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Old 30th March 2007
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Default What tires give smoothest ride?

I have a '03 9-3. What are the best tires in terms of a smoother ride? Right now I have Pirelli P6s but heard Michelin has tires that give a smoother ride. what do you think? Again, it objective is a smoother ride....


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I have a '03 9-3. What are the best tires in terms of a smoother ride? Right now I have Pirelli P6s but heard Michelin has tires that give a smoother ride. what do you think? Again, it objective is a smoother ride....


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Bridgestone Potenza RE960 Pole Position is also good..

I use this tire now.. it makes smooth ride and good traction..
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I bought Khumho Solus HP4 tires for my Catera, its fourth set of tires. I can't believe how smooth and quiet they are - it's a pleasure to drive the car now. When my OEM tires need replacement, I am getting them for the 9-3.


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the smoother a tyre is....the softer rubber it must be made of.....the more soft rubber it
must be made of the shorter mileage it has.......

one good tyre to put in ur 9-3 is the continental sporticontact3.
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I've had 4 different sets in 2 9-3 SS' and so far my current set has proven to be my overall favorite.

Fuzion is the "ricer" version of Bridgestone Pole Postions. Same tire, same manufacturing plant, two names, two very different price points. I've had the Conti's, the Bridgestone Potenzas, the Pirelli P Zero Rosso's and these.

They are W rated, and they look good. Fuzion ZRi.

http://www.thefuzionzone.com/zri.asp
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I have a set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S on my 9-3, and they are very smooth much smoother than the OEM Continentals the car came with. After 10000 miles, they are wearing beautifully and feel like they did when new. They are sport tires though and they give the car a slightly more athletic, European sport sedan feel. I've also been happy with Michelins on other cars too, from Volkswagens to Lincolns.

I would check out Michelin's web site or a multi-brand site like Tire Rack. They have online tire selectors that can give you several options based on your preferences (like a smooth ride). Let us know what you come up with!
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Bridgestone Potenza RE960 Pole Position is also good..

I use this tire now.. it makes smooth ride and good traction..

I'll second this; the RE960 replaced a set of Goodyear tires that were quite good (no pun intended...) but the Bridgestones are even better - excellent traction in all conditions (perfect for spirited driving in the corners, etc ).

The best part about them, though, is they're quiet.

I'd highly recommend the Potenza RE960 "Pole Position."
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I'll second this; the RE960 replaced a set of Goodyear tires that were quite good (no pun intended...) but the Bridgestones are even better - excellent traction in all conditions (perfect for spirited driving in the corners, etc ).

The best part about them, though, is they're quiet.

I'd highly recommend the Potenza RE960 "Pole Position."
I agree, but stay away from the G009's from Bridgestone, I had them and they had no traction in wet weather. I've only had the RE960's for a little over a month but have been happy with them.
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Michelin Primacy HP

Very smooth ride
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I second the motion on the Fuzion ZRI, they are hands down the best tire out there for the money that grip, ride and sound, as good as these. i've had them on my ng900 for two summers, and i still have enough to get to fall with no problem. I just orded a set for my 9k, should be here any day now.
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Michelin's are expensive and if you ask me not really worth the price premium. I have always liked Continental Sportcontacts and Yokahama Avid series.

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I just got a pair of Yokohama Avid's V4s and they are AWESOME! They're kind of expensive, at least for me, but I was lucky enough to find a used pair at Town Fair Tire used less than 30 days, for half the price. I love them, highly recommended if you can take on their price tag ($148 in Stamford, CT).


Traction is the best I've had in a tire in my years of driving, even in wet conditions (as it's been raining lately here). There's minimal road sound, and the ride is really smooth.
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everyone seems to love the tires they have. I'm no different. I got some Kumho Ecsta ASX cause I wanted an all seasons tire. There is no comparison in the ride quality versus the crappy pirelly p6 i had. Its so much quieter, smother ride and grips great on wet road. That said, they are slightly softer but since I don't take corners at 100mph I don't really care. Happy with them for $70 including shipping each.
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I got Michelin MXV4's, I love 'em. Quiet, good on snow and wet pavement. Very minimal roll in the corners and wear perfectly!
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everyone seems to love the tires they have. I'm no different. I got some Kumho Ecsta ASX cause I wanted an all seasons tire. There is no comparison in the ride quality versus the crappy pirelly p6 i had. Its so much quieter, smother ride and grips great on wet road. That said, they are slightly softer but since I don't take corners at 100mph I don't really care. Happy with them for $70 including shipping each.
Not neccessarily. I've had the garbage P6, Kuhmo ASX like you, the Yoko Avid V4, and the most recent Bridgestone RE 960 Pole Position All Season.
By far the best value are the Kuhmo's. The best tire is the Bridgestone but quite a bit more. I believe $85 vs. $125.

Greekfragma,

Not really on your comment. The softer compouond will shorten life however handle better but the ride really isn't related. The firmness of the sidewall will determine softness and that is usually associated with speed rating. So an H rated tire will give a softer ride vs. a V, Z, or W rated tire.

So for softness first shoot for an H rated tire unless your into handling which you didn't indicate.

Let us know what you get.
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Anyone ever tried BFG G-Force Sport??
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Anyone ever tried BFG G-Force Sport??

Yes, they're my wife's summer tires and I like them. They have decent grip dry or wet, plus they're far, far quieter than the BFG T/A G-Force KDW2 that I run on my car....
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For my 235/45-17s I think it's come down to:

- Potenza RE 960 (Very Expensive!)
- General Exclaim UHP (Highly rated and reasonably priced! Sold out at TireRack, avail at Discount Tire)
- or replacing the CotiPro Contacts (only would have to get two)

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Michelin's are expensive and if you ask me not really worth the price premium. I have always liked Continental Sportcontacts and Yokahama Avid series.

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Replaced the original P-Zero Rossos with Michelin Pilot Exalto (summer, not the A/S version). Decent reviews on Tire Rack and the best deal I could get locally when factoring in installation, balancing, etc.

Ride is much more civilized than the Pirellis and perform well too.
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