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Tyre Review Nfera Su4- “Premature”
10-08-2016, 10:36 AM
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Tyre Review Nfera Su4- “Premature”
So I admittedly write this review prematurely due to my current experience.

Bit of History
Vehicle: E92 355i Sport pack (stock ) – OEM Bridgestone RE 050A RFT
Due to the financial constraints I needed to replace my rear tyres with something more pocket friendly that offered reasonable value.
My Investigation was to find a tire that would offer decent grip dry and wet without compromising braking. Road noise and ride quality wasn’t a major factor at this point.
And I could only afford to replace the rears as the front still have about 40% life.

The Investigation.
Based on the multiple treads across forums “RFT’s VS Non- RFT’s” it seemed that ditching RFT’s was a no brainer.
My Investigation let me to the Nexen Nfera SU 4, which has great international reviews and out rates my current Bridgestone RE050A on paper.

Analysis Below:

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Based on the great reviews and mind blowing pricing of more than ¼ of the price of the Bridgestone per tyre, It was the obvious choice.

My Current Experience – DRY
I must admit I have only covered about 300kms since I have fitted the Nexen’s , Since fitting them however I have notice my car handling is drastically change, The car is much lighter at the rear and seems to be wondering between speeds of 120kms to 160kms, Haven’t pushed it further.
It’s almost as if the car has lost is firm road handling qualities, I’m continuously correcting the car and this is normal driving, the feeling of quickly and confidently switching lanes at high speed and having that sure footedness is gone. My braking distance has also been compromised as I have been caught out a few times having to jump on the pedal as I have lost my usual brake pressure applied to stopping distance I have been accustomed to.
I’m hoping with a little more wear these tyres may settle in but I doubt it, I’m Starting to understand why OEM tyres are recommended as they are designed for optimum performance and handling for the specific car. It has come to light that you can’t comprise quality with price.
It seems I have lost the “Sheer Driving Pleasure”.
I have one concern that may make this entire review totally invalid – Nitrogen in tyres, I’ve never used it before and don’t know if they change the tyre characteristics drastically?

Additional Info:
OEM 18 inch BMW rims, 100%
Full Wheel Alignment was done , Apparently didn’t need adjustment.
Tyre Pressure is correct 255x35x18 on 240 Bar

I will update if there is improvement as I rack up km’s, In the mean time I get to be a more interactive driver at low speeds.
Hope this helps someone who is considering budget tyres.

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10-08-2016, 10:40 AM
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Buddy you will not go wrong with the Nexen SU4, i have them on my 335I.

They are soft tyres, but they are amazing in the wet and dry.

I also had a look at the reviews before buying them and have been happy with them ever since.

Those tyres are gaining popularity.

You wont go wrong.

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10-08-2016, 10:44 AM
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RE: Tyre Review Nfera Su4- “Premature”
(10-08-2016 10:40 AM)akash Wrote:  Buddy you will not go wrong with the Nexen SU4, i have them on my 335I.

They are soft tyres, but they are amazing in the wet and dry.

I also had a look at the reviews before buying them and have been happy with them ever since.

Those tyres are gaining popularity.

You wont go wrong.

Thnks Akash,

I'm just seriously concerned how vague the rear end has gone, Did you have anything similar to my experience when you fitted them?
I'm really hoping it still has to wear in a bit...I do agree i have read all the reviews and its very highly rated internationally.

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10-08-2016, 10:44 AM (This post was last modified: 10-08-2016 10:44 AM by MaX.)
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RE: Tyre Review Nfera Su4- “Premature”
According to his review, he thinks he did go wrong....

I agree, there is a reason why Conti\Michellin\Pirelli\Bridgestone charge a premium. If cheap tires were as good as premium brand tires, all cars would come with the cheaper brand.

Coincidentally, the new A4 comes with Hankooks...
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10-08-2016, 10:55 AM
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RE: Tyre Review Nfera Su4- “Premature”
(10-08-2016 10:44 AM)NFCKNSANE Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:40 AM)akash Wrote:  Buddy you will not go wrong with the Nexen SU4, i have them on my 335I.

They are soft tyres, but they are amazing in the wet and dry.

I also had a look at the reviews before buying them and have been happy with them ever since.

Those tyres are gaining popularity.

You wont go wrong.

Thnks Akash,

I'm just seriously concerned how vague the rear end has gone, Did you have anything similar to my experience when you fitted them?
I'm really hoping it still has to wear in a bit...I do agree i have read all the reviews and its very highly rated internationally.

If you coming straight from RFT to Non RFT you going to feel a difference. The RFT has a very hard/Stiff sidewall.

