New Car Type Reviews

Hankook, Yokohama, Kumho, Beaurepairs, Firestone

New car tyres & wheels were recently reviewed by independent visitors to popular tyre websites.  Car enthusiasts were asked to comment on various factors, including:

1. Braking performance in dry and wet conditions.
2. Cornering performance in dry and wet conditions.
3. Noise.

Here are some reviews from popular Australian tyre forums:
Bridgestone Battlax BT-012SS Radial
Latest review:
Pros: Great grip, especially in the wet
Cons: Slight road noise

Yokohama SD05
Latest review:
Pros: Very Good Tyre, No noise, get excellent grip
Cons: Nothing Really

Yokohama G040
Latest review:
Pros: Driving 03 Outback n getting 60000km each out of 2 sets. Now have to buy a new set but unfortunately not made any more. Bummer.
Cons: none really.

Goodyear REVSPEC RS-02
Latest review:
Pros: Driving 03 Outback n getting 60000km each out of 2 sets. strong sidewall….i didn’t even notice that i have puncture my tyre last week. until the next morning. good overall performance in wet and superb in dry with reasonable price
Cons: Not available now

Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor
Latest review:
Pros:  I had the wrangler MTRs and they were an awesome tyre. I would recommend them again. I am running MTZs now but haven’t done enough on them yet to give a fair comparison
Cons: Nil

Dunlop SP Sport Maxx
Latest review:
Pros: Traction Levels are amazing! wet and dry, 5 year manufacturers warranty, Its the traction thats awesome, its just phenomenal. Flyin down the highway in torrential rain and running…
Cons: Nil

Dunlop Grandtrek TG35M2
Latest review:
Pros: High mileage – I’ve done 110,000 kms in my Prado and they’re only now coming up for replacement. Off road ability – they’ve handled everything very well.
Cons: There’s nothing I dislike!

Hankook Ventus Sport
Latest review:
Pros: Grip, Wet Grip, Comfortable, Low noise, Price. The tyres are by far on of the best sports tyres on the market,…
Cons: Grip could be increased further

Hankook Ventus Prime
Latest review:
Pros: Very Quiet. Solid Dry performance, predictable in the wet. This is a very high grip Tyre, the TDI golf no-longer spins its front wheels in the wet
Cons: None

Bob Jane Xenon Z1
Latest review:
Pros: Good traction, lasting, warranty ok priced? I have been using these tyres for more than 2 years. Pretty good I say
Cons: none so farTested tires were Goodyear, Yokohama, Dunlop, Continental, Bridgestone, Michellin, Pirelli, Sava, Hankook, Yokohama, Kumho, Beaurepaires (sometimes misspelled Beaurepairs), Firestone, Wheels And Tyres

Main findings:
The the best buys were:
YOKOHAMA C.Drive $150
BF GOODRICH Sport T/A $157
GOODYEAR Ducaro GA $162
KUMHO Solus KH15 $165
MICHELIN Energy MXV8 $207
PIRELLI P6000 Powergy $198
CONTINENTAL ContiEcoContact 3 $156
FIRESTONE Firehawk TZ100 $135

Avon Tyres

In 1981 they started race tyre production, resulting in a contract to supply Formula 3 Racing, which is still held today.

Avon gained the International Formula 3000 contract and later the Formula Ford contract for UK and Europe.

In 2000, Avon was contracted to supply racing tyres to the US F2000 National Championship.

In 1997 the company was acquired by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in USA, to create Cooper-Avon Tyres Limited.

Avon Tyres are original equipment for Rolls Royce and Bentley and the tyres of choice for owners of luxury and prestige cars throughout the world.

National Brand Manager
Phone: 1800 681 298
Brisbane – 07 3272 9888

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A bit of care for your car’s tyres should be a routine part of your regular maintenance.

The right pressure
Keep your tyres inflated to the pressure recommended by the car manufacturer.

The recommended pressure is on a sticker usually found on the car’s frame inside the driver’s door, or in the glove-box.

When driving with a heavy load, or in very hot conditions, you need to inflate your tyres to a higher pressure — check the sticker.

Tyre pressure is measured in kilopascals (kPa) or pounds per square inch (psi).

The car manufacturer’s recommendations refer to the pressure when the tyre is cold (in other words, the car hasn’t been driven far just before measuring the pressure and stabilised at ambient temperature for some time before that).

Tyre maintenance
Every so often, do a visual check for any objects that may have become embedded in the tread (such as stones or glass).

Check for uneven wear which could indicate a problem with the car’s steering or suspension.

Run your hands over the tread and sidewalls to identify any bubbles, cuts or cracks.

Keep an eye on the tyres’ tread wear indicators showing the minimum legal tread of 1.6 mm. Replace your tyres when the tread level reaches the indicators at the latest.

Whenever you put new tyres on the car, have them balanced and a wheel alignment done.  Driving with underinflated tyres uses more fuel, impacts negatively on the car’s handling, and may lead to tyre damage.

Don’t forget to keep your spare tyre inflated as well. Check the pressure regularly — for example, make it a habit each time you fill up the petrol tank.