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Old 01-29-2013, 12:32 AM   #1
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New tyre time. Help me choose from these please.

So I'm trying to decide on some new tyres (225/40R18). The budget is around $200-$250 per corner. Does anyone have any good or bad feedback on any of these?

Dunlop SP Sport
Pirelli PZero Rosso
Pirelli PZero Nero
Bridgestone RE050A


Was also looking at Michelin Pilot Sport PS3's but these are up around the $300-$350 mark.

Any other alternate suggestions?

I'm looking to purchase on eBay and have them fitted up here.

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Old 01-29-2013, 01:04 AM   #2
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How about Bridgestone RE002? Not sure how much they are in 18", but have heard they are a good tyre.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:26 AM   #3
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Ive had both Rosso and Nero before and couldn't really tell the difference between them in performance or wear but looks wise one set had the late 80s letter colouring on the sidewall that I had to blacken out.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:38 AM   #4
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I had 18" Nero's on an SS Commodore and they provided excellent feel and response in the wet and dry. I recently sold the car so never got to know how they performed in terms of longevity.

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Old 01-29-2013, 04:59 AM   #5
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I just bought a pair of 245/40 x 17 Kumho KU 31 for the rear of the ti. $180 each delivered from Tempe Tyres in Sydney. They aren't a bad directional tyre with good wet and dry grip. Cheapest price here was $242 ea fitted etc. at KTAS.

Cost me nothing for fitting and balance etc, at KTAS because they damaged my front bar when it was driven into a gutter....they'll be fixing that too.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:28 AM   #6
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I have these: Pirelli PZero Nero
They look bad ass, they're wide, low, and they handle great. Can't wait to buy my next set!
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:19 PM   #7
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Pirellis are initally okay, but they drop off dramatically during the second half of their life. Slapped on some KU31s when I was in a bind, and while they're not brilliant, for the price, they are a great bang for your buck.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:44 PM   #8
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Pirellis are initally okay, but they drop off dramatically during the second half of their life. Slapped on some KU31s when I was in a bind, and while they're not brilliant, for the price, they are a great bang for your buck.
The notorious pirelli cliff !
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The notorious pirelli cliff !
I never experienced this cliff - mine lasted 15k per set.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:19 PM   #10
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Pirellis are initally okay, but they drop off dramatically during the second half of their life. Slapped on some KU31s when I was in a bind, and while they're not brilliant, for the price, they are a great bang for your buck.
I'm running ku31's. their ok for everyday driving
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:41 PM   #11
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I never experienced this cliff - mine lasted 15k per set.
You only HAD half a life! Holy crap! I've only gotten 30,000km out of my tyres and I'm extremely disappointed....



Is Falken still making the FK452? That was a ripper tyre and quite cheap too.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:47 PM   #12
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You only HAD half a life! Holy crap! I've only gotten 30,000km out of my tyres and I'm extremely disappointed....



Is Falken still making the FK452? That was a ripper tyre and quite cheap too.
I replace when they hit a wear bar - Sellien would have got another 25k out of them.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:49 PM   #13
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How are the KU31's for road noise?
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:13 PM   #14
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I never experienced this cliff - mine lasted 15k per set.
grip is very constant over a number of KMS.. then once worn its like ice

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You only HAD half a life! Holy crap! I've only gotten 30,000km out of my tyres and I'm extremely disappointed....



Is Falken still making the FK452? That was a ripper tyre and quite cheap too.
Ive got FK452's on my car atm..
Not too happy with them.
Got them since i just wanted a budget tyre..

its hard to compare with my previous PS2, as im on different wheels.
245 on a 10" rim compared to previously 255 on an 8.5




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Old 01-29-2013, 09:19 PM   #15
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So I get the feeling that I should steer clear of the Pirelli's?
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:24 PM   #16
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So I get the feeling that I should steer clear of the Pirelli's?
Nah.. they are better than KU31/s FK452's etc

I just think the michelin pilot sport 2 are better..for the same price..
not sure they even make them anymore though

Even the Conti CS's are better imo
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:12 PM   #17
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Tempe do the Pilot Sport 3's for $310.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:45 PM   #18
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:55 PM   #19
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Pirellis are initally okay, but they drop off dramatically during the second half of their life.
This! I had the Rosso and towards the end they were shocking. Tread wear was also disappointing.

I've had the Continental 5P for a while now and I am much happier with them. They're worth a shot.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:16 AM   #20
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FK452s are excellent bang for buck until the tread on the outer and inner shoulders wear so that the groove is no longer present. From there, they are very noisy and will make you think that you have a bad wheel bearing.

That said, my rears lasted approx 35k km without rotation (lazy) and the fronts are still going strong. This is for a 17" square setup.



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