At first it did feel like the back was a little loose, but you will get used to the soft side walls on non RFT's compared to the RFT's.

I have 622NM of power going to the rear wheels and the Nexens hold up very well.

Maybe look at adjusting your tyre pressures at the rear.

I ran these tyres at ODI for the 1Km run and they were brilliant

AKASH
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10-08-2016, 10:59 AM
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RE: Tyre Review Nfera Su4- “Premature”
(10-08-2016 10:44 AM)NFCKNSANE Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:40 AM)akash Wrote:  Buddy you will not go wrong with the Nexen SU4, i have them on my 335I.

They are soft tyres, but they are amazing in the wet and dry.

I also had a look at the reviews before buying them and have been happy with them ever since.

Those tyres are gaining popularity.

You wont go wrong.

Thnks Akash,

I'm just seriously concerned how vague the rear end has gone, Did you have anything similar to my experience when you fitted them?
I'm really hoping it still has to wear in a bit...I do agree i have read all the reviews and its very highly rated internationally.

I noticed when I fitted ne tyres on a front wheel drive car, it did feel a bit lighter or at is seemed like it had less grip. As I put on more mileage it felt better. Maybe this is the case.
But if you are comparing it the Bridgestone, I dont think it will be able to match up.

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10-08-2016, 11:06 AM (This post was last modified: 10-08-2016 11:09 AM by NFCKN'SANE.)
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RE: Tyre Review Nfera Su4- “Premature”
(10-08-2016 10:55 AM)akash Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:44 AM)NFCKNSANE Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:40 AM)akash Wrote:  Buddy you will not go wrong with the Nexen SU4, i have them on my 335I.

They are soft tyres, but they are amazing in the wet and dry.

I also had a look at the reviews before buying them and have been happy with them ever since.

Those tyres are gaining popularity.

You wont go wrong.

Thnks Akash,

I'm just seriously concerned how vague the rear end has gone, Did you have anything similar to my experience when you fitted them?
I'm really hoping it still has to wear in a bit...I do agree i have read all the reviews and its very highly rated internationally.



If you coming straight from RFT to Non RFT you going to feel a difference. The RFT has a very hard/Stiff sidewall.

At first it did feel like the back was a little loose, but you will get used to the soft side walls on non RFT's compared to the RFT's.

I have 622NM of power going to the rear wheels and the Nexens hold up very well.

Maybe look at adjusting your tyre pressures at the rear.

I ran these tyres at ODI for the 1Km run and they were brilliant

Yes I did go from RFT's to Non, good probability needs some getting used to, BMW has made me lazy with all the driver aids...Rollsmile
Wow 622NM and Nexens holding up...i feel a lot more confident - thanks budCoolShake

(10-08-2016 10:55 AM)akash Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:44 AM)NFCKNSANE Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:40 AM)akash Wrote:  Buddy you will not go wrong with the Nexen SU4, i have them on my 335I.

They are soft tyres, but they are amazing in the wet and dry.

I also had a look at the reviews before buying them and have been happy with them ever since.

Those tyres are gaining popularity.

You wont go wrong.

Thnks Akash,

I'm just seriously concerned how vague the rear end has gone, Did you have anything similar to my experience when you fitted them?
I'm really hoping it still has to wear in a bit...I do agree i have read all the reviews and its very highly rated internationally.

If you coming straight from RFT to Non RFT you going to feel a difference. The RFT has a very hard/Stiff sidewall.

At first it did feel like the back was a little loose, but you will get used to the soft side walls on non RFT's compared to the RFT's.

I have 622NM of power going to the rear wheels and the Nexens hold up very well.

Maybe look at adjusting your tyre pressures at the rear.

I ran these tyres at ODI for the 1Km run and they were brilliant

Whats your suggestion on Tire Pressure ? Its on 240 at the moment 255/35/18s.. They also add Nitrogen, I have never used it or researched benefits of nitrogen.

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10-08-2016, 11:13 AM
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The first time I changed tyres on my 335i the shop recommended less rear chamber on the rear as the tyres wear a lot more on the inside. I went for it, but the back end felt horrible, drove 2 days and had them adjust back to spec chamber and all was good.
I also switched to "go-flats", found the ride and grip better. RFT tended to skip/bounce over the smallest road imperfections.

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10-08-2016, 11:25 AM
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(10-08-2016 11:06 AM)NFCKNSANE Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:55 AM)akash Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:44 AM)NFCKNSANE Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:40 AM)akash Wrote:  Buddy you will not go wrong with the Nexen SU4, i have them on my 335I.

They are soft tyres, but they are amazing in the wet and dry.

