Hankook R-S3V2 205/45/16 versus Dunlop Direzza ZII SS 225/45/16

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Wheel and Tire Upgrades' started by jimclark, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. jimclark

    jimclark Active Member

    Pretty obviously thinking autox options. The Dunlops have the width advantage, obviously, but Hankooks perform well (maybe better, all things equal?), and the smaller 'kooks have, according to Tire Rack specs, a three pound weight advantage.

    Any thoughts on the better choice? Price not significantly different. More rubber to the road (almost 1 inch more width) or lesser rotating weight? Other advantages/disadvantages?
     
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  3. Cligedy

    Cligedy Active Member

    I really liked the ZIIs last year, but was going to try the Kooks until I heard that they are less tolerant of heat than the V1s. I am hearing that the Star specs are an overall improvement over the std ZIIs. I ordered 225 star specs today.

    Btw, the star specs are available in a 205/50r16 size too.
     
  4. jimclark

    jimclark Active Member

    I didn't catch the ZII Star Specs in the 205/50/16 sizing--makes things slightly more interesting, as it brings the Dunlop into play re: lighter weight vs. wider tire all within the same model tire. I've been leaning toward the 225 Star Specs, but it's not as clear-cut as I'd like. Or I just don't know enough. Probably both.
     
  5. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Active Member

    I was very happy with the 225/45-16 Direzza ZIIs last year and I plan to stick with them until June or so when I'll replace them with ZII Star Specs.
     
  6. jimclark

    jimclark Active Member

    In the FWIW category, I'm going with the (225/45/16) ZII Star Specs. Indeed, they've just arrived. Now if only spring will get here.
     
  7. Slowclimb

    Slowclimb Active Member

    Edit: Nevermind...thought it was less then 200 wear rate...I must be thinking of the old star spec.
     
  8. k757

    k757 Active Member

    Got the 225/45-16 Dunlop on the car.

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  9. Slowclimb

    Slowclimb Active Member

    Looks good.
     
  10. Pedro

    Pedro Active Member

    I hope you are not driving them in the snow! And once they break in the amount of grip is awesome!
     
  11. Slowclimb

    Slowclimb Active Member

    Its like 50 something here...the snow is on the way out.
     
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  12. Pedro

    Pedro Active Member

    Just making sure :) I saw snow in the background. Then again I don't live where it snows. San Diego our winters get a low of 60's right now it is in the 70's
     
  13. Slowclimb

    Slowclimb Active Member

    That must suck... Not having bad weather to complain about.
     
  14. Cligedy

    Cligedy Active Member

    Agreed.
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