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The driver's side front tyre on my Focus CC is approaching legal limit so I am looking to change both fron tyres.

The size is a bog standard one: 205/50 R17 93W XL (this is one heavy car),.

Yesterday I compiled a list of all tyres up to 200 quid (for two tyres, including delivery and/or fitting).

Here is what in it in alphabetic order:

Avon ZV5

Avon ZZ3

Barum Bravuris 2

Barum Bravuris 3HM

Bridgestone Potenza RE050A

Dunlop SP 01

Falken Azenis FK-453

Falken HS-449

Falken Ziex 912

Falken Ziex 914

Firestone Firehawk SZ90

Fulda SportControl

Goodyear Eagle NCT5

Goodyear EfficientGrip

Hankook Ventus Prime 2 K115

Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110

Hankook K107

Hankook Ventus S-1 Evo2 K-117

Kleber Dynaxer HP3

Kumho KH31

Kumho KU31

Kumho KH11

Nexen N6000

Nexen Nblue

Nexen Nfera SU4

Nokian Zline

Nokian Line

Pirelli Cinturato P7

Toyo Proxes CF-1

Uniroyal Rainsport 2

Uniroyal Rainsport 3

Vredestein Ultrac Cento

Yokohama C.Drive 2

What do you recon is the best tyre for the Focus? The prices vary from 104 for Nexen NBlue and 200 for Dunlop SP01.

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Interestingly enough the Avon ZZ3 in this size only listed on LoveTyres and nowhere else. Even Avon website doesn't have this tyre in 205/50/17

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I am running Dunlop SportMAXX on the front, not sure if they are silly money for 17", but they grip, grip, grip and grip. Hold on way longer than my previous FK452's, quiet, give a lot of confidence in wet weather. Not sure how long they last, only been on 4k.

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The Dunlop Maxx RT (is this the ones you've got?) will cost me 102 quid delivered each. :(

Question - the label says it only got 65dB noise level. Are they really that quiet? This is the lowest noise level I ever seen on any tyre!

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Yeah, RT. I picked them up for £65 each :D :D :D benefit of 16" lol

They are very quiet, more noise from the wind lol. Do have the 452's on the rear so a little noise comes from the back. My little focus goes like shes on rails, I can only presume they won't last very long.

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I haven't seen a single Focus CC on 16". I saw a couple of these on 18" but most (all five of these in this country lol) got 17".

Ah well... will have to wait until next payday :(

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I would also look into Goodyear and Avon rubber. Personally would avoid Falkens now, just the way the 452's were great when they were fresh, but that didn't seem to last long. Front's were at tread markers on 20k, rears have plenty of life left in them though. I did like the tread pattern though! :)

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What do you guys think about latest Nexen NBlue?

Autoexpress seem to rate it quite highly:

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/accessories-tyres/60115/nexen-nblue-hd

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/accessories-tyres/64392/nexen-nblue-hd

The price is very low - 104 quid for two tyres inc delivery.

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I think I'll go for Hankook Optimo 4S H730 All-season.

Did anyone had any experience with Tyreleader.co.uk? They seem to be German company but offer free shipping to the UK and their prices are way lower...

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CTyres are too expensive for the tyres I need. I've used several companies in the past: Camskills, eTyres, Event Tyres, etc. But all of those were UK based rather than German.

I have nothing against Germans (after all breaks for my Focus were designed in Koblenz!) but not sure of the company is legit.

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