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Old 08-03-2004, 07:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone used these tires? They are hankook ventus k104 or any other tires by this company??
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Old 08-04-2004, 10:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Avoid Hankook tires at all costs. These are death tires. When they are brand new there is no prediction of the limits giving out. The grip levels are terrible. You just slide all over the place like you're driving on sand. In the rain these tires really show it's poor quality. On my current Dunlop tires I can barely spin the wheels at all. On the hankook Ventus plus ZR rated tires I could spin them and do smoke shows till my petrol ran out.

I noticed that my 3 year old 205/60/15 winter tires actually handled better in an auto-x event than my brand new 225/45/17 Hankook tires. Everytime I showed it a difficult corner, the front end would just run way wide. There was virtually no grip up front. It would understeer, then out of nowhere the front end would bite and unbalance the car into snap oversteer. The rear end would come around. But of course you wouldn't be able to feed it enough opposite lock to recover, because the rear end doesn't grip either. Then of course you'd end up sitting somewhere on the side of the track in a cloud of your own smoke. Wonderful! This is a perfect example of a poorly made Korean product. I didn't bother with the tires and just smoked them away in 3 months. Spend the extra cash and get either Dunlop Sp Sport FM901 or Yokohama ES-100.

I've talked to lots of people who have used Hankooks, and not even one of them were even remotely satisfied. Each of them at one time or another told me they almost crashed because of the poor predictability. It's almost like you're driving on plastic tires, only plastic tires are probably more predictable than this garbage.

As you can see, I really hate these tires. I wouldn't use them on a toddler's power wheels.

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wow... how cheap are they? they sound like great rear tires for low speed drifting... except it does sound like it might be a little hard to recover the drift at the end... but doughnuts are fun too...
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They are still $100USD each. For another $20-$50USD more, you'll have some much better options.
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