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Old 11-26-2010, 09:39 AM   #1
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Default The Ultimate Tire Replacement thread

I wanted to create one place in which everyone's tire replacement information can be located to make it easy for anyone searching for ideas or just unsure about making a change.

Please list:

Astra model
Original set of tires (brand, size)
Replacement tires (brand, size)
A brief review or comparison statement or any additional information that may be helpful.

I hope to be contributing soon as I will be replacing my tires (hopefully) before the first snow storm to an all-season/performance set.

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Old 11-26-2010, 03:10 PM   #2
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original tires stock goodyears not overly impressed only had 7,000 on them when i replaced them with Cooper cs-4. Love them for handling in all weather conditions.

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Old 11-26-2010, 06:21 PM   #3
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Default Re: The Ultimate Tire Replacement thread

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original tires stock goodyears not overly impressed only had 7,000 on them when i replaced them with Cooper cs-4. Love them for handling in all weather conditions.
Tire size would be nice...

09 Astra 3dr XR
Original tires: 225-40-18 Dunlop SP Sport 01
Current winter tires: 205-55-16 Gislaved Nordfrost 5

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Old 11-26-2010, 10:55 PM   #4
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Original tires, Khumo optimas 225-45-17
Those tires where ok, but nothing more than ok, i can't tell more about it since i replaced them after about 5000km, but they seem to last forever.
Then i bought oem 18" wheels with dunlops SP01.
Those tires are AMAZING!!!
I drove 2 summers with those tires on and i plan to drive another summer (that should be the last one, but remember that i bought the car in june 2008 and it already shows 67000km (41632 Miles).
I believe it's very good for a performance tire.
On rainy days those tires are ok, but on dry roads they stick to the road as if the car was rolling on steel using some big magnets as tires
I like a little spirited driving on country roads but most of my driving is done on the highway.

During winter time, i drove yokohama Ice guard IG20 (205-50-17)
I will be driving them for their third and last winter.
On snow they are pretty good, but on ice those tires really shine.
Way better than Blizzaks that i used to own on another car, because even when they wear out, they still stick to the ice as they keep their winter compound (some winter tires like blizzaks and dunlops use winter compound on the first half of their tread life, after it's a 4-season tire)
Handling is ok, since they are H rated.
I really liked those tires but they wear out faster than some other tires (like toyo for exemple, but they're a little cheaper) and they are supposed to be better on MPG also, i saw an average 7.8l/100km during summer time and 7.7l/100km during winter.

I already bought a set of used Toyo GO2+ to replace them as i drive on toyo winter tires on my work truck and toyo garits on my girlfriend' subaru impreza (AWD and toyo= amazing winter combo, damn!, i wish my car had AWD)
I really like toyo winter tires, they are really good on snow, keep you in total control on ice and last forever.
For those who keep 17" wheels during winter time, i recommand using 205-50-17 tires, it's cheaper and way better on snowy roads.

I will keep you informed when i replaced my summer and winter tires.

NJastra, pretty good thread by the way

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Old 11-27-2010, 12:39 AM   #5
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Astra Xr 3dr
Original tires:17" 225/45r17 Hankook Optimo about 27000km on these
great tire when they were new, but now they tend to lose traction in spirited driving.
Current tire:215/55r16 firestone winterforce about 8000km
Awesome winter tire payed 90$ each at the dealer last year, work well in deep snow and on ice. I got thru places truck were stuck last year with them

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Old 11-27-2010, 05:50 AM   #6
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Default Re: The Ultimate Tire Replacement thread

Original hankooks H725A I think. I really liked them smooth.
225/45/17 sold them and put on my icebears for winter from my old car
Icebears good control in the ice, not so great in the snow, feels like it's constantly hydroplaning lol.

Summer tire
Falken zex912 225/40/18
No complaints on grip, So far have never cornered hard enough to hear any squeal. Noisy, wouldn't buy again... LOL

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Old 11-27-2010, 10:23 AM   #7
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[QUOTE=Mil;1684240]Original tires, Khumo optimas 225-45-17

Sorry it was hankook, not khumo

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Old 11-28-2010, 11:36 AM   #8
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My originals were the 18" Pirelli Rosso. Replaced them with Pirelli PZero Nero snow tires of the same size.

Handling of the car is slightly worse than OEM (but still very good). The main reason I bought them was I wanted snow tires, and they are $400 cheaper than a set of the Rossos, looking at TireRack right now. Snow performance is OK. I wouldn't have them if I lived where it dumped (but then I wouldn't have the 18 inchers at all), but for the couple of inches we get each storm, they're fine.

