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December 28, 2015, 09:26 PM #0

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Looking for some tire recommendations for a summer daily & occasional track use (1/4 mile and auto X). I do not care if I get 2 summers of use, I'd like to see 15K out of them. Budget is $160CAD or so, size 235/40/17.

Tires on my radar:
Federal SS 595
Federal RS-R Evo - Front runner but concerned with using it as a daily.
BFG G-Force Comp2
GT Radial Champiro UHP

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    December 29, 2015, 07:49 AM #1

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    Where are you planning on buying from because that will have an effect on the price. I'd recommend buying from a Canadian website such as http://www.1010tires.com/ since the US dollar is so strong compared to ours right now.

    Here are some options from them in your size (although only a couple of them are near your budget):

    http://www.1010tires.com/Tires/Kumho/Ecsta+LE+Sport+(KU39)/2148143

    http://www.1010tires.com/Tires/Falken/Azenis+FK-453/28605702

    http://www.1010tires.com/Tires/Yokohama/S_Drive/01191

    http://www.1010tires.com/Tires/Nitto/NT05/207-120

    http://www.1010tires.com/Tires/Dunlop/Direzza+ZII+Star+Spec/265029475

    You could also check out another Canadian website: http://kxwheels.com/kx/tire/tiresize_search/

    I should also add that from what I have read the BFG Sport Comp 2 you have mentioned are very highly rated in all areas except for tread noise. You could also consider the Bridgestone RE760 Sport in the same category. They are known to be slightly more comfortable on the road but do offer less ultimate wet and dry grip.

    I will be in the market for summer tires in a few months and I will be trying to find a set of Continental ExtremeContact DW as I understand they perform very well for the price. Ideally I'd get a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports but they are probably going to be out of my price range.
    Last Edit: December 29, 2015, 07:56 AM by Lou

      December 29, 2015, 07:57 AM #2

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      Also check Costco.
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        December 29, 2015, 08:36 AM #3

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        Thanks for the replies. I'm flexible with where I order from, I'm ok with ordering from Discount Tire or OnlineTires and having the set shipped to Montana or ND. Budget would be around $120USD w/ shipping. The Nitto NT05 looks promising as well.
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          December 29, 2015, 09:03 AM #4

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          I didn't have much time before, but with the dollar the way it is, the last two times I looked for tires for auto x and winter tires, Costco was the place to beat. It's like their prices didn't change. I got the ws-80 for winter, and if I was going to get autox tires, I was going to try the Bridgestone re-71r I think it was. Was like $40 per tire cheaper than the closest us or Canadian competitor. TheMikeWoo gets thanks for pointing it out first.
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            December 29, 2015, 09:04 AM #5

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            With your budget of $160 per tire you are limited in your options. I have heard good things from Federal so that get's my vote.

              December 29, 2015, 09:23 AM #6

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              Alot of distributors just Dumped Federal so may be able to get some for cheap right now. Also those Falken Fk453s are a good tire.
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                December 29, 2015, 10:12 AM #7

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                I definitely agree with those that said Costco (forgot to mention it before) but in the past I've found them difficult to deal with at times. They are very reluctant if not unwilling to sell you a tire that isn't a direct match to the oem size.

                Also something to note is that the tire prices on their website include a $15 mounting and balancing service so if you just bought the tire from them and had them installed elsewhere they would be $15 cheaper than advertised although you may sacrifice the warranty by doing so.

                On the other hand, my dad bought four Michelin X-I3 from them and one got a screw in it which was too close to the sidewall to safely patch. They replaced the tire and he was only charged the $4.50 tire levy which was pretty good service on their part imo.

                  December 29, 2015, 09:43 PM #8

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                  Have you considered going to a 225 for more options?

                  Ventus v12s are $169/ea on 1010 tires for a 225/45/17

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                    I bought the Bridgestone RE760 Sports because they were reviewed as a better daily tire, especially road noise and a little more compliant with having to deal with Winnipeg potholes. My second choice was the BFG's. Costco didn't want to sell me the Bridgestones because they weren't Z rated, and that's what their computer said I needed for my speed3, so ended up getting them at Kal Tire with a price match.
                    I've been happy so far, 1 summer,only about 4000km.
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                      Originally posted by MarvinM10
                      I bought the Bridgestone RE760 Sports because they were reviewed as a better daily tire, especially road noise and a little more compliant with having to deal with Winnipeg potholes. My second choice was the BFG's. Costco didn't want to sell me the Bridgestones because they weren't Z rated, and that's what their computer said I needed for my speed3, so ended up getting them at Kal Tire with a price match.
                      I've been happy so far, 1 summer,only about 4000km.

                      Wouldn't you be able to just give them the tire size and have them sell you the tire rather make and model of car?


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                        Originally posted by Madbuzz41
                        Wouldn't you be able to just give them the tire size and have them sell you the tire rather make and model of car?


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                        Yes, but then they wouldn't warranty them.
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                          Originally posted by dano
                          I didn't have much time before, but with the dollar the way it is, the last two times I looked for tires for auto x and winter tires, Costco was the place to beat. It's like their prices didn't change. I got the ws-80 for winter, and if I was going to get autox tires, I was going to try the Bridgestone re-71r I think it was. Was like $40 per tire cheaper than the closest us or Canadian competitor. TheMikeWoo gets thanks for pointing it out first.
                          I'm looking into the RE-71R's as well. I've read that they are a great tire for autoX and don't wear too bad even with daily driving.
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                            I only have experience with the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec but I can say that they scare me with how much they grip.  They replaced a set of Potenza RE01-R's and, while the sidewalls aren't as stiff, the traction is unbelievable...even in the wet.

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                              Originally posted by 4U2Envy
                              I'm looking into the RE-71R's as well. I've read that they are a great tire for autoX and don't wear too bad even with daily driving.
                              I believe that is still the autocross tire to have right now. Come spring and summer I'd imagine some updated versions coming out but of I were to replace tires, I would get a set of RE-71R's.

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                                  ^interested to hear your thoughts on the new Champiro 200TW track tire....
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