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All Season
Falken Ziex 912 - sgtmillhouse648
Goodyear Eagle GT - smlfox
Hankook Ventus HR-II - steelmatt
Kumho Ecsta ASX - djboi209
Nitto Neogen - 91LS
Nitto Neogen - B18Ch1ck
Toyo Proxes 4 - ILxIntegra


Summer
BF Goodrich gForce KDW2 - BlownGSR1001
BF Goodrich gForce Sport - JointheRejects
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 - CoNEV8R
Dunlop Direzza DZ101 - tlangy
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric - TheGSRGuy
Toyo R1R - dbkid
Yokohama Parada Spec 2 - adam_seven
Yokohama S. Drive - tlangy
Yokohama S. Drive - SouthernIntegra
Yokohama S. Drive - Big_Mac88


Competition/DOT
Nitto NT-01 - sgtmillhouse648




It has occurred to me that we do not have one of these which is much needed. This is open for all tires from your plain jane walmart econo all season to your blizzaks to your V710 slicks. The only term is that it must be written in the following format. Posts failing to conform to this will be removed promptly.

Any questions about the individual measurements etc. of tires can be answered by reading these articles:

Wiki article on tires

TI Tire Size Calculator

Tire Rack Tire Tech


Format is as follows:
Quote: CoNEV8R
If you're not sure of this information, TireRack.com should have most of it available, or the tire manufacturers website. If you cannot find a certain piece of information, leave it blank. Copy and Paste the following and fill in the blanks.

Within your post:

Brand and Model of Tire:
Size of Tire:
Class of Tire: (i.e. Extreme Performance Summer, Snow, All Season, etc)
Treadwear Rating:
Traction Rating:
Speed Rating:
Max Load:
Max Pressure:
Pressure You Run:
Tread Depth (in):
Tire Weight:
Rim Size you use:
Section Width:
Tread Width:
Country of Origin:
Image of the Tread:

Your Review:

Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.

General:
Would you buy this tire again?:
Wet:
Hydroplane Resistance:
Wet Traction:
Dry:
Cornering Stability:
Dry Traction:
Steering Response:
Snow:
Light Snow Traction:
Deep Snow Traction:
Ice Traction:
Comfort:
Ride Comfort:
Noise Comfort:
Treadwear:

Additional Thoughts:

Please post, in your own words any additional thoughts or opinions you have about the tires you are reviewing.

Thank you.
 

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I'll start things off with my review of my Falken Ziex 912's

Falken Ziex ZE-912

Size of Tire: Tested in 205/60/15
Class of Tire: High performance all season
Treadwear Rating: 480 as tested
Traction Rating: A
Speed Rating: H
Max Load: 1356
Max Pressure: 52psi
Pressure You Run: 48psi
Tread Depth (in): 10/32
Tire Weight: 20.2
Rim Size you use: 15x6.5
Section Width: 8.1
Tread Width: 6.7
Country of Origin: Japan
Image of the Tread:



Your Review:

Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: Yes
Wet:
Hydroplane Resistance: 8
Wet Traction:7
Dry:
Cornering Stability: 6
Dry Traction: 7
Steering Response: 6
Snow:
Light Snow Traction: 4
Deep Snow Traction: 6
Ice Traction: 5
Comfort:
Ride Comfort: 9 (yay 5" sidewall :) )
Noise Comfort: 8 (better than the 512)
Treadwear: 8

Additional Thoughts:

These tires are glue compared to the old kelly chargers I went to the dragon on. For a good year round tire these are hard to beat. I have not had a chance to autox on them, but screwing around in parking lots etc. I have been most impressed with them so far for all seasons. The one thing that does reach out and grab you by the balls with these tires would be just the shear wet grip that they have. Falken have really tried to make a tire stick damn well in the wet as it does in the dry and these do just that. I remember spinning through 4th gear in boost and now I can hook the top end of 2nd and all of 3rd without thinking twice about it @48psi. With the 205/60 I did have to raise the car up about a half inch and beat down the pinch weld in the top of the fender as well as roll the rears. with the +35 offset it did occasionally rub the rear bumper mount in back on the quarter, but in the fronts it is centered.

As for driving in the winter, they're still a heluva lot better than any summer tire and most all seasons I've had. They really don't like just a dusting, but when there's a nice hard pack or 2-3" on the ground they claw right through it. My only wish is that they would be a tad sticker in the snow, but then again, that's what plow trucks are for :)

When they are pushed in the dry I've found that they are a pretty quiet tire, so don't expect any cues that they are going to cut loose audibly, but they are very intuitive and telling feelwise, even through the OE PS and a set of gloves. Their recovery from grip though I was definitely impressed with as by damn when they lost grip they wanted it back damn fast. Just wheel spin is easy to catch, but understeer is incredibly easy to catch back up on as well, even with the amount of sidewall flex.
 

