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Quiet low profile tires?

I'm looking to replace my tires with something a bit softer and quieter. I have Goodyear F1's on there now. Performance is great, but probably more than I need. The car is lowered and I'm looking for a smoother and quieter ride. Current tires are 225/40 ZR18, and they are summer only. I don't want all season tires, nor do I want to give up the low(ish) profile. Any thing out there that will fit my needs?

I don't want to make this a suspention thread, but also related to tire noise, I have a bit of a cupping issue. I'm pretty sure it's the suspension geometry, so not much I can do about that. I had the problem with the stock setup and with my aftermarket coilovers and wheels. The winter tires don't have the same problem, so I'm hoping a softer tire will last a bit longer. Am I thinking correct?

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lower profile=harsher ride unless you can change the suspension there is less tire available to absorb shocks

a softer compound tire will not last longer, youll want to go to a less agressive preformance tire
cupping could also be caused by inflation issues, especially if you are running a size greatly different than the mfg spec while still using the mfg spec tire pressure.

look for a higher utqg rating number to get a longer lasting tire

i have a dedicated set of winter tires/wheels as well as a summer set, the summer tires are however all season rated for the simple reason of the weathers unpredictability around here, a summer tire caught in a early or late season snowfall is not fun at all my summer tires do get low all season ratings compared to a more well rounded A/S tire but its something

put your tire size into tirerack.com and see whats available, you can eliminate tire categories that you arent interested in like winter or competition tires

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Stay away from Pirelli as they are known for their noise or used to be. Aslong as you stay with the same size tire it will be a low profile. Cupping is usually a result of tire pressures.

Also depends how much you're willing to spend?

Try tiresdirect.net one of the best pricing companies I've seen and somewhat local for pickup/install.

Also are you running the recommended size for your car/rim size?

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I meant softer sidewall, not softer compound. I rarely get caught in snow with my summer tires, but I'll look at some all seasons. Any recommendations? Hard to go by the descriptions. They are all quiet tires with awesome grip :P

As for wheel size, not sure on the width, but I know my car had optional 18's. And my wheels aren't super wide either. I like to keep a fairly stock look to my car.

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im happy with the preformance from my kumho ecsta ASX

good grip all around wet adn dry, quiet running, decent life so far

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I have General Exclaim UHP in 225/45/18 on my HHR SS. They are quiet tires with decent but not outstanding performance. Tread life has been good as well (at least for a UHP tire).

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im happy with the preformance from my kumho ecsta ASX

good grip all around wet adn dry, quiet running, decent life so far
The price is right... Looks like a winner for now.

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Toyo Proxes are also a good tire for the price. If not sure what tire size recommended check www.tires.com


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BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport All Season Horrible tread life, some wandering at super high speeds, not as low profile as others. But they are relatively quiet, cheap, and the grip is outstanding for an all-season.

EDIT ok just checked, I guess they aren't cheap any more.

I have Kumho all-seaons on my other car and the gforces have better grip wet and dry.

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im happy with the preformance from my kumho ecsta ASX

good grip all around wet adn dry, quiet running, decent life so far
Agree with this, Cum hoes are always a good value for the price
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Kumho LX vs Kumho ASX. Looks like the LX will be a little cushier/quieter ride, but I can't tell much difference between the two.

LX
http://www.kumhousa.com/Tire.aspx?id...18be802&cat=24

ASX
http://www.kumhousa.com/Tire.aspx?id...4ac8e1e&cat=24


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On my 350Z

I have had Potenza RE50A, lasted 13,000 miles, best grip and noise level.
Nitto 555R, lasted 15,000 miles (with autocross), ok grip, ok noise level.
Eagle F1 GSD3, lasted 16,000 miles (no autocross), good grip, HORRIBLE NOISE the last 5000 miles.

If I was staying summer only, I would get the Potenza RE50A (OEM) again.

Im going to the Michelin A/S Plus All season (ultra high performance all season). Going to order them in about a week. $1300 for the set.
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You can get the Potenzas in run flat, but I did not. Never ran run flats in fact.
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Eagle F1 GSD3, lasted 16,000 miles (no autocross), good grip, HORRIBLE NOISE the last 5000 miles.
These are the tires I have now, and I had just about the exact same results. Add the cupping and the noise is at an unacceptable level.

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I run the nitto 555's quiet and they hook
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I ran these on my G35 coupe and loved them.

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I had good luck with these on my s2k
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I have the Dunlop SP Sport 01 on HHR and Nitto NT 450 of another car

I can't stand road noise and so far tires are really quite.

The snows of the HHR now are driving me nuts in the road noise area...

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check out the Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta. lesser known but still good, quiet tires

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Run-Flat tires are generally really harsh.

My Bridgestone RF's would about shake your fillings out.


I switched to non- RF Michelins and I am *much* *much* happier.

Better ride 95% of the handling and quieter.


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