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Old 07-04-19, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default Picking a DD & Track Duty Tire

Hey All,

Looking for some input and advice. I'm picking up some 18x9.5 +38 RPF1's for my 2016 STI (Yes i know these require 10mm spacers and fender work).

Car Details:
-Flex fuel w/ supporting mods (340/380)
-FA Coils
-24mm Adj Rear Sway Bar
-Roll Center Kit
-Bunch of other's not sure it matters

Tires I'm looking at in 265/35/18:
-Falken 615+ (Heard these don't do well with our heavy cars)
-Hankook v12 Evo2
-Michilen PSS
-Firestone Firehawk 500's
-Bridgestone RE-71r

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Car is obviously my daily, i don't mind road noise or issues with comfort, still semi-young. Want something that i can be confident in at the track. Prolly plan on doing 4-6 track days a year. These will be my dedicated summer tire and not used in winter.

Currently using my stock wheels with Conti DWS's. I've done a track day on them and i'm actually quite impressed, got some under steer around t11 at Sonoma Raceway, but overall for my beginner experience and pushing the car as hard as i can with my skills, they did actually quite well.

Any input from people who've used these, or are have been down this path would be greatly appreciated. I've previously had Z11's on my 450whp wagon, but never got the chance to track them so they were wasted on the road as a DD tire.
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Old 07-05-19, 10:21 AM   #2
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Me personally I would pick a tire that can handle track abuse even though with Daily driving will be dead in a year or so.

My preference would be

Hankook Ventus RS4
Bridgestone RE-71R
Dunlop Direzza ZIII (Star Specs)
Federal 595 RSR

The tires above are the street tires I see a lot at the track and I am currently running Hankook RS3 pro and will probably go with the RE-71R when I replace them
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Old 08-13-19, 07:29 AM   #3
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Ditch the PSS's. They have been replaced by the superior michelin P4S.

If you live where it rains a lot I would go P4S or Conti ECS

If you don't have much rain, RE-71R.

For what its worth, I'm running the ECS as my daily and wet track tire, RE-71R's for dry track.
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The dual purpose requirement is going to put you in a ~200TW tire. I run a 100TW for the street and 40TW on the track.. But neither will get you a lot of miles under your belt.

The Hankook RS4 and Federal 595 RSR would be at the top of my list. The Michelin PSC2 is really good too but on the expensive side. If you want to go aggressive the Toyo R888r is great but LOUD
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Default Re: Picking a DD & Track Duty Tire

I would go with something focused more towards high performance daily driving since that'll be where you spend most of your time. My recommendation would be the Michelin PS4S followed by the Continental ECS. These are especially good if you have a longer daily commute or encounter rain.

If you want something with a bit more grip, but that'll wear out faster then I'd recommend the Bridgestone RE-71R. Keep in mind that their performance will decrease as you put more miles on them.
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I second the MPSS and the "superior" MPS4S. The car is going to be mainly your daily driver with a couple of track days. I would get the tire for what you will be using the car for mainly for. If you are a beginner with beginner level experience at the track, why do you need the most extreme tire possible to learn on.
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I second the MPSS and the "superior" MPS4S. The car is going to be mainly your daily driver with a couple of track days. I would get the tire for what you will be using the car for mainly for. If you are a beginner with beginner level experience at the track, why do you need the most extreme tire possible to learn on.
Because this is America and i want a good tire.

I don't daily drive the car that much anyways. I've put 20k miles on it in the last 4 years... My fall/winter set will be my DWS's that will see 7-8 months of the year on the street. My 71's will see maybe 3-4 months with 3-4 track days.

I'm not that big of a noob on the track, while i have a lot to learn, i certainly am pushing my car to the limit, i want a tire that can take it.


Anyways, the lady bought me some 71r's for my birthday. Most likely after these i'll try the MPs4S's...
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