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Old August 8th, 2007, 11:58 AM   #1
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Best Tires for AV6 17'' rims

Does anyone have some feedback on factory size tires replacement tiresfor the 6-speed coupe? Preferably a good all-season geared for performance

the size is 215/50/17

the michilens from the factory didnt grip well (i think they're touring tires).

the next set i bought where a set of cheap Falken's (due to lack of funds) that wore very quickly and had a weak sidewall. i can feel that loose roll feeling when i turn sharp.

i've heard good things about the michelin pilot exaulto a/s, but any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks everyone!
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Old August 8th, 2007, 01:20 PM   #2
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From previous cars and tire experiences i like Khumos and currently i have Sumitomos. Also, go with a wider tire, 225/45/17. Thats just my 2 cents.

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The Exalto A/S is very good. Check out the reviews on the Tirerack.com. You will spend some big $$ for them.
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I used the Toyo Proxes TPT's and they were great, they are the same size tire as stock michilins and same speed rating, they lasted 65000 miles they are all weather and I didn't have grip issues, I live in OH so we get alot of snow and when they were brand new they worked really well in the winter I liked them so much that I just put a second set on my car a few months ago. I would look into it they guy that put them on for me got them at a decent price I don't remember exactly what the total was but I think it was worth it....
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Old August 8th, 2007, 10:50 PM   #5
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I really like the Bridgestone RE960AS Pole Positions. I have the 225/40/18 rubber on my 18x7.5 wheels. The first thing you will notice about these tires is how quiet they ride. They are excellent all-season tires. Check out www.tirerack.com for reviews.
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Old August 8th, 2007, 11:05 PM   #6
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From previous cars and tire experiences i like Khumos and currently i have Sumitomos. Also, go with a wider tire, 225/45/17. Thats just my 2 cents.

will the wider tire still fit the factory 17" wheel though?
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Old August 8th, 2007, 11:21 PM   #7
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I put 225/50/17 when I had my TSW Catalunyas. The wheels were 42 offset. They rubbed. I'm thinking 225's on the stock 17 wheels will not rub because the offset is probably in the 50 range.

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Old August 9th, 2007, 02:07 AM   #8
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Im fond of the Falken Ziex tires and Yokohama tires.
Next to those I would go Kumho. They're nicely priced and they have good performance (grip and treadwear)
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Old August 9th, 2007, 03:36 PM   #9
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Kumhos are great tires. I have them on both of my work trucks plus I had them on my Subaru and they were great. You have to love the prices too.tirerack.com I've bought from them for at least 16 years. Later and good luck to you!
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Old August 9th, 2007, 05:49 PM   #10
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will the wider tire still fit the factory 17" wheel though?
They will fit for sure. You can even fit 235/40/17 on it if you're not lowered. I had 225's on my previous car on stock 7 in wide rims and had no probs at all.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 10:41 PM   #12
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will the wider tire still fit the factory 17" wheel though?
yes. I have a set of 225/50/17's lined up to replace the 215/50/17's. both sets are michelin mxm4's... couldnt beat a set of new tires for $350... couldnt complain with the performance of the mxm4's so I guess Im not too picky.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 11:58 PM   #13
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+1 for the bridgestone re960 pole positions....just mounted a set of 225/50/17 on my 6-speed wheels and I am more than satisfied
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You will spend some big $$ for them.
not if you buy from this guy... http://my.is/forums/f99/fs-michelin-...-socal-337586/

215/50/17 is recommended but im sure the 45 could be done no problem, especially considering that price.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 10:26 PM   #15
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+1 for the bridgestone re960 pole positions....just mounted a set of 225/50/17 on my 6-speed wheels and I am more than satisfied
Do you think you can post a pic? I'm looking to do this also, but I'd like to see what they look like first.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 11:51 AM   #16
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if you are looking for really good tires and money isnt an issue then check out the michilen pilot sport ps2's they are rated at the top on tire rack. my friend has them on his bmw and said they are the best performance tires he has ever had. i will be putting them on my car very soon as well. check them out on tire rack for more info.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 07:04 PM   #17
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yeah the stock tires slip n slide like theres no tomorrow. I cant get a good grip on turns/launches/anything.

where was the link for the tire/wheel well calculator? I want to fit some wide tires up in front once and for all.
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Old August 17th, 2007, 11:59 PM   #18
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thanks for all the feedback, i freakin love this site
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Old August 18th, 2007, 10:14 AM   #19
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yeah the stock tires slip n slide like theres no tomorrow. I cant get a good grip on turns/launches/anything.