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Yokohama S-Drive

Size of Tire: 195/55/15
Class of Tire: High Performance Summer
Treadwear Rating: 300
Traction Rating: AAA
Speed Rating: A
Max Load: 1135
Max Pressure: 51 psi
Pressure You Run: 36-38
Tread Depth (in): 10/32"
Tire Weight: 19lbs.
Rim Size you use: 15x7 +42 offset
Section Width: 8"
Tread Width: 7"
Country of Origin: Japan
Image of the Tread:



Your Review:

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: 10 (I'm on my 2nd set)
Wet: 7
Hydroplane Resistance: 7
Wet Traction: 7
Dry:
Cornering Stability: 9
Dry Traction: 8
Steering Response: 9
Snow:
Light Snow Traction: n/a
Deep Snow Traction: n/a
Ice Traction: n/a
Comfort:
Ride Comfort: 7
Noise Comfort: 7
Treadwear: 6

Additional Thoughts:

I couldnt be happier. sure they cost a lot (got the 50k mile warranty and the road hazard insurance) but you get what you pay for. these tires (after just 100 miles) are sticky, smooth and super super fun. the grip very very well around the corners, stop and go very well, and they are generally quiet and smooth on the freeway.

even when i got a little over-zealous in the canyon and the back end came out, the tires responded well with no skid and the stiffness of the sidewall almost seemed to lessen my body roll but that could have just been the vastly improved handling.

They heated up well and stayed warm well also. They look is agressive but not so much so it will raise eyebrows. If you are thinking about these as daily driver/canyon tires like i was, DO IT. After several heat cycles (I rail on them once a week in the canyons) they do seem to wear pretty quickly but the warranty will help with pro-rating a new set in due time.
 

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Yokohama S-drive

Size of Tire: Tested in 195/50/15
Class of Tire: High performance summer
Treadwear Rating: 300 as tested
Traction Rating: A
Speed Rating: V
Max Load: 1047
Max Pressure: 51psi
Pressure You Run: 35psi
Tread Depth (in): 10/32
Tire Weight: 19
Rim Size you use: 15x7
Section Width: 7.8
Tread Width: 7
Country of Origin: Japan
Image of the Tread:



Your Review:

Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: Yes
Wet:
Hydroplane Resistance: ?
Wet Traction:?
Dry:9
Cornering Stability: 7
Dry Traction: 8
Steering Response: 7
Snow:
Light Snow Traction: ?
Deep Snow Traction: ?
Ice Traction: ?
Comfort:
Ride Comfort: 7
Noise Comfort: 8
Treadwear: ?

Additional Thoughts:
I haven't had the tires for very long (thus the reason for the ? marks), but from my experience so far I am very pleased. These tires are quiet and comfortable, yet they offer a more grip than the tires I've experienced before. And depending on how they hold up, I'll definitely be purchasing them again! Also, in most reviews I've read from others they are great and last long. I would def recommend them for summer wheels!
 

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NITTO NEO GEN
Class of Tire: High Performance Summer
Manufacturer Part NumberN185-000
Max Pressure: 45psi
Size205/40R16
Speed RatingV
O.D.22.44
Section Width8.35
Load [email protected]
Pressure You Run: 35psi
Side Wall StyleBLK


Your Review:

Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: Yes
Wet:
Hydroplane Resistance: 5
Wet Traction:7
Dry:
Cornering Stability: 9
Dry Traction: 10
Steering Response: 9
Snow:
Light Snow Traction: 4
Deep Snow Traction: 0
Ice Traction: 0
Comfort:
Ride Comfort: 7
Noise Comfort: 7
Treadwear: 9

Additional Thoughts:
I like the way the tires look and feel overall. The tire seems to have that slick look to them but the tread keeps the car on the ground with no problem. Driving in the rain is just as fun as driving on dry roads. I love this tire.
 

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Hankook Ventus HR-II


Size of Tire: 205-50R15
Class of Tire: High Performance All Season (not to be confused with competition)
Treadwear Rating: 340 as tested
Traction Rating:AA
Speed Rating: H
Max Load: 1668
Max Pressure: 44
Pressure You Run: 32 In Front, 34 in Rear (on average)
Tread Depth (in): 10
Tire Weight:unknown
Rim Size you use: 15
Section Width: 8.3
Tread Width:6.7
Country of Origin: Korea
Image of the Tread:



Your Review:

Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: Yes, they can be a little pricey, but worth every penny.
Wet:
Hydroplane Resistance: 7
Wet Traction: 7
Dry:
Cornering Stability: 8
Dry Traction: 9
Steering Response: 7
Snow:
Light Snow Traction: ???
Deep Snow Traction: ???
Ice Traction: 5 (but what tire has perfect traction in ice?)
Comfort:
Ride Comfort: 8
Noise Comfort: 7
Treadwear: 8

Additional Thoughts:

I have had these tires for about a year, and I have put them through some abuse. They performed well at the Dragon Run, and that event allowed me to really test their ability. They seem to perform at their optimum capacity under weight stress, such as hard turning. The noise level is average, and the comfort is excellent for an all season performance tire. I used to have a set of Kumho Esctas, and the tread life on them was horrible. The Ventus HRII's that I own have been through a lot of abuse and highway driving, and they still have a lot of tread life left over. The average price per tire on the HRII's ranges from $95 to $130. Its a little on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for. These perform very well for high performance and daily driving comfort. Wet weather is no problem for them as well. They lose a little traction in wet weather though, which is why I have them a 7 for wet traction instead of 8. The difference is not huge, however.

