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Goodforoneyear Eagle GT 225/50/17 love these dam things! dry, wet doesnt really matter.. I believe they may be made out of glue Oh and 105 per from Discount tire direct.
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Been hunting around a couple tire websites, and figured I would search here as well. I do a fair amount of short highway trips to work, friends, etc. Not really into aggressive-style driving anymore, but still like a hairpin turn if I can find one Anyways, I'm searching for the best tire for my habits:

Live in south FL, so no winter tires needed period, but rain performance is needed
Stock 17'' rims
Not lowered

I was thinking grand touring tires, but I've read one or two posts that mention sacrificing performance/handling for smooth/straight ride. Is that true?

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QUOTE (Spacefox1138 @ Aug 19 2009, 09:57 PM)
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Just put a set of General Altimax HP's on my 04 Mazda 6 Wagon and so far I'm really pleased. Haven't driven them in the rain yet, but they are quiet and feel great on dry road.[/b]
I also live in S. FL, and I'm thinking of trying those when my Mich are done with. The summer tires seem to be a good choice for this climate.

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QUOTE (jzoom6 @ Sep 11 2009, 11:10 AM)
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Live in south FL, so no winter tires needed period, but rain performance is needed

I was thinking grand touring tires, but I've read one or two posts that mention sacrificing performance/handling for smooth/straight ride. Is that true?[/b]
Grand touring is not a category of the Rubber Manufacturers Association, but retailers use it as a term for their low-end all-season tires. All-season tires, whether low-end or high-end, have a tread compound modified so that the tread does not readily shed water; that modification is made for the purpose of allowing snow to stick to the tire, but has the inevitable side effect of reducing traction on wet pavement; on wet pavement, you want the tire to shed water as fast and as thoroughly as possible.

Get Hankook Ventus V12 evo tires; they are cheap and very good.
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The new Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec is a great tire for dry/wet - no snow or freezing temps though...

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?ti...rt+Z1+Star+Spec

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QUOTE (posttosh @ Sep 14 2009, 03:30 PM)
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Get Hankook Ventus V12 evo tires; they are cheap and very good.[/b]
I have those and agree. They're much better than very good.

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Just checked out the price for my stock 17'' wheels, at $91 a tire, that isn't a bad price at all. It rarely gets anywhere close to freezing here, so no worries about snow/winter performance. They seem to rate well with hydroplaning resistance as well as cornering and ride comfort too. How would you rate them on noise level? I tend to drive on the highway, so a deafening roar is out of the question. I know the 6 isn't exactly the most sound-proofed car, but just wondering anyways.

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Just checked out the price for my stock 17'' wheels, at $91 a tire, that isn't a bad price at all.[/b]
We purchased a pair ourselves from tires-easy dot com, and paid $85/each for the 215/50R17 size.

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It rarely gets anywhere close to freezing here, so no worries about snow/winter performance. They seem to rate well with hydroplaning resistance as well as cornering and ride comfort too. How would you rate them on noise level? I tend to drive on the highway, so a deafening roar is out of the question.[/b]
The objective noise data may be found at page 4 of the .pdf version (Autobild_14032008.pdf) of this 2008 comparative tire test by the German enthusiast magazine Autobild. (The results are under the heading "Vorbeifahrgeräusch.")

There is also a separate thread about that model tire in the First Generation Wheels/Tires subforum.
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I haven't posted here in a while but I'm still happily driving my 6 after three years of ownership. At 65,000 miles now, my original 17/215/50 Michelin Pilot Sport tires have been gone for over 20,000 miles now. I endured a period of time being broke and making do with random used tires. Recently, my dad fortunately came across a totaled, brand-new 2010 Ford Fusion that arrived at his garage which had frame damage (although the car didn't appear terribly damaged at all) and its fate was the auction block. I managed to get four practically brand-new 17/225/50 Michelin Pilot Sport tires from the car in exchange for my existing tires since the car was going to be scrapped anyway and it was very convenient that the wheel sizes were exactly the same (the chassis of the Fusion/Milan/MKZ is identical to the 6 anyway). My car feels like a new car again and the tires are amazing on dry roads as well as inclement weather. Compared to the stock 17/215/50 tires with which my car was originally equipped, these are much better. They've got a bit more meat to them, and, performance-wise as well as in their appearance, they seem like a stronger compound. If they're the same exact compound, I'm fooled, but, they definitely beat what the car came with in 2006. The old ones seemed to be very soft and fragile.

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