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New Tyres Needed 225/45/R18 - what brand? and why?


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Hey Guys,

I purchased my first car in June/July or so and basically I'm not experienced with tires - gotta learn! So I'm changing my rims and need new tires on them (kappa wheels 18").

I'd like to know from experience what tyre brands are good and pretty affordable. Tyre size is 225/45/R18. Some of the brands that seem to have tyre sizes for my rims:

  • Federal 595
  • Falken FK 452
  • Carbon Series CS-Evo
  • Kumho KU31 & KU36
  • Michelin Pilot Sport & Pilot Super Sport

Any other brands that people recommend?


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What do you want from the tyre? Economy? Wet handling/braking? Dry handling/braking? Noise? Wheel feedback? Wear life?

Hard to recommend what tyre without knowing this. Given the ones you listed, I would say it sounds like you want a performance tyre, which may fall-out of your price range.

What is your price range?

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I'm looking for a good wet/dry tyre, dont care about economy too much, and the preferably quiet and yes it will probably be a performance tyre.

I'm looking at spending up to $250 a tyre but preferably less of course :)

I looked at most of the prices of the above listed tyres and they range between 150-200 - although haven't check michelin yet.

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I run Nexen N6000's on mine, they are 19's but only cost me about $190 a tyre so I'd imagine 18's may be slightly cheaper :)

As for performance, great all rounder. Handles surprisingly (for the price) well in the wet with a few corners. Quietish for "sports" tyres (about as quiet as my Adrenalins which were on 17's) at highway speeds. Had them years ago on my Skyline and handled quite well on it too, with ALOT of spirited driving :)

I've also heard the 595's are quite good on the Aurion/Camry aswell, that was my original option but the Nexens came up cheaper so I went for them instead

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