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Old 10-02-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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Need new rears

So now the car is here it needs new rear tyres, I knew they were going to have to be replaced as soon as I got it home - now the question is do I use the TireRack and ship them $1310.00 + shipping for Potenza RE-11 245/35R19 fronts and 275/30R19 rears

Currently the car has 225/40's on the front 19's and 255/35's on the rear ..
TireRack Upgrade option suggests the 245 fronts and 275 rears

Or do I go for Nitto INVO 245/35 Fronts and 275/30 rears .. about 376.00 Per Tyre Falken 452's are cheap at 295.00 each too - and get great reviews ..

Anyone have any other suggestions ?
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:05 PM   #2
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The RE-11s are excellent tyres. I had them on my E60 M5 and they had tremendous grip. You will not be unhappy with them.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:13 PM   #3
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I've got Falken FK452s. I wouldn't say they're the best performance/grippy tyres but they're decent for the price. But really I just got them cos they stretched well lol. I have driven on them for about 6k+ kms now, still look new...so treadlife I assume is reasonable/good, but they have gotten significantly noisier than when new.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:19 PM   #4
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I had Khumo KU31s on my last car and actually thought they were great. Really grippy and quiet. Had 235/35/19 fronts and 265/30/19 rears all for $1000 which was good for less $$$.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:24 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies guys.. I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to tyres and my belief is the rolling diameter of the wheel/tyre combo remains the same, so going to a 275/30 is really the same diameter as the 255/35 ??

I guess my question is will ride comfort diminish greatly by going to a wider tyre being a 30 ? Anyone have this combo feel free to chime in .. Will probably need to order something today ..

Ozzy Tyres have some great prices too http://www.ozzytyres.com.au/store/ty...re_diameter=33
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:34 PM   #6
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IMO not really remember the 30 or 35 is just a % of the width of the tyre.

I've rolled on 35 and 30s and don't notice much difference. What impacts ride comfort is the size of the actual wheels itself. As they say with our cars (17s are really to small) 18s for comfort, 19s for show, 20s....no no!!
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:00 PM   #7
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My preference is the Michelin PS2s or Super Sports. They are quiet, they last a long time, perform very well.

I'd stick with the 235/255-265 combo on the Competition wheels.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:44 PM   #8
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So now the car is here it needs new rear tyres, I knew they were going to have to be replaced as soon as I got it home - now the question is do I use the TireRack and ship them $1310.00 + shipping for Potenza RE-11 245/35R19 fronts and 275/30R19 rears
Let us know if Tirerack will ship Bridgestone to AU. There have been issues in that dept recently.

I've got Michelin Pilot Super Sports on my 18's which I got from Tirerack 15 months ago. Awesome tyre! However now I also need some shoes for some 19" M3 OEMs rims I got a month or so back. I want a more aggressive summer only tyre and so I've been considering the RE-11 too, but in standard OEM dimensions. I intend to only have them on the car during the warm months in Melbourne.

I'll be curious to see how you go trying to order. Don't forget you'll cop duty and GST on these when they come in.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:28 PM   #9
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My preference is the Michelin PS2s or Super Sports. They are quiet, they last a long time, perform very well.

I'd stick with the 235/255-265 combo on the Competition wheels.
Any particular reason for sticking with the 235/255's ?? Looking at the wheel rim there looks to be plenty of room for more rubber ?

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Old 10-02-2012, 11:49 PM   #10
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Any particular reason for sticking with the 235/255's ?? Looking at the wheel rim there looks to be plenty of room for more rubber ?

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I guess I prefer to retain factory specs. Also, stock, the car doesnt have buckets of torque, so why run wider rubber than 265 on the rear? I can understand if you have forced induction and need more traction.

Because you have the 8" front rim, the anything bigger than 235 or 245 will look chunky and also give you a slightly slower turn in. You have the quicker steering rack already, so no point compromising.

Either go 235/255 or 245/265. For regular use and street driving, I'd stick with the 235/255 setup though. Michelins will fit like a glove!
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:52 PM   #11
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I'm also on Falken 452s on my OEM 17" and for the price I am very happy with them. Unlike ating I did not notice any change in road noise and I have now done over 20K km on this set. Further to what ating said, they are better than average but not a performance tyre like the Michelin Pilots or Continental Sports series.

The handling and grip are predictable, they've held up well to some degree of spirited driving and I have no problems with them in wet conditions.

As you've only just bought your M, you might like to throw on a cheap set to get over the initial "let's see what happens if I do this..." phase then move on to something more serious

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Old 10-03-2012, 12:00 AM   #12
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Ive also got the Falken 452's.. (Had Michelin PS2 and Conti CS's in the past)

The falkens are ok.. i think much of my decrease in performance comes from having a 245/30/19 on a 10" rim, rather than the tyre its self.
I also got them for the stretch factor
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:23 AM   #13
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I guess I prefer to retain factory specs. Also, stock, the car doesnt have buckets of torque, so why run wider rubber than 265 on the rear? I can understand if you have forced induction and need more traction.

Because you have the 8" front rim, the anything bigger than 235 or 245 will look chunky and also give you a slightly slower turn in. You have the quicker steering rack already, so no point compromising.

Either go 235/255 or 245/265. For regular use and street driving, I'd stick with the 235/255 setup though. Michelins will fit like a glove!

See I'm glad I asked because what you say makes perfect sense !

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Old 10-03-2012, 12:25 AM   #14
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Sounds like the 452's are a pretty good all-rounder, I really don't plan on doing any track stuff but will definitely go for the occasional spirited drive ..

Again thanks for the replies guys, they all help in the decision making process ..
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I guess I prefer to retain factory specs. Also, stock, the car doesnt have buckets of torque, so why run wider rubber than 265 on the rear? I can understand if you have forced induction and need more traction.

Because you have the 8" front rim, the anything bigger than 235 or 245 will look chunky and also give you a slightly slower turn in. You have the quicker steering rack already, so no point compromising.

Either go 235/255 or 245/265. For regular use and street driving, I'd stick with the 235/255 setup though. Michelins will fit like a glove!
Actually the fronts are good and don't need changing just yet so I might just go the 452's in 265/30/19
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:32 AM   #16
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See I'm glad I asked because what you say makes perfect sense !

No worries mate! Like Ali said, have a go with some cheaper tyres and see what you think. Most of the tyres mentioned here are good enough for street use - KU31s, Falkens 452s, etc.

I had CS2s on my OEM Competition wheels. Wouldn't recommend them - too hard and traction wasnt the best.

Got CS3s on the Merc and they aren't good either. Same issues...

New CSL wheels have Pilot Sport Cups. I wouldn't recommend them for a daily driven car...only something that's driven on rare occassion and only in the dry. Otherwise they are fantastic and exactly what I wanted

Bridgestone RE002s are good too. Quiet and perform well in dry and wet.
KU31s are a great budget tyre and loads of grip in the wet.

Sydney roads are rubbish, so any 18" or 19" wheel with low profile rubber is going to be a problem...


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Conti have come out with a new tyre I believe it's called the Conti 5P ??

It's what I'd get if I had an M3 on OEM wheels
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Conti have come out with a new tyre I believe it's called the Conti 5P ??

It's what I'd get if I had an M3 on OEM wheels
Yep. Aaron has them on his M3. Not bad..but it's hard to compare when it's on a wider aftermarket wheel...
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