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Old July 7th, 2009, 15:24   #1
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Maybe this has been posted or not, but I was not able to find it, I am trying to decide whether I should buy a set of Falken 17" 502's, if anyone has bought these tires and used them,, or should I take a diferent route, your opinion is appriciated,
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Old July 7th, 2009, 15:50   #2
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I had Falken Ziexs on my A3 and they were OK but got very loud after a few thousand miles. In fairness I think I did a track day on them so perhaps that was the problem.
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Old July 7th, 2009, 16:02   #3
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yes, falkens are apparently made in japan
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Old July 7th, 2009, 16:20   #4
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yes, falkens are apparently made in japan

http://www.falkentire.com/Company


i am running falken ziex 512 (55,000 mile warranty) and so far after 6k mile's of having them im satisified.
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Old July 7th, 2009, 16:27   #5
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I dont know about the 502's but if they're anything like my ZIEX ZE912's
Id stay away form them. Wally World has a a few
GoodYear, Michelin, Bridgestone brands available for a decent price if you dont mind W-M installing them.
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Old July 7th, 2009, 16:30   #6
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I have 512s on my mk3 and mk4. Love em. Cheap, loads of grip and they're made in Japan...Oooooooooooooh.

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Loads of grip-check
Good looking pattern-check
Decent price-check
treadwear-FAIL

Seriously, I just took off the set of Ziex 912s that were on the Passat. 65,000 mile treadwear warranty. Worn out at 22,000 miles. I don't abuse tires, just drive normally. The folks I purchased them from were not surprised, and adjusted them to a new set of Yokohama Avids.
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I had Falkens and they were okay... but loud. I also only got 38K out of them.
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Maybe this has been posted or not, but I was not able to find it, I am trying to decide whether I should buy a set of Falken 17" 502's, if anyone has bought these tires and used them,, or should I take a diferent route, your opinion is appriciated,
I ran the Falken 452's in a 17" 225/45-17. Nice tire in a single ply side wall, inexpensive and quiet, but after 10,000 miles it became the in-law that would never leave.

Loud, wobble, tracked road crowns, steering was in need of a exoticism and uneven premature wear. Not worth it.

I did study the fact that even if a tire manufacturer states a "tire size" that it's not really exact. You can see here with 3 tires all different that I've used and all three are 225/45-17's but different widths, heights and ...you get the picture.

Falkens are a trend tire to stretch across wider rims in the lowered, Stretched Crowd. Go search Stretched Tires on YouTube. Falkens are a favourite.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 10:10   #10
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It seems that most of you guys had problem with the Falken, so which tires do you think is the best bang for the bucks in a 17" size and which store do you think may have a good price? I am trying to get a set of tires at a decent price without being noisy, wobbly and having a premature wear,,I am looking at a tire with a low rolling resistance in a 17".
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I like Yokohama Avids
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I like Yokohama Avids
Yup, I've had multiple sets of them. Best bang for the buck. However, they are not LRR tires.
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What is an LRR tire?
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Old July 8th, 2009, 14:34   #14
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What is an LRR tire?
Low Rolling Resistance

Michelin tires are the way to go IMO, they are pricey but you get what you pay for. I've loved every set of pilots, I even run them on my motorcycles.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 15:03   #15
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Michelin tires are the way to go IMO, they are pricey but you get what you pay for. I've loved every set of pilots, I even run them on my motorcycles.
I went to Costco to check out their aresenal of 17" and they only carry one Michelin brand in a 225-45-17" and it is $186.00 per tire plus tax and $60.00 for installation, price tag total for 4 tires will be $865.00 minus the $70.00 off cupon= $795.00, this price is way too high for my budget., and it is only rated for 45 k miles.
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