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: Tire Question!!!


SS
8th February 2004, 08:28 PM
Hi guys, im looking for a brand new set of 18 inch tires. Problem is I dont know much about tires. I want something for a good price with excellent ride comfort. I was looking at some falkens. Would anyone give me some recommendations? Thanks!!

finklejag
8th February 2004, 08:47 PM
I take it, your buying some 18 inch wheels. :D

I have read many good reviews about Falken tires. I had a pair of GRB 451's on my Audi. They were 235/35/19 and the ride was pretty good. They had great grip in the dry or wet.

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/product/tires/falhz3.ang.jpg

I take it you will be removing the wheels for winter right? The ZE-512's might be a better tire for your climate. They are a all-season, so you would be able to keep them on for a little bit longer until the heavy snow hits.

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/product/tires/falhz7.ang.jpg

SS
9th February 2004, 06:19 AM
Fink, i got another no brainer for you! The rims that i want are 18's and are described as 8x18. Now i know what these numbers stand for, but my question is, do i have to get a certain tire size for these rims, or can i get 235's 225's or whatever i want?

-andrew-
9th February 2004, 10:40 AM
Hi guys, im looking for a brand new set of 18 inch tires. Problem is I dont know much about tires. I want something for a good price with excellent ride comfort. I was looking at some falkens. Would anyone give me some recommendations? Thanks!!

I've allways had good luck with Kuhmo.. I had a set of Kuhmo Escta MX tires on my last car and I loved them. Not too much road noise and they were great in both the dry and wet. They are a summer tire though, so you'll need to have a set of tires for the winter (with 18's I assume you've allready planed for that). I've been using Kuhmo tires on my road race car for a while now too. Good tires, and they're actually pretty well priced in comparison to some of the others out there.

benfica09
9th February 2004, 12:11 PM
are you looking for an Z rated summer tire?

I also like the Falken GRB 451's.
the Bridgestone SO3 is a GREAT tire.(more performance than the 451.)
another one I really hear good things about, and will be putting on this summer are the Eagle F1 GS-D3.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Goodyear&tireModel=Eagle+F1+GS-D3

there are tons of choices out there. look around on http://www.tirerack.com for more tire options.


and on a 8" wheel, a 225 or 235 will be fine. yes, there is a range on how narrow or wide you can go on a 8" rim. I wouldn't go higher than 235 wide on a 8" rim though.

finklejag
9th February 2004, 03:40 PM
Fink, i got another no brainer for you! The rims that i want are 18's and are described as 8x18. Now i know what these numbers stand for, but my question is, do i have to get a certain tire size for these rims, or can i get 235's 225's or whatever i want?

You will be fine with 225/40/18 tires. A 225 series tire will fit a 7.0-9.0 wide inch wheel.

SS
9th February 2004, 04:45 PM
are you looking for an Z rated summer tire?

Yes, thats what i am looking for. My car came with W rated tires (P-Zero). Its usually recommended that you do not downgrade with the tire rating as it can affect handling! I might settle with a W rated tire though. What do you think?

You will be fine with 225/40/18 tires. A 225 series tire will fit a 7.0-9.0 wide inch wheel.

Fink, i just got a call from my dealer and he recommended 225/45/18 which i didnt like. This is going to give me a speedometer difference of %3.995 too slow. Thats too much. He told me thats what you could be using. Is it true? I also checked the 225/40/18 (your recommendation) and it gave me the best results. Speedo difference of %0.4 too slow!

You might wanna check out this website:
http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCalculator.asp

You can put in your old specs (OEM) and what you are planning to replace them with and it gives you all the readings. Speedo difference, diameter difference and all. I think i will be most probably going with 225/40/18!

finklejag
9th February 2004, 08:09 PM
I know about the 225/45's. That is what the manual says. But like you said, the speedo would be off. There are two reasons I went with the 225/40's. First, you have about 80 different tires to choose from, and there cheaper. Second, I didn't want to go to the dealer and have them recalibrate with the Tech II.

Mbodo bought some 45's for his 18 inch wheels. I decided to go with the 40's. I haven't had a problem.

SS
15th February 2004, 05:36 PM
Fink, im back with another question. The tires that came with my car are P-Zero Rosso's which have about 4000 kilometers on them (approx. 2500 miles). How much you think i can sell them for?