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Old 04-01-2003, 05:28 PM
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Exclamation Need advice on tire brand...

OK it's time to get some sneakers for my 91 500SL. I'm going with the 245/40 R18 and was wondering what I should be looking at in the $150 to $200 range. My local tire shop suggests Toyo very much, at a very nice price. I currently have Kumho, the tire shop does not like that brand very much and is trying to steer me away.

Personally I would like to go with a Yokohama or Pirelli tire. He showed me the Yokohama Parada, very nice tire but not in my size, sigh.

Whats the vote on here from you guys for a high performance 245/40 R18 tire, but the most comfortable one I can find, my current Kumho's are very very uncomfortable. A cool looking tire like the Parada wouldnt hurt either.

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Old 04-01-2003, 06:09 PM
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Potenza RE750 or 730 gen.2 IMHO
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Old 04-01-2003, 07:14 PM
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I saw the 730 and they look sweet, how is the ride? Im hoping to strike some kind of balance between Zrated and great handling, nice wet traction, and nice comfort.

How would you guys rate the Yokohama AVS DB Decibel vs. the AVS Sport. The sport has that cool Y design, but Imnot sure if its a loud tire. I would rather have a quiet tire with good handling, than a loud tire with great handling.
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Old 04-01-2003, 07:31 PM
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I just saw that tirerack had drop shipments available to a tire store a mile away from my house!! Can anyone help me find a nice quiet tire that will handle super good?? I think Im just going to order from them and have them shipped to the shop, seems to actually be cheaper that way. Now I just have to decide which ones.
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Old 04-01-2003, 08:04 PM
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Front runners include:

Yokohama AVS Sport (are they loud or quiet, especially vs. the dB?)
Bridgestone Potenza RE730 Gen.2
Yokohama AVS dB S2 (do they handle better or worse than the Sport?)

Are any of the Kumho decent. I currently have Kumho but have had a couple of tire shops tell me they are quite noisy ride, which they are for me although I thought it was out of balance issues.
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Old 04-01-2003, 08:39 PM
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Yoke AVS ES100

I recommend the Yokohama AVS ES100. I have a set on my E500 (f:245/40-18 and r:275/35-18) and I think they're great. Quiet, good ride and grip and a great price. Check them out!
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Old 04-01-2003, 08:56 PM
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If your looking for summer tires only check out the Bridgestone SO2's or SO3's. I have the SO2 and handling, braking sidewall stiffness are excellent. They wear well (12K so far) and the ride is comfortable.

I've been in Glens car and the Yok's are definitely nice as well.

Also look at the new Firestones, they ride nice, look good and handle excellent IMO and they're cheaper than the Bridgestones.
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Old 04-01-2003, 09:11 PM
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Im looking for year round tires, but they dont have to be driven in the snow, thats what my Jeep is for. But I may be driving it in the rain fairly often in New England so it should have some traction.

Number one is ride comfort and noise levels.
A very close number two is, of course, handling.
I would also like to get a tire that lasts a long time. I would love to have one for 20-25k miles before it becomes noisy.

Another issue I have with my current Kumho's is that they pull to the side quite often with the road irregularities.
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Old 04-01-2003, 09:11 PM
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By the way anyone have any experience with Toyo or Ventura? My local tire shop is trying to sell me on either of these 2, they ordered a set of each for me to look at tommorrow.
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Old 04-01-2003, 09:25 PM
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Many racers like the Toyo Proxes but I don't personally have any experience with them. Are you thinking of Ventus? I don't really know anything about those either, however, I see them advertised with wheel/tire packages on eBay.

Check this review from Tirerack on the ES100 v. Kuhmo 712 v. Sumitomo HTRZ II:
ES100 test results
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I have sumitomo's htr+ very quite ,has a very good tire wear 340AA.Very good reviews on tirerack.This is the best bang for the buck.
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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/uhpas.jsp

Look at the newest tire to make it to the top of Tirerack's Ultra High Performance All-Season category. Then do a search, and you will see the Conti Extremes are only priced at $130 each. They outdue the Michelin Pilot A/S (rated by consumers) and the Bargain Brand Sumitomo HTR+.

The Contis are known for the good construction...don't know what else you can ask from a tire.


http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=ContiExtremeContact&vehicleSearch=true&partnum=44WR8CEC&fro mCompare1=yes

Read the reviews.
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Old 04-06-2003, 01:33 PM
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Thumbs up I Like The Yokos . . .

Yokohama and Toyo have both become excellent choices for both automotive and commercial vehicles. You might be surprised by how many "big rigs" are rolling on Toyos.

My last purchase was a set of Yokohama Avids. I am very satisfied with them. They ride well, are quiet, and handle well in the rain.
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Bridgestone S0-3!!!!
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