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Old 12-09-2007, 11:47 AM
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Your Tire choices compared for 19" staggered wheels on X5

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Kumho also made an Ecsta STX tire set that had good reviews but I cannot find it in stock anywhere.

I choose the Continentals....

Note the cheapest tires usually get the best reviews since people are so happy with the price they tend to compromise on other aspects.
A true test would be if they were all the exact same price, then you would have some better feedback.

My Toyo Proxes are very noisy at close to end of life.
A story, when I test drove the truck for the first time, I thought the transmission had a problem and was not shifting out of first gear due to the loud tire noise. When I checked the tach is when I realized the tires were so noisy that it sounded like a open air Jeep. I bought the truck anyway.
Rear camber is excessive, and you can see it in the Toyo Proxes, with inner tread cupping.
The front suspension needs a control arm bushing, so front right tire wears on outside more.
I plan to get 4 wheel align, take out as much rear camber as possible, and change front bushing, and install tires.

FYI: In south Florida, best alignment shop for me is Tire Hut east of I-95 on Sunrise if you are in Broward county (ask to have Phillip work on your car).

Palm Beach county is hands down Bello Tire on OLD Okeechobee Blvd. The alignment guy there is VERY knowledgeable even aligns race bimmers for the track. Owner and his wife race cars, and she owns an X5.
Nice new alignment machine, and mounting and balancing machine.

Both these shops can handle vehicles with modified suspensions. (Quite a few of my previous 20+ vehicles were lowered, except the X5, and Phillip has seen almost all of them, until I found Bello Tire)

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Old 12-09-2007, 09:07 PM
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I've had Pirelli Scorpion Zero and Kuhmo Ecsta STX $365 per tire vs. $260 per tire for 305/40/23.

40,000k miles on the kuhmos, they were more quiet and comfortable ride and had better performance in dry weather. Another thing is the Sidewall and rim protection of the these tires are unmatched. I've gone over entire curbs, without a hitch.

20,000k miles on the Pirellis, Loud, performed better in rain.
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Old 12-11-2007, 03:22 PM
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STX has been discontinued in 255/50R19, so not sure where to send you for those. Of late, Michelin Latitude Touring HP have been popular for comfort and durability
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