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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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I know the stock rubber on the car is meant for Touring not performance driving Question - if you did change your tires what did you replace them with? how much of an improvement in handling did you notice?
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Changed tires and wheels to +2 (18x8") and didn't really push it until I got the suspension done but lets say 40-60mph corners are fun and it's solid.

Continental DWS06.

Discounting the exhaust swap, the tires are definitely quieter.
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I haven't upgraded my tires yet but will chime in on the stock ecopia tires for reference. The main complaints I have are noise and wet road performance. They have a bit of trouble when corning hard but it's nothing too bad.
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Here's another forum section with lots of threads, lots of info if you want to upgrade your tires.

2014-2016 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires - Page 12 - 2004 to 2016 Mazda 3 Forum and Mazdaspeed 3 Forums

However, if you want the "summary", Continental DWS 06 are the leading choice of forum members, with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+being the second choice. Those Conti's are excellent IMO, and give a better ride than the Michelin's. Personally, I am going with the performance-edge Michelin's which also have a better mileage outcome.

Again, you can't go wrong with either of those two. And you may wish to explore/get some of the other highly selected ones.
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Replaced the OEM Avid S34s with Dunlop Signature HPs. Better in every way by far. The stock tires sucked in every way.
I have new rims for summer tires in the garage. I'll be making a trip to TireRack in a few days to pick up a set of Continentals to go with them.

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I will be buying Cooper RS3-G1s in the summer. Price is cheaper than both Michelin and Continental by about $200 CDN after install.
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I know the stock rubber on the car is meant for Touring not performance driving Question - if you did change your tires what did you replace them with? how much of an improvement in handling did you notice?
Once the OEM Dunlops are done, I expect to replace them with one of the following: RE-71R, ZII Star Spec, or R-S4. These are all "extreme performance" tires that will likely last only 12-15,000 miles, and that long only because most of the time I won't be leaning on the car very hard. More on this class of tire here: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/types...at.jsp?perf=EP, and here: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/surve...ay.jsp?type=EP.

This will make a dramatic improvement - not so much in handling per se, but in absolute grip. The difference will be night and day, helped by the fact that the much-stickier rubber will be mounted on much-lighter 17X7 RPF1s. This tire and wheel combo will yield a weight savings of 14# per corner. That is a huge reduction, and it will make each corner more responsive to changes in the road surface. Additionally, the 56# overall weight reduction will make the car more responsive to throttle and brake inputs - not a lot, really, but I expect it will be just enough to be noticeable in certain places.
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Replaced stock avid s34's with Dunlop dz102 summer tires. They're quieter and grip a lot better. For reference, a curved on ramp I take often,I could only go 35mph before. the Avids would squeal like crazy. With the dunlops I can push through at 45mph and no squeals or loss of traction.
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I haven't upgraded my tires yet but will chime in on the stock ecopia tires for reference. The main complaints I have are noise and wet road performance. They have a bit of trouble when corning hard but it's nothing too bad.
What was your problem with noise? I started a recent thread on road noise and the general conclusion was that the noise levels are OK - see http://mazda3revolution.com/forums/2...ine-noise.html
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did my coilovers then went with a different sizing for the stock rims.

225/45/r18. yoko advans ad08r. they're R compounds. way better grip and cornering, but they take a little to warm up. Sidewall flex is really stiff on the advans as they have a steel thing in the sidewall. it really helps when the tyres get really hot and don't crumble when you corner. i feel they're better in the dry compared to michelins pss i used before. that said, once this is done, i'll put pss on this car to see how it handles. (which might not be a fair comparison as winter is coming in june) not changing the rims anytime soon yet, but i don't expect longevity out of these tyres.

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