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      03-26-2008, 09:26 AM   #1
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General Exclaim

About to order some CSL reps and I'm having a hard time deciding on rubber. I have searched, and read reviews on tirerack. Anyone with these want to chime in with negative or positive feedback? If you could do it again, would you have spent another 300-500 total for a higher end tire?

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      03-26-2008, 09:35 AM   #2
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I would say these are the perfect everyday tire. Their two best qualities are price and durability. I have put over 20,000 miles on mine and the fronts still have decent tread left, had to replace the rears though. Unless you are looking to track your car I would say go for it. The only advantage to spending $500 more on a set of tires in my eyes would be for a slight improvement in ride quality. (you would have to spend MUCH more for a huge increase in handling) But the Generals are not bad by any means. Oh, and you can stretch them like crazy... I put 225's on a 9" rim in the front and 235's on a 9.5" rim on the back. When I replaced the rears I stepped up to 265's for more traction.
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      03-26-2008, 10:41 AM   #3
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I was in the same position too. I went with the Eagle F1 GS-D3. The price is pretty good if you don't go 275 for the rear. I have had them before on a 500+ rwhp car and they did quite well. I think the fact that they last even with their performance push me away to the GY vs the Generals.
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      03-26-2008, 10:51 AM   #4
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I've had them on a couple of different cars. They are on my wife's e46 right now. I think they are excellent everyday tires - decent handling, great in wet, good treadwear. They are not the stickiest tires around; they don't provide the best steering feel. I think they are a good compromise at that price. I recommend them to people all the time.

But, I wouldn't put them on my e90 because I want a true max performance tire. By that, I don't mean necessarily mean big money. I will probably go with the Sumitomo HTRZIII when I replace my RFTs

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I am totally happy with the Exclaims. I do not track the car so tread wear and ride takes precedence over traction and handling. One thing to consider. Since the Generals are M+S rated, they are safe to drive in temps under 40 degrees F . The rubber will not change to the consistency of a hockey puck at low temps. Given the cost, performance, treadlife, and all season capabilities, it is a great tire. I believe that there are better tires for the track but not for the street.
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We sell at least 4-5 sets of General's a week.

never a single complaint, people seem to LOVE them... and for the price, you can't go wrong!

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      03-26-2008, 01:04 PM   #7
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I've used them on two vehicles already, not one problem. Best tire to be had if you consider the price.
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