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      05-16-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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Tires, Hankook v12 VS Falken FK452?? Opinions?

Stuck between the two.. price is about the same. Pros and cons of each?
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      05-16-2012, 08:59 PM   #2
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Unfortunately I've never used the Hankook's, but I have lots of experience with the FK452's. I used to be a huge fan for the simple fact that they were cheap compared to most other summer tires. In my opinion, they wear too fast, are way way too loud, and lack ultimate grip. Sidewall is average, maybe a little soft.. I've heard great things about the hankook's but I've also heard people swear by the FK452 and I think that they're crap.
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I currently have both on two different cars. I think the Hankooks are louder and the sidewalls look funny. If I had a choice, I would go with Falkens.
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      05-17-2012, 09:57 AM   #4
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I just put a set of the Hankook's on my 335i Sport this past Monday. I was running Bridgestone REO50 RFT's and absolutley hated them. Now I have only ran RFT's on my car until these Hankooks. Let me tell you, the difference in ride was night and day. This is probably due to more being the Hankook's are not a RFT, but never the less they feel great.

I was concerened that the road noise would be an issue. Not at all but again I have only had them on my car for 3 days. I have read that on a staggered set up the backs will last 15-18k and the fronts will last 22-30k. That's pretty much standard for a summer tire that can't be rotated. In my opinion I don't think there is a better tire for the money.

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      05-17-2012, 10:55 AM   #5
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I've had V12s on my daily set of 189s for over a year.

Good: quiet, soft, cheap, mfr warranty replaced two of my tires when bubbled, forgiving (progressive noise while approaching or at the limit of adhesion).
Bad: Soft if you're looking for tight steering feel, great but not fantastic in rain, dry grip is not as amazing as UHPs but that's what R-S3s are for.

The rears I've had for about 25,000mi and I think I have about 20% left. I should mention that I take fast corners whenever possible and safe, and my daily empty highway commute involves multiple 130-140mph pulls. I've tracked with these tires I think 3 days so far also, so I'd say the wear is not bad at all.

But due to lack of grip compared to, say, Star Specs, I got a separate track set. After that, I've learned how communicative the V12s were, telling me exactly when they're gonna lose traction.

Verdict: If price remains cheap, I'll def use them again as comfortable daily driver.
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