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biketsai
08-25-2009, 07:27 PM
So I am in need of new tires. Here is the criteria:

1. Must have good treadlife, the Mich. PS2's I had only lasted 14k miles, not happening again! (14k with 3 track days)

2. Must have o-k handling, I do a lot of spirited drives, and im at the track 1-2 times a year.

3. Must have a good sidewall, I don't want to bend any wheels! (shitty Sumitomo HTR2's, bent 2 wheels on those)

4. Cost: $100-150 (after wholesale pricing)

I dont need anything that is super wet traction/all season since I live in Texas and we only have one season lol.
Hopefully there is a tire out there that can meet the criteria and be in the range.

Chris

AWD Mike
08-25-2009, 07:31 PM
I love the tires I bought -- Falken Ziex 912.

Perfect tires in the rain and dry pavement.

225/40 R18

I've always run a Falken tire and never had any issues.

falconcrest32
08-25-2009, 07:34 PM
I got some mich pilot sports.....nice tires, very sticky and firm sidewalls but quite noisy

MMMB00ST_A4
08-25-2009, 07:43 PM
http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=306183

Hope this helps!

Calabria
08-25-2009, 07:46 PM
Sumitomo HTR Z3, I have them and dont have any sidewall failure...once they get warm, they get real nice.
Doc@Tirerack recommend me them, said there was a good difference between the Z2 and Z3s.

Stubek
08-25-2009, 07:52 PM
khumo ecstas lasted me about 25k I am now on continentals of some type since they are 4 season and I will be at Lake Tahoe a bit in the snow.

andyrew
08-25-2009, 08:23 PM
Well I dont mean to be wierd... but I love my RE01-R's :)

4 autox's, 1 autox school, 1 track day, 1 drag day w/ burnouts, and ~ 10k miles. They look about 70-80%

:) I have to say the best set of tires I've ever owned! Did I mention I pulled 1.04G's on the skidpad (constant)? I spent $450 on them.

biketsai
08-25-2009, 08:45 PM
Well I dont mean to be wierd... but I love my RE01-R's :)

4 autox's, 1 autox school, 1 track day, 1 drag day w/ burnouts, and ~ 10k miles. They look about 70-80%

:) I have to say the best set of tires I've ever owned! Did I mention I pulled 1.04G's on the skidpad (constant)? I spent $450 on them.

Im gonna look at those =] , I might cheap out and go with the HTR 3 depending on prices

97a41.8t
08-25-2009, 09:17 PM
I have run 2 sets of Falken FK-452 and they handle really well on dry pavement. Been through some tight corners and they grip and feel stable.
Haven't driven them hard in the rain, they feel a little slippery

eakrob
08-25-2009, 09:35 PM
I had the Falken 912's, but if you want longevity go for some H rated tires. They last alot long.

aytheory
08-25-2009, 09:50 PM
http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparisons/09q2/tire_test_nine_affordable_summer_tires_take_on_the _michelin_ps2-comparison_tests

goody6691
08-25-2009, 10:08 PM
falken rt 615 im on my second set, i love them

gli_ryan
08-25-2009, 10:11 PM
I'm running nitto neo gen's. They work well but I am going through them quickly. Possibly because my car is slammed, and I didn't align it since I go from slammed to winter setups. I'm getting the Falken 912's next summer.

andyrew
08-25-2009, 10:15 PM
Im gonna look at those =] , I might cheap out and go with the HTR 3 depending on prices

I say im wierd because they are super summer tires.. A couple years ago they were the HOT street tire..

walky_talky20
08-25-2009, 11:26 PM
I second the Sumitomo HTR Z3's. My brother has them on his A4 and they are very nice and quiet for daily driving, but get them warmed on a track and they stick like mad. He has only had them for a year so I don't know about mileage. He has used them for 3 or 4 track days and still look great.

I think the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec's are even better for the track, but they are bit more expensive and a little noiser on the road.

@andyrew - Aren't the RE-01R's discontinued?

gmx
08-26-2009, 02:58 AM
Well I dont mean to be wierd... but I love my RE01-R's :)

4 autox's, 1 autox school, 1 track day, 1 drag day w/ burnouts, and ~ 10k miles. They look about 70-80%

:) I have to say the best set of tires I've ever owned! Did I mention I pulled 1.04G's on the skidpad (constant)? I spent $450 on them.

what size?

nyca4tqm
08-26-2009, 05:09 AM
So I am in need of new tires. Here is the criteria:

1. Must have good treadlife, the Mich. PS2's I had only lasted 14k miles, not happening again! (14k with 3 track days)

2. Must have o-k handling, I do a lot of spirited drives, and im at the track 1-2 times a year.

3. Must have a good sidewall, I don't want to bend any wheels! (shitty Sumitomo HTR2's, bent 2 wheels on those)

4. Cost: $100-150 (after wholesale pricing)

I dont need anything that is super wet traction/all season since I live in Texas and we only have one season lol.
Hopefully there is a tire out there that can meet the criteria and be in the range.

