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View Poll Results: Best Performance Tyre for wet and dry conditions?
Michelin 12 11.11%
Pirelli 20 18.52%
Bridgestone 12 11.11%
Dunlop 23 21.30%
Kumho 6 5.56%
Falken 7 6.48%
Yokohama 19 17.59%
Toyo 2 1.85%
GoodYear 3 2.78%
Other (Specify) 4 3.70%
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Old 10-20-2002, 06:42   #1 (permalink)
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Best tyre Manufacturer

WHat is your favourite? Who makes the best value for money tyre package for allround wet/dry conditions?
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I chose Khumo for the ECSTA 712's. Excellent silicon tyre in wet and dry conditions. Very quiet to drive on and have lasted me over a year (I average around 50,000k's/year) and are still going strong with about 25% tread left. The best part is they only cost me $175 per tyre (235/45/17).
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Old 10-20-2002, 15:23   #3 (permalink)
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I chose Dunlop for the SP9000s - they make some indifferent tyres (like the Bathurst 1000) but these seem to provide excellent wet and dry grip along with a reasonable life.

They aren't in the same league as the Pirelli's but then they don't cost the same either.
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Old 10-20-2002, 20:03   #4 (permalink)
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The SP9000's on my XR8 are awsome for handling in dry and wet - might have something to do with the car too.

I was asking the tyre guy who was shodding my wife's VT if there were any better than the Dunlop in the same price range and he advised that he had his ute shod with BF Goodrich Profiles (I think that's the name) and he said they were as good as the Dunlops - particularly when it cam to price $335 -v- $445 for 235x45x17.

Anybody got any idea on # klms from SP9000's ???
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I can see 2 questions in this.

Best Tyre: Pirelli
Best Value for money: Probably Kumho

I used to run Kumho's on my old EB and they were great in the dry and wet, lasted around 40K. The standard Dunlops I had on my old AU Futura were crap. Less said about them the better.

The Pirelli's (P7000's) I have on my XR now are by far the best tyre I have had in wet conditions. They stick like sh1t to a blanket and they are great on the dry.

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i probably should have mentioned that the tyres I replaced on my wife's VT were Yokohama A359's and they have just done over 60000 klm's and stuck like glue in the dry and wet. They were also reasonably priced @ $145 for 215x60x15.

They also seemed to fix the common (for VT's) inner tyre wear that killed the standard Bridgestones @ 32000 klm's.
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i am on my second set of yokohama A509s and am happy with them they seem to wear quite well and are very sticky.
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I chose Khumo for the ECSTA 712's. Excellent silicon tyre in wet and dry conditions. Very quiet to drive on and have lasted me over a year (I average around 50,000k's/year) and are still going strong with about 25% tread left. The best part is they only cost me $175 per tyre (235/45/17).

The Kumho ECSTA 712 is a great tyre, and definately the best value for money on the market. People really miss out on a bargain because they say "it's Korean, so it must be shit".

It's come 2nd or 3rd in a few big U.S. customer satisfaction tyre surveys in the last few years, and if you've ever watched the MG one-make series that is on the V8Supercar support program, you've seen the semi-slick version of this tyre in action.


I only got 30,000km out of my last set, but that included a Wakefield Park supersprint day, a day at Queensland Raceway and 20 very hard laps of Oran Park with my car in the hands of an ex-Super Tourer driver as we sorted the suspension. On top of all that, I got 18 months of regular day-to-day driving out of this set of rubber.

All-in-all, I think they're a pretty good bet when you're looking for your next set of tyres.
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I use and recommend Smokohamas™. Considering I last used Michelin and nearly got killed on em (SFA traction in the wet) all my mates used Smokohamas so I tried them. Cheaper and better than the Michelin. They are a slightly softer compound than the Michelins and grip far far better in the wet and they smell nice when you light them up hence the name Smokohama™. I use A509 HP and they are great bang for your buck.
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