In conclusion, this is a very well balanced tire for high performance all season capability. If I had to give them an overall rating, taking everything into account, I would say a solid 8/10.
 

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Malh, this thread is GENIUS.

BFG gForce KDW2


Size of Tire: 205-50R15
Class of Tire: Ultra High Performance Summer (not to be confused with competition)
Treadwear Rating: 200 as tested
Traction Rating:AA
Speed Rating: Y
Max Load: 1000
Max Pressure: 50
Pressure You Run: 33 In Front, 35 in Rear (for DD)
Tread Depth (in): 10/32"
Tire Weight:About 18-lbs
Rim Size you use: 15
Section Width: ?
Tread Width:7.6
Country of Origin:?
Image of the Tread:



Your Review:

Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: Yes, and probably will
Wet:
Hydroplane Resistance: 7
Wet Traction: 8
Dry:
Cornering Stability: 6
Dry Traction: 9
Steering Response: 7
Snow:
Light Snow Traction: 6
Deep Snow Traction: 4
Ice Traction: ?
Comfort:
Ride Comfort: 8
Noise Comfort: 6
Treadwear: 9

Additional Thoughts:

A lot of people complain about lots of road noise, but personally I didn't notice anything more than the factory Michelins. The tread wear was GREAT, ran them aggressively for 30k through at least a dozen autocrosses and they still have about half tread left. They had very predictable limit handling, but seemed to give up before I did...
Overall, a good tire for summer weather / occasional racing.
 

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Hopefully someone who is able to better gauge how well a tire performs will be able to write a more in-depth review, but I'll start this one off (looks to Chandler).

Toyo Proxes 4

Size of Tire: 195/50R15
Class of Tire: Ultra-High Performance All-Season, M&S
Treadwear Rating: 300
Traction Rating: AAA
Speed Rating: 86V
Max Load: 1168
Max Pressure: 50
Pressure You Run: 35, will double check and edit if necessary
Tread Depth (in): 10/32"
Tire Weight: 16.5lbs
Rim Size you use: 15x6" (whatever GS-R Blades are)
Section Width: ?
Tread Width: ?
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Image of the Tread:


Your Review:

Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: Yes
Wet:
Hydroplane Resistance: 8
Wet Traction: 7
Dry:
Cornering Stability: 9
Dry Traction: 10
Steering Response: 10
Snow:
Light Snow Traction: 8
Deep Snow Traction: 7
Ice Traction: 4
Comfort:
Ride Comfort: 9
Noise Comfort: 8
Treadwear: ?

Additional Thoughts: Had these tires for about 3000 miles now, they've been through every kind of weather you can have in IL and indeed the entire country pretty much; dry, damp, wet, light snow, deep snow, and even a bit of hidden thin ice. This tire has performed admirably in all kinds of weather, and I'd buy a second set if I had to.

In the dry they're perfect. I get all the traction I want, when I want it. I've taken turns as sharp or hard as I dare, and not once have I gotten a retort from them. Granted I don't drive my car as hard as I could probably, but there you go.

In the wet, there have been mixed reviews from many. I've found them to perform very well, and haven't had any problems stopping or turning.

In the snow is where they really impressed me. These tires have gotten me through the rough Illinois winters we have here with almost no problems whatsoever. Light snow gives me no trouble; I actually find myself having fun when I drive with them in light snow, and they provide me with able traction whether I take the turn slow, or if I have to have the e-brake assist me.

Deep snow is a little tougher, but considering the cars we drive, they perform well. The only time I've had problems was twice when it was my fault for stopping too late to take a turn, to which the tires responded to the best of their ability. In both situations, the tires were able to either stop me in time after adjusting my course a bit, or provide me with the traction to follow through the turn with an e-brake maneuver.

The only area where these tires might fall short is ice. I came across a road covered in a hidden thin sheet of ice, causing my stopping distance to increase quite a lot. However, I'm pretty sure almost any tire save for full-on winter tires would struggle in this area.

Ride comfort has never really been a problem for me, and considering our cars ride on a double-wishbone suspension (save for RSX's), they perform without any problems, despite the many potholes and manhole covers I come across.
 

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SirLaughsALot on Mar/10/10 said:
Someone seriously needs to fix the rating scale of these. There is NO WAY an All season tire is a 10 for dry traction and steering response.

Unless someone moderates this, the thread is almost entirely pointless. The personal reviews are great, but the rating scale needs a LOT of help.
I'm going to have to agree with this. We need to set up some sort of standard for the ratings. I'll moderate, but lets get some sort of scale first. Most of thie tires up to the proxes4 are rated fairly well, maybe the future posters will look at these tires and companies (like tire rack etc.) comparisons to compare with and rate accordingly.
 

