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Putting new tires on the MazdaSpeed 3.. thoughts?

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Original tires with 38k miles.. dry rotted to shit, still 5-6/32 left all around.

Looking at the following tires:

Goodyear*Eagle GT (W)

Hankook*Ventus V12 evo K110

BFGoodrich*g-Force Sport COMP-2


Leaning more towards the BFG Gforce Sports... The car maybe gets driven once or twice (if that) in the winter, so AS vs S is no problem.

Car will be putting down upwards of 320+whp in the next few weeks. Not too worried about a "quiet" tire, per se, but Id like one that gets good traction and can handle corners well. The stock dry rotted bridgestone RE050a's just arent cutting it anymore.


Anyone have any real life experience with any of the above tires? :jg:
 

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Do they make the starspec z1's in that size? I know modern sports cars run giant wheels, but if they do they are by far the best tire for the $. If you don't mind noise the nitto nt01's are crazy grippy, but LOUD. I have them on my integra, I have yet to reach their limits even on cold tires. Pricey though. I can't say for the above tires, I have no personal experience.
 

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Actually nvm the NT01's. They're not a tire for a DD. I drive on them all day, but I wouldn't suggest it.
 

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I've got about 20k on my ventus v12's and they're showing plenty of tread still.
 

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I think dry and wet are both great. They seem almost on par as my 01r's I had but much quieter and have lasted much longer
 

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Just to be clear I commute daily on these and other then some rare spirited driving I don't get these to their full potential ever. I can get them a touch loose if I really get on it mid/out of a turn but that's about it.

No clue how they feel on a fwd car with a good amount of power like the ms3.
 

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No clue how they feel on a fwd car with a good amount of power like the ms3.
I run/ran them on the Skittle, so I can cover this. They're pretty grippy from a launch, but it's nothing to write home about. Not that any street tire really is, in this regard.

hows the cornering/dry traction ?

They're predictable to an extent, and they get nice and vocal when pushed to the edge, which does take a surprising bit of effort to accomplish. Performance is relatively consistent from cold to warmed up. That said, the sidewalls are just soft enough to give them more deflection than I care for. Still, they perform admirably for what they are. And for the price, they are perhaps the best aggressively daily-driven/weekend warrior tires I've ever found.

Wet traction is also quite respectable.

(These opinions formed by running them in all-weather conditions, aggressively daily-ing, and runs on "Tail of the Dragon" as well as the "Hellbender".)
 

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Are they decent winter (for an all-season) or are they summer only?
 

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The bfg's are garbage. My 01 GT had them when I bought it. Ugly in the rain.
 

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For an all season I have been pretty impressed with the Goodyear RS-A's on my Fusion Sport. It's funny because I thought they were garbage on my 97 SHO I had. For some reason I like them again.

edit- Saw your hp so your gonna want something alot more grippy. Too bad you cant get bridgestone Re-01r's anymore. My Cobra was on rails with those.
 

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For an all season I have been pretty impressed with the Goodyear RS-A's on my Fusion Sport. It's funny because I thought they were garbage on my 97 SHO I had. For some reason I like them again.

edit- Saw your hp so your gonna want something alot more grippy. Too bad you cant get bridgestone Re-01r's anymore. My Cobra was on rails with those.
I have Goodyear Assurances on my Fusion right now, and they were ok when new, but they are horseshit now. Luckily trading it in, but going to be looking for some good (I know all are shit, but I have no where to store a set of wheels and tires for winter) all-seasons. New car will have P-Zero's, but probably won't be putting those back on, unless I am extremely happy with them.
 

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I have no clue on any "good" all seasons.

I had some Yokohama v4s's that were decent on the GP but gp's in the snow just work even with junk ass tires.
 

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Yeah I don't need anything for the new Volvo that is going to be spectacular in the snow, I have the junk ass Volvo for that
 

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