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    Default I've defected back to original tyre size

    I have been running on the alternative 225/45/17 Falken 912s for the last year but I got a good price for 4 Falken 912s in 215/50/17 and had them fitted today. First impressions are good. IMO the wheels and tyres fill the arches and it looks loads better, soaks up bumps a bit better and still handles OK. Well pleased!! I have 2 Falken 912 225/45/17 with approx 6mm of tread left and have put them in the For Sale section if anyone is interested. I know plenty on here run on this size and rate the Falkens as indeed I do!!

    Ehhhmmm maybe not as I am not a fully paid up member and just realised I can't post in the Parts for Sale section....should have checked that first maybe and may eventually get round to paying my subs!!
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    Do you think the 912's are as good or better than the Falken 452's ?

    The reason I ask is because I'm thinking of changing the run-flats on my 320i BM to a standard tyre, and though previously I've always bought branded premium tyres, I've heard good reports about the Falkens, and of course they are a pretty cheap too.

    Just undecided whether to choose the 912's or the 452's.

    Either way I will have to carry some tyre goo/ repair kit/compressor etc.
    as the car has no spare wheel, though I could buy a space saver and keep it in the boot, otherwise its a phone call to the RAC.

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    I cannot compare with the 452s as I have never tried them but the 912s are an excellent tyre. I have done about 19000 miles and the fronts still had a little over 3mm so wear rate IMO is excellent. The grip in all conditions is fantastic and only now have they started to let go and the car pushes wide on hard cornering in the wet. This is only when really pushed though I must add. The only thing I found was that in 225/45/17 with the higher load index I had lost a little ride comfort but now I have the original size, load index etc all is fine.
    All in all though when you consider the price they are fantastic tyres and will be my first choice as long as they are still produced.

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    The only reason I didn't go over to the Falken 912's @ 225/45/17 was because they were only available in the 94 XL high load variant which would give a slightly harder ride whereas the 215/50 was available in the 91 normal load variant. Unless you have stayed at the higher load variant, is this, at least partly, why you now get a slightly better ride?

    Since I wanted to go to the 225 size (I already had changed the rears to this size from the OEM NCT's using GY 'Excellence' before checking out the Falkens) I stayed with the GY & got the 91 load. Ride is fine, poss slightly better than before where the fronts which I've just replaced were an economy 215/50 @ 94 XL, these fitted by the previous owner in place of the OEM GY NCT's.

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    I changed to 225/45/17 a few years ago and since then have not been 100% convinced that they looked right. There seemed to be a bigger gap between the wheel and arch and when i got the Falkens last year I immediately noticed the harsher ride due to them being 94 load index. Really I had been contemplating going back to 215/50 for months now and would have done last year but Falken only did the 215/50 in V speed rating at that time. That has changed as now they do the W rated one.
    So the new ones are 215/50/17 91W which is the original spec and I am willing to sacrifice a little sporty handling for the extra ride comfort and they are still only £70 a corner at my local tyre place.

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    Ive got the 912's on my front, and they are superb. Would have them over NCT5's anyday

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    I started off with Good Year NCT5 215/50 R17 95W XL

    However at £160 each I swapped over to the Good Year GSD3 225/45 R17 94W XL which were £90 each
    They didn't last as long, but the cost per mile was about the same

    The ride is harsher due to the lower profile and the gap to the body is due to the difference in shape of the tyre (if you measure the distance from the centre of the tyre to the vertical body above it is the same!

    Sadly the GSD3 XL was withdrawn late last year and replaced by the Assymetric XL
    It's not as good

    I would be tempted to go back to the 215/50 R17 XL as well, but the lack of choice and silly prices mean it is very unlikely

    I buy only "premium" brand tyres at the top end of the TTT scale

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    Im on 215/50 R17 95W, (Falken 912's), think i got two with fitting balancing, and tracking for £171 on blackcircles.

    Could have got cheaper on camskills admitidly

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