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Tyre Comparo - Which Ones Are Good?

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Hi, I just read a 2008 Wheels tyre comparison at

http://www.carpoint.com.au/news/2008/tyre-test-2008-6873

I think it might still be fairly relevent because we are probably still driving around on the tyres they reviewed (though not sure if there are better models from these manufacturers now in 2010).

The reviewer rated the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric and Falken FK 452 as the best tyres for 235/45R17 size.

235/45R17

Rank Tyre Score(/100)

1 Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 98.95 $349

2 Falken FK 452 98.22 $219

3 Accelera Alpha 96.93 $124

4 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 96.48 $259

5 Bridgestone Turanza ER300 95.76 $229

6 Pirelli Dragon 94.94 $229

7 Sumitomo HTRZ II 94.14 $179

Interestingly, I used to drive an Audi A4 and chose and used Pirelli P6000s and thought they were good, but for our BAs, the Pirelli's don't rate as well!

Notably Michellin are not in the comparo but the reviewer explained this as "if they are not willing to be compared, you gotta ask what are they trying to hide".

I quite like the cost of the Falken's - they look good value for money.

I am thinking of changing from my Dunlop Sports 3000 stock tyres to something else. Anybody else got comments on these tyres above or any other tyres?

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I think anything other than the OEM tyres would be a step in the right direction!

Assume you're looking at 17"? Used to run the pirelli dragons and couldn't fault them. Reasonable life, excellent grip in all conditions, and reasonably priced.

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Everyone is going to have their own opinions and experiences but for me I'm sure there are a number of other better tyres available than what's in that test. It all depands on what you want to spend and what you expect from a tyre. Do you want the best at any cost, just something to get you around, dry weather performer or a good all rounder?

Other suggestions:

Kuhmo KU36

Federals 595RS

Continental Contact Sport 3

Michellin PS2 or 3

Pirelli P Zero

From that list you have I'd pick the Goodyears

Benny

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Ive had nexen 5000 not bad. Cheap, noisey and don't last. Go off easy.

PS II's... not good noisey as in the groan and complain but stick well. Good in the wet and braking but feel like dunlops around the corners..never really stuck

Goodyears.... all good. So far

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Has anyone tried Nittos? Particuarly the Invo and NT05's. My Dunslop sport maxx are allmost due and I'm thinking about trying them.

Full set of either or Invos on the front and NT05's rear.

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I'm never buying nexen N3000s again...feels like my car is skating on ice lol, plant my foot in 1,2 or 3rd on a straight and it kicks sideways, makes my car feel slow as sh**.

What would be the best value and tyres that actually have grip for my T running 342rwkw, my rim sizes are 18x8.5fr and 18x9.5 rear?? currently use nexen n3000 225s front and 275s rear. would kumho be the go?? I dont really want to pay $300+ per corner.

Edited by Lynchy

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aaahhh just read the review...

Interesting to see that 4 of the tires are from the same company...

Sumitomo:

Sumitomo, Falkin, Dunlop, Goodyear!... Man this world is becoming oh so insestural...

:spit:

BTW - the Falkin FK I was told is a copy of the SP Sports MAXX and Durezza... interesting that it outrated the Dunlops... YET AGAIN!!!

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+1 for Falken 452, but for anyone thinking about geting falkens make sure you get the 452 and not some other ones as they have some real crappy ones too.

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I agree!!

Second that.

Just got a set and they are easily equal to or better than the OE Sport Maxx. So make excellent value for money.

Although I was told that it was only the 19's in FPV size that were really good. Which seems to ring true as a mate got the same Z1's in 18's and he says they are grippy, but seem to have softer sidewalls.

I remember one of the mag's doing a tyre test a few years back that included a 17" Z1, and it rated pretty highly.

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That's interesting that the Falkens are from the same Sumitumo company - didn't know that. Even though the dollar has fluctuated a lot since 2008, I eventually found a place in Melbourne that would do the Falken FK 452s for $220 a corner. LOL first place I went to they wanted to charge me $265, 2nd place quoted $245. My Dunlops are still in pretty good condition - think plenty of tread because hardly driven the car (well it is my toy) since I bought it almost a year ago so whatever passed the roadworthy is still there basically. LOL after reading this thread - do you think anybody would be interested in the Dunlops if I changed out to Falkens? I more than likely will probably just leave the Dunlops with the tyre place - unless anybody else has other suggestions? By the way, I have not decided yet - but for $880 including fit and balance - seems like a good thing to me.

Apart from the perceived improved safety I think I would be getting - just sick of the spinning the wheels at the lights when it's wet - and I'm stock !!! From what I read and hear on this thread - the Falkens will provide way more grip.

Edited by EvilDaifu

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Gary, I researched the Falkens and what I am told, others wil correct me, they give great grip but get noisy as they wear.

I had Dunlop SP Sport Max on my NA and they were great but wore so easily and I didnt drive it that hard.

I went for Yokahama S drives and they are very quiet but its not good when you just don't have confidence in the wet and they gave me no confidence.

I switched to Maxis MAZ1 and havent looked back.. Grippy, a little noiser but I went up to 19" when I changed so that accounts for a bit. Really happy with the,. I got them through a mate and they were 220 a corner I think.

But I would happily switch to the Falkens. Nice looking tyre and get great write ups here and there.

It s a very personal thing though tyres. What one says is crap may be great for your style of driving.

And in my humble opinion Gary, the way you drive that red thing (hard and fast, smoking brakes) you need all the grip you canget . lol

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Thanks mate but I hardly would say I drive it hard and fast with smoking brakes :stickpoke:

Yeah, just find the Dunlop Sport 3000s just a bit slippery in the wet in normal driving (especially lately around Melbourne). Interesting to note they may get a bit noisy as they wear on. Not sure yet whether noise is going to bother me or not.

Edited by EvilDaifu

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Can someone tell me where the tread wear indicators are on the Ford stock tyres Dunlop Sport 3000s? I am wondering if my tyres need changing now rather than wait because there are little indents on the side and they are getting close to worn level. Looks like plenty of tread left to me though. (by the way feel free to say - "yeah, when they look bald" :buttonit: ) But there must be some sort of indicator?

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If ya look in the tread channel you will see little ribs off rubber. these are usually 3mm. If they are level with the outside of the channel/groove, legally its time for new wubber.

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