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posted April 01, 2000 07:17 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Narrowing down my list of tires for the summer season. Anyone have any experience with these tires, or heard anything about them? thanks

Bridgestone Potenza RE730
245/50ZR16 - $123

Bridgestone Potenza RE71
245/50ZR16 - $105

Dunlop SP Sport 8000
245/50ZR16 - $111

Goodyear Eagle F1 GS
245/50ZR16 - $135

Also my stock tires are 225/60R16 which have an OD of 26.63". Would there be any problems going to a 245/50R16 tire? It's OD is 25.65" which is 3.7% smaller than OE.

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posted April 02, 2000 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bill conroy     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Dajavu! I've had the same thoughts for new summer tires for my wife's car. I've talked with folks from the Tire Rack and other sites and here is the answer: You want to go with the brand new Bridgestone Potenza RE730. It has a AA rain UTQG rain rating, is very quite and handles similar to the RE71s, which is an older tire that the RE730 is supposed to eventually replace. I have the RE71s on an Audi Quattro and they have good dry handling and okay in the rain and are not too loud. The RE730 has a 300 treadwear rating as opposed to 140 that the RE71 has, so the RE730 should last twice as long. Therefore, cost per mile, the RE730 should be less expensive than the RE71.

The Dunlop SP 8000 is also a popular, very good tire, probably the best dry pavement handling tire of the bunch. This was going to be my number 1 choice until the folks at Tire Rack told me that the higher tech RE730 would be, overall, the better choice.

The Eagle F1 GS are also on sale, but provide the hardest ride and don't wear that well. After they wear down, they also don't perform so well in the rain. The Tire Rack folks tell me that this tire has been a disappointment for owners. The revised tire is the Eagle F1 Steel, which is a little bit lighter and better in the rain over the tire's life, but this tire is also much more expensive.

So, I'd say the choice is between the RE730 and the SP 8000. I'm going with the Bridgestones. Let us know what you decide on and how they work out. Good luck.

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posted April 02, 2000 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bill conroy     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
One more thing. I'd stick with the stock size unless you are going to go with a Plus 1 sizing. In that case, I'd go with a 17" rim with 245/50-17 tires, which would only be 0.1% larger than stock.

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