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mnbimmer99 05-05-2004 12:31 PM

what tires do you use?
 
I currently am running a staggered 225/45/17 f 245/40/17 r, bridgestone s-03's. They grip like crazy glue, but they're noisy, harsh, and follow every rut in the road like a teenager chasing a short skirt. Can anyone here share their experiences with different tires? Pilots, Contis, F1 GSD3? Anyone? My commute is 35 minutes each way, and I'm willing to give up a little grip for alot more comfort.

slow323ci 05-05-2004 12:45 PM

I like my GSD3's but I haven't put that many miles on them. Maybe only about 500 miles so far. I only drive my car a few times/week since I work at home.

Gary@Tirerack 05-05-2004 12:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mnbimmer99
I currently am running a staggered 225/45/17 f 245/40/17 r, bridgestone s-03's. They grip like crazy glue, but they're noisy, harsh, and follow every rut in the road like a teenager chasing a short skirt. Can anyone here share their experiences with different tires? Pilots, Contis, F1 GSD3? Anyone? My commute is 35 minutes each way, and I'm willing to give up a little grip for alot more comfort.

For better ride and less tramlining with a bit less grip, take a look at the Conti Contact 2, or Dunlp Sport 9000s. There are others, but these will be more noticably better in ride from our experience. Both will give up some responsiveness for better ride quality but less ultimate grip than the S03.

http://www.tirerack.com/a.jsp?a=BN4&...ires/index.jsp

mnbimmer99 05-06-2004 12:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gary@Tirerack
For better ride and less tramlining with a bit less grip, take a look at the Conti Contact 2, or Dunlp Sport 9000s. There are others, but these will be more noticably better in ride from our experience. Both will give up some responsiveness for better ride quality but less ultimate grip than the S03.

http://www.tirerack.com/a.jsp?a=BN4&...ires/index.jsp


Thanks Gary!

HW323ci 05-06-2004 07:43 PM

toyo t1s 225/45R17 all round. grips nice on dry and wet. these are my first summers but i was surprised as to how much driving confidence they give while driving through puddles. pretty quiet on highways. bit noisy (not screetching sound) on corners or slow turns.

ptsao 05-06-2004 10:43 PM

I have RE750's, after around 1.5K miles, it rides better than ES100, but stiffer side wall on hard corners, quieter than P/S and cost less.

ES100 and Pilot Sport only lasted 10-11K for me, so I'm hoping RE750 will last longer than those 2.

blackbmw330 05-06-2004 10:50 PM

I've used Pilot Sports before. Those are quiet and handles pretty well on dry surface.

I'm currently using Nitto 555, pretty quiet tire as well, but you lose a little handling. Heard they'll last a little longer as well. Best bang for your buck.

mnbimmer99 05-07-2004 12:06 PM

Thanks for your posts! It's always good to hear other people's experiences of what's out there.

alexm520 05-07-2004 04:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mnbimmer99
I currently am running a staggered 225/45/17 f 245/40/17 r, bridgestone s-03's. They grip like crazy glue, but they're noisy, harsh, and follow every rut in the road like a teenager chasing a short skirt. Can anyone here share their experiences with different tires? Pilots, Contis, F1 GSD3? Anyone? My commute is 35 minutes each way, and I'm willing to give up a little grip for alot more comfort.

I have S03 (235/40/17 all around on BBS CH) and love them (don't mind a bit of noise). But I had staggered Pilot Sports on M68 rims, before S03, for several months and Pilot Sports are definetely quieter, more comfortable tire BUT they give a bit less grip & handling than S03.

For what you are looking for (daily street ride), I think you will love Pilot Sports.
I never drove Contis but I do not believe they are truly in the same category as Pilots, S03 or Toyo T1S. And most posts are not favourable about Contis.


AlexM520

HW323ci 05-07-2004 04:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alexm520
For what you are looking for (daily street ride), I think you will love Pilot Sports.
I never drove Contis but I do not believe they are truly in the same category as Pilots, S03 or Toyo T1S. And most posts are not favourable about Contis.

i think you're refering to the original conti sports. the conti sport 2's are a whole new animal... supposedly. huge improvement over the old.

Asmodeus 05-07-2004 04:47 PM

Just put in some Vredestein Sportrac 2.

I love them. They are by far the quietest tires i've ever had. Handle amazingly in the rain.

HW323ci 05-07-2004 05:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Asmodeus
Just put in some Vredestein Sportrac 2.

I love them. They are by far the quietest tires i've ever had. Handle amazingly in the rain.

who makes those? :dunno:

Gary@Tirerack 05-07-2004 06:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HW323ci
i think you're refering to the original conti sports. the conti sport 2's are a whole new animal... supposedly. huge improvement over the old.

Agreed! Contact 2 tires are very good, esp for ride quality. Its the older Sport Contact tires that are almost universally disliked.

http://www.tirerack.com/a.jsp?a=BN4&...ires/index.jsp

Asmodeus 05-08-2004 12:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HW323ci
who makes those? :dunno:


Vredestein does :)

www.vredestein.com

Bimmer150 05-08-2004 08:06 AM

I got the 225/45/17 Nitto 450's all around handled with good grip in dry wet and pretty well in the snow, but I feel that the sidewalls are a bit soft. I'm going to be putting on Falken ze512($100.00 mounted and balanced) unless someone tells me not to get them but couln't find any bad feed back on them.

UGUYSRSICK 05-08-2004 08:05 PM

Hankook Tires
 
Anyone running Hankook's Sport K104 or Ventus K102?

Would like to get anyones opinion regarding the aforementioned (especially handling, grip, and tread wear).

Richard - aka:UGUYSRSICK

mnbimmer99 05-10-2004 01:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alexm520
I have S03 (235/40/17 all around on BBS CH) and love them (don't mind a bit of noise). But I had staggered Pilot Sports on M68 rims, before S03, for several months and Pilot Sports are definetely quieter, more comfortable tire BUT they give a bit less grip & handling than S03.

For what you are looking for (daily street ride), I think you will love Pilot Sports.
I never drove Contis but I do not believe they are truly in the same category as Pilots, S03 or Toyo T1S. And most posts are not favourable about Contis.


AlexM520


You live in Toronto, so I take it you have to deal with badly rutted roads, much as I do. I'm thinking that possibly I may need shock replacement, as on my pothole ridden streets, my car feels like a camaro with how rough it is. Anybody had these tires on a before and after situation with the s03's? I'm just wondering if the rough ride is equally suspension and tires, rather than just tires. Yeah, I've got a bunch of miles on my ride, a little over 80k to be exact. Anyone else had to actually replace their suspension because it was too rough?

HW323ci 05-10-2004 01:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Asmodeus
Vredestein does :)

www.vredestein.com


you're using tires w/ tread pattern designed by a stylist :hmm: :tsk:

MB330Ci 05-10-2004 02:08 PM

Staggered Dunlop SP9000's...235x35 19's front and 265x30 19's rear very quiet, but not as "sticky" as the Conti's I had b4 but rides smooth. :thumbup:

bdelima 08-16-2004 05:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ptsao
I have RE750's, after around 1.5K miles, it rides better than ES100, but stiffer side wall on hard corners, quieter than P/S and cost less.

ES100 and Pilot Sport only lasted 10-11K for me, so I'm hoping RE750 will last longer than those 2.

How are your RE750s holding up so far?


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