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Brand and Model of Tire: Yokohama S.Drive
Size of Tire: 205/50/15
Class of Tire: UHP
Treadwear Rating: 300
Traction Rating: 7.33/10 dry; 7/10 (Tire Rack)
Speed Rating: 86V
Max Load: 1168 lbs
Max Pressure: 51 PSI
Pressure You Run: 40.5 warm up front, 32 warm rear
Tread Depth (in): 10/32"
Tire Weight: 21 lbs
Rim Size you use: 15x7 +38
Section Width: 8.4"
Tread Width: 7.4"
Country of Origin: USA
Image of the Tread:


Review:

8/10 - This rating takes class into consideration. Obviously this tire doesn't have near the chops of an AD08, RE-11, A048, Hoosier, etc.

General: The best UHP money can buy. From a touge/track driver's perspective: They are very fast for what they are - when driven properly. These tires will show you EVERY mistake you make in a corner, yet are extremely forgiving. Their predictability is great and they're nicely progressive. Their downfall comes in maximum grip and wet grip. There are street tires with more grip than these (in higher classes) such as the AD08 or RE-11. For the price and class though, the S.Drive really can't be matched. Every canyon carver and/or beginning track driver should have these on their car.

Would you buy this tire again?:YES
Wet: 7/10
Wet Traction:7/10
Hydroplane Resistance: 5-7/10 - if you run a lot of camber they won't like freeway water
Dry: 8/10
Dry Traction: 8/10
Cornering Stability: 8/10
Steering Response: 9/10
Snow: NA - not meant for snow/ice
Light Snow Traction: NA
Deep Snow Traction: NA
Ice Traction: NA
Comfort: 7.75/10
Ride Comfort: 8/10
Noise Comfort:7.5/10
Treadwear: 7/10

Additional Thoughts:

See: 'General'
 

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Nitto Neo Gen
Class of Tire: All Season
Manufacturer Part Number: NIT-185290
Max Pressure: 45psi
Size: 205/50/15
Speed Rating: V
O.D.: 23.07
Section Width: 8.39"
Load Rating: [email protected]
Pressure You Run: 35psi
Side Wall Style: black


Your Review:

Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: Yes. I did buy another pair for another 'Teg since the above picture.
Wet:
Hydroplane Resistance: 7
Wet Traction: 8
Dry:
Cornering Stability: 8
Dry Traction: 8
Steering Response: 8
Snow:
Light Snow Traction: 7
Deep Snow Traction: 5
Ice Traction: 4
Comfort:
Ride Comfort: 8
Noise Comfort: 7
Treadwear: 9

Additional Thoughts:

First of all, I live in the Washington, D.C. area and drive on crap roads at stock height in stock cars. That applies to both the reviews crammed into this review. We have four mild seasons - summer's not too hot and winter's not too cold. I have had two 205/50/15 sets of these tires, one on my G1 and one on my white GS-R. I drove with my first set on the G1 from November '07 to September '08. This car had no ABS so having good tires was very important and the tires always worked with me, even in hail and sleet. They probably saw 90% city and 10% highway driving. That set of Neo Gen doesn't show too much wear. I'm about to put them on my Wagovan because the tires have a lot of life left in them.

I have had my second set since just a few days after I got the white car last June, and they have been great so far. I knew I needed new tires when I got that car last summer and I didn't even have to think twice about what tires to get. Don't get me wrong here, they certainly aren't dedicated summer tires but I'm older and calmer and mainly use the car as a chill city car. Before our big blizzard, we had one nice weekend storm and I had to drive home from school before they had salted, sanded or plowed. The white car got me home safely and kept me planted better than a lot of the other cars on the road. We had a lot of rain today as well and I drove through some huge puddles. These tires are predictable in all conditions and they really work with me to move the car exactly how I want. They probably see like 75% city, 25% highway driving. I've only put about 6000 miles on this second set but have been really happy with my sets of Neo Gen and would definitely recommend them to someone else in a similar climate who wants tires that you can rock all year.
 

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Might as well throw the my tires in:

Brand and Model of Tire: Toyo R1R's
Size of Tire: 225/45R15
Class of Tire: (i.e. Extreme Performance Summer, Snow, All Season, etc): Extreme Summer/ Auto-x special
Treadwear Rating: 140
Traction Rating: AA
Speed Rating: 87W
Max Load: 1201lbs at 51PSI
Max Pressure: 51PSI
Pressure You Run: 36F/36R
Tread Depth (in): N/A
Tire Weight: 19lbs
Rim Size you use: 15x8
Section Width: 9.25 contact patch measured on 15x8 at 36PSI
Tread Width: Same as above
Country of Origin: Japan
Image of the Tread:



Your Review: I'd have to say that these are hands down the best trackday tire that I've had on my car. Beats out the RT615, Rs-3, Re011 handily. I've run all four tires and this tire gives the best feed back and consistency under hard breaking, turn in, and exit traction. My telemetry should the rs-3 allowing 1.1g's before feeling any break away mid corner but, we recorded 1.3 to 1.4 with the R1R's. So, they do hold some extra mid corner grip. Keep in mind we could only obtain 205's for the other tires.

Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: 10
Wet: 10
Hydroplane Resistance: 9
Wet Traction: 9
Dry: 10
Cornering Stability: 10
Dry Traction: 10
Steering Response: Between my suspension and the tires= 10
Snow: N/A
Light Snow Traction: N/A
Deep Snow Traction: N/A
Ice Traction: N/A
Comfort: 6 Def not a luxury tire lol
Ride Comfort: 6
Noise Comfort: 9 they are not loud except when you get to the edge of grip.
Treadwear: 140
 

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Brand and Model of Tire: BF GoodRich G-Force Sport
Size of Tire: 205/50/15
Class of Tire: ultra high performance summer
Treadwear Rating: 340
Traction Rating: AA
Speed Rating: 86V
Max Load: [email protected] psi
Max Pressure: 44psi
Pressure You Run: F-35psi R-38-40psi
Tread Depth (in): 10/32
Tire Weight: 21 lbs.
Rim Size you use: 15x 7.5"
Section Width: 8.4"
Tread Width: n/a
Country of Origin: thailand
Image of the Tread:


Your Review:

Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: yes, this is my 3rd set
Wet:
Hydroplane Resistance: 7
Wet Traction:7
Dry:
Cornering Stability:
Dry Traction:8
Steering Response:9
Snow:
Light Snow Traction:4
Deep Snow Traction:n/a
Ice Traction:n/a
Comfort:
Ride Comfort:8
Noise Comfort:8
Treadwear:8

Additional Thoughts:

I love these tires, i need some new tires, im gonna try something else out, but if not i will be getting my 4th set of these
 

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Dunlop Direzza DZ101

Size of Tire: 205/50/15
Class of Tire: Ultra High Performance Summer
Treadwear Rating: 300
Traction Rating: A
Speed Rating: A
Max Load: 1168
Max Pressure: 51 psi
Pressure You Run: 40-38
Tread Depth (in): 10/32"
Tire Weight: 21lbs.
Rim Size you use: 15x7 +42 offset
Section Width: 8.3"
Tread Width: 7.2"
Country of Origin: Japan
Image of the Tread:



Your Review:

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: 6
Wet: n/a
Hydroplane Resistance: n/a
Wet Traction: n/a
Dry:
Cornering Stability: 6
Dry Traction: 7
Steering Response: 7
Snow:
Light Snow Traction: n/a
Deep Snow Traction: n/a
Ice Traction: n/a
Comfort:
Ride Comfort: 8
Noise Comfort: 8
Treadwear: n/a

Additional Thoughts:

These are my cheap replacements for the Yokohama S.Drives. I have had two sets of 195/55 s.drives and really enjoyed them as far as performance goes but they were just too expensive this time around. While I like the DZ101's they definitely reduce my confidence going in to and exiting corners. With upgraded brake pads, rotors and lines, I felt very hesitant to fully brake before a corner, or to hit the same acceleration out of the same corners. on some of the exact same corners I'd pinned the s.drives going 70-80, I felt a lot of tire flex and couldn't exit comfortably at more than say 60-65. Also, where I'd never skidded the s.drives under braking, I felt some increased understeer with these tires and some slipping under heavy braking before the hairpins. These are great tires for the price, but if you spend $100-$150 more you'll be much happier with performance.
 

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Goodyear Eagle GT

Size of Tire: 195/55/15
Class of Tire: All Season
Treadwear Rating: 440
Traction Rating: A
Speed Rating: A
Max Load: 1135
Max Pressure: 51
Pressure You Run: 32
Tread Depth (in): 10/32
Tire Weight: 22 lbs.
Rim Size you use: 15
Section Width: 7.9"
Tread Width: N/A
Country of Origin: USA
Image of the Tread:



Your Review:

Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: 8
Wet:
Hydroplane Resistance: 9
Wet Traction: 10
Dry:
Cornering Stability: 8
Dry Traction: 10
Steering Response: 8
Snow:
Light Snow Traction: 9
Deep Snow Traction: N/A
Ice Traction: N/A
Comfort:
Ride Comfort: 7.5
Noise Comfort: 8
Treadwear: 7

Additional Thoughts:
I bought these tires six months ago and have since put 10,000 miles on them. I bought them to replace the dangerously worn Nexen N2000s that were on the car when I bought it three years ago.

I had narrowed my search down to the Eagle GT and Kumho Ecsta ASX. I picked the Eagle GT, though, because of its superior dry handling and wet traction. I live on the coast, so the latter was especially important. As of yet, I have not been let down. I have a bit of a, shall we say, spirited driving style. These tires hold to curves on two-lane country roads in the wet or the dry. As per other reviews (such as on tirerack.com), turn-in does feel a bit late.

They are not the quietest tires in the world, I must admit. But when you replace tires that are nearing the steel belts, anything is an improvement. They are more comfortable than other reviews have said, imho. My driving pretty much covers the gambut. I drive on city streets, country roads, highways, the interstate, and even on a dirt road upon occasion and I get but the slightest of vibrations and noise. The noise varies depending on the quality of roads, though.

All-in-all, I'm quite pleased with them. The Eagle GT is a good all-season tire for a DD. Based on my present experience, it's very likely that I will buy them again when these tires wear out. Plus, they come with a 50,000 mile treadwear warranty from Goodyear.
 

