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      12-16-2008, 09:22 PM   #1
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any opinions on General UHP's?

I'm trying to find an all-season tire to fit a set of 19" V710's.

It looks like the only thing available in 265/30/19 are General UHP's.

I really like the Bridgestone RE960's, but they only come in 275's and everyone is warning me about potential rubbing issues, which I really dont want to deal with.

Does anyone have any feedback on the General's?

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      12-16-2008, 09:51 PM   #2
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see my comments here:
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      12-17-2008, 12:21 AM   #3
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I had them but only used them for a summer set. In one word.. garbage. For a car of this caliber, they're simply not up to the task. I wouldn't even consider them again, or recommend them to anyone unless it's for their Camry. Even then, it's questionable.

The sidewalls are soft as butter and roll over during hard cornering. They can't hold a line for shit and squeal like a stuck pig when slightly pushed. Overall way too much of a compromise. They make a sporty feeling car feel soft and numb. For some odd reason a stupid amount of members on the forum use them and seem to like them. Money is obviously a factor.

If you must run an all season tire, check out Toyo Proxes4. Had them on my A4 for a 6 months and they were pretty good for an all season tire.
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      12-17-2008, 12:24 AM   #4
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I had them but only used them for a summer set. In one word.. garbage. For a car of this caliber, they're simply not up to the task. I wouldn't even consider them again, or recommend them to anyone unless it's for their Camry. Even then, it's questionable.

The sidewalls are soft as butter and roll over during hard cornering. They can't hold a line for shit and squeal like a stuck pig when slightly pushed. Overall way too much of a compromise. They make a sporty feeling car feel soft and numb. For some odd reason a stupid amount of members on the forum use them and seem to like them. Money is obviously a factor.

If you must run an all season tire, check out Toyo Proxes4. Had them on my A4 for a 6 months and they were pretty good for an all season tire.
+1 exactly what he said
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      12-17-2008, 12:35 AM   #5
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+2 garbage

For just a bit more $ you can get Vredestein Ultrac Sessantas which I would say are very comparable to Michelin Pilot PS2's and Goodyear F1's...

no rim protection, terrible handling the generals
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      12-17-2008, 02:47 AM   #6
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generals are garbage if youre doing any spirited driving... but no one can deny how cheap they are for 19" applications compared to other tires of the same width and diameter... if all youre doing is city driving or just regular high way driving with very little spirited drives, it fits your bill! it can most definitely handle day to day driving just fine.
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      12-17-2008, 01:02 PM   #7
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You get what you pay for.

As mentioned before, for normal everyday driving, they are fine. When it comes to spirited driving, I much preferred the Michelin Pilot Sport RFT's that my car came with.

I didn't do much, if not any, sporty driving this past summer, so I was happy with the General's. However, if I were to buy tires again, I would just pay the extra money and buy better ones.
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      12-17-2008, 01:38 PM   #8
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Well, that was pretty easy, LOL.

Thanks for the info guys...that's why this forum rocks!

Now, I must check out those Vredestein Ultrac Sessantas...who sells those?
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      12-17-2008, 01:41 PM   #9
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I agree. For "spirited driving" I think it's worth it to cough up a little more for some better tires. I have Generals right now and the sole factor for getting them was money. They are good for everyday normal driving as everyone mentioned though. I do more "normal" driving than I do "spirited driving". I too heard about the Vredestein tires and would like to try those out next time around.
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      12-17-2008, 02:04 PM   #10
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If you go with the Bridgestones just remember to roll the fenders a bit and maybe pull them out a bit wider, that should do the trick. General exclaims are great for the price, but not the best tire out there. Stick with Bridgestone, BF goodrich, Michelin or something comparable.
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      12-17-2008, 02:42 PM   #11
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Well, that was pretty easy, LOL.

Thanks for the info guys...that's why this forum rocks!

Now, I must check out those Vredestein Ultrac Sessantas...who sells those?
the ultracs are not all season FYI
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Only place I've found them is performanceplustire.com...tires came within a week in boxes...no complaints...love the tires the more I used them, and amazing wheel protection (very meaty tires)...not to mention the stiffness of the sidewalls
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i have that set-up... i like them.
i've only had them on the road for a month, but they felt good, gripped well, and were priced great. i don't track my car, i suppose if i did i'd want the michelins... but i don't. these work well for my... certainly they are no worse than the OEM 18's that came on my car. plus the TIRERACK ranking had them ranked very high overall on their list.
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I put them on my wife's passat wagon. excellent for the price and application. way better than the OEM continentals. won't find them on my 335i though.
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I hated Generals on my car. They seemed to wear quickly and unevenly, they were loud, and the cornering grip wasn't good. I got rid of them.
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I currently have them on my E90. They seem to grip pretty well even in the rain although I really don't push the car in the curves much. The only gripe I have with them is the noise but the sound is probably also magnified because of the 19s... Great product for the price though. As far as I know they are made by Continental so thats a plus.

I had BFG KDW2s on my evo and loved those performance wise so probably by next summer I may get those and put these on the winter rims (which I don't have yet).
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I was looking into getting General Exclaim UHP, but the sidewalls aren't so great they tend to blow.
I got Falken 452's instead and so far so good. Got them after the stock RFT and it's a totally different car. It's fun to drive again!
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...The only gripe I have with them is the noise but the sound is probably also magnified because of the 19s...
My 19's ride quieter than my stock 18's with RF's. Alot of people with good tires have said the same thing.

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