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205/50/16 Which one to buy?

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Old 05-29-2013, 12:36 PM
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Hi guys.

Sorry to hi-jack the thread but i think this is the proper place as well.

I am also planning to change my tires to 205/50/16 though either Bridgestone RE002, Goodyear Eagle F1 Directional 5 and Michelin Pilot Sport 3 are available that fits my budget (though the PS3 are really stretching it).

What would you guys recommend? Its more of a daily drive with occasional track use. Really torn between the 3.

Also looking at other 205/50 pics here in FF, some sidewalls are not as bulgy compared to the adrenalins.

I'm using HFP Wheels (16x6.5 +55 offset) and dropped with Tein Super Compact coilovers. I MAY rub. Some inputs are welcome on these matter.

Hope you can help me all. Thanks in advance and cheers! <3
 
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If you want to drive it every day, which includes some wet weather, and STILL have occasional high performance.... in a 205/50R16 tire, you cannot go wrong with the Continental DW. Just because they are cheaper does not make them less performance oriented! I know several teams that use them for the One Lap of America and they are the go to "wet" tire for AutoX'rs who run a 16" wheel.
 
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there amazing in wet i own a set even in dry there just as good
 
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Originally Posted by TPColgett View Post
If you want to drive it every day, which includes some wet weather, and STILL have occasional high performance.... in a 205/50R16 tire, you cannot go wrong with the Continental DW. Just because they are cheaper does not make them less performance oriented! I know several teams that use them for the One Lap of America and they are the go to "wet" tire for AutoX'rs who run a 16" wheel.
I am really inclined with Continental DW BUT it is not available here locally. That is why i am just limited with those 3 choices...

What do you think guys?
 
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Can you order in from Tiretack.com? What about the Khuno Exsta? that's another SOLID option...
 
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Originally Posted by TPColgett View Post
Can you order in from Tiretack.com? What about the Khuno Exsta? that's another SOLID option...
Not possible to order from tirerack since im in a different continent. Kumho Ecstas SPT are available locally though. But reading thru some reviews as well, not really sure what to expect form them.

But hey TPColgett, given my 3 choices of tires, which would you go for?

I hate it when the popular tire here in FF is not available in our country SAD!
 
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continentals are gooooood
 
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:50 PM
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Love my Falken 912's! 205/50/16. Good traction and durability. Got a set for under $350 so I'm happy. Just make sure not to touch the snow with them!
I agree, I have run 912's on 3 different cars, for the money they are great.
 
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:34 PM
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Tire Rack seems to be doing a closeout sale on the Conti DW's for some reason-
 
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I'm sure this is a really dumb question but, I'm looking at ordering some tires here soon and was wondering if I'll get any grief having 205/50s put on the stock wheels.

I usually stick to whatever size tire my car came with but everyone seems to rave about having 205/50s on the Fit so i was thinking of going with that tire size. Plus there seems to be better options. If i show up to get these mounted is it something that the tire shop is going to care about or is changing tire size fairly common practice?
 
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was wondering if I'll get any grief having 205/50s put on the stock wheels.
Possible, but probably not. So the real question is what do you want to achieve with new tires. For me I wanted a slightly higher vehicle riding position, less road noise and a better ride. So I chose 195/55, which is a slightly wider tire (195 vs 185) with the same ratio (55 %) of tire height to width. The 205 is even wider, but with a smaller ratio brings the tire back to the original diameter (height). I'm not a fan of the 205/50 size...but that's me.

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I was mainly hoping for a more performance oriented tire. I saw that a lot of people liked that size and most of the tires in that size fit in my budget. I was thinking about trying the Continental DW, since i wont be in the Northeast much longer and wont have to worry about snow. I'm not to worried about harsher ride quality at the moment and would prefer the tire size stay closer to stock height. I have heard that I'll lose some fuel economy but a couple mpg isn't a huge deal to me and I can honestly probably make it up by not putting my foot on the pedal so much.

What don't you like about the 205/50s? Is it just poor ride quality and lack of height?
 
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What don't you like about the 205/50s? Is it just poor ride quality and lack of height?
yes...it's just not what I want.
 
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I am going with the 205/50/16 based on most post in this forum. Going with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 based on tread life , handling and overall top rated tire on Consumer Reports they do come in 195/55/16 but the 205 have five lines of tread versus four. Also great reviews on Tire rack so far.





 

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