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Old 09-10-2015, 01:35 PM   #1  
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Looking for opinions on tires

Well, I took my car in for some work and lo and behold I need two new rear tires... oops. I'm looking at a pair of Pirelli P Zero Nero GT's for the rear but with the winter approaching in the coming months I am a bit weary. I live in Arkansas so I'm not expecting much snow I would just need to be able to get home okay. I'm currently riding on Nexen Classe Premier CP662's. I don't have any complaints with them but from what I can find they are just passenger tires. The Pirelli's are $112 each which isn't bad at all imo. I could stand to spend around $130 a piece if they were good Grand Touring tires. I don't need anything too harsh since I just use my 8 for daily driving and I don't autocross it but a little handling isn't too bad either. What do you guys think? Thank you for your time!
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Looks like a good tire, and 112 each is a good price. These are max perf summer tires though, so don't fit with your grant touring comment.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/...y.jsp?ttid=190

It should drive though slush ok if you take it easy. If there is snow settled on the road, or ice you will struggle. Wet and dry grip will be much, much better than the tires you have now though, unless it is close to freezing and the tires are not warmed up. They will also be much more responsive, steering feel would be better if you were put them on the front. On the other hand you will notice sharp impacts (expansion joints and cat eyes) more.

How much life is left on your fronts? It is normally better to change all four at once, especially if you are going to such a different tire.
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Old 09-16-2015, 02:36 PM   #3  
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Well, there was actually quite a bit of tread left on the front tires so I kept them. I would have bought all 4 tires regardless had I had the money but I'm a full-time college student with a crappy part-time retail job so making the payment on the 8 and paying the gas is killing me already so I couldn't afford a whole set and the rears were getting pretty thin. Refund checks come out in January so if I can't get 2 new tires for the front by then, that's when the will be replaced but I can probably pull some strings somewhere to get new fronts. I ended up ditching the Pirelli's because I felt that it would be my luck to get stranded at work when it snowed and I didn't need summer tires, especially on my drive wheels. What I ended up going with are General G-Max AS-03's. They are Ultra High Performance All Season tires. So far, I really like the way they handle. The back seems much more planted and they are pretty difficult to get to squeal so over all I am very happy with them over the Nexen's that are on my car now. Here is a link to what I have and overall I am pretty impressed with the tires. https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...el=G-Max+AS-03
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I have had great success witth the Conti DWS in everything from dry conditions to heavy rain, slush, snow and ice, all across the country from New England to Florida to Texas. The Conti DWS scores first in Tire Rack's ratings of Ultra-Performance All-Season tires. They now have a newer, even better performing Conti DWS-06. These are worth a look at. With close to 45,000 miles on my DWS , I am ready to get a new set of DWS-06 this fall. If you are in the market for the best Ultra-Performance All-Season Tire for your RX8 , you won't go wrong with these new Conti DWS-06 tires. Cheers!

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/survey...jsp?type=UHPAS

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....Contact+DWS+06

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/...y.jsp?ttid=199

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The DWS-06 must be good if not better. Had the original DWS and had no issues with them.
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Okay, I'll try the newer model of those when my new General G-Max AS-03's go out. They'll definitely have a new model by the time I drive 40k miles.
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