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Old 10-09-2006, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Tire Recommendations?

Hi everyone,

I need to get two new tires (fronts are bad, rears have 80% still). I have Kumho Ecsta Spt (225/45 ZR17 94Y) in the rear. They seem pretty solid...cost about $76 each (Link to tire). Few questions:

1. What tires do you recommend for a 2000 328i with sport package?
2. Where do you keep your front/rear pressures? I put my fronts at 31 and rears at 35 psi.
3. Should I have different sized tires on front and rear? If so, what?
4. What is the difference between YR and ZR? I have ZR now, the ones I listed in the link above are YR.
5. Should I put the new tires on the front or rotate the rears up to the front and put the newer ones in the rear?

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks,

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PS - These tires don't work in snow do they? Any recs on some blizzaks?
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P-Zero Neros on all corners of my 328i, maybe $100 each. Great handling in all conditions. I was always taught to keep the best tires on the front for safety in handling. If you really want a set of snow tires, try hakkapeliittas. I've found my P-zeroes to be great in the snow so long as I'm cautious.
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I have Michealin Pilot Sport II's, and I highly recommend them. In addition, I have recently bought "BF GoodRich G-Force Sport". I think they are new.. not the KFS ones... just G-Force Sport. Anyhow... GREAT tire. Very quiet, made my Michelin and excellent grip. They are half the price of the Michelin PS IIs and in my opinion just as good. I dont drive my car very hard though. I just want good grip with a quiet ride. I use about 32psi in the front and 35 in the rear. If I have a full load of luggage and two passengers I'll use a little more.

Also, stay clear of Kumho etc and other Korean tires. You get what you pay for with tires. I had Kumho and one other name I can't remember and I will never go back. The road noise was horrid. Try the tires I mentioned and you'll love them.

You should get winter tires as I've yet to find all seasons that do summer and winter equally well. Depends on your winter. Where I live we get lots of snow and ice so winter tires are nearly required. Plus, you hit one curb and you will end up paying for more than two sets of tires anyhow...

With the DSC and winter tires the 3-series does a good job in the snow.
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