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What tires are you running? by XThirtySeven
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Whats everyones preference and why? What do you use yours for? Daily or track? Do you have different wheels and tires for daily vs track?

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XXX/XX/XX and be specific what brand and model

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I am currently running:

215/45/17 Hankook RS-3 (front)
275/30/18 Hankook RS-3 (rear)

The wheels are Motegi MR116 17x7-48mm and 18x9-45mm. They fit on the stock '88 body with no modifications, but you may need coilovers with narrow spring hats in the rear.

I use these for track, autocross, and street use (though I haven't been driving it much on the street).

I have another set of wheels and tires I was going to keep for street use but I just don't bother to change them anymore.

BTW there's a track day coming up soon near you and I'm trying to get a bunch of Fieros to participate. Here's the thread.

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General Altimax HP 205/215 - 60/15. Great price and quality, although I live in California and can't vouch for winter use.
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I just bought a set of 205/60-15 front & 215/60-15 rear tires from Discount Tire. They are Ohtsu FP6000 A/S, which are rebadged Falken Ziex-512's.

My '88 GT is just driven for pleasure.....I drive my Austin-Healey more aggressively. I wanted cheap tires that still looked and performed well.....so far these tires are doing just that. I like them so far, but I only have a couple hundred miles on them so I can't really say how good (or bad) they will be in the long run.
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Originally posted by Bruce:

General Altimax HP 205/215 - 60/15. Great price and quality, although I live in California and can't vouch for winter use.
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I have the altimax winter tires and they are great!
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Summer tires (rubber bands) are: Front 225/45R17 Yokohama S Drive, Rear 255/45R18. They do rub once in a while. Coil overs in rear. PO installed them. Rides like a Medium Duty truck - GMC TopKick 5500! Dont know the wheel manufacture only that they came from china. PO installed them. Most of the off set is to the inside. Wheels are 8" front & 9" rear.

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Kumho Ecsta AST

215/45/17 front.
235/45/17 rear.

I use them for "general purpose" driving, as well as "spirited" driving.

They grip like hell in the rain as well as on dry pavement. (I just got back from RFTH. The few times I tried to kick the tail out, in the rain, I was quite unsuccessful. But then I didn't try that hard.)
I can break the rears loose with a Getrag and a 4.9, but I have to drive like I'm pizzed at the car to do it. They don't spin for long. (I have an EP LSD, so it doesn't try to spin just one.)

The downside is that when I climb hard on the brakes, the fronts lock up but the rears don't. I've thought about going to 225s in the front, but I think I need to do some brake work before that. (I need to put my braided lines on the back. Just have them on the front, now.)

The only time the rears will break loose easily is when it's *very* cold out. Near freezing, cold.
That only happens for a couple of minutes, until the tires are warmed up just a bit.

Some people say that Kumhos tend to "flat spot" when they're parked for a while. I've noticed that on my Trailblazer, but not so much on the Fiero.
In any event, they tend to "round out" after a couple of minutes.

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Brigestone Potenza RE960s

205/60/15 front
215/60/15 rear

For a tire with a relatively large sidewall, these things stick to the pavement like flypaper. I have been very impressed with their traction. I never drive my car in the rain though...
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Great info, especially glad to hear about the Khumos since they are cheaper than the BF Goodrich GForces Im looking into @$680

Thinking of

215/35/18
245/40/18

on some custom Klutch 19x8.5 ET42 All around

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Originally posted by XThirtySeven:

Great info, especially glad to hear about the Khumos since they are cheaper than the BF Goodrich GForces Im looking into @$680



I would encourage you to go to various vendor webpages (I usually use Kauffman tire) and read the reviews that people have posted about the particular tires that you are interested in.
I suspect that some of the comments may be "trolls" or unsatisfied customers. You'll be able to tell after reading a few. Look for common complaints, like my previously mentioned "flat spotting". Also pay attention to what kind of car the tires have been installed on. Your experience will not necessarily be the same as someone who has installed their tires on an SUV or crossover.
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Has anyone ever ran the HANKOOK VENTUS V12 EVO K110 tires? I was thinking about ordering them or the NITTO NT555

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Originally posted by jb1:

Has anyone ever ran the HANKOOK VENTUS V12 EVO K110 tires? I was thinking about ordering them or the NITTO NT555



