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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old March 31st, 2008, 07:53   #1
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Yes, another tire question. Currently running Kumho Ecsta 711's (225/45-17). Wasted one of them the other day with a huge gash in it. I don't really care for these tires much; I find them loud, don't really have a comfortable ride, and I have taken a mileage hit. They do handle pretty good though.
So I am debating between replacing 2 of these tires or maybe just buying a whole new set of something else. The 711's are tough to find now, most places only carry the asx model.
Anyone running a good a/s tire in this size that they are happy with? And not too pricey?? My top priority is a quiet/comfortable ride, not too sticky/LRR. Recommendations appreciated!
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Old April 1st, 2008, 06:20   #2
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stay away from the performance summer tires or performance all seasons. best bet is all seasons with a long lifespan (harder rubber = lower rolling resistance and less noise). If you can find some with kevlar belted radials, and a decent directional pattern.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 07:39   #3
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I have been running 225/45-17 Continental ContiProContacts on my '03 Jetta for the last two years and love them. I notice no mileage difference between these and my winter tires (50-55mpg), handling is great, and they have tons of tread left after 30k miles. My snow tires go on in the winter, so I cannot attest to their cold weather handling.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 08:20   #4
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Sweet, thanks I will check out those Contis.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 09:15   #5
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2 of the top five Tdi club A/S favorites:
  • Michelin Pilot Exalto: 4-season A/S
  • Nokian I-3: 3.5 season A/S
Both are LRR, excellent handling. Check out reviews at Tire rack and elsewhere.
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Can I see where the Pilot Exalto is listed as a LRR tire?
Michelin doesn't say anything about it on their site.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 09:06   #7
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Well I ended up going with the Exaltos. The Contis had poor reviews on Tirerack and the Nokians were not available in the size I needed-at least what I could find. Hope to get them installed this weekend. I have run these tires briefly on another set of wheels, don't remember what my thoughts were on them though.
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