Best Tires for the FiST

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by djdennehy, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. djdennehy

    djdennehy Active Member

    Question- I am going to be purchasing within the next few weeks 2 more sets of tires for the Fiesta (I am going to find another set of stock wheels to mount one pair, and the other pair will go on the current wheels once the Bridgestones die off, which should be soon)...So here are my questions...

    What are the best tires for All Season driving?

    My criteria- I deal with rain, snow, and bad roads so I need something that can deal with any sort of weather and will perform decently. I am thinking the best tire size will be a 215/45/17

    What are the best tires for Autocross and Track Days?

    My criteria- I do not want to spend a massive amount of money on tires, and I do want to be able to use whichever tires I purchase during the summer so that I do not need to waste time swapping wheels. I am also think that the best tire size will be 215/45/17 for these as well
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  3. iLiptiKal

    iLiptiKal Active Member

    I don't really think running all seasons is a good idea in any car, as they don't do anything great. Get a pair of summers that handle wet well, and a set of winters that are made for ice and snow. It's worth the time changing tires for appropriate conditions.

    I haven't really started researching new tires for the ST yet because I already have a set of snows and my stock tires are still brand new.

    I've heard good things about the blizzaks for winter and take your pick for summers, as lots of stuff is available on tire rack for that size.

    Edit: At this point I'd probably buy the Dunlops, as many others on this Forum have as well.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2014
  4. BlackBird

    BlackBird Active Member Staff Member

    Don't run all-seasons. Get a good summer tire. Get a good winter tire. If you have more than one set of stock wheels, then you're most of the way there. A lot of overlap exists with good autocross/track tires and good summer tires.
  5. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Look at the Michelin Pilot Sport AS3 these things are down right AWESOME in the rain and water filled hiways man I love these in the wet and they are pretty darn good in the Dry also might even be as good as my Dunlop DZll's I use for autoX and track days.. I can not say how they handle the snow as I got them when I took my blizzaks off which are ok but not the best ice and snow tire out there I wont be putting them back on this coming winter only got them cuz they were cheap and on close out at tire rack.. will be looking at Nokians and Michelin Ice3 this fall had both liked the Nokians better for slushy road driving.. Can't beat a real snow tire over a 3 season tire you might be able to get by on the pilot Sports and a set of winter tires. That said have fun shopping ;)
  6. envyist

    envyist New Member

    I ran kumho eccsta 4x hi perf a/s tires on my mustang and they handled great were much smoother then the stock 19" brembo option Pirelli summers and cut 1.9 60fts at the strip lowered to 24psi.
    Size 245/50/18" on 18x8.5"
    I plan to run them on some lighter 16x7" wheels eventually in 205/50/16, or the cooper zeon rs3a which we have had good luck with on my wife's car.
  7. rweidman

    rweidman New Member

    I agree with the Pilot Sports. I like my Bridgestone Summers but the season is too short in NE WI that temps are 45F+ and no snow or icy roads. I use Blizzaks in the winter and am going to Mich Pilot Sports after the Stock Bridgestones wear out. Had them on a Mazda 3 and enjoyed them alot before the new improved Pilot Sports came out which is supposed to be better according to Tire Rack
  8. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Yes those would be the W or Y rated vs the H or V rated I made sure to get the W rated as they tested better then the H and I can't say enough about them they just work .. Love them in the rain..
  9. djdennehy

    djdennehy Active Member

    I was thinking about the Kumhos, they are currently on sale with a prepaid card incentive on TireRack and I think I am going to buy a set now before they discount runs out. As for the sticky tires I have been thinking on the Hankook Ventus R-S3 tires, less expensive than the Dunlop Direzzas and I have heard good things.
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  10. Zormecteon

    Zormecteon Active Member

    I'm running the Michelin Pilot Sport A3s. I haven't run anything else to be able to give a subjective difference, but in the dry they have more grip than I have guts.. they're good in the wet and cold. In light snow they're OK, but anything more than a couple of inches not so good...
    Then again, if the snow is deeper than the front spoiler is low, .. do you really want to be out in your FiST anyway?
  11. mkeperson

    mkeperson Member

    Before making any decisions, a great deal depends upon where you live and how you drive. My suggestions for all season or winter would be very different for someone living in Buffalo, NY and someone living in Washington, DC. I find the most useful source of info to be Under each tire, at the lower edge, they have multiple tabs, one of which is "Surveys." Tires are ranked by users for various qualities (Dry traction, wet traction, road noise, etc).They also provide rankings of tires to "peer" groupings.

    We all have our favorites. I went with General G Max AS-03 for those under 40F spring and fall days. I also have the luxury of not driving my FiST in the winter.
  12. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    YES !!! lol :mischievous:
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  13. captainmorbid

    captainmorbid Active Member

    SOMEONE has to plow the streets... ;)

    Sent via poles, wires and telegraph 2.
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  14. limbo

    limbo Active Member

    Hankook RS3's are great autocross/track tires but won't be as good as the Dunlop Z2's in the rain and will likely wear faster. I use RS3's on my S2000 and they are not as bad in the rain as some will tell you but I always slow down. The car will hydroplane pretty easily at speeds >60-65.

    RE-11s make great compromise daily driver/autocross/track tires as well.
  15. kvetcha

    kvetcha Active Member

    I second/third/fourth the Michelin Pilot A/S 3s. They're usable in the snow and the cold, excellent in the wet and surprisingly grippy in the dry. Very, very impressive tires.
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  16. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Do you have the new compound RS3 that they came out with this year (suppose to heat up better and channel water better)
  17. limbo

    limbo Active Member

    No, my experiences are with the latest of the last model rs3s. Not the v2s, which I will likely try next.
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  18. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    I almost pulled the trigger on a set then I went DZll as they had a better fitting tire for my use.. Be fun to hear how well they are now ..
  19. eRic

    eRic Active Member

    my OE Bridgestones are working great for autocross and track days. When it is time to replace them I'd consider going to a 215/40R17 and getting a Dunlop Direzza ZII or Falken Azenis RT-615 . 215/45R17 is too tall.
  20. stuntdoogie

    stuntdoogie Active Member

    Im about to order pilot sport a/s 3's in 205/50/16. My ecsta 4x which have aboit 50% or less tread left hydoplane in heavy rain....scary!

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  21. envyist

    envyist New Member

    ^that tends to happen when most passenger tires get worn to under 5/32nds tread depth. I know my kumho 4x on my mustang were very confident in the rain. That said I only put about 10k on them so not enough to wear them down under 8/32nds.

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