QUOTE (hangupanddrive @ Apr 17 2009, 08:49 PM)
I ordered Sunny SN3970 225/50 R17 98W. ....
..... I'm going to spank them in about 500 miles and see how they handle.[/b]
Finally getting back with a post-spank review. The 500 miles stretched into 5,000 miles. Read the note at the bottom as to why I was delayed, it may help someone avoid a lot of frustration.
Good. This tire is quieter than the stock Michelins and Exclaim UHP.
Great. Looks really good in the well and from behind. The foot print fits the 6 well.
Not very good. Bad for the aggressive driver. The compound is not as sticky as an Exclaim and really likes to squeal and chirp. These tires are 1 inch wider than the Exclaims I ran, but the Exclaims were much stickier. On the up side, these tires are good for folks who drive tons of highway miles. These tires go straight.
The delay. The same day I had the tires mounted, I hit a pot hole in a rain storm. I forgot about the pot hole. I started to hear rubbing / popping noises when I would turn my steering wheel at low speeds. Think: sound of clean tupperware. I thought it was the tires. I removed all the tires and checked for rubbing, I tried different pressures, I rotated tires. I went to a different tire shop (Discount) and those guys actually said, "you definitely have fitment issues...you need to buy a smaller tire". Luckily, I told my lube tech about it and he checked. He says, "ball joint". I go to a mechanic that I trust (with a Mazda you don't go to a mechanic very often
). He confirms the problem is mechanical and says I probably hit a pot hole or curb. Bang, the memory of the pot hole comes back! Problem turned out to be the passenger lower control arm. Once that was fixed, no more rubbing noise and no more hating the Sunny tires.