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Summary:The Falken Ziex ZE912 has a 40,000 mile tread wear warranty in our tested size, 225/40ZR18. This tire is suitable for many coupes, sedans and sport cars.
The Falken Ziex ZE912 is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, ultra high performance all season tire
models like the Ziex ZE912 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Dry handling includes how well the tires gripped in an avoidance maneuver involving a swerve into the left lane and back into the right lane; dry cornering grip on our skidpad; and subjective steering feel.
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Features & Specs - Falken Ziex ZE912
Treadwear warranty Commonly used by tire manufacturers to market tires, the warranty describes the typical tread life of the tire. Consumers should view the warranty an indicator of tread life only. Actual mileage will vary with vehicle type, driving style, road, and weather conditions, just to name a few variables. Nearly all treadwear warranties are based on pro-rated amount based on the usable tread worn off the tire.
Speed rating Speed rating. This letter denotes the maximum sustainable speed and is found directly after the load index. For S-speed-rated tires, it's 112 mph; for T, 118 mph. Speed ratings for other tires include Q, 99 mph; H, 130 mph; V, 149 mph; and Z, 150 mph plus. While such speeds may seem wildly impractical, tires with higher speed ratings tend to provide better handling at legal speed limits. Choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard.
UTQG treadwear UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG treadwear, an index developed by the government, compares a tire's tread life with that of a reference tire graded at 100. A tire with a grade of 300 is predicted to last three times as long as one graded at 100. Treadwear grades are just one indicator of tread life, but actual tire life will vary due to a number of factors including road conditions, driving habits, vehicle, and maintenance
UTQG traction UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG traction indicates the tire's ability to stop on a wet surface with Government grades of AA, A, B, C, from best to worst.
UTQG temperature UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG temperature indicates the tire's ability to resist heat build-up under test conditions with Government grades of A, B, C, from best to worst.
I have at least 45000km on these and as they get old, it seems they dry out and become harder and noisier. In fact, they're noisier than my winter tires. I rate them poor in snow even if not ridden in these conditions. In Quebec, the law call for mandatory winter tires so no escape. But tried them with rain and they're not good at all in any rain condition wether light drizzle, normal rain or heavy rain...
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Jack Wil
from San Francisco, CA
Falken Side Wall
No Side Wall Bulge
I like these tires they handle really well at 42 pounds. The only problem is their design. They don't have much of a bulge in the side wall. As a result I have nicked my wheels twice on curbs since I got them which will cost about $125/ea. to polish out. The Continental Z rated ones I had before protected the wheels, but cost a lot more. So with the wheel damage I guess its a wash money wise.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Durham, NC
Lasted 19k mi only.
Normal easy driving, BMW 528i. Did fine in summer and winter in North Carolina (mild winters). But the tread was gone (i.e. needed new tires) by 19K miles. Also tried the Ziex-512 before, and those lasted only 14k mi. No more Falken's for me.