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Just remember when looking for tires think about what ya want out of it. If you want it to last long and just provide decent traction get something with a high treadwear rating, and a B or A traction rating. If you really want it to handle your gonna have to give up some of that treadwear for a softer compound tire. With a real soft tire I bet you could take hairpins at 80 with a stock suspension ;)
 

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Go with Bridgestone Potenza Pole Position 960AS.
I have them on my car now which provide excellent dry and wet traction (rated the best all-season performance tire) I mainly got them so I didn't have to get 2 sets of tires, street and track (R-compound), for autocross/track.
But they are a little pricey at 150 a tire but I also got a 100$ rebate.
 

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What about the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS? I have RE950s on a different car before and they were awesome in the wet and I did a whole lot of snow in them too... the 960AS is newer. Ok, I suppose they are not as cheap though as the Kumhos and probably a bit overkill.

Right now I've got Sumitomo HTR H4s on my bull in stock 215/60/16, got them at Sears.
 

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Originally posted by ford_ses@Oct 5 2006, 11:06 PM
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.
Try tirerack.com if you cant find them anywhere. They will ship them to you or an approved installer as well.

-DC
 

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I'm still trying to find a place that can get them locally...if I can't, then ordering from Tirerack would be an option.

I found a couple Yokohama dealers, I just have to find out if they have Avid V4S in stock, or I might hit Pep Boys and pick up the Kumhos...I could go either way between those two. I think the Yoko would probably be better in the snow, and the treadwear rating is attractive too, but I'd be very happy with either one.

I also picked up a new matching wheel at the junkyard today, since I bought the car with one banged up wheel (the edge of the rim is slightly bent and it has some curb rash). I'll have it all cleaned up tomorrow, and I can weigh it if anyone wants to know what a stock SE/SES wheel weighs without a tire B)
 

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I got new tires...I went and did some more research and veered off and bought a set of BF Goodrich Traction T/As in 225/55HR16. They are miles better than the old Continentals...MUCH better grip, quieter, more connected feel through the wheel. I like them alot so far, but I have at least one wheel that isn't quite balanced so I'm getting it rebalanced next weekend...then I can get a better feel for them. But so far I like them :)

I'll post up a full report when I rack up some more miles when they're balanced properly :banana:

BFG Traction T/A H
 

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no they will make you explode because the tread is too good for wagons.



--sorry but i had too, better tires for any car will make the ride and handling better no matter what the car is.
 

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OK. Thanks for the reply. I just wasn't sure if there were any performance issues that would prevent them from working on a wagon v. a sedan, which is what most posters here seem to have.
 

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Nope, you'd be good with those tires :) If you've got the stock Continentals, you'll notice a HUGE difference.
 

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I've been running Wynstar Exocets since I got my new wheels. Been pretty satisfied with them, and cheap too. I think I paide $55 per tire.
 
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