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I'm thinking of getting some tires.... just not sure if I should get performance tires or like long lasting Michelin's or something. Performance tires usually cost more and wear down faster right? Any suggestions/opinions on this? Thanks.
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Look at the tread wear rating. Better tread wear=longer lasting

Choosing tires really depends on how you like to drive and how you like the car to respond to you. Want it to drive well? Get some nice performance tires -+ good tread wear (lower tread ware on performance tires increases grip because of a softer rubber compound). Want it to drive not as well as it could, but save a good deal of money, get some cheep tires.

I just put some crappy $89 kumho tires on the back of mine where some really nice ones use to be. Rides about the same except it's much gooier because the rubber is softer. I got them because I wanted some cheep rubber in the back so I could drift, and save some money, normally I wouldnt do such a thing. After I have my fun, I'll get some nice ones.
I had a set of Falken Ziex 512 tires on all 4 wheels. While I was shopping for my cheep rear ones, those turned out to be fairly cheep and rated very well by many people. From my personal experience with them, they really do perform. Ride was quiet and smooth, grip was great, and performance was excellent. I can't say much on tread wear because I did drive like a racecar all of the time. If I had to recommend a tire brand without knowing your driving habits, Id go with the Falken Ziex 512 tire.

I also sugest you visit This Site and look around at the user reviews. As you can see, the 512 is also their featured tire :P


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It all depends on the compound. As mentioned by bitcore, do a little investigating. If you can hold out for a little while, I will have access to some great rubber with awesome pricing. I am going to organize a group pricing for everyone here, but it might be another month or so if you can wait then do so.

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Thanks for the replies. Hmm, I think I'll go with some Toyo performance tires, In you guys' opinion, Pirelli are pretty much the best tires you can get for performance? I was thinking of just getting a step down from Pirelli's. I'll visit Tire Rack and see what they got.
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tire rack is a good site to look at. If you want to know which tires have the best performance just look at what tires come on stock sports cars. Dunlap, Pirelli, Michelin, Toyo and Kumho make good tires for performance. The Pirelli won't wear as well (ie last as long) from what I have heard about them. If you want some cheaper tire, and I hate to say this, look at the Firestone Firehawks. I don't know if they make them in the size you need, but for cheap performance and good tire wear they're not too bad. However, if you have the money for it I would sugest tires from the above mention names. If you want comfort and performance look at Michelin BFGoodrich Dunlap or Bridgestone.
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I had pirellis before in my old car and I had problems with the tyre cracking. personally id go for the michelins
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i love my pirelli's they're so sticky...i've put 10,000 on them and i drive pretty hard...cornering, accelerating, etc. but there's still quite a bit of tread left, if you look on tire-rack read reviews, a lot of them are very helpful as to what tire to buy!
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Hmm, tire rack seems to be the 'standard' place to go for tires and information on them. I'll check out some more reviews on the Pirelli tires...
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