Originally posted by rominl
you meant the so3 are very quiet? redgs4 has them and he said it's good so far. been in his car and it's very nice, that's why i am giving it a try.
personally i don't suggest ANY performance tires on snw...
since we're meeting with RedGS4 for lunch tomorrow, I'd say we need to ride in each others cars across the same road surfaces to get the real low down on tire noise.
I've got the Pilot Sports 245 & 285 -19 and they are OK on most surfaces and a little growl when coming to a stop.
Also I think The Yoko's mentioned were the "DB" version. Was that what you have or the non-DB ? ? The DB is "supposed" to be low noise, as in decibels "db".
My buddy in his stock 2002 Mercedes E320 just lowered his car and put 245/40-18's. He does not care that much about handling or wear; he just wanted the car to be as quiet as stock.
He went for the Yoko DB's and he said they are just as quiet as stock, even with the much lower profile.
All tires get noisy as they wear, so I would say just about any new set of tires will sound quieter than the old worn rubber. In my buddy's Mercedes, his stock tires only had 1000 miles on them, so I think this is a fair evaluation.
The tread design is one of the factors affecting noise. Any tread with separate blocks will contribute to noise. The SO3's have partially joined blocks, so that explains why they should be a little quieter than most. RedGs4 had the Yokos to compare to the SO3's, but they WERE NOT the DB's. I'm not surprised that he is happy with the SO3's, but I just want to make it clear that he was not comparing them to DB's , which could possibly be even quieter than So3's.
A new tire from Continental "Sport Contact 2", has almost no blocks in the design, just 4 deep grooves, with some pattern extending out from the grooves.
Just by looking at this tire, it tells me that it would be a good candidate for low road noise. Of course other characteristics may affect this.
I think a 19" version of this tire is available on the new 7 series BMW. Not totally sure though. Test drive or find someone with these tires on their 7series to see what they're all about.
Don't know any other way to find out what this tire is like except to buy em and find out.