I also had a look at the reviews before buying them and have been happy with them ever since.

Those tyres are gaining popularity.

You wont go wrong.

Thnks Akash,

I'm just seriously concerned how vague the rear end has gone, Did you have anything similar to my experience when you fitted them?
I'm really hoping it still has to wear in a bit...I do agree i have read all the reviews and its very highly rated internationally.



If you coming straight from RFT to Non RFT you going to feel a difference. The RFT has a very hard/Stiff sidewall.

At first it did feel like the back was a little loose, but you will get used to the soft side walls on non RFT's compared to the RFT's.

I have 622NM of power going to the rear wheels and the Nexens hold up very well.

Maybe look at adjusting your tyre pressures at the rear.

I ran these tyres at ODI for the 1Km run and they were brilliant

Yes I did go from RFT's to Non, good probability needs some getting used to, BMW has made me lazy with all the driver aids...Rollsmile
Wow 622NM and Nexens holding up...i feel a lot more confident - thanks budCoolShake

(10-08-2016 10:55 AM)akash Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:44 AM)NFCKNSANE Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:40 AM)akash Wrote:  Buddy you will not go wrong with the Nexen SU4, i have them on my 335I.

They are soft tyres, but they are amazing in the wet and dry.

I also had a look at the reviews before buying them and have been happy with them ever since.

Those tyres are gaining popularity.

You wont go wrong.

Thnks Akash,

I'm just seriously concerned how vague the rear end has gone, Did you have anything similar to my experience when you fitted them?
I'm really hoping it still has to wear in a bit...I do agree i have read all the reviews and its very highly rated internationally.

If you coming straight from RFT to Non RFT you going to feel a difference. The RFT has a very hard/Stiff sidewall.

At first it did feel like the back was a little loose, but you will get used to the soft side walls on non RFT's compared to the RFT's.

I have 622NM of power going to the rear wheels and the Nexens hold up very well.

Maybe look at adjusting your tyre pressures at the rear.

I ran these tyres at ODI for the 1Km run and they were brilliant

Whats your suggestion on Tire Pressure ? Its on 240 at the moment 255/35/18s.. They also add Nitrogen, I have never used it or researched benefits of nitrogen.

I run 2.7bar on the rears.

Maybe start there

AKASH
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10-08-2016, 11:32 AM
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RE: Tyre Review Nfera Su4- “Premature”
(10-08-2016 11:25 AM)akash Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 11:06 AM)NFCKNSANE Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:55 AM)akash Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:44 AM)NFCKNSANE Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:40 AM)akash Wrote:  Buddy you will not go wrong with the Nexen SU4, i have them on my 335I.

They are soft tyres, but they are amazing in the wet and dry.

I also had a look at the reviews before buying them and have been happy with them ever since.

Those tyres are gaining popularity.

You wont go wrong.

Thnks Akash,

I'm just seriously concerned how vague the rear end has gone, Did you have anything similar to my experience when you fitted them?
I'm really hoping it still has to wear in a bit...I do agree i have read all the reviews and its very highly rated internationally.



If you coming straight from RFT to Non RFT you going to feel a difference. The RFT has a very hard/Stiff sidewall.

At first it did feel like the back was a little loose, but you will get used to the soft side walls on non RFT's compared to the RFT's.

I have 622NM of power going to the rear wheels and the Nexens hold up very well.

Maybe look at adjusting your tyre pressures at the rear.

I ran these tyres at ODI for the 1Km run and they were brilliant

Yes I did go from RFT's to Non, good probability needs some getting used to, BMW has made me lazy with all the driver aids...Rollsmile
Wow 622NM and Nexens holding up...i feel a lot more confident - thanks budCoolShake

(10-08-2016 10:55 AM)akash Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:44 AM)NFCKNSANE Wrote:  
(10-08-2016 10:40 AM)akash Wrote:  Buddy you will not go wrong with the Nexen SU4, i have them on my 335I.

They are soft tyres, but they are amazing in the wet and dry.

I also had a look at the reviews before buying them and have been happy with them ever since.

Those tyres are gaining popularity.

You wont go wrong.

Thnks Akash,

I'm just seriously concerned how vague the rear end has gone, Did you have anything similar to my experience when you fitted them?
I'm really hoping it still has to wear in a bit...I do agree i have read all the reviews and its very highly rated internationally.

If you coming straight from RFT to Non RFT you going to feel a difference. The RFT has a very hard/Stiff sidewall.

At first it did feel like the back was a little loose, but you will get used to the soft side walls on non RFT's compared to the RFT's.

I have 622NM of power going to the rear wheels and the Nexens hold up very well.