If youre looking at Nittos also look at NT05s. A little more money but more performance.
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I could not find NT05 in size , I like them and might look into them before I buy, Wheels will be here tomorrow so tires will be soon..sorry I forgot to list in previous post,
Fr. 225/45/18 18x7.5
Rr 255/35/18 18x8.75

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My 87 GT and 88 GT are driven for pleasure so I run the stock 205/15-60 fronts and 215/15-60 rears. I find low profile tires yield a rough ride over bad pavement and prone to rupture when hitting potholes.
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I just put on 225/45-17 Eagle Sport All Season's as a daily driver. They are quiet, with great dry and wet traction.
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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01
215/45-17 front
235/45-17 rear
Good grip, good wear, quiet

EDIT: These are on my '88 GT

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No one else is running 14's .. sheesh..

I'm still on the stock 215/60/14 Eagle GT's .. looking for a replacement/alternate size that works so that I can get white letter tires other than over priced BFG Radial GT's.
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Originally posted by jb1:

Has anyone ever ran the HANKOOK VENTUS V12 EVO K110 tires? I was thinking about ordering them or the NITTO NT555



I`m running them.
215/40/17
235/40/17

I like them.
They corner well and ride pretty smooth.
I need to replace the rears but the fronts are still good.
I think I have a loose knuckle bolt which causes it to wander a bit.
I can`t say that they are good rain tires although I haven`t had any problems with them but here in Texas there isn`t much rain.

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Originally posted by lateFormula:

Brigestone Potenza RE960s

205/60/15 front
215/60/15 rear

For a tire with a relatively large sidewall, these things stick to the pavement like flypaper. I have been very impressed with their traction. I never drive my car in the rain though...


I had the Potenza Pole Position on my 88 coupe and they were great in the rain and on dry. The 88 went bye bye after it was hit and I gave the tires to my son to put on is 87 Beemer. Mine were 14"
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I have just put on Goodyear Eagle GT tires on. I was able with the rebates and discount to get 225-50-16 for less than $100 each.

Good tire with great wet driving, good dry traction for the money.

If you want more grip go to the Goodyear F1 model as it is still a good price but has much better grip and just a little more money.

There are many new Eagles out too that each have a different mission best to read up on them and match them to your needs. Same with all Comp TA and Pilot tires as there are many models and you need to match them to your needs.
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Michelin Pilot Sports all around. 225/50 ZR17 94W. Man are they tight and smooth. I love these tires. They will gladly handle daily driving while hold a hard fast corner all in the same day. Hard as nails side walls. That speed rating really pays off. Pricey though...

Road Max Delta GTs on Momma's 87. 215/60 R15 91S. Nice white lettering for a cool look with a good medium level feeling ride. Special order tire only in my area. That special order part makes them pricey. I kinda wish they had a shorter side wall version of the same tire.
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Originally posted by FieroMontreal:

No one else is running 14's .. sheesh..

I'm still on the stock 215/60/14 Eagle GT's .. looking for a replacement/alternate size that works so that I can get white letter tires other than over priced BFG Radial GT's.


If those are white letter and you want to get rid of them when you replace them, I would love to have 2 of them. I've been looking for a pair of original Goodyear RWLs for quite a while.

Like HyperV6, I have got the new version of the Goodyear eagle GTs in the stock sizes on my 86 GT and really like the ride quality and handling. It is mostly used for cruises so I get caught in the rain every now and then and the GTs have pretty good wet handling as well. On my Indy with the Centerlines, I also have Eagle GTs, in the size the original 3 Actual Indy Pace car Fieros ran.
Good handling wet and dry for the $$s

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anyone know of a size calculator for diameter with different size tires on the same size rom
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http://www.rimsntires.com/specs.jsp
this what you looking for?

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http://www.rimsntires.com/specs.jsp
this what you looking for?



Yes, that is perfect! Thank you.
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Originally posted by FieroMontreal:

No one else is running 14's .. sheesh..

I'm still on the stock 215/60/14 Eagle GT's .. looking for a replacement/alternate size that works so that I can get white letter tires other than over priced BFG Radial GT's.


I'm running the 215/60/14 BF Goodrich on the stock aluminum wheels. had to replace the two rears when they wore out but couldn't afford the $160 each price tag so just put some cheapy 185 /60/14 and rotated them to the front for now. I want to get some 17 inch wheels soon so I didn't want to blow all my money on BFGs.
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215/45/17 Dunlop Direzza II on XXR 530 7.5 wide fronts
245/45/17 Dunlop Direzza II on XXR 530 9.5 wide rears

Track day car built to compete in Time Trials and occasionally cruise through the twisties.