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Brand and Model of Tire: Yokohama Parada Spec 2's
Size of Tire: 205/45/16
Class of Tire: Extreme Performance Summer
Treadwear Rating: 300
Traction Rating: AA
Speed Rating: 83V
Max Load: 1074lbs
Max Pressure: 44psi
Pressure You Run: 32psi
Tread Depth (in):
Tire Weight:
Rim Size you use: 16/7
Section Width: 45
Tread Width: 205
Country of Origin:
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Your Review: I love them
no problems yet
already on my second set. The tread wear is poor in my opinion but very sticky so far. No track time yet but dont think imma buy them a third time. Balancing is great but road noise is very POOR. holy crap its like i have mud terrain tires on there if i dont stay on top of balancing.

Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.

General: 8
Would you buy this tire again?: Already have
Wet: 7
Hydroplane Resistance: 6
Wet Traction: 7
Dry: 9
Cornering Stability: 8
Dry Traction: 9
Steering Response: 9
Snow: 7
Light Snow Traction: 7
Deep Snow Traction: ?
Ice Traction: ?
Comfort: 7
Ride Comfort: 9
Noise Comfort: 5
Treadwear: 5

Additional Thoughts: I am aware of the stickyness of the tire but the tear wear on this certain one is quick.
a definite must try though. I love them but definately need something with a higher tread wear and less agressive tread styling for my current use. But the treat pattern is freakin SICK! got many complements on my tires... lol
 

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I just realized that my review of the RE-11s never made it here....silly Millhouse!

Brand and Model of Tire: Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
Size of Tire: 205/50R15
Class of Tire: Extreme Performance Summer
Treadwear Rating: 180
Traction Rating: A
Heat Rating: A
Speed Rating: V (149mph)
Max Load: 1168lbs
Max Pressure: 51psi
Pressure You Run:
Street: 35f/33r
AutoX: Cold 38F/37R - Warm: 42F/42R (thanks to my driving style)
Tread Depth (in): 9/32"
Tire Weight: 21lbs
Rim Size you use: 15x7"
Section Width: 8.4"
Tread Width: 7.6"
Country of Origin: Japan
Image of the Tread:



Note: My driving style varies depending on conditions. I drive fairly tamely on the street, but I AutoCross the car at least twice a month during the Spring/Summer/Fall months, so my tires do see a LOT of use at the limit.

Your Review:

Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.

For the most part, these ratings are for greater than 5/32" tread remaining.

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: 9
Wet:
Hydroplane Resistance: 6
Wet Traction: 8
Dry:
Cornering Stability: 9.5
Dry Traction: 9.9
Steering Response: 9.5
Snow:
Light Snow Traction: 1
Deep Snow Traction: n/a
Ice Traction: n/a
Comfort:
Ride Comfort: 7
Noise Comfort: 6
Treadwear: 7

Additional Thoughts:

These tires are not meant to last a long time. The treadwear rating is 180, which means they will typically last about 20,000 miles with average use. If you autocross or do track days with them, the expected life will of course be less. I personally used about half of the tires in the 2009 season doing autocrosses and driving them on the street. I also drove the tires to the TI Dragon Run and did a couple of Enduros on them. All in all, I put about 12,000 street miles, 60 typical autocross runs, 5x 5 minute enduro autocross runs and a test & tune day of autocrossing on them, and they've still got half the tread left. I'd say they wear pretty darn well for an Extreme Performance tire.

As far as grip and traction levels go, they are unsurpassed by anything I've ever driven on, and that includes the old school Kumho Victoracer R-Compound tires. These Bridgestones grip HARD. I am easily able to sustain 0.90 lateral G in a skidpad test with these tires and I have stock springs/shocks with a Type-R rear sway bar.

If you're looking for a tire to run during the summer months only, since they just plain don't work in very cold weather or snow, and are looking for a tire that will not compromise, this is the tire to get.

Follow-Up: 5/29/2010

I have now run these tires for one and a half autocross seasons, have put an additional 6,000 miles and have a total of about 120 autocross runs on them, including an all-day Evolution Performance Driving school Autocross School where I had 30 AutoX runs on a single, rather cold 44 degree day, so the tires cooled very quickly and heat cycled rapidly.

I am currently sitting at 2/32" tread (at the wear bars) in the rear and 1/32" tread in the front (below the wear bars). I am going to re-rate the pertinent factors at this tread level.

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: (If cost were not a consideration?) 9
Wet:
Hydroplane Resistance: (at 1-2/32" tread): 2.5
Wet Traction: (with no standing water, just wet pavement): 7
Wet Traction: (with standing water, or flowing water): 5
Dry:
Cornering Stability: 8.9
Dry Traction: 9.1
Steering Response: 9.1
Snow:
Light Snow Traction: n/a
Deep Snow Traction: n/a
Ice Traction: n/a
Comfort:
Ride Comfort: 6
Noise Comfort: 4 (these have gotten LOUD since they got heat cycled out)
Treadwear: 7 (still stands, because I'm very happy that I was able to get ~18,000 miles + ~120 autocross runs out of these, compounded with all of the hot-weather distance driving I've done.)

