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Federal

Federal SS595

[8/16/2007] Reviewed by: bayou booger - bayoubooger@gmail.com

Applicable to: '99-'05 1.8 liter

205/45/16

These came brand new on the car, like them for aggressive driving and as stated above they are A+ in the rain. Thanks to the Discount Tire buying tip, I will consider replacing them with the same tire again.

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Federal 595ss

[7/27/2007] Reviewed by: Stefan - xxredrumracerxx@yahoo.com

Applicable to: '99-'05 1.8 liter

They are 205 40 17. Aggressive tread design. so far over all a good tire.

These tires have good traction in various weather conditions. I have had them on my car now for about 8000 miles and still have plenty of tread. This is my 2nd set though on the rear and the only time they really showed any sign of wear was when I had "fun" in a closed parking lot several times. But overall I would rate it as an excellent tire.

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505 super streeter

[6/13/2007] Reviewed by: james Bailey - probefan02@yahoo.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

this is a review for a set of tires i purchased from a local dealer here on guam the federal 505 super streeter 205/40/r/16.

personally dont waste your time or money plugged 3 holes in 6 monthes and finally the sidewall blew on 1

tires have poor craftsmenship and quick ware with normal driving.

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Federal SS595 205/45/16

[5/23/2006] Reviewed by: Bob Thiery - bob_thiery@yahoo.com

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

Federal SS595 V Rated 205/45/16 Tires

Installed a new set on my 01 LS with Hard S suspension a couple of months ago and now have about 3000 miles on them. Although they are not that common, Discount Tire had to order them in for me, they are available by special order. Installation can be a little tricky, on most rims they fit very tight, and silicone should be used, to insure a perfect fit. Appearance is first rate and they do have a wheel protector bead. The tires have a real aggressive tread design and are not your typical touring tire tread design. Wet traction is A+ (important here in Houston), dry traction is just short of spooky. Overall they perform extremely well for a high performance tire. Noise is about average for a HP tire.

For the money, reasonable, they have performed very well on all my Miatas, in different sizes.

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Federal ss531 radial

[6/21/2001] Reviewed by: James Hargreaves - hargy358@yahoo.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 +

195/50-15

Update to previous post: Now with 13,600 miles on a pair of these tires I can see that Federal is not living up to the treadwear rating on the tire. The original one I covered in my previous post had a treadwear of 180. The new ones have a treadwear of 250, but are wearing just as fast. I estimate about 22K of total mileage. They still grip well, with 5/32" of tread left. The price is now $70 each vice $40 in March 2001.

These tires have been subjected to maximum 65 MPH and moderately aggressive driving for 90% of the time. (Hey, I commute. I couldn't go any faster if I wanted too!) When the occasional time occurs where I can get aggressive, these tires stay with me. PS: The escaping air turned out to be loose valve stem cores.

Not an installed item


Federal 531

[5/21/2001] Reviewed by: James Hargreaves - hargy358@yahoo.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Federal 531 195/50 R 15 V

One was purchased to replace a road hazard damaged OEM tire (Bridgestone Potenza RE 010, same size). (Road hazard happened at 10K miles. We couldn't see replacing the other tires, and didn't have much choice in what to buy, being we were on a trip.) The tire performed well for 15K miles, then began to lose it's grip without warning on easy turns. (Making a left hand turn from a metered turn lane, under moderate acceleration.) Upon inspection, the Federal with 15K miles had less tread than the Bridgestone on the other side that had 25K. Both were replaced with Federal 531s, with the dealer chipping in a prorated amount based on 15K used /30K expected life. The new pair have 5K on them, and perform well with good grip in good to adverse (wet) conditions during moderate to heavy acceleration while cornering.

Overall, a decent tire. Handling and ride are good. The tire is not noisy, and is comparable to the OEM Bridgestone, except for the wear factor. Cost was $48 each, about $75 each out the door with tax, etc. The sudden change in grip characteristics bothers me, and I'll see if this newer set acts the same. PS - The new set also seem to bleed off pressure until they stop at 24 PSI. Now that's weird! (FYI, I'm a former auto mechanic, and can't figure out how it's getting out, save through the tire.)

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