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Old April 1st, 2008, 18:45   #1
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Default Nexen Tires vs. Falkens

Anybody have any experience with Nexen tires? Know how they compare to Falkens as far as cheap tires go?

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Old April 1st, 2008, 19:05   #2
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As with anything, you'll hear good and bad things for both. Falken has changed the design for the 912 to improve the durability of the tire, and having just seen a new set in person, I'd personally be leaning towards the Falkens.

Had I not found and purchased a lightly used set of Yokohama's, I would have purchased the Falken 912.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 19:09   #3
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Are the 912s much more expensive than the 512s? Reason I'm asking is I know PT has the 512s for $125 each (17" - not installed), and I got a quote from a place in Buffalo for the 912s for $125 each (installed), so I'm wondering if the prices across the border are more comparable now, or if the 912 is generally a more expensive tire, so cheaper in the US. I also got a quote in Toronto for some 17" Nexens for $125 each installed.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 19:10   #4
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don't want to steal this thread but can we through khumo (sp??) in the mix? any thoughts?
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Old April 1st, 2008, 19:23   #5
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Are the 912s much more expensive than the 512s? Reason I'm asking is I know PT has the 512s for $125 each (17" - not installed), and I got a quote from a place in Buffalo for the 912s for $125 each (installed), so I'm wondering if the prices across the border are more comparable now, or if the 912 is generally a more expensive tire, so cheaper in the US. I also got a quote in Toronto for some 17" Nexens for $125 each installed.
The 512 has been discontinued in favour of the 912. The 512 had a softer sidewall and were sought after as they were a narrower tire (on the small side of the scale, but still within spec) and allowed for a stretch on wider wheels. This was great for appearance, but durability or tread life suffered.

The 912 was designed with a stiffer sidewall and improved durability. Overall, the tire prices for Falkens are still cheaper in the US, although the difference is more reasonable. You can expect for Perjad's prices to increase now as it was expected that Falken was going to raise their prices after April 1st. How much it goes up depends on how suppliers decided to handle or pass on the price increase.

I've asked a guy I know to quote me some prices for tires/taxes/installation on the standard VW sizes, so I'll see what he comes back at.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 19:45   #6
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My "new" 2001 Golf came with Nexen tires...

I wasn't happy, and when I switch away from the snow tires, I'll be looking elsewhere...

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Old April 1st, 2008, 19:57   #7
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Silver, I _just_ ordered Falkens from PT for my non-TDI Jetta. I was quoted for 512s but received 912s! I think the 912s are quickly replacing 512s. You should call for details.
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I don't think PT has 512s anymore since I saw his post dated last Aug saying 512s is no longer available and has been replaced by 912s in vortex Ontario forum where he is the sponser.

Here is his pricing for 912s posted on vortex...
http://www.precisiontuning.ca/tire/ze912.shtml

BTW, he did say prices will go up "slightly" by Apr. 1st.
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i have Nexen 3000's on my bbs Rc's and they are good... they are quiet on the highway and stick ok.. i wouldnt recommend them for rally racing or anything... but they get the job done for a cheaper tire... spent all my money on the Rc's and then had no money left for the tires.. and didnt want to wait
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 07:41   #10
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I have Nexen winter tires and just finished my first season with them.

While they are not all seasons, they behaved just fine in the winter- no excess wear, good traction, no odd defects or anything one would expect from a bargain basement tire.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 08:04   #11
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Are the 912s much more expensive than the 512s? Reason I'm asking is I know PT has the 512s for $125 each (17" - not installed), and I got a quote from a place in Buffalo for the 912s for $125 each (installed), so I'm wondering if the prices across the border are more comparable now, or if the 912 is generally a more expensive tire, so cheaper in the US. I also got a quote in Toronto for some 17" Nexens for $125 each installed.
You have to add fuel consumption, exchange rate (you didn't mention it's US dollar or Canadian dollar, now CDN went down.), and how many hours will you send on travelling? The most important reason is why gives business to U.S when you have a locally dealer who has the best attitude and gives you stuff at the same prices?
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I have Nexen winter tires and just finished my first season with them.

While they are not all seasons, they behaved just fine in the winter- no excess wear, good traction, no odd defects or anything one would expect from a bargain basement tire.
I had them too for 2 seasons and would not buy them again. Tire wear sucked. My wife has the Falkens, they are decent tires.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 08:30   #13
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You have to add fuel consumption, exchange rate (you didn't mention it's US dollar or Canadian dollar, now CDN went down.), and how many hours will you send on travelling? The most important reason is why gives business to U.S when you have a locally dealer who has the best attitude and gives you stuff at the same prices?
Okay if I have to defend my considerations, then...

Fuel consumption is negligable, as is travel time, since I'd combine it with a cross-border shopping trip I've been wanting to do for years. Also, driving to PT for example is an almost two hour round trip for me with city traffic, so that's half the Buffalo trip.

PT unfortunately can't install them, so I'd have to haul them to find some place that will, so that is also time and fuel consuming, not to mention installation cost of $80+ tax. Any other place (here or down south), it would be one-stop shopping. (P.S. I did buy my winter tires at PT)

And finally, no local business to me is worth spending hundreds of dollars more. Sure, if it's a matter of $100 difference, I might save myself the hassle and stay local, but if we're talking $200 plus, then...
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 09:18   #14
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SilverTDI, the New Falken 912 is much better than 512. They last longer, stiffer side wall and less noise.

Due to stronger Canadian $ the prices are also better than old 512.

Here is the new pricelist for 912.

http://www.precisiontuning.ca/tire/ze912.shtml
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 09:22   #15
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SilverTDI, the New Falken 912 is much better than 512. They last longer, stiffer side wall and less noise.

Due to stronger Canadian $ the prices are also better than old 512.

Here is the new pricelist for 912.

http://www.precisiontuning.ca/tire/ze912.shtml
Those are great prices! Do you have a recommended installer in Toronto?
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