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I'm getting ready to replace my OEM Conti (yuck) and will stick with stock rims. I want quiet ride with reasonable handling and am looking at Toyo Proxes S/T, Nitto NT 420S or Falken Ziex S/TZ-04. Does anyone have any observations, comparisons on these tires?
 

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mikemullin6 said:
I'm getting ready to replace my OEM Conti (yuck) and will stick with stock rims. I want quiet ride with reasonable handling and am looking at Toyo Proxes S/T, Nitto NT 420S or Falken Ziex S/TZ-04. Does anyone have any observations, comparisons on these tires?
very happy with nitto 420's, it was a happy day when i got rid of those conti self seals no more tram lining no more steering wheel thumps on bumps :banana: search past posts for 255/55/18
 

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I have the Nitto 420s - love them. I've run then on the road course and they stick. The other thing about them is they can be rotated on any wheel, rather than just front to back. No experience with the Toyo, but they have good reviews.

Falkens...I did have some on another car - they SUCKED!

I would get the Bridgestones like NR has on his ride in an 18 inch tire.
 

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Dunlop's SP Sport 5000 should be considered. They only weight 31lbs.

Dunlop SP Sport 31lbs $166
Toyo Proxes S/T 34lbs $155
Nitto NT 420S lbs not available $131
Falken Ziex STZ-04 lbs not available $96
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW-2 35lbs $123
Pirelli PZero Rosso 35lbs $185
Michelin 4x4 Diamaris 32lbs $214
 

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BFG 255/55-18 KDW2's

Like NR, I recently replaced the OEM Contis with BFG's and definitely feel the difference. The only downside is I live in Toronto Canada and may need to find an alternative for winter driving.

When I purchased they were on sale at TireRack for about $124 US$. At that price the ROI was too good to ignore.
 

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What I liked about Nitto 420S: comes in 20, 22, 23 inch tires; non-directional tread design allows for rotation front-back; side-side; rated ‘A’ for both Traction and Temperature; speed rated ‘V’ @ 149 mph regarding durability. And best of all, I find the ride to be smooth and without any additional road noise which I worried about when going from 18 – 20” tires.

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I'm running BFG KDW2's.

Did a lot of research to choose a high performance tire.

Tire Rack has some of the best test facilities plus plenty of owner ratings.

I purchased from them for $124.00 per tire. I would buy this tire if it were double that price.

Here's the link: www.tirerack.com


 

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Hey Northern,
So how does one make up one's mind between your BFGs and The Goodyear assurance ? Im trying to get ready for the ultimate replacement of my stock non-seal contis..
Jay
 

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Hey Northern,
So how does one make up one's mind between your BFGs and The Goodyear assurance ? Im trying to get ready for the ultimate replacement of my stock non-seal contis..
Jay
Keep in mind that the KDW2's are strictly a high performance summer tire. They will not handle freezing temps. The new Goodyears seem well matched for the 300C and will probably wear longer.
 

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Keep in mind that the KDW2's are strictly a high performance summer tire. They will not handling freezing temps. The new Goodyears seem well matched for the 300C and will probably wear longer.
That is my thinking too. Is there an ultimate tire for the RWD "C" ???? Maybe not yet but the Comfortread is darned close.
 

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I'll weigh in with my favorable impressions of the Toyo Proxes S/T. They do well in wet or dry are quiet and have dramatically increased the fun to drive quotient of the car. They are a little heave which can sometimes be felt through the steering, but it is not a problem. I paid about $700 on sale for them with performance balancing on the rim and interior weights . I paid additional money, $100.00 or so for a 4 wheel alignment which I recommend. Best investment yet. It's like a new car. I think the BF's and the Nittos are excellent options as well and a little lighter. The Goodyear would offer too soft a ride and too much trade off in handling for my needs, tho many are really happy with theirs.
 

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My car came with the ComforTread from the factory and I am very pleased with it. It is very quiet, sticks well and from what I read, it lasts a lot longer than the Continentals. Now I don't know if they are available in 255/55 18. Although I have not driven a 300 with the other tires, I think these are a good choice.
 

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I know it's early in the season, but has anyone had the Toyo Proxes S/T in the snow yet? I'm in Utah and we do get a fair amount here, I just remember my conti's being soso last winter.

It's not bad enough to get dedicated winter tires, I'm just looking for a good compromise.

BTW I grew up in Michigan driving rwd boats (large GM and Ford). So I like to think I know what I'm doing :)
 

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i just got the panther 330c with the nitto...the car looks great..how ever you give up the mushy smooth ride from the factory set up..also you feel every bump on the road ..it corners better,,, and i am not spining tires at the light... :AR15firin now comes the 1.00$ question... what air presure should i keep ...
 

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I know it's early in the season, but has anyone had the Toyo Proxes S/T in the snow yet? I'm in Utah and we do get a fair amount here, I just remember my conti's being soso last winter.

It's not bad enough to get dedicated winter tires, I'm just looking for a good compromise.

BTW I grew up in Michigan driving rwd boats (large GM and Ford). So I like to think I know what I'm doing :)
The Toyos are only so so in the heavy rain we've been getting. I don't think the design is good at shedding water as it is closed in the center. But it never gives up completely. It's never given me white knuckles or anything.

Not used them in snow yet, so can't speak for that. By the way, I also grew up in Michigan and learned all my winter driving in a Mustang GT. Traction control? Hell, I spent all winter going sideways! Opposite lock was traction control.
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"Opposite lock was traction control" LOL! I had a 69 Mustang in collage (early 90's) talk about a$$ end light. I had some Road Huggers (not the bone pattern) on the stang and they did alright. Come to think of it, they were better then the contis.... :banana:

Thanks for the reply Lwood
 

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mikemullin6 said:
I'm getting ready to replace my OEM Conti (yuck) and will stick with stock rims. I want quiet ride with reasonable handling and am looking at Toyo Proxes S/T, Nitto NT 420S or Falken Ziex S/TZ-04. Does anyone have any observations, comparisons on these tires?

I put Falken Ziex tires on my Thunderbird SuperCoupe (before she was replaced by my 300c) and they were the absolute lousiest tires I ever bought. They were not the s/tz-04 but I really don't remember what model they were ( sold the car already or I'd go look). They were cheaply priced and I got exactly what I paid for. Almost completely shot in 11,000 miles and the cheap "cooper lifeliner" tires that were on it when I bought it ran for 25,000. I still have the continentals on my "C" (only 2400 miles on it) but when the time comes I will NOT be buying Falken tires.
 

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Yes it snowed 3 days ago here in Orangeville Canada. Came down over night then turned to rain and disapeared. Thank goodness my snow tires (Pirelli Sottozeros) came in.
 
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