All in all, I'd have to say these tires held up very very well considering the abuse I've put them through. They're ready for replacement, and if they were the same price they were two months ago, I would buy another set in a heartbeat. Unfortunately for me, my finances are tight, and the price has risen nearly $25/tire in the last two months, and that's $100 I can't really spare at the moment.

They have fallen off significantly in terms of wet traction, hydroplane resistance and standing water performance, however, with only 1/32" of tread remaining in the front, that's not hard to comprehend as to why. They have also gotten significantly louder as the tread wore down and they went through so many heat cycles.

I'd have to say they're pretty much heat cycled out at this point, but once I get them warmed up again, they still grip well on dry pavement. Cold traction is definitely compromised as well as wet traction at this point in their life, and I will be replacing them soon.
 

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Brand and Model of Tire: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric
Size of Tire: 245/40R18
Class of Tire: max performance summer
Treadwear Rating: 240
Traction Rating: AA
Speed Rating: Y
Max Load: 1609lbs
Max Pressure: 50psi
Pressure You Run: 42/39
Tread Depth (in): 11/32
Tire Weight: 27lbs
Rim Size you use: 18x8
Section Width:
Tread Width:
Country of Origin: Germany
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General: 9
Would you buy this tire again?:
Wet: 9
Hydroplane Resistance: 9
Wet Traction: 9
Dry: 8.5
Cornering Stability: 8.5
Dry Traction: 8
Steering Response: 8
Snow: N/A
Light Snow Traction: N/A
Deep Snow Traction: N/A
Ice Traction: N/A
Comfort: 8.5
Ride Comfort: 8.5
Noise Comfort: 9
Treadwear:

Additional Thoughts:


I'll start this review with a disclaimer: these are for a 2005 Audi S4, which is a 3900lb V8-powered 4WD sedan. It's pretty far from an Integra/RSX but I think overall this should at least give people some guidance.

Picked this over some of the more wild and expensive tires like the Falken Azenis RT-615K and Yokohama Advan Neova AD08. Although I recreationally autocross and track the car, this is also my only car and it does see its fair share of street driving in downtown Chicago. That means potholes and standing water. I can't exactly be running race tires around here. The F1 Asymmetric seemed to be a good balance between maximizing dry traction and keeping something safe for the heavy summer rain.

I am very pleased with the tire so far. Tire Rack reviewers hailed it for very confident and predictable wet handling, and I agree completely. on the drive home from installation I was caught in a downpour on the freeway. At 70mph, the tire felt quite stable and steady. No nervousness or hints of hydroplaning, even on the 245 width.

The tread design is pretty boring when compared to stuff like the Azenis and KDW2, but who cares. The tread is very meaty with big shoulder blocks for maximizing dry traction and there are very deep (11/32") channels to force water out. The sidewalls are also pretty generic looking -- trademark Goodyear. But again, form follows function.

Dry traction is commendable. Much like the wet traction, it's confident and predictable. Although it doesn't offer the ultimate grip of some of the more "extreme" tires, I think this is more than adequate for a street car. I took some on-ramps at a high click and as the tires started to lose traction, it was very obvious. No scary snap-oversteer or sudden plowng. The traction feels very linear as it falls off.

Comfort and road noise was another strong point according to Tire Rack, and I'll agree again. These absorb the expansion seems and bumps better than the factory Continentals did. Being XL (extra load) tires, the sidewalls are pretty damn stiff. Yet the ride is still controlled and reasonable. Freeway road noise is "acceptable" for a tire this sticky and aggressive. They're not touring tires but certainly don't sound like they're ripping the asphalt apart as you roll along.

I'll be autocrossing on these soon -- will update the review once I've done that.

I paid $190 per tire for this huge size, and there's a $20/tire rebate -- very reasonable and much more afforable than the $258 Yokohamas, especially considering these are 11/32" compared to 9/32".
 

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Brand and Model of Tire: kumho ecsta asx
Size of Tire: 205/50/16
Class of Tire: ultra high performance all season
Treadwear Rating: 420
Traction Rating: AA
Speed Rating: W
Max Load: 1201
Max Pressure: 51 psi
Pressure You Run: 32 psi on all 4 tires
Tread Depth (in): 10/32"
Tire Weight: 20lbs
Rim Size you use: stock 16"
Section Width: 8.4"
Tread Width: n/a
Country of Origin: CN, KR
Image of the Tread:



Your Review:

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: 10
Wet: 8
Hydroplane Resistance: 8
Wet Traction: 7
Dry: 9
Cornering Stability: 8.5
Dry Traction:9
Steering Response:9
Snow:n/a
Light Snow Traction:n/a
Deep Snow Traction:n/a
Ice Traction:n/a
Comfort: 7
Ride Comfort: 7
Noise Comfort: 4
Treadwear: 8

Additional Thoughts:

i'm not the best at rating and i dont' drive my car hard but this is my personal opinion. where i live, we don't have snow so i can't fill in for the snow part. i had these on my celica. i know it's not an integra but i had these on my celica and they were damn noisy. I bought a set for my sister's SI and they were damn quiet. maybe they weren't balanced correctly on my celica or maybe it was just my luck???