Best tires I've tried so far.
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I am running 215/60/15 Goodyear eagle GT+4s on both my Formulas. (Original tires)
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Originally posted by weloveour86se:

Michelin Pilot Sports all around. 225/50 ZR17 94W. Man are they tight and smooth. I love these tires. They will gladly handle daily driving while hold a hard fast corner all in the same day. Hard as nails side walls. That speed rating really pays off. Pricey though...


X2. Mine are on a 1988 and are 205/50 ZR17 94W fronts and 245/50 ZR17 94W rears. I bought them off eBay, used, with 60% of the tread left for 1/3 of the new cost. That's a good description: smooth.
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Originally posted by La fiera:

215/45/17 Dunlop Direzza II on XXR 530 7.5 wide fronts
245/45/17 Dunlop Direzza II on XXR 530 9.5 wide rears

Track day car built to compete in Time Trials and occasionally cruise through the twisties.

Best tires I've tried so far.


25mm offset XXR 530's in the rear? Pics of this setup?

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On my '88 I'm running ASA AR1's 17x8 all around, front tires are BFG G-Force KDW2, 215x45. Rear Tires are the stickier BFG G-Force KD, 245x45. Main use of car is Summer only with heavy street, or road course use. The car is a riot to drive !!! (meant in a very good way). Car is lowered a little more than 1 1/2 inch all around, with all the good parts.



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25mm offset XXR 530's in the rear? Pics of this setup?



In the clip below you'll see a closer angle of the rear wheels.
http://youtu.be/4zP5DzhrllQ

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I love....love......love tire shopping. I am currently running on my 3800s/c Falken Azenis Rt615-k tires on my car and found them to be amazing traction in the rain and the dry.
225/40/18 in the front
235 40/18 in the rear
1987 GT with 18x7.5 rims

My orange car with the Saab turbo swap is getting Nitto NT-01 tires. I don't drive that car in the rain and love the huge tread blocks on that tire.
225/40/18 in the front
275/35/18 in the rear
1988 GT with 18x8/ 18x9 rims

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I have Kelly charger gt in the 88 factory offset of
205/60/15 front
215/60/15 rear

I use them for road use and the occasional auto-x they're decent tires for the money, but they are not spectacular in any way.
Also autocross really tears at the edge of the tread, I don't expect the to last very long.

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Just took the original gt+4,s off my car and went to the nexon 5000...drove them to indy to the show....love um!
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Keep in mind when buying tires you can often save on a name brand by buying one of their other brands.

Michelin also owns Uniroyal, BFG.

Goodyear owns Lee, Kelley Springfield, Dunlop and Sumitomo

Bridgestone owns Firestone and Seiberling

Continentals owns General Tire

Toyo is also Nitto

ETC.

Many of these tires are similar or nearly the same made in the same plants and at times may be a few dollars cheaper than the top name of the corporation.
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225/45/18 Dunlop sport maxx tt

Great grip in dry weather, really good in wet aswell, not so good/bad in cold (dry or wet).
Hard sidewalls and a good road feel. Only downside is that i think they were a bit more expensive but prices might have dropped (there might be a newer sport maxx out now).
Oh and they dont seem wear that quickly either!
Certainly the best tires i've tried sofar but i cant wait to see what comes out of this thread!

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The one thing I have learned in the past many years working on German cars is that Summer tires are for warm seasons and winter tires are for cold seasons. All season tires on your car is like having 1/2 the traction and overall performance that you could actually have if you used the correct tires.

I don't drive my Fiero from November to April, so I just have Summer tires.

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Originally posted by mrfiero:

I just bought a set of 205/60-15 front & 215/60-15 rear tires from Discount Tire. They are Ohtsu FP6000 A/S, which are rebadged Falken Ziex-512's.

My '88 GT is just driven for pleasure.....I drive my Austin-Healey more aggressively. I wanted cheap tires that still looked and performed well.....so far these tires are doing just that. I like them so far, but I only have a couple hundred miles on them so I can't really say how good (or bad) they will be in the long run.


When I bought the new 88GT recently, it had 10 year old tires on it. I needed to put something inexpensive on the stock rims for the 900 mile drive home, knowing that I would upgrade wheels and tires soon. I put these same tires on and they have been great. I've got a couple of thousand miles on them now in all types of weather. I would buy these again if I were going to keep stock wheels,
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