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I'm looking for a new set of tires, 2 x 225/40/R18 for the front and 2 x 255/35/R18 for the rears. I want something which offers good grip, and good life, and not pay too much for them. So, Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone, DUnlop and Goodyear are pretty much out of the question.
Has anybody heard of Marangoni tires? Are they any good? How do they compare to Avon's, Kumho's, Falken's, etc?
Never heard of the first one. Falken are good. Depends on your driving style and local climate. If you have money to spend, Bridgestone offers the best of all worlds (quiet, handling, tread life, value), if not Fusion is a great tire for one on a budget...btw, if you drive like an idiot, it rains there a lot, road noise doesn't bother you and you don't mine changing tires once a year...BFG's KDW2 is hands down the sickest tire i've ever had: sticky as hell and unbelievable wet weather driving.
Thx man. I'll post some more pics up soon. I'm hoping to get some new wheels this week (18" [8J at the front, 8.5J at the back] Double M Spoke 135 or something, "MV2" for short - the ones you get with the ZHP facelifted e46's) so I'll post some pics once they're on.
In terms of driving style, as much as I would love to, I don't get a chance to drive like an idiot, cos of traffic and speedtraps and shit. London is the worst city for driving. My average speed to work is like 12mph or something. Because of all the traffic.
It does rain here quite a bit too, but I suppose I can't really go fast enough anyway because of the stupid traffic, which gets worst in the rain. Road noise can get a little annoying when you just want to relax. As for changing tires every year, I dont really want to be doing that if I can avoid it.
I've seen some tire tests for the FK452, and they are rated pretty well. Now, I dont believe this, but some people on other various forums say, that for road use, they're pretty much the same as a Michelin Pilot Sport 2. I doubt it - Michelin is regarded as the Daddy over here, but they're expensive as hell.
Another tire to check out if your on a tight budget is the General Exclaim UHP. I had never heard of the company but i was looking for some new tires on tirerack and saw them. The reviews are incredible for them and they are dirt cheap. General Exclaim UHP
that's the page with a overview, ratings and peoples reviews.
I just checked prices on them for you, i don't see a 255/35/18 offered by them, but the front tires are $86 dollars each from tirerack.
Yea plus they are damn good tires. I have them on my M3 and couldn't be happier. I used to put expensive Michelin's on it, but i just can't afford to do that anymore. So i tried these out after reading the reviews and i'm really impressed. They are super sticky, pretty quiet and very good in the rain. I live in Duluth, Minnesota too so i have to drive is some pretty deep snow too, and they don't do too bad. Alot of times if you call tirerack they have more tire options, maybe they offer that size you need.
Yeah, I'll look in to it. I live in the UK, and so far I havent been able to find it on any of the usual UK supplier websites (blackcircles, mytyres, ctyres, etc) I'll ask my local tire garage about them tomorrow.
Still not been able to find those General Exclaim UHP's anywhere. I think I'll just go with the Falken FK452's. I should be getting them tomorrow, with the new wheels. I'll post some pics when I got em.
marangonis went in on august 22 07, coming out on 09/05/07. Back to bridgestone 040s. just a suggestion to anyone,the marangonis are not too bad but the car has no grip with them. I have a 04 ZHP and I am basically afraid to get over 85mph on these marangonis..one little twich on the steering wheel and the back comes out or the car seems to "float".Not worth the headache.
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