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Old 05-08-2014, 04:31 AM   #1
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15" tires?

I've got Style 53s (6.5x15) on my 323, and am not looking to go to bigger rims just yet. As the old tires were getting worn, and weren't wearing down evenly I replaced the six trailing arm bushings, got an alignment, and some new tires.

I was running Bridgestone RE960s, which have since been discontinued. They were noisier than I liked, but were decently sticky. The replacement, RE970, isn't made in a 15" size as far as I can tell. In a pinch I went with Falken's new ZE950, and after 700 miles I'm ready to dump them. The ZE950s have some insane treadwear rating (91H 600/A/A). They're mediocre in the dry, and ****ing scary in the wet.

What else is out there that would compare to the old RE960s? Keep in mind that the fifteens are H, not W/Z rated.

I've been running 205/60-15s, and in that size it looks like I can get the Yokohama Avid ENVigor (91H 560/A/A) or Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (91H 480/A/A). If I go back to the stock size (195/65-15), it looks like I could go with the ContiProContact (91H 400/AA/A).

Any thoughts on what's going to suck less than the Falkens?
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Old 05-08-2014, 06:25 AM   #2
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What are you looking for in a tire? Cost, wet performance, dry performance, autocrossing?
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Old 05-08-2014, 02:00 PM   #3
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Street only, I don't track the car, so the Advan A048 is out. Price isn't a huge concern, well under $200 a corner would be nice -- both the Falkens and the Bridgestones were about $70/ea. Dry performance is king, but it does rain out here so there's that.

I've had the car for about five years now and the Falkens in the rain gave me my first opportunity to get the back end to come around, but they're not great in the dry either. I'm sure the softer (500 treadwear rating) ones are better, but that's not available in a similar size.

From looking at the specs, the Contis seem likely to be the stickiest. Has anyone had a chance to compare the Falkens (912 or 950) to the Contis (or Yokohamas) in an H speed rating?
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I haven't used either one of those in a similar size. I've used the Direzza DZ101 before, and loved them. I've owned two sets, one on a civic and one on a Miata.
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