Brand and Model of Tire: Falken FK-452
Size of Tire: 205/50/16
Class of Tire: ultra high performance
Treadwear Rating: 300
Traction Rating: AA
Speed Rating: W
Max Load: 1201
Max Pressure: 51
Pressure You Run: 32 all around
Tread Depth (in): 10/32"
Tire Weight: 22 lbs
Rim Size you use: stock 16"
Section Width:8.1"
Tread Width: 7.2 (1.32")
Country of Origin: n/a
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Your Review:

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: 10
Wet: 8
Hydroplane Resistance: 8
Wet Traction: 8
Dry: 9
Cornering Stability: 9
Dry Traction: 9
Steering Response: 9
Snow:n/a
Light Snow Traction:n/a
Deep Snow Traction: n/a
Ice Traction:n/a
Comfort: 8
Ride Comfort: 8.5
Noise Comfort: 8.5
Treadwear: 6.5

Additional Thoughts:

personally, i think these are really great and sticky tires and are better than the asx and i would recommend them to anyone, but because my celica is stock and is a daily driver, i would never buy these tires again. i think that for my power, the kumho ecsta asx are good enough and sticky enough. these tires do wear a bit fast and when i first got them on, my car fished tailed quite a bit on the highway (dry weather). maybe it was just break in period??? after a couple hundred miles, it wouldn't do that anymore. like i said, overall, i think it's a really awesome tire but if you're just stock or have a few bolt-ons, i think the ecsta asx will do the job. that is my personal opinion

Brand and Model of Tire: nitto neo gen
Size of Tire: 205/50/16
Class of Tire: ultra high performace
Treadwear Rating: 280
Traction Rating:AA
Speed Rating:VW
Max Load:1356 lbs
Max Pressure: 50 psi
Pressure You Run: 32 all around
Tread Depth (in): 9.7
Tire Weight: n/a
Rim Size you use: stock 16
Section Width:n/a
Tread Width:n/a
Country of Origin: n/a
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Your Review:

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: 1
Wet: 5
Hydroplane Resistance: 3
Wet Traction: 4
Dry: 6
Cornering Stability:5
Dry Traction: 5
Steering Response: 7
Snow: n/a
Light Snow Traction: n/a
Deep Snow Traction: n/a
Ice Traction: n/a
Comfort: (can't remember)
Ride Comfort: (can't remember)
Noise Comfort: (can't remember)
Treadwear: 6

Additional Thoughts:

i had these on my celica too and i know these are supposed to be some pretty bad ass tires but i had nothing but bad experiences with these. and no, i'm not getting paid to bad mouth these tires. i had bad dry traction and very bad wet traction issues. hell, i thought these were supposed to be better than the asx but when i got them, i was damn disappointed. i got these way before the asx thinking they were better so i can't remember the ride comfort and noise level. i would never buy these again. a lot of people have had good reviews about these tires so don't think these are bad tires. i just had one bad experience. to each their own.
 

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Nitto NT-01

Brand and Model of Tire: Nitto NT-01
Size of Tire: 205/50/15
Class of Tire: Competition/DOT R Compound
Treadwear Rating: 100
Traction Rating: N/A
Speed Rating: W
Max Load: 1168lbf
Max Pressure: 51
Pressure You Run: 40F/38R
Tread Depth (in): 6.3/32
Tire Weight:
Rim Size you use: 15x6.5
Section Width: 8.35in
Tread Width:
Country of Origin: Japan
Image of the Tread:



Your Review:

Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.

General:
Would you buy this tire again?: No
Wet:
Hydroplane Resistance: 4
Wet Traction: 7
Dry:
Cornering Stability: 9
Dry Traction: 9.5
Steering Response: 9.5
Snow:
Light Snow Traction: N/A
Deep Snow Traction: N/A
Ice Traction: N/A
Comfort:
Ride Comfort: 7
Noise Comfort: 2
Treadwear: N/A

Additional Thoughts:

I had the opportunity to test these tires both in the wet and the dry earlier this year at an autox on my car. They are designed as a car that you can put on at home, drive to the race, and then drive home. They are what I would define as a good compromise race tire and serve in the unwanted range inbetween a street tire and a full slick. I felt they were a very very forgiving tire and did let you know when you were on the edge.

In the dry, they were well, incredible. It took everything stupid I could think of to break them loose in the dry. for reference, out on an actual road, a corner that could be navigated at roughly 50mph before with ZE912's could be navigated at over 70mph with these tires, it was that incredible. I was very excited to get to see what they would do autoxing!

The autox unfortunately was extremely wet and as far as describing wet performance, it was very good for as little tread as these tires have. Anywhere you could actually see the pavement it would stick extremely well, however there were several very deep puddles on course which they no doubt hydroplaned over. I was very impressed with their ability to regain traction however as when you reached the end of the puddle, they grabbed hold again without a problem.

To be honest I have nothing but good things to say about these tires, I would never buy them as they do fall short of being eligible for street tire classes autoxing (100 treadwear vs minimum 140), and when you get into full R comp's, there are much better options out there for the price. I would recommend them however to anyone who does track on a regular basis however and wants a sticky tire that will last and wants something to get their feet wet into the slick realm.
 
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