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I recently bought some Prodrive P-WRC1 wheels (18x7.5, et46, crystal titanium) to replace my 17" FSXT STi wheels. I'm starting to look for tires that'll be decent for year-round use, road-trips, etc. This will be my 'workhorse' setup, so to speak, since I already have another set of 18" wheels with sticky tires. I'd prefer that they have a UTQG of 400 or more.

Due to the width, I think I'm limited to a few sizes - 225/50/18 and 245/45/18. The 225/50 group of tires is primarily standard all-season, whereas the 245/45 group has more performance oriented tires.

Here are some of my top choices:

225/50/18:
Michelin HydroEdge
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred
Yokohama AVID TRZ
Dunlop Signature


245/45/18:
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Pirelli PZero Nero All Season
Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Does anyone have experience with these tires? Any others that I should be researching? I'll be running these most of the year, so they must be good in the rain. :)

Thanks!
 

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I recently bought some Prodrive P-WRC1 wheels (18x7.5, et46, crystal titanium) to replace my 17" FSXT STi wheels. I'm starting to look for tires that'll be decent for year-round use, road-trips, etc. This will be my 'workhorse' setup, so to speak, since I already have another set of 18" wheels with sticky tires. I'd prefer that they have a UTQG of 400 or more.

Due to the width, I think I'm limited to a few sizes - 225/50/18 and 245/45/18. The 225/50 group of tires is primarily standard all-season, whereas the 245/45 group has more performance oriented tires.

Here are some of my top choices:

225/50/18:
Michelin HydroEdge
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred
Yokohama AVID TRZ
Dunlop Signature


245/45/18:
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Pirelli PZero Nero All Season
Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Does anyone have experience with these tires? Any others that I should be researching? I'll be running these most of the year, so they must be good in the rain. :)

Thanks!
I can only comment on the HydroEdge which I had on my 99, stock sizes, great wet weather tire, fairly stiff side wall, the thing that sucked the most was I had more flat tires with these than I've had in 30 years of driving. Eight flats in 3 years :huh: they just seem to pick up every stone and sharp item and hold it in the tread till it punctures.

Previously on the 99 I had another set of Geo's that were take off's, no flats with them. With the Conti Extreme Contacts that I've had for 2 years now, no flats yet.

Maybe I had a string of bad luck with the HydroEdge, but they do pick up a lot of gravel in the treads.
 

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My trusted tire guy told me 7.5" is the optional width for a 235 tire. If you go smaller, you'll be asking for curve rash (no rubber bumper) & if you go too much larger, it going to start looking rounded. :wink:

I'm not going to mention brands, since everyone has their favorite. :smile:

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on a 7.5 or an 8 inch wide wheel, a 225 is almost perfectly square.

but i always wonder why run a 7.5 wheel/225 when there's so much more room for an 8.5/245

but since you've already got them (great wheel) the 225/50 would do well but i'd look for a 235
 

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Maybe I had a string of bad luck with the HydroEdge, but they do pick up a lot of gravel in the treads.
Good to know about the Hydroedges...I'll look more into the problem.

My trusted tire guy told me 7.5" is the optional width for a 235 tire. If you go smaller, you'll be asking for curve rash (no rubber bumper) & if you go too much larger, it going to start looking rounded.
I totally agree with you - 225 or 235 would be optimal. The only problem I'm running into is that the selection isn't great in 235/45. :(

on a 7.5 or an 8 inch wide wheel, a 225 is almost perfectly square.

but i always wonder why run a 7.5 wheel/225 when there's so much more room for an 8.5/245

but since you've already got them (great wheel) the 225/50 would do well but i'd look for a 235
Agreed. I wish they were 8 or 8.5 wide, but I got them for an unspeakable price, so I'm not complaining. :biggrin: I'm leaning toward 225/50, since there's a better selection of tires and so the sidewall doesn't look rounded.
 

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I had the original Conti's and they were/are my favorite a/s tire of all time.
Same.


Most of those other tires are not at all performance rated. Of all the tires listed, only the contis would I buy for myself. Go on tirerack and check UHP all season, I think you'll be disappointed in the overall grip of anything lower than that.

For an all season I dont think they get much better than the extremecontact, especially for the money. If you're going to touch any snow with these, they're the only tire I would consider.

The goodyear assurance TT is a very good tire, but a bit pricey and not something I would want to drive hard on, but good for a family car. None of the others on the list are ones I would even consider really.
 

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The Contis are still my traction tire of choice.
They were great in rain, snow and dry. They were the older version though.
They did have a tendency to flat-spot after a couple of days parked, but hey...it works itself out.

I've always thought that Pirellis rubber was always a little on the hard-side. Meaning a little more slick on wet pavement.
 

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After a few attempts to sell/trade my Prodrives, I decided to keep them and put them on the FSXT. I've gone back and forth on what color theme I want to do (black/red, silver/red, etc), so I thought about powder coating the wheels gloss black. The original finish on the Crystal Titanium P-WRC1s is really nice, though, so I'm still torn on powder coating these.

I ordered some tires yesterday from Tire Rack. I got the General Exclaim UHP in 225/45/18. I was looking for a decent all-around tire, and the G E UHPs are priced pretty well, too. This will be my workhorse wheel/tire setup, so most of the miles will be put on putting around town or on the highway.
 

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I'm running 225/45/18 on 7.5" rim, there is plenty of sidewall protecting the rim so I don't curb rash the wheels. Perfect size IMO unless you were going with 40 profile.

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Kinda small in the tire size.

Granted on 8" wheels I ran 245/40 and Ringer ran 235/45 and dave(local) ran 245/45. They looked very similiar.
I'm running 245/40/18 Dunlops on my PFF7s and they're a tad small, but they still look great. The 225/45/18/ should be a hair taller and a little narrower. I guess we'll see how it looks later this week! lol

225/45/18 is the stock size on the FSTi.
That's just about the same diameter as the OEM Geolanders, if not a little smaller. Tire Rack reports a diameter of 26".

I'm running 225/45/18 on 7.5" rim, there is plenty of sidewall protecting the rim so I don't curb rash the wheels. Perfect size IMO unless you were going with 40 profile.

Stan
Good to know, thanks Stan! I went with the 45 profile to get close to stock.
 
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