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What Tyre Brand Would You Choose?

What Tyre Brand Would You Choose?  

315 members have voted

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  1. 1. If you were to choose a tyre brand, which would be your top tyre brand?

    • Avon
      16
    • Bridgestone
      11
    • Continental
      78
    • Dunlop
      9
    • Falken
      6
    • Goodyear
      47
    • Hankook
      18
    • Kumho
      5
    • Michelin
      72
    • Pirelli
      26
    • Toyo
      8
    • Vredestein
      4
    • Yokohama
      15


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Depends on the car you are fitting it too and the model of tyre.

Like most things in life, different manufacturers make good and bad products.

If changing the tyres on my car, I'd stick with Goodyear Eagle F1 AS2/3s. If it was a regular Focus and I did many miles, Michelin, normal mileage Continental, low mileage Avon....

 

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I'm voting Continental as that's what my car came from the factory with and it's all I'll ever put on.

Coincidentally I ordered a new one this afternoon as my front O/S is like a racing slick...

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Not going to choose a Tyre Brand. Just seems like a stupid thing to do when most manufacturers make good tyres and bad tyres (for my requirements and they would change depending on the tyre size/car combination).
 

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My 17 Inch wheels that I bought new in 2011 came with 205-50-17 Continental SportContact 2 tyres. I used these wheels on a Focus MK2 and a Focus MK3. In my opinion these are really nice tyres on both cars. I only used these wheels during Summer season from approximately April till October.

Next Summer season I am going to install 18 Inch wheels. I already ordered a new set of 18 Inch rims. However I have not decided yet which tyres I am going to use. Based on specifications, test results and reviews the Vredestein Ultrac Satin tyre drew my attention but the lack of a decent rim protector is a large disadvantage for me. Currently I am leaning towards the Continental SportContact 5 tyres.

Fortunately I still have a few Months to decide.

 

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Conti sport 5 every time on a fiesta

I have Michelin super sports on the RS which seem pretty good but they're French so might go contis again

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A bit more detail:

Take Goodyear, for example. I have used used 'Efficient Grips' and found them a bit poor. They are defntely less grippy than the top sport tyres (the same manufacturer's Eagle F1 Assy 3 for example) they are actually more expensive than the cheapest you can find the F1 assy 3s f you shop around and they feel a bt vague and poorly defined. Does that make Goodyear a poor tyre manufacturer? No not really; it just makes the EGs a poor choice on a Mondy in my tyre size (and its an older design and if they replaced it today it would surely be a better tyre and I might have a different opinion if they were  priced against mid-range tyres or available in XL load rating or I had a different tyre size or they were better on wear life).

On Thursday February 02, 2017 at 6:10 PM, JW1982 said:

Next Summer season I am going to install 18 Inch wheels. I already ordered a new set of 18 Inch rims. However I have not decided yet which tyres I am going to use. Based on specifications, test results and reviews the Vredestein Ultrac Satin tyre drew my attention but the lack of a decent rim protector is a large disadvantage for me. Currently I am leaning towards the Continental SportContact 5 tyres.

So the recently superseded Cont SC5? They'll probably still be around but Cont themselves would suggest that PC6s (not the earlier PC tyres though) are a better tyre and in most ways they would appear to be right.

Haven't seen a competitive review on the Ultrac Satins yet so if there is something on-line I'd like to know. They have the potential to be a very decent mid-range choice.

And those Avons? Probably the latest are another good mid-range choice and I could see some people feeling that they were their favourite tyres but they probably aren't going to displace the Plot SS4 or the PC6 (or even the 5P if available in your size) as the sportiest tyre. (And I could throw in Pirelli - some of their recent tyres seem pretty decent but their older designs can be a bit ropey) Of course, it all depends on what you want. 



 

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Based on customer reviews and tyre tests I decided to buy a set of Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 tyres. These tyres end up pretty high in all tests that I found. .

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I bought the tyres online from a French company which has warehouses across Europe. The price difference between online tyre suppliers and local tyre suppliers was quite large. I saved over €70,- by buying the tyres online. The tyres arrived within 2 days and and are produced only 5 weeks ago. Yesterday I had them mounted onto my new 18 Inch rims and balanced by my local tyre supplier who is a real specialist. I decided to let him place all tyre weights behind the spokes of the wheels. This was not easy because of the relative small spokes of the wheels. It took some extra time but he managed to place all tyre weights invisibly behind the spokes. Not cheap but in my opinion definetely worth the extra money.

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In 195/50 15 my absolute favourite was the Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2, but apparently they've been discontinued.  After that it would be the Goodyear Efficient Grip performance.  HOWEVER, in 195/55 15 I prefer the Continental Premium Contact to the Goodyears (opposite to 195/50 15).  So in short, it depends on the specific size.  Ive always found Conti consistent though with goodyear rather hit and miss depending on the size and compound.  I wonder what my newFiesta will come with this time, last time I got Conti's and a friend who got theirs a few weeks later got Goodyears!

Worst tyre brand I have tried was Mohawk.  A brand new set came on my Fiat when bought second hand and lasted a couple of weeks before being replaced with much better Hankook's as the almost done conti's from the rear axle gripped better than the Mohawks!

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Uniroyal rainsport 3 on my Fiesta!

They're a soft tyre, so don't last as long as others but is a reasonable price (£70 a corner fitted) and is excellent in the rain. Quite a few people I know like these

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I worked in tyres and engines most of my life and nearly all premium brand tyres Conti Dunlop Pirelli Michelin are decent in the dry.

It is the wet when you start thinking about tyre grip under normal road driving and for this reason I fit Uniroyal Rainsport 3 as in the dry there good in the wet there phenomenally good. Yes they use a tad more fuel but it is a price I am willing to pay vs very safe in the wet.

I used to have Michelin good in the dry but most Michelins now regardless of what it says on the label A marked or what ever are dreadful in the wet I found the understeer was awful and also the Michelin sports tyres don't have a very good mileage in them.

I have fitted a set of ST wheels to my Mondeo and they came with Dunlop Sport Max Gt on so I used them and to be honest they are very good in all conditions I have tried them in.

225/40/18 size and a very comfy ride too.

 

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