Tires nearly worn out, what to get?

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Wheel and Tire Upgrades' started by AlanBDahl, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Active Member

    My OEM Bridgestones are down to 3/32nds on the front (6/32 on the rear, likely because the dealer forgot to rotate them when I asked them to) so I am looking at replacements. Given that the stockers only lasted 26k and it rains around here a lot I am leaning towards a set of ultra high-performance all-seasons but I am open to summer tires like the stockers if the tires work well in the rain. Suggestions?
     
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  3. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    All season where there is no and I mean NO snow the Mich pilot sport a/s3 works well in the dry awesome in the wet and horrid in the snow. I also had a set of DZll which are great in the dry great in the wet and I don't know in the cold as they are a summer tire.
    I'm sure others will chime in with other good options too. Would like to hear if anyone has used the new Hankook r3s V2 in the wet yet. I have heard the Bfg rival is not the best in the wet from people that track them. I have not tried them.
     
  4. ryst

    ryst Active Member

    Wow, getting 26k miles out of the stock tires, that's impressive. I'll never know exactly how much I get out since I'm on winter tires half the year and i'm not tracking each set individually.

    I have experience with the BFG G-force sport COMP-2 tire, I don't think it's a great tire in the rain (there's probably better) but I found it a good overall with it's treadwear vs traction levels. As RodMoe suggested, the Mich Pilot Sport A/S3 is pretty much the benchmark for high performance all season tires, I have seen zero complaints.
     
  5. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Active Member

    FYI everyone I wamt to stay away from tires on the competition side as I live in Seattle where wet weather and even some light snow performance is mandatory. I have a set of DZII’s for racing and they are great but I would not want to rely on them for everyday use.
     
  6. ABQautoxer

    ABQautoxer Member

    I'm thinking I will get Conti DW (205/45/17) to replace the OEM tires on the OEM wheels. Side bonus as they are good in standing water as you probably well know.
     
  7. Mightymango

    Mightymango Active Member

    For light snow performance as well as the rain, I would consider the DWS (the S is for snow) as opposed to the DW which is a great tire in the dry/wet but not so much in the slick.

    The Michelin AS/3 isn't "terrible" in lighter snow (I agree with Rodmoe for the most part)but they are not cheap.
     
  8. Des

    Des Active Member

    +1 on the Conti DWS -- nice and quiet to boot.
     
  9. ABQautoxer

    ABQautoxer Member

    I've had both on many cars. I prefer the DW unless I feel like I will drive in enough snow to care. I even had DWS on a Z06 though it came that way.
     
  10. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    You know, the Dunlop Z II's were excellent in the wet last year. both in autocross and daily driving. The first couple of big rains I tip-toed around but never felt uncomfortable so one day just kept at 65-70 mph in a downpour driving home and had no problems.

    Also was amazing in Lincoln and at home AX on asphalt.

    Edit. oops sorry, didn't read the entire thread............never mind.
     
  11. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member


    Ummm for me maybe not terrible but very very challenging Maybe they seem this way becuase I am coming from Snow tires(last year) to these for the season (had other needs and didn't plan to drive the FiST in snow much) and the LSD making both wheels spin.. I rate these things awesome in anything other than SNOW/ICE they just slide all over no matter if I leave esc on or off. (off is a total hoot if slip sliding away is your goal with my tune)
     
  12. eRic

    eRic Active Member

    There aren't many options in the 205/40-17 size. I'd actually suggest another set of the OEM Bridestone RE050A. Mine only lasted 12,000 miles but I autocrossed and open tracked on them in addition to daily driving. No problems in the rain. However if you need all-season tires the optional OE high performance all-season tire on the 2015 Fiesta ST is the Michelin A/S 3 that is ranked #1 in TireRack surveys for that category. Consumer Reports also ranked it best in category.
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2015
  13. RDgolfer

    RDgolfer Active Member

    Btw...Michelin invited a bunch of auto journalists to a track in New Orleans a while back...Michelin Pilot Sport AS3 versus a bunch of summer performance tires...the Michelin's out performed the lot of summer only tires in wet braking, dry braking, and on the track...they may not have won every category, I can't remember, but the French came up with a good batch of black goo that kicks ass in all seasons...not saying that they out perform winter tires in winter conditions, but in my area of the world, I like them
     
  14. Zormecteon

    Zormecteon Active Member

    I saw that report and that's why I went with them. They outperform most high performance summer (but not ULTRA high performance) tires in the dry and outperform other all season tires in nearly every other test except winter tires in the snow. ... wet/dry braking, wet/dry cornering, wet/dry acceleration, wet/dry cornering.
     
  15. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Active Member

    I'm pretty much leaning towards either the Michelins or buying two new RE050s (my rears are less than half worn).
     
  16. greybeard

    greybeard New Member

    Has anybody tried the Pirelli P-Zeroes? I had some on an MR-2 many years ago and they were great wet tires, although treadwear sucked.
     
  17. Cligedy

    Cligedy Active Member

    The Re050 is wildly overpriced. Just about anything else would be a better deal.
     
  18. LT Berzerker

    LT Berzerker Active Member

    Dunlop Z II's or falken RT615K
     
  19. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Active Member

    Neither of those will work for street tires I rainy (and occasionally snowy) Seattle, especially as it's our regular family car too. I do have a set of DZIIs for autocross use though :).
     
  20. KKaWing

    KKaWing Member

    Local tire place (Simplytire) sells Barum Bravuris 3 HM for $420 CAD + taxes and fees. Czech brand and French factories supposedly, and Continental subsidiary as well.

    Edit: summer tires btw, whoops. Pilot A/S 3s are good for dry and wet grip but not great in snow. Can't go wrong with Conti DWS if you need snow grip but don't want dedicated winters.
     
  21. kamakazee

    kamakazee Active Member

    I'm currently using Conti DW on my 18X8 set up, 215/40. i daily drive about 44 miles per day in socal and I would rate these as one of the best so far for daily driving. They are extremely quite and comfortable plus performance is pretty predictable. On the rare occasion when it rains here, the tire performed great.
     

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