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Old 03-26-2011, 10:26 AM   #1
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Summer Tire Options?

I want to put on my 19in summer rims but my tires are pretty bald from last year, and unfortunately the BFGoodrich tires I used weren't the best. The tread life was pretty poor and they were kind of expensive. I've looked at reviews for summer tires but I figured I would get some advice from other owners. So any thoughts on good summer tires with long tread life? For hopefully less than 200$ a piece
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Old 03-26-2011, 10:48 AM   #2
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Good summer tires typically equal short tread life. Good summer tires also tend to be expensive. 19" tires tend to be more expensive than 17s or 18s. That said....

For summer tires on a budget, consider these:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....s+V12+evo+K110

Also, consider exploring the sub-forum here dedicated entirely to tire and wheel discussions:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=6

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Old 03-26-2011, 11:55 AM   #3
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:59 AM   #4
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Great tire but nowhere near the price point the OP suggested.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:11 PM   #5
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I just put some new Hankook evo's on about a month ago, I have 19's and got the 275's for the rear, absolutely love them. Using launch control still lights them up but otherwise they are some of the better tires I have ever owned. You won't find better for the price.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:15 PM   #6
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Great tire but nowhere near the price point the OP suggested.
they sell them for 157 a piece on tire rack
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:17 PM   #7
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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....e&autoModClar= sorry i meant 155
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:17 PM   #8
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BFG KDW2. Full staggered set (18") came to $702 shipped w/ road hazzard warranty from tire rack. Dry and wet grip are excellent.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:25 PM   #9
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thats for 17s,

look up prices for 19s
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:34 PM   #10
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OP if you dont have much money dont buy summer tires, buy all season tires.

I have Pirelli PZero Nero all seasons as my "summer" tires and good year as my winters. Why did I choose all seasons for my "summer rims"? simple, if you compare the prices of the summer and all season tires in your size you'll be chocked. Secondly, all season tires have a higher thread wear, mine have 400, and they will wear out at half the rate of equivalent summer tires, which usually have a thread wear of 200. And lastly, its because I can put my summer rims earlier. When all my friends who have expensive summer tires wait until May to put rims on , I gt my rims in mid March (as soon as snow finished).

That said, I'd recommend Pirelli Pzero nero for you.
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:28 PM   #11
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OP if you dont have much money dont buy summer tires, buy all season tires.
^^^ +1 ^^^

IMO, Unless you've got an M3 or a SC/non-M, summer tires are a waste of money...
There are some really great handling UHP/AS tires that hold up just as well as high-performance summer tires...
Definitely not on the level of Max or Extreme performance, but really, those aren't necessary even for spirited driving.

I initially had Nitto NT555's on my 19's, but I had to ditch them after 8,000 miles...
The Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position's I replaced them with went for more then 30K at the rears (rotated on rim).
And they actually felt more planted and responsive then the Nitto's.

Now the Bridgestone's are out of the range you're looking at... but, options like the;
Pirelli PZero Nero M&S -or the- Continental ExtremeContact DWS are both around $750 for a set...
From what I've heard, avoid the Goodyear Eagle GT like it's the plague...
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:36 PM   #12
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hankook v12..got them on my new set of wheels and very happy with them


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Old 03-26-2011, 03:12 PM   #13
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Yeah my Dad found that out the hard way the Eagle GT he bought for his 335i were a joke.
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Old 03-26-2011, 03:16 PM   #14
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I have had a few other people suggest all seasons but the thing is, I have great winter tires for my stock 17 inch wheels.
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Old 03-26-2011, 03:18 PM   #15
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BTW jerseyfresh, your car is awesome. Once I get my wheels on and get my car cleaned up I'm going to get some pics up too
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:21 PM   #16
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Uhm, yeah, try about twice that for the size the OP needs.
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:54 PM   #17
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I'm quite happy with my new Bridgestone s-04 pole positions, but they're also quite a bit more expensive than what your budget is set to. Unfortunately 18s and 19s are significantly more expensive than 17s. I've simply accepted that I'm going to be paying $1400/set for tires after shipping and install... Which is why I never do anything like burnouts or power slides.
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:58 PM   #18
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I have had a few other people suggest all seasons but the thing is, I have great winter tires for my stock 17 inch wheels.
I think the message was to look into UHP all seasons as your "summer" tires.
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Old 03-26-2011, 05:05 PM   #19
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Continental DW. You'll need the ride comfort benefits with 19s. Not too expensive either... Z1s, AD08s, KD V2s are all very stiff tires.
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I'm quite happy with my new Bridgestone s-04 pole positions, but they're also quite a bit more expensive than what your budget is set to. Unfortunately 18s and 19s are significantly more expensive than 17s. I've simply accepted that I'm going to be paying $1400/set for tires after shipping and install... Which is why I never do anything like burnouts or power slides.
Good to hear you like the S-04. I may end up with a set of these if the new Pilot Super Sport doesn't come in soon.
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