where was the link for the tire/wheel well calculator? I want to fit some wide tires up in front once and for all.
http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
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Old August 18th, 2007, 06:11 PM   #20
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225/45/17 BF Goodrich G-ForceT/A KDW-2 , AA traction, A temp, 320 treadwear, V-speed rated, great looks, good price, VERY good handling, wet or dry.
Absolutely the very best tires I have ever owned.
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Old August 18th, 2007, 07:12 PM   #21
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according to that calculator i could get 235/45-17 tires and there will be practically no difference in size when compared to the stock 215/50-17. How does that work? Shouldnt the tire be 20cm wider, and 5mm thinner sidewall?
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Old August 18th, 2007, 07:51 PM   #22
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+1 for the bridgestone re960 pole positions....just mounted a set of 225/50/17 on my 6-speed wheels and I am more than satisfied
agreed...biggest bang for the buck, high ratings.
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hey clborden...sorry I didnt reply more quickly...hope this helps some...(sorry about the dirty car...I took some after I cleaned it but it was at night and they aren't that great)







edit: I am on stock springs...the reason the back tucks as much as it does is because I was leaving to go to school and I had all kinds of stuff packed in the trunk and back seat...its not due to the marginally taller sidewall...you can barely tell

edit #2: if you go with these tires in this size you will probably notice that they want a little more air than the reccomended pressure in the door jamb...it may just be the difference in tire construction though...other than that...quiet and grippy with nice deep water channels...can't say much for longevity as I probably have 400 miles on them but they have a good treadwear rating...just check out the tirerack ratings (I believe there is a comparison video of these tires on tirerack too)

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Old August 24th, 2007, 12:49 AM   #24
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I swear by Pirelli PZero Nero M+S if you need all season... i'm on my second set, and everyone in my family uses that. It's amazing....
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Old August 29th, 2007, 09:00 AM   #25
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I swear by Pirelli PZero Nero M+S if you need all season... i'm on my second set, and everyone in my family uses that. It's amazing....
I thought PZero Neros were summer tires? P6 Four Seasons are Pirelli's all seasons if I'm not mistaken.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 02:29 PM   #26
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I just got a set of Goodyear Eagle ResponsEdge and they handle amazing. But they're either a PITA to balance right or Sears is incompetent.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 02:52 PM   #27
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the stock tires are so poor quality.
the tirewear is rated at 300 - whereas most tires will be at least 360+

kuhmos are the way to go if youre poor.
i have k16s rated at like 400 - way longer tread life than the stock mxm4s
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what about hankooks ???
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Old August 31st, 2007, 08:08 PM   #29
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I have nothing but love for my 215/50 17
Avon Tech M500s. I'm of a Juan Manuel Fangio
inclination of local street and hwy routes
yet not wanting to risk the consequences
from the popos.

Exploring the dry adhesion envelope many times
(besides at the dragstrip) I'd say it was
way more than I needed for the application,
as far as a cornering adhesion goes.

As many of you know, nobody's looking
when it's raining. Popos go for a dougnut
break and most of the rest forget how
to drive.

Exploring the wet adhesion cornering
envelope of the Avon skins I found
they gripped like friggen gecko toes.

I flew down the Pali going into Castle
Junction like my life depended on it, often, in
the wet at 2am for fun. There's two sweepers
coming out of the second tunnel that need
precise corner placement at criminal speeds.

The tires were predictable and progressive
in the way the communicated their adhesion
limits at high speed in the wet (and dark)

Rain or shine for awhile halfway down this banzai
run I mentioned above there was a 10 foot wide 2
inch deep stream water running across the
roadway, halfway through a 50mph hairpin turn.
A bunch of people crashed, there were lawsuits, etc,

I used to go into it ready for it and expecting a little
slip and correction. Going into that haipin, risking a
trip to Abu Graihb for blatant exhibitions of speed
(because there were lookout pull off areas at the
edge of the hairpin and always a chance for a bust)

Don't try this at home, at 3am in the rain while
the popos eat pastries or slept, riding on
AVON Tech M500 UHP summer tires. Trust me
it's not sustainable. The tires rock though.

Forgot to mention I bought a second set of
Avons 235/45 17 to go on Gram Light 17 x 7.5
wheels which are on the car now.

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I put 225/50/17 when I had my TSW Catalunyas. The wheels were 42 offset. They rubbed. I'm thinking 225's on the stock 17 wheels will not rub because the offset is probably in the 50 range.

Wait your wheels rubbed......... I have 17x7.5 rims with a 40mm offset from my old car and i was prob gonna go with 225/50 or 45 dunno yet.. but i was gonna drop the car also like 1.2" with the Eibach Pro-Kit spring set.. are they gonna rub........ i was thinking they wouldn't.. at least thats what ive been told
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