Once the OEM Dunlops are done, I expect to replace them with one of the following: RE-71R, ZII Star Spec, or R-S4. These are all "extreme performance" tires that will likely last only 12-15,000 miles, and that long only because most of the time I won't be leaning on the car very hard. More on this class of tire here: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/types/perfCat.jsp?perf=EP, and here: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=EP.I know the stock rubber on the car is meant for Touring not performance driving Question - if you did change your tires what did you replace them with? how much of an improvement in handling did you notice?
What was your problem with noise? I started a recent thread on road noise and the general conclusion was that the noise levels are OK - see http://mazda3revolution.com/forums/2014-2016-mazda-3-skyactiv-discussion/187946-mazda-3-2017-road-engine-noise.htmlI haven't upgraded my tires yet but will chime in on the stock ecopia tires for reference. The main complaints I have are noise and wet road performance. They have a bit of trouble when corning hard but it's nothing too bad.
I believe that they are Extreme Performance Summer tires, a step below the sort-of R-compounds like the Yoko A048, Nitto NT01, and Toyo R888. True R-compound tires are a noticeable step up from those three tires, and you wouldn't use them unless it was on a race track.yoko advans ad08r. they're R compounds.
I believe that they are Extreme Performance Summer tires, a step below the sort-of R-compounds like the Yoko A048, Nitto NT01, and Toyo R888. True R-compound tires are a noticeable step up from those three tires, and you wouldn't use them unless it was on a race track.
The Yoko AD08R is not a true R compound tire, not really. These have a wear rating of 180 so they are pretty soft. It may have been considered an R compound tire a few years ago but the new R compound tires are much improved since then. These tires and a few others like the RE 71 are probably stickier than real race tires were some time ago, now that level of grip is considered a street tire. :smile2:hmm interesting. the "info" of yokohama australia website states "the new "R" tyre compound...". i guess the write up varies from tirerack and yoko.au never really used US websites as i can't get most of the stuff anyways. but i definitely agree with you that they're below the R888 and not full R compound like slicks if you want to put it that way.
For me, ~500 miles. They were all around crap and replaced.what kind of life did you get on the OEM? How does it compare with the Ultra high performance tires such as the Michelin Pilot Sport/Pirelli P0/Conti DWS06? Assume aggressive driving.