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Old 03-13-2006, 04:21 PM   #1
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Well its that time again, already, once more I need tires for my '02 SSEI Bonny.
The first set I had were the goodyear OEM, never could get them to balance. The dealer came up with a bulletin then had him replace the stock Goodyears with Micheline. Those were not bad but the tread went fast and the ride/traction went with them.
The last set that I have on now are Conti Contact, I could not get the extreme contact contis.
The Conti were supposed to last 80,000, not even close. They are loud and have not been able to balance them even after a number of attempts, soooooo
I want to stay with the stock size:235/55-17.
What are your favorite tires?
I was thinking of trying the Pirelli pzero nero M&*, I live in upsate NY so we have a problem called ice and snow.
So what are your favorites?
How did they handle?
Vibration from 50-75MPH??
How many miles did you get on them before you had the performance go down?(all season tires)?
Thanks all.....
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BFG'* all the way, all terrains
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I'm also getting ready to do tires in that size.

The pirelli'* look inviting. Should be good traction.
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I don't have a favorite from experience but I have heard tons about Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 that the tire I really want to get some of those after I have a few other things taken care of.

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Bought P Zero Nero stock size about 10K ago. Wonderful tire all the way around. Especially for the money ($119 ea.).

Dry and wet handling is superb, so I thought I was really in for it when snow fell. I guessed wrong. This is, without a doubt, the best tire I have ever run in the snow and ice! I don't know how they can make a tire that tracks on rails in the dry and is very "sticky" in the snow too. The first time I attempted our steep driveway, in about 3" of snow, I took a "run at it" thinking I would have lousy traction like the GSC'*. With the GSC'* I'd have to start backing off the accelerator about 1/2 way up so as not to spin the tires and then slowly decelerate until HOPEFULLY, I reached the upper level part of the driveway and could proceed into the garage. On many occasions I'd find myself in a semi-controlled reverse slide all the way back down to the street! Not with the Zero'*! I can just climb right up the driveway at a leisurly pace with absolutely no wheel spin. How many Super High Performance W-rated tires can claim that type of snow performance?

Can't speak for the mileage yet, but at 10k I see no noticeable wear. For the record I got 60,000 mi. out of my lousy stock GSC'*. I expect to get at least that out of the Zero'*. No road noise to speak of. Tires track straight and true on the interstate. The tires are a little firm over expansion joints but I can live with that with all the other great attributes of this tire.
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i have had nothing but the best results from bridgestone/firestone. a bit pricey (not as much as pzero nero'*) however
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The Goodyear F1D3'* are ok, I run them on both my Camaros. BUT the older F1GS'* where better and all weather. Plus they don't come in the 235/55-17 for the Bonnies, So I got some Michelin Pilot Sport A/*'* http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....e1=yes&place=0
I love them. All weather and they can take the TQ of the */C. They also did really well at the autocross this weekend, and they seemed to hold BETTER then the F1'*.
They aren't cheap, but I never chince on tires. Think about it you have only about 24sqin (just a rough guess I did not measure)of contact with the road @ all times, make it the best you can. They have been on the car for almost 2 years and have tons of tread left.

After the Ford/Firestone Exploder issues I wondered, and I had a Firestone tire delamate on a the back of a '90 Z24. I lost the tread down to the cords 3 tread blocks wide and 7" long! I take care of my tires. So I banned the use of all tires from them on my cars and trucks. BTW the Navy stoped using their tires also for A/C cause of qualty issues.
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I opted to stick with the stock RSA'*. No vibration... and as far as ice and snow, ehhhh.... I would think there are better tires out there for such conditions, but I've just controlled my driving and haven't had any issues <knock on wood!>
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Goodyear Eagle F1
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Perrelli P-) Nero. Awsome. Rated one of the quitest. Just fantastic all around, even in the snow.
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