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New Tires for my 3er

Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by John Doe, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. John Doe

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    I am currently looking to get new tires for my 328i with Sport Pack. The size is 225/45 17. I would like a max-performance "summer" tire to put on the car as we don't really have winters here. I do need great wet traction because when it rains it FLOODS EVERYWHERE!!!!! So, that is important.

    Other factors are noise and treadwear, in that order. :)

    I would like to spend less than $180USD per tire.

    Thus far I have been considering
    Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3
    Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
    Continental ContiSportContact 2
    Dunlop SP Sport Maxx
    Yokohama AVS Sport
    BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2


    Does anyone have anything to say about those? Know any other considerations? Help!
     
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    BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2

    Great water channeling, and great traction, cool tread block pattern, minimal road noise. They seem to wear really well. I think you would like them. Dave has had 245/40/18 (I think, maybe 45 series) versions of them on the RX-8 since the late spring, and they seem to be working out really well.
     
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    They do have a really cool tread block pattern, but those large blocks worry me w/ the water channeling. YOu're saying it's great? That is very encouraging becuase I like the tire and they seem to be a good value as well
     
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    The tread pattern on the KDW's is SICK!

    I'd say the best guys for tire input would be the autocrossers !
     
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    Dave has used his both on the street and on the track, with great results. You should see the water these tires channel and spit out! It's insane! Pat, you'd have no problem with water using those tires. The big blocks give nice large channels for it.
     
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    Alright, sweet.. those and the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 are my top choices at the moment! :)
     
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    Maybe shaffty, pm, etc will reply.. hopefully! :)
     
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    I ran the BFG Gforce KDW on my 89GT. Great tire! I was more confident driving in the rain with those tires then my current tires on dry pavement. They handled awesome! So much cornering grip. They sucked ass when cold though. So until you get a few miles on em, drive normal. The ones i had though where also the old tread pattern, which i believe you can still get.
     
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    I'm a huge fan of the Toyo T1-S. We used them as a spec tire in World Challenge in the 03 season. Shaved to 4/32nds in the dry they withstood more punishment than you'll ever give them and the driver feedback was fairly positive considering they are a true street tire. Treadwear is 240 and traction is AA. At full thread they are an unbelievable rain tire with nice long channels to disperse the water.

    Why not put a set of Toyo RA1's on your car. With good rotations and no dumb abuse, you could get 10,000 miles out of a set, probably more. And more performance than any of those street performance tires.
     
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    I ran Pilot Sports for the last two years on my 18's and they were descent, however for the money in the same price range, i'm going to be picking up a set of g-Force T/A KDW 2's for next season. I have heard nothing but excellent feedback on them and the tread pattern looks like it would be great in the wet. Definately would be my choice dude.
     
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    Here's the tread pattern on those KDW 2's

    [​IMG]
     
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    I am not really considering a tire like that as an option for a daily-driven car. I want a true high-performance street tire and not something like the RA-1.
     
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    That tread patter is indeed sick. I still love my F-1's though. A bit more mild IMHO.
     
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    Do we have another austin member on board? :D
     
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    Yeah. OMG I'm a n00b again.
     
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    That's my boifriend :gay:
     
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    Oh damn, now the cat's really out of the bag.
    Pat's the bitch;)
     
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    Bitch I'm SO the butch!
     
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    Yeah, you are pretty butch...In public.

    Still trying to decide on a tire?
     
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    I am liking the BFGs
     
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    They would look really nuts on your car...Good nuts, like the ones fo yo mouf. But seriously I think it would add some aggression.
     
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    Some much-needed aggression?
     
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    I wouldn't go that far. The rear end likes to swing on what you have now but with those....oooooooh
     
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    No more TX-45 DOOOOOORIFTO sessions with tires that sticky! :D :D
     
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    They will be loud in the initiation of the Highly-Advanced Dor1ft0 Technique.
     
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    Pat,

    You may want to check out the replacement for the Toyo T1-S...the Toyo T1-R. I'll be putting these on my car next spring. My t1-s's were great, but these are supposed to be even better.

    Here's the website where you can check them out. http://www.toyojapan.com/new_tires/index2_1.html
     
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    Those are...beautiful
     
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    THAT REMINDS ME!!!

    How are the BFGs on noise?

    DC5... those are pretty sick looking, I'm clicking now to take a look at them!
     
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    I'd love to run my ra-1's on the street, but they're a little slick now, so rain wouldn't be that good. Plus they're noisy as hell. But they stick like crazy!

    In the summer, redshift and I were having some fun on some onramps. He was on his kdw's and I was on my ra-1's. When we got to the restaurant, he was like "man, how were you riding my ass like that...oh wait, you're on the ra-1's. damn."
     
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    But, one wouldn't want to run those on the street for a daily tire.. right?
     
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    I've used them almost every summer I've had a car for, right down to the cords. If you take it easy in the rain, 90kph or so you shouldn't have any problems with water. Its when you start to accelerate that they don't hook up well :D
     
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    KDW's aren't all that noisy actually, they're pretty impressive.
     
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    I'm not one to take risks in the wet. Pat, since you're not autocrossing or doing anything high-performance with your car, i think you should get a z rated street tire, rather than an r-compound.

    Since I've had great experience with the t1-s's, i'll be upgrading to t1-r's next spring (unless i get a smokin deal on some kdw's). My ra-1's are simply for track events. I only drive them on the street to & and from events, and the occasional fun run on back roads.
     
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    I am putting michelin pilots on mine, I get them for free so I am slightly biased.
     
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    I REALLY wish I could wait that long to get your impressions on them.

    I don't even know if they will be in my size.. 225/45/17
     

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