I'll probably buy another set of the Neros when it's time.

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Old 11-28-2010, 11:57 AM   #9
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Default Re: The Ultimate Tire Replacement thread

Great idea for a thread, I'll have a review of 205-55-16 Yokahama Avid TRZ's when my car gets back from the body shop, (looking like the end of December due to a parts issue). I have them on my wifes car(Kia Rondo) and like them so much, I switched them out while the damaged rims and blown out OEM Goodyears were being replaced at the repair shop.

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Old 11-28-2010, 01:37 PM   #10
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5 door XE, 2009.
225/45/17 maxxis victra ma-z1 summer tires. Amazing handling, very low noise. Paid 104$ per tire. With those tires, I take curves at double the suggested limits, without any squealing at all. They handle best on hot pavement, but are still impressive in the rain, and even a bit of slush.

My winters are Goodyear Eagle LS-2 205/55/16 and wear very fast... I will have to buy a new set after a second winter. And I am not impressed with their handling either... Packed snow is like driving on ice with a racing slick... Horrible.

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Old 11-28-2010, 02:03 PM   #11
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Correction... The Eagle tires were my OEM tires... My winters are BFGoodrich winter slalom KSI in 205/55/16.

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Old 11-28-2010, 03:30 PM   #12
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Nice thread. Looking for All Seasons for Spring. Glad to find any info. (Even if not for my exact model.)

Don't have an Astra...

But for my 2003 ION-3:

All-Seasons: Goodyear TripleTred 205/55/16
Winter: Michelin Xi-2 195/60/15

Currently using my Winters.

2nd Winter for my Xi-2 tires. Very happy with tread life (1/32 on fronts almost no wear on rears for first season), fuel economy (smaller tire) and all around grip and handing with these winters (first time for non-All Season tires for me) in snow.

Very happy with my TripleTreds but have developed some serious tread cracking (large openings between tread and sidewall).

Was thinking of trying General Altimax HP or Yokohama AVID ENVigor tires. from searching Tirerack.com .

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Old 11-28-2010, 08:54 PM   #13
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yokohama Ws 225/ / 17 stock tire size that I had on my 330 for two winters (total 6,000 miles) and on the saturn last winter and again this winter. Excellent in dry, not noisy, like driving a tractor in the snow - no complaints at all.

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Old 12-04-2010, 08:52 PM   #14
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Tire size would be nice...

09 Astra 3dr XR
Original tires: 225-40-18 Dunlop SP Sport 01
Current winter tires: 205-55-16 Gislaved Nordfrost 5
how did you go from wide tires to narrow ones???

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Old 12-05-2010, 01:18 AM   #15
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how did you go from wide tires to narrow ones???
What do you mean? I got steelies and they fit perfectly.

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Old 12-05-2010, 04:39 PM   #16
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2008 Astra XR 3dr

Original all season tires: 225/45R17 Hankook Optimo with about 54,000kms

Just finished installing my new winter wheels and tires from TireRack:
16" steel rims ($55 each)
205/55R16 Dunlop SP Wintersport 3D's ($99 each)
433Hz Tire Pressure Sensors ($39 each)
The website states that they don't carry the sensors, but when you actually talk to someone on the phone, they actually do have the correct sensors in stock.

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We've been getting pounded with snow here in New England. The Hankooks are not very good in snow. Looking for that all-season that does well in the snow. I put Potenza G019 Grid with Uni-T on my girlfriend's Accord and they seem to be a much better tire. They have become noisy with wear though.

I'm also looking at the Turanza with Serenity Technology.

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Has anyone used the Continental DWS? I like the idea of a true all season cause the winters in vancouver are relatively mild, and my experience with continental has been good. They make a very quiet tire but usually has been out of my budget. I think it's a reasonable price right now though.

Are there any sites that I missed looking at?
so far I've checked out discount tire, tirerack, treadepot. All have their pro's and cons but tirerack tends to have the best selection and the best quality wheels.

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Has anyone used the Continental DWS? I like the idea of a true all season cause the winters in vancouver are relatively mild, and my experience with continental has been good. They make a very quiet tire but usually has been out of my budget. I think it's a reasonable price right now though.

Are there any sites that I missed looking at?
so far I've checked out discount tire, tirerack, treadepot. All have their pro's and cons but tirerack tends to have the best selection and the best quality wheels.
You can also try http://www.1010tires.com/

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Old 01-24-2011, 12:35 AM   #20
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Wow I really like their wheel searching tool but they are canadian and generally at a minimum 25% pricier than the U.S. sites even after mailbox + duties etc. IMO

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