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Old 22-03-2012, 11:03   #1
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Tyres what to choose

Right I need four tyres on my ZT CDTi and I want something mid-range / premium. My front are nearly at the markers and thanks to my alignment the rear inside edge is nearly bald.

I've had budgets on at around 80 a corner and didn't like, so last year had some Barum Bravuris 2 (Continental OEM apparently). I hated them as they are very nosey, very hard but handled like a I was driving a water-bed, and in the wet they turned into hedge fingers.

So the contenders are:

Kumho Ecsta KU39 at 111 per corner

Avon ZZ3 125 per corner

Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta 136 per corner


Open to other options if anyone has any other suggestions.
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Old 22-03-2012, 11:14   #2
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Right I need four tyres on my ZT CDTi and I want something mid-range / premium. My front are nearly at the markers and thanks to my alignment the rear inside edge is nearly bald.

I've had budgets on at around 80 a corner and didn't like, so last year had some Barum Bravuris 2 (Continental OEM apparently). I hated them as they are very nosey, very hard but handled like a I was driving a water-bed, and in the wet they turned into hedge fingers.

So the contenders are:

Kumho Ecsta KU39 at 111 per corner

Avon ZZ3 125 per corner

Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta 136 per corner


Open to other options if anyone has any other suggestions.
I have the Avons mentioned on the front of my ZT at the moment, performed well in the wet but find them a little lacking in the dry but have not really tried to brake traction in the dry so for everyday use I would reccommend them - I will be putting the same on the rears at some point this year.
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Old 22-03-2012, 11:47   #3
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anyone used this site, have some great prices on premium brandtyres http://lovetyres.com/search/tyres/225-45-18
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Old 22-03-2012, 11:53   #4
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I have the Avons mentioned on the front of my ZT at the moment, performed well in the wet but find them a little lacking in the dry but have not really tried to brake traction in the dry so for everyday use I would reccommend them - I will be putting the same on the rears at some point this year.
thanks, guy at tyre place is saying to avoid Avons and I'd be better with a budget tyre over Avons. Said if price is more important then I should get the Kumho's
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Old 22-03-2012, 14:23   #5
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I have Avon ZZ3 all round on my ZT190 and have no issues with them at all.

Quiet on all surfaces, good grip wet or dry (including track day use & some Nurburgring use)

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Old 22-03-2012, 15:44   #6
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Someone I know have just pointed me to a part worn place who have a set of Pirelli P Zero with 7mm on each for 60 a corner. sold me thinks at that price for what would be a 250 tyre
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Old 22-03-2012, 22:31   #7
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Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta !

I find them excellent in all weathers.

( Cool looking tread pattern)

Seem to wear fairly well.
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Old 22-03-2012, 22:40   #8
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Have you considered the Falken FK452?

Got the Ultrac Sessanta's on the front atm and am very impressed BUT they are supposed to wear quick and TBH the FK452s were very nearly as good and a fair bit cheaper.

I've had KU31s (predecessor to the KU39s) followed by FK452s and found the Falkens slightly better
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Old 22-03-2012, 23:23   #9
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Have you considered the Falken FK452?
I've got Falkens on the front of my ZT (already fitted when I got the car) and they seem quite grippy not long lasting.

I'll be putting Avon ZZs on before long at 100 each. They've been good tyres on my Coupe, ZS and our current 45.

The bloke who said 'best avoid them' might be trotting out the old saying from before they went bust and were bought by Cooper Tires. They are excellent now.
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Old 23-03-2012, 00:08   #10
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Yes, I find Avons good both wet and dry. Previously I had Coopers which I found excellent. John
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Old 23-03-2012, 08:45   #11
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Thanks for your comments.

Last night I got some part worn Bridgestones on, they didn't have four of the Pirelli P Zero that they said they had on the phone...when they looked all had 7mm on, but one was damaged on the side wall.

So they fitted Bridgestones instead, they like new and I mean like new, but only cost 240 for four fitted and balanced. just had a look and the best price on the web for the same tyre is 160 each!

Amazing place, must be 15-20 lads tuning cars around one after the other, after the other. Well worth the travel, pricing is simple all 18" are 40 for 4mm tread or 60 for 6mm+. http://www.topgeartyres.co.uk/
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Old 23-03-2012, 09:02   #12
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I'm wearing Avon's and am happy with them.
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Old 23-03-2012, 11:51   #13
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Nexen N2000 is pretty well rated.
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Old 23-03-2012, 12:02   #14
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I've had Avons in the past and found them very good, my only issue being that I did find they wear reasonably quickly.
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Old 23-03-2012, 12:12   #15
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I dont have a zt but a zr and swear by avons i have them every time but i drive my car hard and they grip very well, good feedback, and gripy in the wet but they dont last all that long.
And i paid 96 for 215,40,17 a corner at local Tyre place and 75 with cash and no paper lol so should be able to get them cheaper then 120 odd
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Old 23-03-2012, 12:26   #16
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I dont have a zt but a zr and swear by avons i have them every time but i drive my car hard and they grip very well, good feedback, and gripy in the wet but they dont last all that long.
And i paid 96 for 215,40,17 a corner at local Tyre place and 75 with cash and no paper lol so should be able to get them cheaper then 120 odd
I'm sorted now thanks, but problem with the ZT is the profile. You can get 225 40 18 for a lots less 20%-30% in some cases for the same tyre model, but the correct tyre 225 45 18 is a lot more as it's not that common.

Having said that the part worn place I want to had a few matching pairs in the connect size for 60 each.
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