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Old 05-05-2004, 12:31 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 05-05-2004, 12:45 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 05-05-2004, 12:54 PM   #3
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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.

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Old 05-06-2004, 12:19 PM   #4
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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.

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Old 05-06-2004, 07:43 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 05-06-2004, 10:43 PM   #6
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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.
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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.
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Thanks for your posts! It's always good to hear other people's experiences of what's out there.
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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.


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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.
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Old 05-07-2004, 04:47 PM   #11
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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.
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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?
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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.

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Vredestein does

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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.
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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.


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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?
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Vredestein does

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you're using tires w/ tread pattern designed by a stylist
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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.
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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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