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Old 07-24-2008, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question What kind of tires do you have and how do you like them?

I have Pilot Sports right now and they are bald. So I need new tires but I dont want to spend $800 or more. Its not like I race my car, but I still would like decent tires that grip the road and offer a nice ride. Ride is probably a little more important than handling. I have stock 17'' rims. There are a ton of options on Discount Tires website starting in the $100 rang and going into the $300 range. Some of the tires in the $100 range are Z rated. Any advice on a tire type that is on the cheaper side but still a quality tire?

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Try General Tire Company Exclaim UHP's.

I use PS2's but if price is a concern the Exclaims are great value for money.
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I really like the Khumo Ecsta ASX on my E36. Some people don't like them, but I will tell you about my experience. I am on my second set with these, and they are a very solid tire. I don't track the car, etc., but in regular spirited driving the car performed well. I felt safe driving in different weather conditions -- rain, sun, snow, etc. About $90 each on tirerack. Not too shabby if you want a good deal for the money.
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Yeah the Khumo's are nice.....my brother has them on his e30 & no complaints....I went with the Toyo's Proxes 4.... 17" @ about $110. each with a V -- 240km/h or 149mph &

W(ZR) -- 270km/h or 168mph seed rating....low noise, nice ride & very good in the rain....
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I also run Proxes 4's for all season in st louis. Pointless in snow. Decent but nothing special in the rain. 18" tires. Decent price, but defintely nothing to write home about in the dry.
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Try General Tire Company Exclaim UHP's.

I use PS2's but if price is a concern the Exclaims are great value for money.
dont track these tires, they are very cheap

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I really like the Khumo Ecsta ASX on my E36. Some people don't like them, but I will tell you about my experience. I am on my second set with these, and they are a very solid tire. I don't track the car, etc., but in regular spirited driving the car performed well. I felt safe driving in different weather conditions -- rain, sun, snow, etc. About $90 each on tirerack. Not too shabby if you want a good deal for the money.
same here, had them and I have no complaints
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I have Fusion HRi's, and i like them because they are dirt cheap at $50 per tire. They perform decently for stock tires, they are starting to develop a bit of road noise now, i will just rotate them.
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nokian do good value tyres,that hold on in the wet,and at speed.
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I really like the Khumo Ecsta ASX on my E36. Some people don't like them, but I will tell you about my experience. I am on my second set with these, and they are a very solid tire. I don't track the car, etc., but in regular spirited driving the car performed well. I felt safe driving in different weather conditions -- rain, sun, snow, etc. About $90 each on tirerack. Not too shabby if you want a good deal for the money.
+1 though I run 245/40/17 kuhmo ecsta SPTs on all four corners. Great great tire. Good bit grippier then then ASX for roughly the same price. Ive run both the asx and spts on more then one car, keep coming back to the SPT's.
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I've had proxies and pilots and loved them. The proxies have a slightly less stiff side wall and seem to last longer. I am currently on some BFGoodrich G-sports and am happy with them. Not quite as sticky but should last much longer.
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Try General Tire Company Exclaim UHP's.

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Thanks for all the tips.
Decided to go with these since they are the only ones I can get today without ordering, they are cheap, and I need tires NOW. Should be fine for daily driving.

My car needs some work before I take it out on the track anyway. Although, I am interested in joining the Colorado chapter of that national BMW club.
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Continentals have been very good on the 330x1; however, at about 30K miles they have become noisey. Time to replace? Thanks!
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