I'm in.Yes, I am looking for recommendations. Sorry for being vague.
Well, it figures the best wearing 17" tire out would be discontinued. It seems like tire companies are making tires burn off quicker, or maybe I'm driving a little harder... hmmm
I'm not tokyo drifting this thing and I thank you for your concern trunk monkey do not worry though, please. They are small controlled slides, off of the public roads. There is a nice abandoned warehouse district by my house with wide open, freshly paved roads and clean fill/grass on either side.
Regarding this very hard to find tire size...I recommend BFG G-Force Sports. 255/50ZR/16 $121 each. 1 out of 10 rating by Tirerack "8"
I had them in 16 and am going to buy them in 17 real soon.
255/50-16 is getting hard to find. I have had 2-3 sets of the Falken ZE-512 in that size. The tread rating on the G-Force is less than the Falkens, so I don't think they will last any longer. The only G-Forces I found in that size were also summer tires.Regarding this very hard to find tire size...
I'm trying to decide between the BF Goodrich g-Force Sport and the Falken Ziex ZE-512
the BFG are 127.77 and the Falkens are 97.00. Are the BFG's worth the extra cost? I'd really like to get a set that lasts! I had the Falkens before and they didn't last as well as I'd hoped, (Yes, I realize that I am a (ahem...) "Spirited" driver..) But if the BFG's wear out just as fast I might as well go with the Falkens. Anyone had any experience with the tires?
Edit: oh, and just for kicks and giggles... Whats the narrowest tire that can safely be mounted on a 16" SC wheel?
So comparing treadwear ratings between the Fusions and the Goodrich tires isn't a good indicator. Then again, the Fuzions may have worn too quickly due to my ignorance. They wore quickly in the centers, and not so quickly on the edges.. I typically run around 36psi on the tires, so this combined with the releatively narrow 7" wheels may have helped accelerate the center wear. I'm leaning toward the Fuzions. They will cost less and other than the wear I just mentioned weren't bad tires. With a little more care on my part I'm sure they could be made to last longer.The problem with UTQG Treadwear Grades is that they are open to some interpretation on the part of the tire manufacturer because they are assigned after the tire has only experienced a little treadwear as it runs the 7,200 miles. This means that the tire manufacturers need to extrapolate their raw wear data when they are assigning Treadwear Grades, and that their grades can to some extent reflect how conservative or optimistic their marketing department is. Typically, comparing the Treadwear Grades of tire lines within a single brand is somewhat helpful, while attempting to compare the grades between different brands is not as helpful.