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My Continentals are dead :woot: so it's time for some new rubber. I want performance all-season tires for my stock SE/SES 5-spokes, so I'm going with 225/55R16s. Here's what I've narrowed it down to..

#1 - Kumho Ecsta ASX
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Ultra High Performance All Season, 24 lbs, W-rated. Rates generally very well, especially for the price of $75 each. I've heard very good things about these, and I really like how they look.

#2 - Dunlop SP Sport A2 Plus
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High Performance All Season, 27lbs, H rated. Survey rates better snow traction than the Kumho. I picked these for the ZX2 when my dad needed new tires, and they are very nice. Much better than the OEM Goodyear Eagle RS-A's that came on the car, and the stock Goodyears were way better than my Continentals. Granted, the ZX2 weighs a lot less than the Taurus. I think I remember someone having these on here, but don;t know who. A bit more expensive, at $82 each. I think these look pretty cool too.


Those are my top choices right now. They will be on stock Gen 4 5-spokes with bone stock suspension (except for steel endlinks, but that doesn't really matter). It will get driven in snow and I don't want snow tires or a second set of wheels. Slush and wet performance is really more important than deep snow traction with the weather in my area. I don't really forsee either of these posing a real problem in the snow, though.

Probably 60-70% of my driving is split evenly between interstates and twisty country 2-lanes, with the rest being city/suburban driving.

If you've got experience and opinions about both or either, I'd like to hear them. Or if you have another option I should look at let me know.
 

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Not sure if they make them in that size, but check out yokohamas. Ive had good luck with mine, and still plenty of tread after 40k miles.

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Bridgestone Potenza G 009

Awesome wet and dry traction, waiting for the snow, but they should perform well.

I got em at $76 each, with a $50 rebate on top of that, so really they were $63.5 each. There might be a better rebate right now, I know bridgestone is doing their rebates again, I'm getting $75 off Bridgestone Duelers
 

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another good all season tire would be BF Goodrich Touring T/As,

I run them on the slicers on my 95, and i will be getting them put on my stockers when winter comes around..

so far they i havent had any problems with them, other than a little road noise, but it just might be the set i got, because i had the same tires on my old escort and they were quiet...
 

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Originally posted by SHO Continental@Oct 5 2006, 12:46 PM
2nd on the Kuhmo's.. I've heard very good things.
3rd on the Kumhos. I have them on the SHO.
 

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I have teh ASX's on the SHo and Ilove them. They are great for driving as well as racing. They have performed wquite well.
 

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Awesome....thanks for all the quick replies guys B) I'm 99% sure I'll be getting the Kumhos :thumb:
 

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You did your homework on those tires. The treadwear rating on the dunlop is hard to beat even if you paid more money for the higher price brands! You won't go wrong with either one in my humble opinion. Tread patterns are basically the same, customer ratings are great. Only diff is the higher ZR speed rating on the Kumho but I don't think you need it in the snow, do you? :)
 

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Originally posted by DonA@Oct 5 2006, 04:40 PM
You did your homework on those tires. The treadwear rating on the dunlop is hard to beat even if you paid more money for the higher price brands! You won't go wrong with either one in my humble opinion. Tread patterns are basically the same, customer ratings are great. Only diff is the higher ZR speed rating on the Kumho but I don't think you need it in the snow, do you? :)
Nope :lol2: I can't get anywhere close to the speed ratings on either of those regardless of weather :lol:

That's why I couldnt decide...because they're so similar in ratings and close enough in performance...I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the Kumhos unless there's a fantastic deal on the Dunlops I don't know about. I'm going to get them at NTB and have them pricematch Tirerack which is the same thing I did with the Dunlops on my dad's ZX2.
 

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michelin pilot sport ps2's/// thats whats on my 951... theyre fantastic. Its almost impossible to lose traction
 

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another tire to throw in there...


i just put falken ziex 512 on my front wheels. I bought two from discounttiredirect.com for $104 with free shipping. Great high performance all season and excellent in the wet. I havent had them very long but i am very happy with them so far.

These things dont peep through the turns that use to make my Goodyear Allegras break loose.
 

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My friend has the kuhmos ASX on his taurus and he loves em. Thats what I would go with! :)
 

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Where did you guys with the Ecstas get them? I would have sworn NTB carried them, but the local one says they no longer carry Kumho. Sears Auto Center doesn't have them, and I'd really rather not have Pep Boys work on my car if they carry them.

I want to buy locally instead of ordering online. On the Kumho dealer locater, the only places that are listed are Sears and Pep Boys, and the only Kumho listed in my size at Sears is the Solus grand touring tire. I haven't checked with Pep Boys yet, but I saw ASxs there when I was there a while ago...I'm not sure I trust them to not scrape up my wheels and get them balanced with all the weights on the inside, though.

Kumho lists competitor's comparable tires...I'm going to look into the Dunlop SP Sport SP5000 and the ones some of you guys mentioned as well. Thanks for the help :)
 

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Thanks, I think there might be an American Tire near me.

Another to throw into the mix...this one is looking VERY attractive. It's at the high end of what I want to spend, but it rates really well and has a great treadwear rating, so if it lasts longer, it's worth the extra dollars. I've heard really good things about these too, so the Yokohama Avid V4-S is now an option :) The specs look really good, better than the Dunlop.

I also liked the Pirelli P-Zero Nero M+S but it's more than I want to spend and the Yokohama rates basically the same in most categories, and is better in treadwear.

The Yokohama is looking a little more attractive than the Kumho because of the treadwear...the treadwear warranty is twice as long and the treadwear rating is higher - 500 vs. 420.

Here's a comparison of the Kumho, Dunlop, and Yokohama: TireRack link

I know where I can get the Dunlops, but I haven't looked for Yokohama dealers yet. Pep Boys supposedly has the Kumhos.

Anyone know where I could get the Yokos? NTB's website seems to be down, and obviously I cant call them at 11pm...Yokohama's site lists car dealers that haven't been around for a year and a half so I don't know how accurate that is.

Sorry, that was long. Cliffnotes: I'm considering the Yokohama Avid V4-S now as well.
 
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