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Old 30th July 2007, 17:48   #1
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Default Hankook/Kumho/Maxxis/Nankang...How good/bad are these??

We know the story with koreans.
Some europeans work hard and engineer a product.
The koreans buy one and make a copy without breaking the patent/copyright.

So effectively, they save on the R&D and that translates to better pricing to the buyer/user.

So, how many of U have used these korean/taiwanese tyres??
What are ur experiences?
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Old 30th July 2007, 18:05   #2
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I used the Hankook K406 tyres, they came with my optra, total distance driven - 48k. My opinion is that these tyres are grippy,(i just changed to Michelin XM1, and i have noticed the michelins begin to chirp/sqeal a bit earlier than the hankook's while going round turns quickly.) but are very noisy tyres. I just had 2 punctures with those.

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Kumho is the official tyre supplier for the Euro F3 Competion and are supposed to be really good.
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im using jumho right now on my elantra. they seem ok. there is a bi of tyre noise but overall id prefer something like bridgestone.
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I am using Kumho in my car...no problem faced till not and good grip....
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Have used Kumho (FORD IKON), Hankook (Scorpio), Maxxis (Lancer). Never had a problem with any of them per se. Decent grip levels with first 2 brands - exceptional grip with the last (Maxxis). Trye noise in Kumho & Maxxis is about the same. The Hankook really can't comment as the Scorpio has enough nosie of it's own.

Experience with Falkens was Great. Used on Astra'99 & Zen'98

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Been using Hankook's Ventus series on Low pro's 205/40, No problem whatsoever, fantastic grip, exceptional during rainy conditions.
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Hankook are good tried and tested. A team BHPian manikjeet is using NanKang on his car so he may be able to shed more light on it.
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How is the compound in the long-run?
Do they stay soft or get hard like a rock??
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Had Kumho tires on our 2nd Esteem..pretty good rally tires!
My brother's got Kumho tires on his Corolla here in Houston. Seems to work well in the conditions here.
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We know the story with koreans.
Some europeans work hard and engineer a product.
The koreans buy one and make a copy without breaking the patent/copyright.

So effectively, they save on the R&D and that translates to better pricing to the buyer/user.
Don't sound so condescending. If the Europeans worked that well, they'd sell as well as the Koreans do around the world. Hyundai + Kia is bigger than all Euro carmakers except VAG, and they're going to be bigger in a couple of years.

Anyway, back to tyres -- do you honestly think you can reverse engineer a tyre so easily? Tyres are made out of rubber and various other compounds, and it's not too easy to replicate them. It's not like copying a chassis or something.
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The older Sonata Embera petrol used to be delivered with KUMHO as OEM fitment. So I guess no problem or whatsoever with the korean tyres until and unless they are not recommended by car manufacturers.
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3po, i assumed engineers of tyre companies can make out the compounds used by some experiments.
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I am using Kumho in my car...no problem faced till not and good grip....
Your Swift has FIRENZA tyres not Kumho...
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Old 30th July 2007, 22:30   #15
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Your Swift has FIRENZA tyres not Kumho...
In the front there are Kumho and in the rear they were FIRENZA (Japan) but now all tyres are Kumho....

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