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Old 06-16-2007, 08:56 AM   #1
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Hey Guys I got a flat in my front right Tire So this is giving me an excuse to go ahead and replace all 4. I was saving for some other stuff but might as well get this so I can drive the damn car. I had Stock F1's upfront Any suggestions for front tires would be great. I want them to last a while and still be good for handling. The car has 18k on it and they seem bald already.... I know what I want for the Rear M/T Drag Radial. So anyone driving with other than Goodyear F'1s upfront let me know how you like them and how long they lasted thanks.
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Hey Guys I got a flat in my front right Tire So this is giving me an excuse to go ahead and replace all 4. I was saving for some other stuff but might as well get this so I can drive the damn car. I had Stock F1's upfront Any suggestions for front tires would be great. I want them to last a while and still be good for handling. The car has 18k on it and they seem bald already.... I know what I want for the Rear M/T Drag Radial. So anyone driving with other than Goodyear F'1s upfront let me know how you like them and how long they lasted thanks.
I would recommend BFG KDW's. I have them and I am very happy with them. They grip and you can generally get at a good price. I use my car quite often so DR's werent an option so I use them on the back also. 1st gear sucks ass but once Im into 2nd gear they hook and im gone
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Kumho Ecsta MXs are fairly priced and handle well.
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I have 285/40/17 KDW's. They are amazing in a straight line compared to the stock F1's especially when it's colder. I think the F1's are a bit better in a turn but not by much, they have a stiffer sidewall.
If you're gonna run a DR then for better car balance I think you want something up front with a pretty soft sidewall.
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I have 285/40/17 KDW's. They are amazing in a straight line compared to the stock F1's especially when it's colder. I think the F1's are a bit better in a turn but not by much, they have a stiffer sidewall.
If you're gonna run a DR then for better car balance I think you want something up front with a pretty soft sidewall.
What tires have a softer sidewall?? What does a softer sidewall help in cornering? Thanks for the input.
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What tires have a softer sidewall?? What does a softer sidewall help in cornering? Thanks for the input.
stiffer sidewalls are usually used on better handling tires
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I have kdw's they handle awsome
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What tires have a softer sidewall?? What does a softer sidewall help in cornering? Thanks for the input.
Sorry, can't help you with which tires have a softer sidewall but I'm sure some of our road racing guys can answer the siffer sidewall & handling question.
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BFG KDWs are very good tires I have the BFG drag radials for the rear.
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Thanks for the replies guys. I ordered another pair of BFG Drag Radials and Im going to try the Kumho tires out front and see how I'll like them. I might buy an extra pair of Mickey's too see how much they differ from the BFG's.
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On the sidewall thing,

a tire with a stiffer sidewall will stay centered in the wheel better when turning. Once the tire shifts off to the side it tends to lift the inside corner losing contact with the ground and reducing your contact patch. A stiff sided tire reduces this effect. It also will have better transient response (pothole avoidance ) and in general be easier to get a good feel for the road.

The softer sidewall tire willl have the advantage of squatting down under torque increasing straight line grip. It will also give a smoother ride.

Good luck with your tires!
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I've got GS-D3's on the Cobra which have a very stiff sidewall.

In comparison, I have General Exclaim UHP's on my GT which have a softer sidewall. The General's have excellent ride quality and grip, especially in rain. They are very compliant and give a very smooth, quiet ride, but you can't hang it out in a corner like you can with the GS-D3's.

If you don't need hard cornering capabilities, you might want to go with the softer sidewall tire for improved ride quality. It's easier to live with every day.
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