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Firehawk Wide Oval 2 25.00%
General GMax AS-03 6 75.00%
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Old 03-09-2014, 01:57 PM   #1
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Firehawk Wide Oval vs. General GMax

It is finally time for me to get new tires for my 2011 2SS/RS, and I have been looking at different options. I was pretty well sold on the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble, but they don't appear to be available in a 275/40ZR20, which means that's not an option. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

At this point I have pretty well narrowed it down to the Firehawk Wide Oval or the General GMax AS-03. Both are 40K rated tires. I've heard good things from a few people on the Firehawks, but TireRack rates the GMax much higher, especially in the wet. I was hoping to hear some feedback from members on each tire, and maybe even someone that's used both? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks, everyone!

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Old 03-10-2014, 05:40 PM   #2
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Just put the Generals on last week so only 10 miles on them.
Less road noise then the PZero's
Going to FL next week so that will be the test.
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:21 PM   #3
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I had Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500's on my '96 Z28 and they were great. These are the summer tire version, not all season. They were very smooth and quiet. I liked them and will be looking at them again when the P Zeros are worn out. Some people say the Generals are quiet, others say they are very noisy. Not sure what to make of those.

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Old 03-10-2014, 07:55 PM   #4
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1200 miles on the G-Max which replaced the P-Zeros day 2. After driving them Jan - Mar here in northern Indiana I think they are going to be a very good 3-1/2 season tire. I just got some Interstate miles today on dry pavement for the first time. I will run them into hot weather and see how they last. On another thread, a guy mentioned Invo Motivos as his stock size pick in an all season. He has more mile on his Motivos so I would consider them also.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:27 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses, everyone!

I was leaning towards the Firehawks, but the shop I was talking to suddenly couldn't get them, and wanted $250+ dollars for any other option they offered. I'm talking to another shop about the GMax tires now, and thinking that their wet performance will probably be a big benefit for me anyway. I'll let everyone know how it finally ends up!
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:05 PM   #6
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Ok, I ended up getting the GMax, $1055 installed & road hazard at Sears auto. Not too bad. It was really the wet performance numbers that sold me. Final mileage out of the Pirellis - 19517. Lets hope the Gmax run a little longer.
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:39 PM   #7
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Got the wide ovals in 275s at all four corners an really like them even did well in the cold an seem pretty quiet over the Perilles
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Old 10-15-2014, 01:33 PM   #8
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So it has been over 6 months with the new tires, and I am very happy with them. They are definitely far better in the wet than the Pirelli's.
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:36 PM   #9
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So it has been over 6 months with the new tires, and I am very happy with them. They are definitely far better in the wet than the Pirelli's.
That is surprising as I never had an issue with the Pirelli's in the rain. I thought they were damn good.

Thanks for the update.

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How is the noise level with the Generals? Some people say they are very quiet, and others state they are incredibly loud.
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:02 PM   #11
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They may be a little noisier than the Pirellis, but not much on mine. Much more aggressive and wide grooves I believe cause it.
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