Here we go again. Thank god Jamie is overseas! LOL. Hope he's OK.
Anyway, back to the info you are after. In that price range, you are basically looking at half a dozen good/reasonable tyres:
Dunlop SP3000a at around $250 per tyre (standard fitment to BA XRs - both 6s and 8s)
Firestone SZ50 at around $210 per tyre
Hankook Ventus K102 at around $180 per tyre
Hankook Ventus K104 at around $190 per tyre
Kumho Ecsta 712s at around $190 per tyre
Yokohama A539s - around $290 per tyre (a bit more than you wanted)
Note that these are tyre prices I have obtained in the last 6 months in Canberra. Tyre prices in your area may be more or less.
Also, I have the first 3 listed on my cars at the moment, and find them all to be much of a muchness. I have the Dunlops on the AU2 V8 as they tend to hold on a little better in the wet. The Firestones are on the back of the XR6 with the K102s on the front.
Personally, If you want to spend at the upper end of your range, I would give the Dunlops a go - I have been very impressed with them in the 2 months I've had them. At the lower end of the price range (but still good overall performance), I would have to go the K104s (they are better than the K102s, for not much more. They just didn't have them in stock the day I got mine).
There are plenty of threads on this very subject on the forum - do a search and have a bit of a laugh!
AU1 XR8 Auto147.9 rwkw (approx 215 fwkw)
AU2 Wagon HAD Auto
17s, Pacemakers, 3" Intake & Pod filter (The Family Hack)
Go the Dunlop SS-001.
I currently have em on my EL XR and they are exellent!
Done 15,000 with about 50% tread left, not the best wearing but you will forgive that when you first go for a hard run.
Exellent in the wet and a lot less noise compared to Yokohama A520.
They are being discontinued so you might be able to pick them up at better price.
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I presume you are talking about the Falken Ziex ZE-326? If so, I have them on my car and they are one of the worst tyres I have used. They are horrible, no grip, scary lack of grip in the wet (4th gear wheelspin anyone?). The only reason I have them is because they came with the wheels (235/45 ZR 17) and I want to get rid of them asap.
Oh and to top it off, they have developed a kickass vibration at around 100-120kph...
I have the Yokohama A539s (in 225x50x16) on the rear of my XR6 and they are awsome in the dry. Very very sticky!. Can't tell you about the wear as they were on it when I got it. In the wet...no clue, it hasn't rained here since I got the XR.
Mind you, I've only had the XR for a week :)
Anyhow, I do have to say I'm impressed with the Yokohama A539s so far.
As for Falken, I used to have them on the EB V8 and I can say I will never buy them again. Look great, grip is horrible. Scary when driving in the wet, merge on to a freeway behind slow traffic (80kmh), boot the throttle and instant wheelspin into the next lane.
Has anyone looked at the Pirelli Drago's? Had them on the EB and they were fantastic (and only $125 each). Far far better than the Falkens.
Yokohama A550 new AVIS DB range are rocket rails, with almost no road noice at all great in wet dry and gravel and bloody brilant on wear. I reconmend them to anyone...replaced p6 noice makers
or if ya want something a little cheaper but still great go for bidgestone Turanza er30 225, the cops choice in tyres. my last tyres (GYear) died in 18 months, I ve had these are 18 months now and i have to look for wear, with around same travel.. got them even cheaper asked for 'blems'.
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