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Old 12-09-2008, 06:09 PM   #1
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Best Tyres for E46 SPORT?

I'm replacing my tyres and was wondering what popular opinion is for the best rubber out there. I want the best.

I prefer a soft ride but awesome handling, minimal road noise and tyres that will also last me a while. I've no idea which ones to get?

I have 18" wheels, 225/40Y18 Fronts and 255/35/Y18 Rears.

Note: UK Roads so not as smooth as the US.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:16 PM   #2
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:29 PM   #3
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I prefer a soft ride but awesome handling, minimal road noise and tyres that will also last me a while.
me too!

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michelin ps2
i love my pilot sports, but be prepared to get some mixed results, OP.


much?
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:30 PM   #4
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michelin ps2
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/...y.jsp?ttid=101

not anymore.



Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric = just as good, but lots cheaper.



i've also heard that Pirelli PZeros are possibly the best summer tires, but be prepared to spend $300+ per tire.

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Old 12-09-2008, 06:32 PM   #5
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:36 PM   #6
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Bridgestone potenza RE760 (or whatever the newest equivalent is) Inexpensive, they handle great, and last FOREVER!! I've had them on my Acura Integra, and my 328ci.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:38 PM   #7
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Bridgestone potenza RE760 (or whatever the newest equivalent is) Inexpensive, they handle great, and last FOREVER!! I've had them on my Acura Integra, and my 328ci.
those are all-season, correct?
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:53 PM   #8
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those are all-season, correct?
No they are straight summer tires.
do you want all seasons?



If your looking for budget performance tires, they win hands down IMO.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....za+RE760+Sport
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:07 PM   #9
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i have the kuhmo ecsta ast's on mine. im pretty happy with them so far. they have a pretty good treadwear rating and inexpensive.
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:18 PM   #10
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i have the kuhmo ecsta ast's on mine. im pretty happy with them so far. they have a pretty good treadwear rating and inexpensive.
funny you say that
i had the Kuhmo ecsta supra 712's on my integra and i HATED them with a passion, worst tires i've ever had. I did an autocross event with them and it was unbearable.... I went to the RE760's and they were a WORLDS better... not just slightly better... night and day better.... thats when i vowed never to buy kuhmo's again.
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:06 AM   #11
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ahh nevermind i was thinking of something else. 760s are ultra high performance summer. i've had a bad experience with tires that lasted forever though. personally, i'd rather stick to max performance summer. i'm alright with <300 treadwear. they grip like hell. only slightly more expensive too.
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:36 AM   #12
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I use Michelin PS2's in your sizes and would recommend them wholeheartedly; best tyre I've ever used. According to Michelin themselves, however, they are not suitable for freezing conditions. I have not experienced any issues during our recent (moderate) cold spell (-3C to -4C).
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:58 AM   #13
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Bridgestone potenza RE760 (or whatever the newest equivalent is) Inexpensive, they handle great, and last FOREVER!! I've had them on my Acura Integra, and my 328ci.
I have tried these and they are very mediocre. Not anywhere closer to the amount of grip you can get from a higher quality tire.
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i have the kuhmo ecsta ast's on mine. im pretty happy with them so far. they have a pretty good treadwear rating and inexpensive.
I've driven a friend's car with these as well and they are also mediocre.

THE GUY ASKED FOR THE BEST!!!

If you want the most well balanced tire then go with the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires (they will also be the most expensive). The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric are awesome and so are the Bridgestore Potenza RE-01R. The stickiest tire you can get for the money though is going to be the Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec. I have had all of these tires except for the RE-01Rs and so far the Z1* which are on my car right now seem incredible

Oh yeah, and I recommend going with a 235 in front instead of a 225.
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Old 12-10-2008, 03:16 AM   #14
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Bridgestone Potenza RE070R RFT




complete overkill for a 325
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Old 12-10-2008, 04:43 AM   #15
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I agree with some of the comments above.

1) Michelin PS2's
2) Goodyear Asymetrics
3) Falken FK452s (cheap choice, great performance)

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Old 12-10-2008, 05:25 AM   #16
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Falken, very good performance, very quiet and dead cheap. Used to be used by Porsche as OEM or track tyres, can't recall.
Bridgestone are too very good tyres too.
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Old 12-10-2008, 06:21 AM   #17
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Yup ... you cant go wrong with Falken 452s i have them on and d 452s generate excellent grip on dry and wet surfaces ... best value for money
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Old 12-10-2008, 06:32 AM   #18
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but seriously, if You're not tracking Your car, You don't need the best tires in the world. On the street, You'll probably only use a tenth of what most of these tires people are naming can do. Why invest in PS2s if You're not using them? That's like dropping thousands on Your supercharger, just to drive the car under 3000 RPMs.

OP, if You're not tracking Your car, find the cheapest tire You can, then go one step up. You just need a tire that will keep You on the road, not one that's going to look really cool with a 150MPH speed rating and have ultra-sticky R compound tread, there's just no point.

But do what You want, it's Your money, just my .02
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:31 AM   #19
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I would never EVER use budget or remoulds on a car. The grip difference they offer is like night and day on most road surfaces - one tyre you'll stay on the road mid-corner, the other will throw you into a hedge, backwards.

The OP clearly stated he has a sport model, which I assume means he drives briskly at times, so needs a better performing tyre.

On another subject, I switch from Goodyear F1 tyres to Falken FK452 as I found Goodyears melted during track days (i.e. bobbling). After switching there was very little difference between the tyre, except in extreme wet conditions where the F1 was a touch better. I tend to drive carefully in those conditions...

I currently have Ps2's on my car, but I'm likely to switch to FK452s when they wear out. ps. Any other Falken tyre is rubbish!

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Old 12-10-2008, 08:36 AM   #20
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complete overkill for a 325
I have never heard of tire overkill.

what if he plans on tracking the car, you can never have enough tire.
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