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Falken FK453 vs. Kumho KU39

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Lee540, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. Lee540
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    Any thoughts?

    I'm not in a financial position to replace the PS3's for another set of PS3's.. max. budget is £400 for the complete set which are due for replacing now.

    Falkens are coming in at £408 fitted at my local trusted tyre centre and Kumho's are about the same..

    They are going on my TDi 170.

    Cheers

    Lee
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    Good Year Eagle F1 Asy 2 should be very close to your budget.
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    £126 a corner for those.. I asked for those and PS3's first..
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    If I only needed two tyres it wouldn't be an issue but down to 1mm on rear and 2mm on fronts.. so need all 4
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    I HAD 4 f1 a2 fitted for 470
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    I'm sure I could find those as a set of 4 for £470 as well.. but still £70 more than I am willing to pay.
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    But they will last that extra 70quid believe me Falkens are fairly soft compound and on my previous car they worn out in less than 10k. However I like to drive quite hard but after having had F1 A2 for over 4 months and 4ks they look like new no significant wear on them which is amazing not to mention superior grip dry & wet.
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    Have a look at Avon ZZ3's. Have them fitted to my S3 and have had no probs with them whatsoever. Camskill have them on offer just now for £68 per corner. I know Ash bought a set off my recommendation and he loves em.

    Mine have been on for approx 10 months (10k miles) and the car has just been serviced and I have 5mm of tread all round. I know people rant on about never buy middle of the road tyres but I have tried Contis and other op brands....IMO the Avons are far better and half the price. If you want better Avons go for the ZZ5 which is the newer version.
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    I have only read good reviews about the 453 so it seems like they have improved the previous 452 which is what I have been using on the BMW for a couple of years. The the only downside I have come across is the lifespan, you won't see more than 15k out of them. From looking at Camskill it seems like the prices have gone up, £170 for a rear set so I might look at alternatives.
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    Used ZZ3s many moons ago on a Civic Type R and they were spot on.
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    Brodster, how long did your ZZ3's last? Has anyone ran the Avon ZZ5 tires and got any opinions on them? I'm pretty much in the same boat as the OP.
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    My 19" ZZ3's are still fitted mate.....as I said it was serviced yesterday and the Audi garage measured the tread depth @ 5mm all round and theyve been on for 10k miles.
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    Well..

    Went completely different direction.. my tyre place had ordered in a set of Bridgestone RE050A for a customer who didn't turn up and I could have them for the same price at the Falken.. so I did.

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    I always had 452s then 453s on my golf (6 years worth) and thought they were spot on. Had falken ziex on my s3 when I got it. Absolute pants!
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    See that's oposite to what i have found, odd isn't it.

    The ziex are the premium model/make/brand in the range
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    That's good to hear. My local tyre place suggests I fit a set of these to replace my Avon winters, but they don't do 18's in a Y speed rating and I'm basically sold on a set of Avons anyway (cheers Brodster and Ash:laugh:).
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    To elaborate on pants... They are pants in the snow, like slicks. So they've recently really annoyed me. I think I'm getting some road noise/wurring from the back ones at about 80mph too. My confidence in them is a bit knocked. Other than that they're ok but won't be getting falkens again. Prob contis next.
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    I know plenty of guys on BMW forum running KU39s on track days, 452s were better than the 453s imo.
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    :iagree:
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    Id say uniroyal rs2 as well. Ran those for 4 years on a golf gti and they were very good but settled on the goodyear f1 a2 which as said is worth the extra. Amazing tyre!
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    There was a mix up with suppliers so my car is now fitted with Bridgestone Potenza S001 at no additional cost.. same price as FK453's..
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    Waw! Lucky, very lucky! Could do with some of that luck coming my way.
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    I'm having a hard look at the ZZ3's or the Uniroyal's for my fronts next month off the back of the recommendations here, cheers gents.
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    Falks 453 on my s3 half a year now, good grip dry n wet. Still a lot of tread but I seen many people say they are softer quality but almost half price as f1s(in some places) etc and not much difference in performance (as can relate to because I bought car 2nd hand with f1s had to change tyres as some how 2 ended up with screws perfectly in middle of them hmmm) wanted 452s but were discontinued :(
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    I can't fault the Bridgestones.. very happy with them
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    Fitted two Good Year Eagle F1 Asy 2 R17/225/45 for £193 minus £4 cashback minus nearly 600 Tesco clubcard points.
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