Maybe look at adjusting your tyre pressures at the rear.

I ran these tyres at ODI for the 1Km run and they were brilliant

Whats your suggestion on Tire Pressure ? Its on 240 at the moment 255/35/18s.. They also add Nitrogen, I have never used it or researched benefits of nitrogen.

I run 2.7bar on the rears.

Maybe start there

CoolShake will give it a shot this afternoon


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10-08-2016, 11:44 AM
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wasnt there also some feedback on having RFT on the front and non-RFT on the rear...?

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10-08-2016, 12:03 PM
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I didint realize "335i" and "financial constraints" are terms that can be used in the same sentence Fencelook

On a more serious note, thanks for the review Clapper

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10-08-2016, 12:16 PM (This post was last modified: 10-08-2016 12:26 PM by NFCKN'SANE.)
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(10-08-2016 11:44 AM)sash Wrote:  wasnt there also some feedback on having RFT on the front and non-RFT on the rear...?

Sash - Nice Observation, Ive just researched a bit now...and Quite a bit of mixed opinions, But there's enough evidence confirming my experience due to having mixed setup, especially RFT's front and Non RFT's rear.

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"Thing is, the bad bad situation is RFT front, non-rft rear. This is what usually happens because the rears get replaced first. This is bad stability wise as the slip angle on non-rfts is larger and can give cause to a "loose" rear end with all the consequences for stability. Grip wise, it depends more on the model and rubber of the tyre which is not as dependant on the rft or not - I don’t recommend mixing tyre model or even old and new of the same…"

Thanks Sash, will need to sell some blood and get the fronts changed quick quick...=)

(10-08-2016 12:03 PM)tman Wrote:  I didint realize "335i" and "financial constraints" are terms that can be used in the same sentence Fencelook

On a more serious note, thanks for the review Clapper

Thnks T Man..

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20-10-2016, 09:03 PM
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Sorry to reply to a old post
I run rft bridgestone at the front, I then had to replace rears so replaced with sport contact 5 non rft . Had no issues and car handled perfect when I added nexens at the rear the car was all over the place.
Any1 else have issues
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20-10-2016, 09:17 PM
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Nexen come standard on your hyundai and kias, good tyre

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21-10-2016, 06:48 AM
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I Had Nexen N8000 on my Audi, and i loved them. Excellent in the dry, very good in the wet, and obviously the price is excellent.

I am in the same boat and have been looking for a spare wheel so i can change to Normal tires. And i have been eyeing out these exact tires, the Nfera SU 4. They have great review on forums overseas, and Mintys sells them for a good price.

Im sure your issue is due to the mix tire combination (run flats up front, normal at the rear) A forum member warned me not use this setup as he felt his car became very unbalanced when he fitted normal tires to inly the rears. It makes sense as the side wall stiffness is completely different, never mind already using a different make of tire, which i think that already will make a big difference due to different materials used, thickness, different tread pattern etc.

When you are able to please try match the tires and then see from there.

Let us know as im sure there are a few of us who would like to go the same route and any info or advise will be helpful.

Until then please drive safe, especially with all this rain and these crazy dodgy drivers out there
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21-10-2016, 07:41 AM
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On our Z4 Roadster, none runflats on the front, runflats on the rear.. I did this to try improve the steering feel..

I've had no adverse effects as a result, and tracked the car twice, with no balance issues..

I would look at wheel alignment, make sure it is as per OEM spec.
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21-10-2016, 08:02 AM
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I Purchased Nexen Nfera SU4s back in January
Both front and rears, 225/40/18 and 255/35/18
I had them fitted on the car until I traded it in at the end of August ,Yes at high speeds it does compromise stability a bit, but compared to the Bridgestones RFT I had before it definitely is more comfortable with less road noise. In my opinion it was better in the dry but with all rear wheel drive cars you have to be careful in the wet.
I have Michelin RFTs on the new car and even though they have more than 60% tread left im seriously considering replacing them with the Nexens again.
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On my last trip with my 320d to Durban, the car felt very "loose". I had normal tires, conti cinturato's. Great tires, and it never gave the car a bad handling.

I stopped at Harrismith and realized the panel shop (car went in for rim damage before I went on holiday) fitted run flats to two wheels after they replaced the tires and refurbished the rims. I replaced them with normal tires upon my return, and car drove fine again.

Seems a bad idea to mix run flats and normal tires.

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21-10-2016, 04:17 PM
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Thanks for the info .
I changed the rears to conti sport 5 . The thread is straight and similar to the bridgestone, I don't have any issues now. I know.alot.of guys on the forum have rfts and the front and non rft at the rear.

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