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Old 11-15-2012, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok. I need new tires soon. Cannot get the Continental Extremecontact DWS set because they are backordered until next year and i need them sooner than that. Bridgestone Potenzas are out of my price range. I am torn between the Kumho Ecsta 4X and the General G-MAX AS-03. I like them both and they are about the same price. May not make a difference but the size is 225/45R18 on a set of RX-8 wheels and driving in the standard IL weather (ie shit).

Any opinions on them? I just can't figure out which set to get.
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I had a set of Kuhmo tires on a previous car and enjoyed them. Never used either of those exact tires but did have a good experiance with Kuhmo so they get my vote.


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235/40s will probably fit the RX8s better & the DWS in that size is in stock at Tirerack.
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235/40s will probably fit the RX8s better & the DWS in that size is in stock at Tirerack.
I saw that on there but I just like the way the 225/45 look. Plus, idk if the 235/40 size will give me rubbing issues. I have already had them with the current 225/45.
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i have the gmax as-03's and fuckin love them. had them for about 15k now and there is legit almost no wear.
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http://www.conti-online.com/generato...tasheet_en.pdf

The 225/45 has a diameter of 26in & width of 8.9in while the 235/40 has width of 25.4 & width of 9.5, so it might be wider tire, but will give you 1/2in more fender gap, which may reduce the rubbing.
You should roll your fenders with RX8s anyways.
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Between the Kumhos and Generals, I'd get the Generals. I've been hearing nothing but great things about the Generals lately. The Kumhos are also probably a good choice, but they're quite new to the market (a year old IIRC), and the verdict is still out on them in terms of long-term use.

If you're willing to experiment on the size, I'd jump at the DWS.
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yeah i was stuck between the kumhos and the generals and the wear rate on the kumhos were pretty bad. SO i got the generals. Great grip around corners, quiet, takes bumps a little harder because of the stiffer sidewall but it helps alot with handleing. and they are wearing fantastic.
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MATR6, I do have them rolled. Are there any benefits to a wider and slightly smaller (diameter) tire besides looks? Everyone else, thanks for the input. Currenty have Kumho ASX's on now so i think i might give the generals a try
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MATR6, I do have them rolled. Are there any benefits to a wider and slightly smaller (diameter) tire besides looks? Everyone else, thanks for the input. Currenty have Kumho ASX's on now so i think i might give the generals a try
I had 225/45/18s on my 18X7 with 42mm offset & rear fenders rolled & they rubbed over bumps & RR crossings. Switched to 225/40 & the rubbing went away. 225/45 is higher profile than OEM, so the suspension is not set up for both the aggressive offset of the RX8s & higher profile tire.
Since you can't really change the offset of the wheels w/o getting new ones, changing to a lower/wider tire might reduce the rubbing.
There are wheel/tire calculators online that help with the calculations.
A wider & lower profile tire will help with handling but a loss in little ride quality.
Good luck.
You should come to one of our Midwest meets. A few guys run RX8s & you can see what tires they're running.
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