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Old 03-14-2014, 09:50 PM
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Default Looking for some input on tires...

I finally was able to get my new wheels off for some machine work and powder coating. So in the next couple weeks while the work is being completed, I would like to order some tires.

I have narrowed down a size that I like and I do have a tire in mind, but I am looking for some input from people that have experience with some different options. The tire size that I have decided on is 215/45-16. The wheel I am running is a 16x8 et23 BBS RZ469(e38 Style 5's). The tire i am leaning towards is the Kuhmo Ecsta XS at the moment, but I have also been looking in to the Falken Azenis RT-615. I don't mind using a dedicated summer tire as I do have a set of snow tires on steelies for the winter months. What other tires can anyone suggest in that size that are available in the US? The car is a daily driver that may see 1 or 2 non-competitive track day events this season.

These are the wheels that will be going on the car shortly. http://imgur.com/tq33KBZ (not my photo) They are being filled and redrilled to 4x100 as well as having an appropriately sized centerbore welded in to match the Mini's smaller size. The center bore will also be threaded to allow for me to run a BBS RS waffle and hex cap.
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Old 03-14-2014, 11:44 PM
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While both are very good tires, do not discount the Dunlop Direzza ZII. Have some friends who are running them and it would be very difficult to get them top say anything negative about them.
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:18 PM
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While both are very good tires, do not discount the Dunlop Direzza ZII. Have some friends who are running them and it would be very difficult to get them top say anything negative about them.
I have heard good things about those as well. Only issue is that they dont offer a 215/45 but there is a 225/45. Any experience with this size on an R53? Any fitment issues?
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I have heard good things about those as well. Only issue is that they dont offer a 215/45 but there is a 225/45. Any experience with this size on an R53? Any fitment issues?
I run the original Dunlop Direzza in 225/45 on a 7.5" rim on a low R53 and that is a pretty fat tire, you will have rubbing in the back, depending on wheel offset and how low you run it. Might require some plastic trimming, or worse a bit of metal dremeling.

edit: but I run 17" not 16".
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:53 PM
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I run 17's as well and on a 8 inch rim but for comparison sake this is my opinion on the tires I've used .

BFg kdw2. Amazing in the wet
Bridgestone re 050 nothing special
Toyo ra1 good on track
Falkan rt615 good performance best bang for the buck
BFg rival best tire by far performance wise . My current choice .

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I run the original Dunlop Direzza in 225/45 on a 7.5" rim on a low R53 and that is a pretty fat tire, you will have rubbing in the back, depending on wheel offset and how low you run it. Might require some plastic trimming, or worse a bit of metal dremeling.

edit: but I run 17" not 16".
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I run 17's as well and on a 8 inch rim but for comparison sake this is my opinion on the tires I've used .

BFg kdw2. Amazing in the wet
Bridgestone re 050 nothing special
Toyo ra1 good on track
Falkan rt615 good performance best bang for the buck
BFg rival best tire by far performance wise . My current choice .

Randy
Thanks for the input guys. what offsets are the wheels you are running with the 225 width tires?
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Thanks for the input guys. what offsets are the wheels you are running with the 225 width tires?
I think mine are 40.
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I've heard lots of good things about the BFGoodrich g-Force Rivals. I'm currently running BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2, and I'm loving them so far. I'll report back after my first FR-S trackday on them this weekend.
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I used to have the BFg Gforce kDWs and loved them. Great traction wet and dry
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Lots of BFG love around here. I've run the g-Force Sports, g-Force KDW2, and g-Force Sport COMP-2 now, and they're all great. The KDW2 is very, very loud though. Not in squealing, but just in rolling drone. I'm fine with the tire drone but the incessant whining by my passengers got really annoying. Supposedly the COMP-2 posts similar lap times to a KDW2 so there's probably no good reason to go KDW2 at this point unless you want that wild tread design for looks.
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My BFG Rivals stick as well as my Toyo Ra1's

I'm just saying

The only down side is a firm ride and perhaps wear as they are only a 200 rating .

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Thanks for all of the input fellas. BFG's seem to be a hit around here. Unfortunately, the size I have chosen to run leaves me with only a few options. The 215/45-16 is a bit of an oddball size i suppose.

To update though, i did just order tires today. I ended up going with the Falken Azenis RT-615's. I will be sure to provide photos when I get them mounted up in a week or so!
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Thanks for all of the input fellas. BFG's seem to be a hit around here. Unfortunately, the size I have chosen to run leaves me with only a few options. The 215/45-16 is a bit of an oddball size i suppose.

To update though, i did just order tires today. I ended up going with the Falken Azenis RT-615's. I will be sure to provide photos when I get them mounted up in a week or so!
Can't go wrong there . They were my favorite tire until the Rivals came out .

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