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Old 06-27-2014, 09:58 AM   #1
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Summer Tires

Hi All,

Does anyone have recommendations for summer tires? I currently have Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2's on (that I love!) but they are tough to find it seems. I've got a '04 325i without sport suspension.

Anyone have any experience with other models/brands?

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Old 06-27-2014, 12:08 PM   #2
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What is your budget on tires? What sizes were you looking for?

Hankook Ventus V12 evo2s are becoming very popular, Continental ExtremeContact DWs are a great choice, and the Michelin Pilot Super Sports are about as good as it gets for a summer performance street tire.
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:15 PM   #3
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I just got some Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position, and theyre great
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Well budget isn't an issue (as long as it's not more than $200 per tire). The size is 205/55 16. I suspect the Michelin Super Sports aren't available at that size as Michelin seems to make those for 17 inch rims and up. Do the Bridgestone S-04 wear well?
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Bridgestone S-04 Pole Positions are on special right now for $111 a piece.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes

This tire is a good alternative to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.
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Bridgestone S-04 Pole Positions are on special right now for $111 a piece.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes

This tire is a good alternative to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.
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I'm about to buy tires and asked my local guy about getting Micheline Pilot Super Sports and he said they are very soft and only get 10K or so on them before needing to be replaced. Any truth to that? I'm not tracking my car. I drive pretty aggressively, but within reason. I'm just looking for a good all around summer tire (I live in 365 days of summer, pretty much).
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:39 PM   #8
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10k seems a bit low unless you're running a comical amount of negative camber. I'd have to 2nd (or 3rd?) the opinions on the s-04 pole positions. Pretty hard to beat for the price. I'm going to be putting a set on my 18"s at some point in the near future.
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Kumho ecsta le sport are priced ok and easy to find.


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Well budget isn't an issue (as long as it's not more than $200 per tire). The size is 205/55 16. I suspect the Michelin Super Sports aren't available at that size as Michelin seems to make those for 17 inch rims and up. Do the Bridgestone S-04 wear well?

Since budget isn't an issue, I figure that means ALL OUT GRIP, with mileage not being a real concern. Here are my top 3 picks in your size.

1) http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes

For some reason the Potenza RE-11A copies to a 195/50/15, but you'll see it in your size.
2) http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes

3) http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes


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