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Eurosport 07-19-2011 08:56 PM

Official 20" Tires Thread
or unofficial if you want ;p

mostly wanted to keep this 20" only since 18's have much much better tires options to begin with, but for some of us that opted for the 20" factory wheels, options for replacement tires are not that many.

stock Forteras just don't seem to cut it if you push it, it does eveything ok, if you're driving absolutely normal, but once you go on some spirited runs you notice things like:
1). wet traction could be better
2). initial flex in sidewall when cornering with little to no feedback
3). "the bounce"! i'm sure everyone that had a chance to open it up know's what i'm talking out.

to improve on those road manners i'm asking for opinions or tire recommendations from you guys. performance minded all seasons, not AT tires due to the speed limitations on them...

while doing my research i've found only a few that might be a good replacement for our stock size 265/50/20 same all-seasons as Fortera.

A). Hankook Ventus ST
-word is they are harder compound to last longer but also very quiet on the road, with excellent traction in wet, only feedback i've seen is they are not as sticky on dry but that was from Lightning forums pushing 400+ rwhp, so it's hard to judge.
price: $169ish from discounttiredirect

B). Toyo Proxes ST2
-word is they are improved in every area over the original Proxes, and of course the noise is gone, with excellent traction in the wet and dry. now there's some cases where the steering wheels feels numb at higher speeds and also feel a lot more impact directly in the steering, with little shaking at times, this was feedback on Nissan forums in the FX(Infiniti) but could be isolated cases???, others seem very happy with them.
price: $162ish from
C). Nitto 420S
-word is the sidewall is pretty soft with lots of flex, design seems to work in the wet and dry very good, with occasional happy owners of their tires feedback when pushed hard, but overall happy.
price $177ish from discounttiredirect

i have left out the Continental CrossContact UHP since it's a summer tire, even though it's probably most performance oriented and might work excellent as a replacement.

now i understand always take feedback on tires with a grain of salt, since most people always recommend whatever they are running, and always take pricing into account of the overall performance, which leaves to sometimes overrated ratings on tires just because they were on sale, instead of real world performance...i have seen it this time and time again reading and being on car forums for many years...
therefore, please do give only honest feedback regarding real world performce :thumbsup:

4th Cherokee 07-19-2011 09:02 PM

Re: Official 20" Tires Thead
I'm running a set 285/50/20;A). Hankook Ventus ST awesome in the rain, dry and SAND!

2004wjmedic 07-19-2011 10:30 PM

Re: Official 20" Tires Thead
I had a set of Nitto 420s 305/50/20 tires on my truck and they were awesome! A very quite tire and excellent traction in both wet and dry conditions. I can't comment on how it would do offroad because I never took the truck in the mud but on the road they were great!

mtndog 07-20-2011 12:35 AM

Re: Official 20" Tires Thead

Originally Posted by 4th Cherokee (Post 451111)
I'm running a set 285/50/20;A). Hankook Ventus ST awesome in the rain, dry and SAND!

Those 285's look good. What size wheel are you running 20x? and what is the ET? Any rubbing?

Eurosport 07-20-2011 12:54 AM

Re: Official 20" Tires Thead
i think Hankook just earned some points because of this ad

:D notice factory 20" wheels are made in korea, might as well get the tires to match :thumbsup:

btw just realized i did have Continental CrossContact UHP in the past and they were great as far as noise and comfy, but sidewall way too soft, this was on x5 and summer only tires might as well cross that off the list...

4th Cherokee 07-20-2011 06:57 AM

Re: Official 20" Tires Thead

Originally Posted by mtndog (Post 451256)
Those 285's look good. What size wheel are you running 20x? and what is the ET? Any rubbing?

Thank you!
+35 by 9"

4th Cherokee 07-20-2011 07:04 AM

Re: Official 20" Tires Thead
The ventus are also super silent, compared to the stock 18"

mjw930 07-20-2011 07:14 AM

Re: Official 20" Tires Thead
I did a similar thread back in March:

I ended up with the Michelin Latitude Tour HP based on conversations with the local Discount Tire store manager who I know and respect as well as local members of my Porsche Owners Club about their experience on Cayenne's. In the end I'm very happy with my choice. The HP version of the Latitudes has a different carcass than the normal tire and adds that extra stiffness without being harsh that the Fortera's lack. So far I have 4000 miles on these and consider it one of the best purchases I've made for the vehicle. These should be the OEM tires IMHO.

jp467 07-20-2011 01:12 PM

Re: Official 20" Tires Thead
I also changed my tires to the Michelin Latitude touring Hp and overall I am happy when them. The Foteria's always had a little bit of a vibration and that is gone with the Michelin's. They are a little stiffer, but smoother on the highway. I am not sure we will be able to get these in the future though I think they have been discontinued in this size.

Scottina06 07-20-2011 02:02 PM

Re: Official 20" Tires Thread
I have the nitto 420 s on my 2006 Jeep and they have performed flawless in all weather conditions...including sleet, ice and snow.

JeepGuy026 07-25-2011 06:29 AM

Re: Official 20" Tires Thread
hey what about these??

JETLIFE 07-25-2011 06:37 AM

Re: Official 20" Tires Thread

Originally Posted by Mako (Post 452817)
How could those Nittos possibly perform well in ice and snow??

Maybe you just like them.... but there is no way a hi-performance speed rated SUV tire like the 420S will perform well in snow or ice conditions!

So... You're saying he's lying?

I have had good traction with Toyo Proxes S/Ts in the snow, they're also a performance tire.

Pretty opinionated for a guy with 14 posts... :rolleyes:

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