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Old 03-17-2019, 12:21 PM
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Tires for 2009 S

Has anyone used Riken Raptor ZR, Falken ZIEX ZE950, Kumho ECSTA PA51 or Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring on their Mini's? Or have a good recommendation for a not too expensive tire.
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Old 03-17-2019, 01:07 PM
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Firestone Firehawk Indy 500.s! $99/tire plus additional savings this month!

https://www.firestonecompleteautocar...kindy500/12088

Number 2 in TireRack tire test!

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...omCompare1=yes
 
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Old 03-17-2019, 04:47 PM
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I second the Firehawk Indy 500's. Half the cost and 90 to 95% of the performance.
 
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Old 03-17-2019, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by colinmini View Post
Firestone Firehawk Indy 500.s! $99/tire plus additional savings this month!

https://www.firestonecompleteautocar...kindy500/12088

Number 2 in TireRack tire test!

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...omCompare1=yes
I would love to get them but they are high performance summer and I am looking for a high performance all season. Unless someone uses them year round. I have winter to drive in.
 
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Old 03-17-2019, 06:51 PM
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get some used wheels for real winter tires, all seasons do no seasons well
 
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Originally Posted by v8registry View Post
Has anyone used Riken Raptor ZR, Falken ZIEX ZE950, Kumho ECSTA PA51 or Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring on their Mini's? Or have a good recommendation for a not too expensive tire.
Thanks
Russ
What wheel are you using? What suspension?
What are you using your MINI for? Street driving only and in cold weather?

How bad are your roads?

Riken Raptor ZR
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests...y.jsp?ttid=233
Not good in wet but handles OK, budget tire

Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S
OK street tire, likely not the most comfortable

Kumho PA51
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests...y.jsp?ttid=238
Basic tire, soft riding, handles OK

Cooper CS5 Touring Grand Touring All Season tire, treadwear up to 640
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/surve...=true&filter=y
Probably the most expensive tire of the four, Grand Touring AS not as good for handling but OK for cold weather and some street comfort although this tire isn't at the top of it's class.

If you are only doing street driving and don't really require precise handling then Grand Touring All Season tires are OK, prices vary a lot but you tend to get what you pay for. The Best of this class are very good tires indeed. Easy to live with for daily driving and decent enough for the MINI. Ultra High Perf All Season tires tend to offer a firmer ride, a little better handling, but might wear faster and be a little noisier.
 
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:35 AM
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General GMax AS-05 do well in Tire Rack testing. $70 rebate on them right now. I just bought a second set. First set went on my son's Mini but he didn't put that many miles on it before he decided to sell it. I just bought a set for my Mini but haven't had them installed yet as I'm in the process of cleaning up the wheels and repainting.
 
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Old 03-18-2019, 05:06 AM
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Thanks, I would have made a mistake in buying the tires that I tough were good ones. The Mini is my daily driver so It does get in some snow but more rain than anything else.I wanted good handling tires that didn'r have a lot of road noise. I have a convertible so I hear a lot.
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Old 03-18-2019, 05:19 AM
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Thanks for the feed back. I had looked at those and wonder if they were a good buy. I looked them up on Tire Rack and can have them sent to my local Pep Boys. Much appreciated.
Russ
 
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Old 03-18-2019, 09:27 AM
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I've used General snow tires across a number of cars for years and been very happy. We just got a set of the AS-05s for another car, and I'll be putting the GMAX-RS on my mini. General is owned by Continental, I think they're the best value out there right now.
 
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Old 03-18-2019, 05:22 PM
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What about BFG G-Force Comp-2 A/S? Anyone use those tires?
 
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