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Old 06-16-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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summer tire recommendation

I have a 2003 330i 5spd with dunlop direzzi z1 sport tires on it now.

I have a staggered setup (225/255) 18 inch wheels

The dunlops came with the car when i bought it. And they do pretty well in the wet and dry and corner well.

However they are loud and are very sensitive in the steering and can pull the steering wheel left or right at lower speeds and uneven pavement. (tramlining?) Did I mention they are loud? Lol

Looking at new tires. I don't race or autocross. Just need good summer tires for daily driving.


Looking at:

1. Goodyear eagle f1 asymetric 2

2. Hancook ventus v12

3. Continentsl extreme contact DW

What do you guys recommend for my setup?

I have winter wheels and tires... so I'm all set there and can get a good summer tires.

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Old 06-16-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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Michelin Pilot Super Sports are the best summer tires I've ever had. Check out the ratings on tirerack
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:54 PM   #3
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*Bold offer better value for money imo, but they're all very good tires.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:54 PM   #4
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I agree they are the best tires

But I'm trying to keep around $600-$700 budget + mount/balance/alignment

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Old 06-16-2013, 09:57 PM   #5
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I just got a set of Sailun Atrezzo Z4+AS 215 45 17 for $560 including installation.
The tires alone are about $100 each + tax and other fees

I drove for 1000 km already on this in a week. So far so good
They are a lot better than the Falkens I had earlier.

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Old 06-16-2013, 09:58 PM   #6
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i agree. i've had conti, goodyear eagle f1 and bridgestone potenza but like the pilot super sports best!
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:11 PM   #7
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All of the tires you listed would be a bit of a step down from the Z1s you're already running. I recommend you either go with another set of Z1s or one of the following:

1. Michelin Pilot Super Sports
2. Bridgestone RE-11As

I've run Z1s, Hankook V12s and Continental DW and DWS tires on my 330i. The Hankooks and Continentals both suffered from soft wide walls. The Z1s are much more precise. The same goes for the Michelin and Bridgestones.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:24 PM   #8
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I'm leaning towards the goodyear eagle f1 asym 2. Got good reviews on tirerack.

I'm looking for more quiet and comfort for highway cruising , not extreme racing summer tires.

The pilot super sports i agree are the best but are to expensive for my budget. Plus with a staggered setup I won't get my moneys worth.

I've only had my 330i for less than 2000 miles and I cant stand the dunlops z1's

I still have a lot to learn and experience with this car
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:37 PM   #9
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Okay shoot out between v12/eagle f1/conti DW

Looking for around 300 rating or above

Should I look at high performance all season too?

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Old 06-17-2013, 12:38 AM   #10
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Okay shoot out between v12/eagle f1/conti DW

Looking for around 300 rating or above

Should I look at high performance all season too?
Of those I would pick the Conti DW. I'm running them right now and I'm pretty happy, sans the sidewalls.

And it completely depends on what conditions you plan on driving in.
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:31 AM   #11
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I have a 2003 330i 5spd with dunlop direzzi z1 sport tires on it now.

I have a staggered setup (225/255) 18 inch wheels

The dunlops came with the car. And they do pretty well in the wet and dry and corner well.

However they are loud and are very sensitive in the steering and can pull the steering wheel left or right at lower speeds and uneven pavement. Did I mention they are loud? Lol

Looking at new tires. I don't race or autocross. Just need good summer tires for daily driving.



Looking at:

1. Goodyear eagle f1 asymetric 2



2. Hancook ventus v12

3. Continentsl extreme contact DW

What do you guys recommend for my setup?

I have winter wheels and tires so I'm all set there and can get a good summer tires.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....g&autoModClar=
I have the Asymmetric 2, excellent handling, VERY quiet, very good grip on the road.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:47 AM   #12
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Michelin PS2
Michelin Pilot Super Sports
Continental ExtremeContact DW
Yokohama Avid EnVigors
Hankook Ventus v12 Evo
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

*Bold offer better value for money imo, but they're all very good tires.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:02 AM   #13
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People often buy "more tire" than they need (see the PO's purchase of those Dunlops). Many of the tires that many drivers think of as the "best" really shine only on the track...and are actually less capable at lower temps.

Face it, our cars are not Ferraris with ultra-sophisticated suspensions and lots of hp and torque for the tires to handle. Less "extreme" tires will be more comfortable, quieter, wear longer, and provide a bit better traction in the wet, and be more usable on the street when temps are below 60F and you're driving under 100 mph. Yes, they may be a bit softer on the sidewall, but with 18" wheels, that may not be an altogether bad thing.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:24 AM   #14
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Thanks guys for your recommendations...

My dunlops tramline like crazy. Constently have to correct steering wheel. Totally agree with not needing "more tire" especially for daily driving here in CT.

Thought this horrible tramlining was not only my tires but bushings and front end alignmemt. So I got new lemforder front control arms, fcabs, powerflex rtabs and a fresh alignment. It was a little better but didn't totally fix the issue. Cornering at speed felt awesome with new powerflex rtabs though!!!

Anything I should keep in mind for my staggered setup??

Oh fyi I have style 72 wheels

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Old 06-17-2013, 12:12 PM   #15
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Michelin PS2
Michelin Pilot Super Sports
Continental ExtremeContact DW
Yokohama Avid EnVigors
Hankook Ventus v12 Evo
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

*Bold offer better value for money imo, but they're all very good tires.
Solid list of contenders. I've owned the Hankooks and liked them a lot, an associate here owns Continentals and likes them a lot, and of course, virtually everyone likes the PSSes.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:57 PM   #16
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goodyear eagle f1 asym 2 are $560 (with $80 rebate) at tirerack. good deal?
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:36 PM   #17
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:54 PM   #18
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I like the Goodyear Eagle f1 Asym 2 so far. (previous tire setup...dunlop direzzi z1 star spec)

much quieter on the highway and when slowing down to a stop and much more comfortable ride feel.

cornering... yes they are not as sharp as the direzzi z1 but they are still very good and I feel just as confident.

tram-lining and steering wheel pull is virtually gone with the Eagle F1's. I would constantly have to hold the steering wheel and baby it when on bumpy roads or slowing down with the dunlop z1 tires. it was so annoying. the goodyear eagle f1's aysm 2 dont do this.

only 200 miles on it them so far so we will see, but cant complain for $650 for 4 tires/mounted/balanced.

be interesting to see how long they last.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:59 PM   #19
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I just put on a set of the Conti extreme contact DW a couple weeks ago and so far I like them allot. Pretty quiet on the highway too


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Old 08-17-2013, 10:08 PM   #20
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yah i was gonna go with conti extre cont DW but these were cheaper(goodyear eagle f1 aysm 2) and 2 of my friends with bmw's already have them so I wanted to be different lol

they do have a rim protector which some people dont like.
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