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Old 10-31-2012, 07:52 AM   #1
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Best bang for buck tires for my 330Ci

Alright so we all know how important good tires are, but do they have to cost a ton? In the past I have known a couple different tires to be a BIG bang for buck tire but I'd like some opinions and feedback. These will be tires for my summer wheels and I plan on doing some autocross but part of me is thinking, this car is a high 14 second car and I probably won't ever have traction issues due to its lack of power.

Tire size recommended by VMR Wheels for 18x8.5 Front and 18x9.5 Rear with or without a drop was 225/40/18 Front and 255/35/18 Rear. I am stock sport suspension for now but planned on an HR Cup kit or Bilsteins with HR Springs eventually.

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Fuzion ZRI (made by BFG I think? Not sure) but STUPID cheap and apparently is a very good tire.

Kumho Ecsta SPT: Fronts $116 Ea and Rear $???

BFGoodrich G-Force T/A KDW2: Fronts $164 Ea and Rear $205 Ea
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:16 AM   #2
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Two of the best bang for the buck summer performance tires in those sizes would be the Sumitomo HTRZ3 and the Hankook Ventus V12 EVO.

In a recent test, the Sumitomo actually performed a bit better :

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Old 11-01-2012, 01:33 PM   #3
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Hankook V12 Ventus. Both Mango and I run them, along with countless others. It's a bestseller on TireRack and at Discount Tire for a reason. If you time it right, you can get the $80 rebate from Hankook and get the $100 Visa gift card from Discount. $180 off tires. My friend had the Sumitomo's on his 330 and they performed well, but they were a bit noisier.

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Old 11-01-2012, 01:35 PM   #4
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By the way, if you're planning on autocrossing, this will definitely shorten the life of your tires and ruin the way they look (if that bothers you). If you plan on autocrossing more than twice in the next year or so, I would say it's a good idea to consider a dedicated set of wheels and tires for that. 17" is a good size and you can cheap out and buy $95 federal tires for autocross and be fine.

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Old 11-01-2012, 01:36 PM   #5
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Toyo Proxes T1 Sport from Tread Depot.

My square setup size is 245/35ZR18. Paid 660 shipped. These tires are amazing...they are the OEM tire on the new TT RS.

191/tire for the 255's
149/tire for the 225's

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Old 11-01-2012, 05:16 PM   #6
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Considering that four "hand" sized contact patches are the only thing that keeps you in contact with the tarmac, having low quality or what I call "second tier" tire manufacturers installed on your sled is not a very good idea. I equate having good tires like having a good life insurance policy because you never know when you're going to need it. For example, the Kuhmo SPT finished dead last in a tire test performed by EVO Magazine; it was the weakest tire of 9 tires tested, and this is one tire choice you are trusting your life too? Perhaps a re-prioritization of buying tires is in order for your own safety.

Listed below is a rundown of some Car Magazine tire test results i found. In the August 2012 Car & Driver tire test, the top three are the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, then the Bridgestone S-04 and Yokohama AD-08. In the Feburary 2012 EVO Magazine tire test, the top three are Continental Contisportcontact 3, followed by the Hankook Ventus S1 Evo and then the Goodyear F1 Assymetric 2. In a 2011 issue of Evo Magazine that tire test showed that the top three tires are the Conti Contisportcontact 5P, followed by the Goodyear F1 Assymetric and the Pirelli P Zero K1.

Lastly, putting sub-standard tires on a good handling car like your 330 Coupe is a little like "lending" your wife to a friend who is a known womanizer - ya get my drift? In a panic stop from freeway speeds of say 80 mph, the difference between smashing and NOT smashing into the car in front of you are the tires on your sled. Plus, this is an enthusiast forum so I'm guessing you have some form of improved suspension bits on your sled, which means you enjoy a spirited drive. Good tires + suspension + BMW = Good. Cheap Tires = Bad!

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Old 11-06-2012, 01:46 AM   #7
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Check out the continental extreme contact DW if youre looking for a summer tire, great value and pretty good treadwear
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:29 PM   #8
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Check out the continental extreme contact DW if youre looking for a summer tire, great value and pretty good treadwear
I've got these also. yes, good value and decent treadware but getting LOUD. I've got 10k on them and they're probably good for another 10-15k miles but I'll be swapping them next year for the Hankooks. I had them before and they never made a raquet.
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:33 PM   #9
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Ive got the ventus v12 evos on the same sizes you got. 19x8.5 and 19x9.5 with 235/35 and 265/30. Love these tires they perform really well. Just mine are 19's thats the only difference
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:06 PM   #10
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the Hankook V12 is the best bang for your buck, hands down. the main downside is that since it's a directional tire, if you have a staggered setup (likely since you have a coupe) you will be unable to rotate tires. that means you will have a higher chance of developing uneven tire wear, which will affect steering and handling. i know because i have the V12s and notice slightly more radial play (wear) on the driver side front tire than the pass side.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:27 PM   #11
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+1 for the Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110 tires. Great quality tire for a great price.
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