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Old 12-17-2007, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It's time to get new tires any suggestions?

I have 225/45 17's, and I was wondering if there were any better sizes and what brand for my 200 323 coupe! Thanks. I am looking at Pirelli Pzero Nero M&S, but am open to getting a good tire that isn't going to cost me $150 a piece! Thanks!
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Would 235/55/17 fit my car ok?
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Old 12-17-2007, 05:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Bridgstone Potenza RE960s are outstanding. I use them for my winter tires, a bit heavier then the Pirellis. I have some heavier 17" ASA wheels I use for the winter with the Bridgestones. Come summer I have some light weight 17" Kosai wheels with the Pirellis. Pirellis weigh in at 23 pounds a tire, main reason for going with those instead of another set of RE960s for summer use. Bridgestones are outstanding though, no complaints. Good light snow & wet traction & a smooth ride. Great handeling around corners also. Don't drive my Bimmer in heavy snow or really icy conditions so can't comment on that. Believe tire rack has them for $134 a piece.
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yeah i think those would fit i dont have a e46 so I cant be positive....
I love my Pirellis that have so much grip.... i only have like 80 miles tops on then because there on my benz.... but made a world of difference in the handling of the car
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a few questions:
1. What kind of driver are you? Long commute to work everyday? Weekend cruiser?
2. What's your local weather like? Severe winter coming? Lots of rain? Mild climate?
3. What size wheel do you have? Height and width? Are they staggered?

Lemme know and i can make some suggestions. I've owned every performance tire under the sun and can promise you a solid choice depending on your answers to the above.
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a few questions:
1. What kind of driver are you? Long commute to work everyday? Weekend cruiser?
2. What's your local weather like? Severe winter coming? Lots of rain? Mild climate?
3. What size wheel do you have? Height and width? Are they staggered?

Lemme know and i can make some suggestions. I've owned every performance tire under the sun and can promise you a solid choice depending on your answers to the above.
1. 15 miles

2. Definatley all four seasons, sometimes heavy winters

3. Factory 17" with all four 225/45/17
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Kumho Ecsta ASX. An ultra-high performance all-season tire with a super high tread wear rating (420). They're quiet, yet have great wet weather traction and solid grip during spirited driving (i honestly can't vouch for snow performance, we don't get a lot of that white stuff down here, but they are rated as an all season tire). Not something i read, i've owned them and dollar for dollar, they're one of the best values on the planet.

best part: tirerack.com sells them for $87ea in your size (225/45r17). you can spend more (god knows i have), but honestly, there is no reason to. you just don't get more for your money w/ michelin or bridgestone when comparing these particular shoes.
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good tire, but poor snow driving and very noisy once you have 10k on them....not too mention that Michelin is a bit too proud of them.

i've owned the Pilot PS2 and the old MX, not sure which ones you were talking about

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I'm running Falken FK-452's on my 2001 E46. 225/40/R18 at the front and 255/35/R18 at the rear. I've only done about 1k miles in them so far (or maybe less) no complaints so far.

If you want a budget tire, which is good, I dunno, but I've heard BF Goodrich tires are supposed to be good because they're made by Goodyear (Dunno if thats true either, its what i heard).
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I'm with Michelin PS2..all the way.
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I'm running Falken FK-452's on my 2001 E46. 225/40/R18 at the front and 255/35/R18 at the rear. I've only done about 1k miles in them so far (or maybe less) no complaints so far.

If you want a budget tire, which is good, I dunno, but I've heard BF Goodrich tires are supposed to be good because they're made by Goodyear (Dunno if thats true either, its what i heard).
Had the FK452's on my WRX and while the stock bridgestones were a tad better these were damn good and def value for money. Also found road noise more at higher speeds, but don't know what the AWD did to influence it.
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I dunno if its true, and perhaps its just a slightly misled perception, but I always thought tires with a "V" tread pattern were better at getting rid of water, and thus provide better grip in the wet.
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I dunno if its true, and perhaps its just a slightly misled perception, but I always thought tires with a "V" tread pattern were better at getting rid of water, and thus provide better grip in the wet.
Funny you mention the 'V' pattern. Was speaking to a dood on Saturday who said that it's cos of the pattern that the tires are noisier than others. Not too sure if he was bullshitting or not. But it def was good in the wet.
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