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Put on my Hankook Ventus V12 EVO K110's
So, I know there has been quite some chatter about these tires since Knightshade posted the C&D article about them.
Some of you might recall that last year (in October) I got a flat spot on one of my OEM Potenza's and after much deliberating, I decided I just had too much tread on the rears to go for a new set entirely. Instead, I simply swapped out the front's for two new Hankook Ventus V12 Evo's.
I've had them on for a week and I wanted to share some of my impressions.
Overall, I am happy with the purchase, but in my experience so far, they are louder than the OEM's. That is a bit of a negative for me because I do enjoy silence when I drive.
Not terrible road noise, but enough that I noticed a difference from the OEM and in fact, I think I can actually discern the noise between the front and the rear tires now.
Having said that, I have also found that they have more grip, the front tires tend to now hold a hard turn better than the OEM's did and I also think I have a slight improvement in gas mileage.
The price... well, that is just the part that makes these tires a no-brainer. I got the tires, installed, balanced and mounted for just a tad over $300. That's a bargain IMO.
Obviously I can't speak to treadwear yet, but I regretting not swapping out all four because I feel like they perform differently enough to have warranted doing all four.
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