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Anybody using Falken 453's on their car?

Citori

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Up for a new set of tyres.
Will no doubt settle on Conti's but I have heard very good reviews about Falken 453's and Nokian Z-Line however the Z-lines don't come in my size so they're out.
I went in to a "premium tyre store" close to me in east London and the sales person laughed when I suggested Falkens and then tried to sell me some Bridgestones at double the price.
mmm, I wonder if he works on commission?
:?: :chin: :dont know:
I don't track, just occasional use, no hooning about, just the odd blast every now and then..
 
Citori said:
I went in to a "premium tyre store" close to me in east London and the sales person laughed when I suggested Falkens
.
The same thing was said about Kumho a while back..the ecsta is now a well respected track tyre.
 
Well its what my turbo has on it.

They were on when I bought it and so not my choice.

However, I have yet to unstick them and so far I cannot tell they are "cheap".

Semm OK to me.
 
I've got the old FK452's on mine (not tried the 453's yet) but they've always been a great mid range tyre, and behaved incredibly well at Millbrook.

Everything I had read about the replacement for the FK452 had been great til I saw what Wiz posted. For my next set I'll probably now go Conti's.
 
Not the same tyre but I have been through 6 x Falken 452s on my Audi A4 and they seem to offer a good balance of wet and dry grip. Alternatively if you search on eBay, you can get some premium used tyres (with 6 or 7mm remaining tread) for about half the the price of what they are sold for brand-new.

~ Maxie
 
kas750 said:
Citori said:
I went in to a "premium tyre store" close to me in east London and the sales person laughed when I suggested Falkens
.
The same thing was said about Kumho a while back..the ecsta is now a well respected track tyre.

Salesman 'talks bollox' shocker :grin:

Are you on 18s Citori?

I'm on Vredestein Sessantas, which have been excellent, but if you choose them add a few extra PSI to stiffen-up the sidewalls.

There's a really new Vredestein out which is supposed to be the best tyre ever! Ultrac Vorti R - just a plain Vorti might be a cool tyre to try (for me please :grin: ) if you can find any yet.

On the Spec.B I've got modern P-zeros, and they are VERY good, though it is difficult to tell as the handling/suspension on that car is sublime and so might make-up for a poor tyre, all of the reviews put it at or near the top.

http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article/2012-EVO-Summer-Tyre-Test.htm

You MUST order the proper/modern P-zero, not the sh1te N-rated thing designed in the 1990s.

Other than that, the tyre at the top of most reviews is either Wizs Goodyear or the Hankook S1 EVO2.

http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article/2012-Sport-Auto-Summer-Tyre-Test.htm

http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article/2012-Auto-Bild-Max-Performance-Tyre-Test.htm

I'd also consider strong old favorite Bridgestone S-02 (not the S-02A or S03) which is brilliant in the dry or on a track, or the Uniroyal Rainsport2, which is brilliant in the wet (obviously) and good enough in the dry.

Yoko Advan Sport gets a good write-up, but I've never tried them.

Enough choice for you? :grin:
 
My 18"452s have seen 2 x Grandprix circuit track days Silverstone and Spa and performed flawless and as 993s eat rear Contis within 8k miles I doubt I will fit those again

453s or Vredestein next for me
 
Thanks for the replies everybody.

I like the sound of the Eagle F1's, they get great reviews all round. However, they are not available in 205/50/17 which I find strange cos I thought that was a very common size...
The nearest size is 215/45/17 which has a slightly reduced rolling radius. The overall wheel diameter is 0.4 of an inch smaller.
To get the correct rolling radius you have to got to 225/45/17 which I didn't really want to do as I understand it can cause tramlining and the rims at 7 inch are a little small for that size tyre.
The Hankooks have the same issue with one size not being available.

Steve.
 
I just put the Eagle F1's on my mk5 golf and have been very impressed, ridiculous grip in the dry.
 
Citori said:
Thanks for the replies everybody.

I like the sound of the Eagle F1's, they get great reviews all round. However, they are not available in 205/50/17 which I find strange cos I thought that was a very common size...

On 17s I would either get the Rainsport2 for real UK weather, or the ancient but brilliant Bridgestone S-02 for dry weather.

Don't get me wrong, the S-02 is great in the wet, it won't try to kill you, but it excels in the dry. Likewise the Rainsport is great in the dry, but I wouldn't want to do a track-day on them.

ETA if you do get the Rainsports, for the 205/50 get the 93W rated version.
 
Thanks OC.
Somehow I don't think that ultimate wet weather handling is a top priority as it's usually tucked up in the garage when the weathers bad! :D :grin:

I think the choice is down to the following.
Conti SP2's £576
Goodyear eagle F1 £544
Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 2. £522.

But the wild card is the Nokian Z G2's £436 :?:

http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre/Nokian/Z-G2.htm

http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article/2012-Auto-Bild-Max-Performance-Tyre-Test.htm

http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article/2011-Sport-Auto-Max-Performance-Summer-Tyre-Test.htm

:chin:

Like all things, you read 10 reviews and get 10 different answers.

Steve.
 
Steve, are you finally going for 17's? What are you doing with your 18's?
 
I'm very confused - you said the F1 is not available in the correct sized 17s.

I don't think you'd enjoy 225s on 7J up front.

What wheel size are you talking about? :dont know:
 

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