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Take a look at one of Hankooks newest tires. The Ventus EVO 12. This tire was release not too long ago and its quickly gaining in popularity. I have been more and more impressed with the product I have see Hankook deliver and this one is no exception.


Here's what Hankook says:
Hankook Ventus tires are designed to deliver the ultimate in handling by offering exceptional control and superb braking. Hankook is able to achieve this level of performance by using innovative Multiple Tread Radius design and advanced compound technology. The Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110 tires provide the precise control and superior responsiveness that are required for performance under extreme driving conditions.






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TECHNOLOGY

-Solid center rib block

The solid rib block in the center enhances braking performance. It also ensures optimal ground contact pressure and control response at high speeds for excellent handling.


-Efficient water drainage

Wide linear grooves and aggressive Y-shape pattern design effectively channels water away from the tire.


1) Jointless Bead Wire & High Hardness Bead Filler:

Improves high speed stability while maximizing steering response and durability without sacrificing ride comfort.

2) Wide, High-Tensile Steel Belts & Jointless Two-Cap Ply:

Enhances tread strength for added steering response and wear resistance. This also improves uniformity for a smooth ride and durability.

3) Rim Protector

Provides better protection against outer shock or rim scratches.


-High density nylon reinforcement belt:

Optimized for even distribution of ground contact pressure during cornering.


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RECENT TEST RESULTS




If you are running the Ventus V12 Evo post your review here along with a picture or two - we would love to read them
 

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5-star rating and the least expensive, that's amazing! Not time to change tires yet, but this will be my next set. Thanks.
 

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Nice tires but...

This is my story, last month I needed tires really BAD so I had to rush to a good local tire shop, buying online was out of the question as I didn't have time to order, wait for shipping, etc. They had these Ventus V12 Evo in stock and they look GOOD! I decided to give them a try (stock size) and so far it's been a nightmare! In a 2-week period I've gone 4 times to that shop and 2 times to another one, trying to find out why my car vibrates at high speed! My wheels have been re-balanced on every visit to the shops, 6 times in total, and every time I go (probably 2 days in between) they're out of balance again!!! Tires are filled with nitrogen and tire pressure is at OEM level (I believe 35 PSI). I've been next to the guy doing the balance every single time and the machine says it's OK (after adding the proper weight). The car feels so smooth and quiet driving below 80 MPH, but once you hit 80, it's like an ON-OFF switch, the car feels so unsafe, vibrates so bad that you can see the visor vibrating, you put your hand on the passenger seat and the vibration is bad. The steering wheel remains centered, it doesn't pull to any side though. I drive HARD, and my daily conmute is driving on highways, so going over 80 MPH was the norm, now I get so irritated because I can NOT stand driving a Lexus IS-F, a $60K+ car, with this kind of problem.

Now some answers:
1. I asked the local shop to return the tires and pay the difference for better ones, maybe the stock Bridgestone or the PS2, and they said NO, they've been used and I can't return them.
2. I went to the Lexus dealer to check the car and see if the vibration was caused by something else. Everything was OK, they confirmed it was the tires.
3. I talked to a friend who has track experience and have gone through different kind of tires, I didn't mention my problem but mentioned tire's problems in general. At one point he talked about the same issue that I'm going through and he said it's caused by CHEAP tires.

So here you have it, this is my experience with the Hankook Ventus V12 Evo. My tires are 1-month old and I'm in the market for another set, probably Nitto Invos, great reviews all over the net.
 

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One more thing so you guys can feel my frustration, on my daily conmute I have some highway sections of loooong empty road where I used to cruise at 120 MPH and sometimes speed up to 150 MPH (with the stock Bridgestone), now I have to be brave enough to get up to 120 MPH (and strong enough as well to keep the steering wheel in one place)... forget about going any faster!!!

By the way, the vibration comes from everywhere, not only from the front tires but from the rear as well.
 

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So, you can't isolate it to one tire? When you rebalanced was it all 4? It's very odd that a tire will show it's in balance, then go out after a few miles. Have you contacted the manufacturer? Keep us posted.

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The first time I went back to the shop they found one deffective tire and it was replaced. While it was being balaced, you could see the tire moving up and down (from the front). After some weight the machine read 0, perfectly balanced, but it was evident that it was a faulty tire (it didn't move to the sides).

During my trips to the tire shops I have them inspect all 4 tires, and all 4 needed re-balancing. My guess is that the balancing machines get up to certain speed, way below 80 MPH, that's why they can't reproduce the problem there. Once on the road everything is OK until I hit 80.

I thought about calling Hankook but haven't done it yet. Everything should be OK, they are new tires on a high-end car, so this issue doesn't make much sense. I guess the only way to support my problem is having them here in Miami test driving my car. At least I learned something, first set of Hankook in my entire life and last one!
 

