Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Installed: 18 inch Work Emotion XD9 and Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3

I finally installed my new wheels and wrapped them up with some good rubbers. I was actually shopping around for tyres as are quite undecided on what tyres should be mounted on the wheels.

I narrow down my choices to the below:-

1) Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3
2) Toyo Proxes T1-R
3) Yokohama Advan Sport
4) Falken Azenis ST115

After a week plus of cross examining the pros and cons of each tyre, I decided on the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3. The sizes as below:-

Front : 225/40/18
Rear : 255/35/18

Pic 1: Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3

Pic 2: Mounted on the Work Emotion XD9

Pic 3: Mounted on the Work Emotion XD9

The Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 is a Max Performance tyres developed for driving enthusiasts. It excels in wet conditions by delivering class-leading hydroplaning resistance and traction, as well as offers competitive dry performance.

According to the review in Tirerack,

"The Eagle F1 GS-D3 tires feature Goodyear's AAtrax tread compound molded into a distinctive wet weather racing-derived OneTRED directional tread design and earns the highest "AA" Uniform Tire Quality Grade wet traction rating. The Eagle F1 GS-D3's OneTRED design combines three distinct patterns to enhance dry and wet performance. A solid and continuous center zone maintains constant road contact to enhance straight-line tracking and initial steering response. Next, sweeping intermediate power transfer bridges use "virtual rib" technology that emulates racing slicks by delivering shoulder-to-shoulder tread contact to further enhance steering response and dry road cornering traction. Then, sweeping aqua channel grooves, which are three times longer than the tire's contact patch, angle forward and out to the edges of the tread to avoid trapping water between the tire and the road enhancing wet traction and hydroplaning resistance. And finally, the virtual ribs flow into the shoulder area to form long, stable shoulder blocks that grip the road during cornering and help resist the wear associated with aggressive driving.

The tire's structure includes twin, high-tensile steel belts reinforced with spirally wound nylon that distribute the vehicle's load across the tire's footprint to provide high-speed durability and uniform ride qualities. Slightly angled body ply construction with high-ply turn ups enhance steering precision and high speed stability while exterior sidewall rim flange protectors help guard wheels from curb damage."

It's also interesting to note that the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 was amongst 11 tyres pitted in a test by
Car & Driver magazine. The end result?

Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 came out top as the best tyre.

You can
download the full report (PDF - 4.4 MB) as printed in the December, 2005 issue of Car and Driver.

Hope I made the right choice!!

Pic 4: Fitting in the new wheels and tyres

Pic 5: Note one side with 255 and the other with 225 width tyres

Pic 6: Before new wheels and tyres

Pic 7: After new wheels and tyres

Pic 8: Side profile

Pic 9: Front wheel

Pic 10: Rear Wheel


  1. U making me dem hornee!
    ahjin, i hatechu..kaka...

  2. yoyoyo... nice nice... hahaha... bling bling...so bila mau test drive?

  3. Right tyre choice indeed! Shall I say its the most expensive option too.. :P

    With these tyres, you can say bye-bye to rainy seasons.. :D

    Kind of heart ache to me if you decided to go do donuts with these tyres.. :(

    But trust me.. after a while, its just another set of tyres.. :D

    Seriously, from your photos, your wheels look too HOT for the car. Something is missing.. the car body seems to plain.. :(

    Maybe the less agressive side skirt or front bumper, or was it the racy stripe decal.. Hmmmmnn..?? What's missing.. ??

  4. uncle foo, more stuffs coming that'll make you cum on the spot. :P

    siukeong, we test drive this Sunday!

    astroboy, yeah you are right, the Eagle F1 is the the pricier of the lot. :(

    Definitly no donuts with the new rubbers!!

    Agree that the car looks too tame. Problem is I have a front bumper that looks like it came off a B13 Sentra and it has no side skirts.

    I don't think I wanna put any stripes along the side of the car. But those NISMO ones look great. Anyway, I prefer it to be clean and tidy.

  5. Fu yoh! Bro,Finally the awaited moment has come! U installed the new set of wheels. Your car look a bit more "ganas" compare to the stock mode. Now u make one to change mine set of stock wheels too. Good job.

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  7. Fu yoh! Bro,Finally the awaited moment has come! U installed the new set of wheels. Your car look a bit more "ganas" compare to the stock mode. Now u make me want to change mine set of stock wheels too. Good job.

  8. Jason Ong, yea man. Go and change yours. *wink* :P

  9. Hehe, made the car with more wank factor now. Cool! Tell you what, gimme the rotors and you get a bigger one to fill up the rims ;)

  10. Give you the rotors? Why not you go and buy those lovely AP Racing 6 pot for the front and 4 pot for the rear? :P

    Outbrake all of us anytime, bro!

  11. Cool wheels EJ. And cool brakes too. Do some dorifto actions la.. after all, sideways on the move is when the wheels and brakes have more visual exposure hehehe..

  12. Hmmmnn... B13 Sentra GTT... what an interesting mix.. and u r right!

    That's it.. and u know what's missing..:D

    Looks like u still have a long Christmas wish list.. :D


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