah, hard to go wrong.

Their main downsides are short life, and soft sidewalls. Run a higher PSI with these than other high performance tires.
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Old 08-29-2006, 09:01 PM   #5
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K thanks, That's what I was reading around the web, soft sidewall. That's why I was hesitating and asking on here. But I'm sure the tread life will be longer then my AVS ES100's...at least one full year April-November?
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Old 08-30-2006, 05:20 PM   #6
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I bought mine in April, put 17k on them so far. Still at least 5-6/32nds left on each tire.

They'll make it into my winter changover, and I'll buy another set next year.
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Old 08-30-2006, 07:30 PM   #7
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I bought mine in April, put 17k on them so far. Still at least 5-6/32nds left on each tire.

They'll make it into my winter changover, and I'll buy another set next year.

Damn you drive hard.

I got 15k on the set I bought in spring and they are still looking new. Around 8-9/32nds i'd say.
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Ya my set still looks pretty cherry, they will make it into next year no problem. But I run shit in the winter.
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i have the falken 451's and i love um.
good wear, good traction and good looks =)
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Thanks Jay, that was the answer I was looking for. I bought my Yoko Es 100's in April and they are toast. It's my second set in the rears, and I'm still on the same set in the front. I did about 12K worth of driving. All I hear is the wear bars on the road(tack, tack, tack) Still have about 2-2.5 months left of Driving, I won't make it to winter with these. I should really buy that camber kit, the rear has a -2 degree, hence the fast wearing down. Also it's a 318is, and I couldn't burn the tires if my life dependid on it, it's just that f-ing camber.
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Hey Jay, I have these tires on my 16X7 Alpinas... what pressure do you recommend? I've been going by the door jam sticker - 32PSI all around.

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Old 09-27-2006, 05:55 PM   #12
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Well, if you don't notice that they are too soft, leave them alone.

If they've always felt a little weak-kneed, then raise it some (perhaps 36psi). For what it's worth, I ended up at 38psi all around on 225/50/15s, and under 9/10ths and harder driving they're still a little too unresponsive for me.

May get more sporty tires next time.
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Old 09-27-2006, 11:35 PM   #13
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Well, if you don't notice that they are too soft, leave them alone.

If they've always felt a little weak-kneed, then raise it some (perhaps 36psi). For what it's worth, I ended up at 38psi all around on 225/50/15s, and under 9/10ths and harder driving they're still a little too unresponsive for me.

May get more sporty tires next time.
Unresponsive is what I keep hearing about them. You get what you pay for.
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:26 AM   #14
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^^ They grip a lot better than 99% of tires in their price range, and have a nice progressive release of grip at the limit. I'd imagine if they were shaved to 6/32nds they would make a bitchin' tire, but wouldn't last long haha.
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i've had mine for 2 years now with around 35k in them. take note that i had alignment issues for about 10k when i got them, then i've lowered the car and another 10k with it lowered and an alignment hasn't been done.
insides are bald-ing. but they wore nicely and provide a nice ride.
like axxe said, when at or going past their limit, you feel that they are going, they don't just break on you.
winter weather is a no no. you can steer and break but getting the car going is kinda tough in deep snow.
love the tires. amazing price for what they are.
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