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Wow, what a bummer! And I thought we're getting a good deal. Thanks for the warning Juanca. I guess the old saying "you get what you pay for" still holds true.
 

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Sorry to hear about your tire troubles.

There are many factors that can be causing this balance issue. Could it be the tires, yes. Could it be the wheels, yes. Could be it be the technician running the balancer, yes. Could it be the balance machine, yes. Could it be spirited driving, yes. Whatever it is, since we can not be present to diagnose the problem, it's near impossible for us to tell you what the problem is. These tires are highly reviewed and this is the first complaint I have heard.

Since you haven't had the best of luck solving your balance issue locally, please send us a PM with your contact info so we can help.

Thank you for your post.
 

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I considered all the possible factors, that's way every time I came back to the first shop I requested to have the balancing in a different machine. The operator was the same though, so in order to factor that out (and possible out-of-spec machines) I went to another shop, so different people runing different machines. I even tried using regular air for a couple of days and nitrogen for the last time I went there. As you can see I've spent not only money but a lot of time trying to fix this problem. Before mounting these tires the ride was SMOOTH (stock Bridgestone with 20K miles), as soon as I switched tires the problem began. BTW, it's the same stock wheels.

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No thanks!

I had these on my IS300...here is what happened.
Ok so a few months ago I bought a set of Hankooks V12 evos and two days later this began to happen, After a day in the rain this white film began to surface on my tires. I have some experience with molding stuff etc so I thought it was just mold release from manufacturing. So I cleaned and dressed them but after a few days the film came back. two of the tires have this issue on the entire tire and two have it in spotty locations. So all I can come up with is a "bookend" issue meaning I got a bad compound mix. this stuff just does not go away. I took them back where I purchased them and what do they say that Hankook recommended...." TRY PLAIN WATER" really ..that’s your soulution. Dont you think ive tried that already. ive done water, soap and water, acetone, dry towel scrub (which made the white look metallic silver) ive done it all. after returning three times I dropped a not so pleasant line to Hankook they stated they would never suggest doing that, the same letter went to the corporate office of Discount tire... less than 20 minute later, I have a replacement set of rubber on the way...not Hankooks though, not going to risk it. Well has anyone seen this or have a little tire knowledge that can explain whats going on.put a set of NITTOS on it right before trading it in
Thanks
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I've put 18,000 miles on these tires so far and they've been great. Tire wear is at about 50%, but they've never seen the track. No problems like others have previously reported. Will definitely buy again.
 

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Nice tires but...

This is my story, last month I needed tires really BAD so I had to rush to a good local tire shop, buying online was out of the question as I didn't have time to order, wait for shipping, etc. They had these Ventus V12 Evo in stock and they look GOOD! I decided to give them a try (stock size) and so far it's been a nightmare! In a 2-week period I've gone 4 times to that shop and 2 times to another one, trying to find out why my car vibrates at high speed! My wheels have been re-balanced on every visit to the shops, 6 times in total, and every time I go (probably 2 days in between) they're out of balance again!!! Tires are filled with nitrogen and tire pressure is at OEM level (I believe 35 PSI). I've been next to the guy doing the balance every single time and the machine says it's OK (after adding the proper weight). The car feels so smooth and quiet driving below 80 MPH, but once you hit 80, it's like an ON-OFF switch, the car feels so unsafe, vibrates so bad that you can see the visor vibrating, you put your hand on the passenger seat and the vibration is bad. The steering wheel remains centered, it doesn't pull to any side though. I drive HARD, and my daily conmute is driving on highways, so going over 80 MPH was the norm, now I get so irritated because I can NOT stand driving a Lexus IS-F, a $60K+ car, with this kind of problem.

Now some answers:
1. I asked the local shop to return the tires and pay the difference for better ones, maybe the stock Bridgestone or the PS2, and they said NO, they've been used and I can't return them.
2. I went to the Lexus dealer to check the car and see if the vibration was caused by something else. Everything was OK, they confirmed it was the tires.
3. I talked to a friend who has track experience and have gone through different kind of tires, I didn't mention my problem but mentioned tire's problems in general. At one point he talked about the same issue that I'm going through and he said it's caused by CHEAP tires.

So here you have it, this is my experience with the Hankook Ventus V12 Evo. My tires are 1-month old and I'm in the market for another set, probably Nitto Invos, great reviews all over the net.
Wow thats horrible and I wish I knew the solution to all of what you experienced! I've had the Hankook Ventus V12 Evo's for a while now (probably around 2 months) and haven't came close to any of the things you have listed. The ride is hard at times but I had the Micheline tires that came stock with the car and the feeling was identical so I dont believe it was the tires. I've also gotten the car close to the highest speeds the ISF can go and didn't feel any one of the things you have listed either. I am not a Hankook promoter in any way so dont get me wrong! Just listing my experience with them and making sure everyone on the forum didn't think that these tires perform poorly because they really do perform great.
 
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