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    I'm looking into getting some new front tyres for my Honda Accord. I was researching them, and found that Goodyear are a good buy, so I looked at getting their Eagle F1 tyres.

    The issue is that they make two types in the F1, the GSD3 which is a directional tread and an asymmetrical tyre.

    Am I right in thinking that the asymmetrical tyre would last longer than the directional tyre?

    Also, could anyone else recommend an alternative, that provides good grip combined with longevity?

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    Original Poster

    Thanks guys, I've got loads of tyre sites - just wanna know the type of tyre that is best.

    Afaik GSD's are pretty soft compound so neither will last that long. Directionals look nicer though :lol:

    It depends how you drive with the Eagles. I've done over 8k on mine and there is still a good 4-5mm on the fronts and 5-6mm on the rears whereas I know of people who have been through a set in less than that.

    Continental tyres seems to get the thumbs up for longevity, SportContact I think are one of the top tyres, but they do tend to be a fair bit more than the Eagles.

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    Shengis;4025978

    Afaik GSD's are pretty soft compound so neither will last that long. … Afaik GSD's are pretty soft compound so neither will last that long. Directionals look nicer though :lol:



    Yeah they do, but another thing, I'm not sure if you can mix directionals with asymmetricals?

    You can't mix tyres on the same axel, IE must be the same on the front but can be a different pair on the rear or vice-versa.

    Mine are the GSD3s and I'm pleased with how they have lasted so far, as I say 8K and still going strong.

    You should post up what size tyres you are looking for chap.

    moob;4025957

    Thanks guys, I've got loads of tyre sites - just wanna know the type of … Thanks guys, I've got loads of tyre sites - just wanna know the type of tyre that is best.



    Goodyear NCT5's are pretty good all round (no pun intended) :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    205/55/16 - must be at least V rated.

    I've seen Barums - I think it's Goodyear that make them, they seem pretty cheap.

    Depends how much you want to pay, personally I say you should never save on tyres as generally you get what you pay for and at the end of the day, the tyres are the only thing that keep you on the road so to speak so could be a matter of life and death.

    If you don't mind spending ~£75 per corner then I would definitely say go for some Continentals. Either SportContact 2 or PremiumContact 2 as both get favourable reviews for longevity and also many people will say they stick to the road like **** on a stick.

    I have usually gone for Sport Contacts 2/3 for that size. My current car has Dunlop Fast Responses in that size and I am not impressed.

    Forgot to mention, I also rate Vredestein - excellent tyres.

    when i had my play car i was undecided between
    Eagle F1's (the directional one was the main pick as it was nice in winter & summer),
    Kumho's (value for money,not huge on performance),
    Avon ZV5,
    Dunlop SP Sport,
    Toyo PROXES (was my benchmark choice),
    Yokos R888's (not for winter!)

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    Towelie;4026180

    Depends how much you want to pay, personally I say you should never save … Depends how much you want to pay, personally I say you should never save on tyres as generally you get what you pay for and at the end of the day, the tyres are the only thing that keep you on the road so to speak so could be a matter of life and death.



    First hand experience says I COMPLETELY agree. :x

    Im running wider on the front than back atm for a little extra comfort on the way I drive. Thats also something to think about when buying tyres. :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    Cheers for all the chat folks, some useful info.

    Towelie;4026062

    You can't mix tyres on the same axel



    You can in this case. It's just a different tread pattern design, not construction (crossply/radial).

    Shengis;4026867

    You can in this case. It's just a different tread pattern design, not … You can in this case. It's just a different tread pattern design, not construction (crossply/radial).



    Sorry but I disagree, you should never have a directional tyre on one side and asymmetric on the other.

    Toyo Proxes get my vote everytime.

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    Looking at Toyo Proxes now actually - can get 2 of them for £109 delivered.

    Also if you go for f1s make sure they are made in germany as the gsd3 is now produced in china.

    moob;4026965

    Looking at Toyo Proxes now actually - can get 2 of them for £109 … Looking at Toyo Proxes now actually - can get 2 of them for £109 delivered.



    Job done then:thumbsup:

    jtx;4026946

    Sorry but I disagree, you should never have a directional tyre on one … Sorry but I disagree, you should never have a directional tyre on one side and asymmetric on the other..



    I'll admit it's not recommended, but it's still possible and legal. No real difference to having different brands of tyre on the same axle:thumbsup:

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    jtx;4026984

    Job done then:thumbsup:



    I've read they are grippy and hard wearing, surely this can't be true?!:w00t:

    All the reviews and tyre tests put them right up with the best, They were much better than the gsd3's that I had fitted previously when I had them on my Lexus. Toyo just don't seem to market them very well.

    Original Poster

    Cheers bud, have some rep.

    i've got f1's all round and have been very happy with them...very grippy although a bit noisy, especially when a bit worn. I was going to get cheaper tyres last time but somebody noted that not only do you need grip when scooting round corners the grip from the tyres is what stops you in an emergency!

    Personally I'd avoid the Proxes, from peoples reviews I have read, they seem to be very soft and very fast wearing, but then again, that could just be down to driving style.

    For an extra £10er I really would recommend the Goodyear Eagles.

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    Towelie;4027925

    Personally I'd avoid the Proxes, from peoples reviews I have read, they … Personally I'd avoid the Proxes, from peoples reviews I have read, they seem to be very soft and very fast wearing, but then again, that could just be down to driving style.For an extra £10er I really would recommend the Goodyear Eagles.http://www.camskill.co.uk/products.php?plid=m4b0s291p9477



    I did consider those Eagles, but they are also known to wear fast - the Proxes are not as bad from what I've read. It was the Asymmetrical Eagles I wanted, but they don't make them in my size.

    I'd be very confident that the Eagles would out last the Proxes. I'm on a few car forum/clubs and every time there is a tyre topic Eagles always get the vote and are 95% of the time favoured over Proxes.

    As I say, I've had my Eagles for over 8k miles now and have 5mm on the fronts and at least 1or 2mm more on the rear and I do like to drive 'hard' occasionally.

    If you really want hard wearing tyres then you shouldn't be looking at Eagles & Proxes, go for some Continentals as they seem to consistently last 20k + miles whilst also gripping just as good, if not better than the Eagles in the wet and the dry.
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