Chris




Well I know you said you're not looking for all seasons but I did the tire swap recently and tried the Cooper Zeons and love them. I had Khumo's and they were definitely summer only tires, like summer in the desert with no rain....They were $179 per tire balanced and mounted...NOt bad I thought. I like them so far, the previous tires would not allow me to go above 45 in the rain. I can now do 70 comfortably no problems.....my .02, good luck with your search. FYI Cooper Tires is an American company....[:D]

kraylon
08-26-2009, 05:49 AM
i wrote this 2 years ago and im still super happy with my Nitto invo's

http://audiforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=62162&highlight=nitto+invo+reveiw

ive put about 15k on the tires and they still act as if they were new and still has about 70-75% tread left.

i have never been to the track but since i bought a camry last year the audi has become a play toy and i like to take it out and play hard

I got a smoking hot deal on them, so i cant say what the normal price for them was

biketsai
08-26-2009, 01:36 PM
I will be making 600 mile trips once a month so I hope they can last, the reason why I say summer is bc we dont really have other seasons lol

mike-2ptzero
08-26-2009, 03:17 PM
I will be making 600 mile trips once a month so I hope they can last, the reason why I say summer is bc we dont really have other seasons lol

Well you have 1 season but it can start raining out of the blue.


I always liked the Nitto tires. Have the NeoGen on my Xa and had them on my Eclipse, those lasted longer then the 555's. Now nitto has a new street performance tires called the NT05 with a 200 tread wear rating.

The Falken 615's are nice.


Funny thing is that I actually used my BFG drag radials as my daily driver tires, they actually held up great and were still good when I pulled them off.

Maybe its time to buy a set of used wheels and slap some really sticky tires on them just for those track days.

erikas3
08-27-2009, 09:49 AM
I'd definitely recommend General Exclaim UHPs. I have them on my 18"s and couldn't be happier.

speedydragon
08-27-2009, 09:59 AM
Dunlop Sportmaxx. The lasted around 25k miles, super stick, and superb grip in the wet.

andyrew
08-27-2009, 10:07 AM
what size?

225-50-16's

andyrew
08-27-2009, 10:11 AM
@andyrew - Aren't the RE-01R's discontinued?

Sadly I believe so. But some people might still have some. A couple months ago they had a fire sale, I could have picked up a set for $250 from tire rack!

Anyways whatever their comparible is now I wouldnt hesitate to get them.

I had Bridgestone Re710's or whatever there high performance street tire 3 years ago was and they were awesome.

I'll be going bridgestone again when I need to replace.

Did I mention I have no road noise from the tires? :)

onemoremile
08-27-2009, 02:47 PM
I'd stay away from the sticky r-comps on the street. They throw stones and waterski in a light rain.

I'd go with the Sumis. There are better tires out there but only at twice the price. I went from Pilot Sports at over 200 each to the Sumis at 200 a set and other than on the freeway at 80 in a full downpour I didn't notice enough of a difference to justify the massive difference in cost. I've also run the Eagle F1 GS-D3 and they are incredible but very pricey. Those tires will let you drive much faster than your vision will allow in the rain. Then again, that is well past what is safe so is a pointless attribute. I'll probably be going with the Sumis or BFG Sports next time around.

biketsai
08-27-2009, 04:06 PM
I'd stay away from the sticky r-comps on the street. They throw stones and waterski in a light rain.

I'd go with the Sumis. There are better tires out there but only at twice the price. I went from Pilot Sports at over 200 each to the Sumis at 200 a set and other than on the freeway at 80 in a full downpour I didn't notice enough of a difference to justify the massive difference in cost. I've also run the Eagle F1 GS-D3 and they are incredible but very pricey. Those tires will let you drive much faster than your vision will allow in the rain. Then again, that is well past what is safe so is a pointless attribute. I'll probably be going with the Sumis or BFG Sports next time around.

Yea ive heard great things about the sumi htr-3's, I guess Ill check for pricing on those. thanks!

adr3naline fix
08-27-2009, 05:45 PM
Dunlop Sp Sport01

lukeag25
08-27-2009, 09:55 PM
I second the Sumitomo HTR Z3's. My brother has them on his A4 and they are very nice and quiet for daily driving, but get them warmed on a track and they stick like mad. He has only had them for a year so I don't know about mileage. He has used them for 3 or 4 track days and still look great.

I think the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec's are even better for the track, but they are bit more expensive and a little noiser on the road.

@andyrew - Aren't the RE-01R's discontinued?

X3 on the Sumi's[up] Not sure about the longevity yet, (4k mi.) but for the price I love mine! Even tried them out in the snow(if I didn't have traction control and quattro it might have been a different story) and they have way out performed the Bridgestone pole positions, RE750's, Fusion ZRI, and misc. Yokohama I have tried.

Gaberossi
08-27-2009, 10:54 PM
i'm on BFGoodrich g-force sports with rim protector, so it gives the car better handling bc it's kind of a wider tire

burner799
08-27-2009, 11:24 PM
not too shabby on my good year eagle f1 gs-d3

onemoremile
08-28-2009, 11:20 AM
not too shabby on my good year eagle f1 gs-d3

I'd hope so. 800 in tires.