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well i was hoping to get some reviews and info together for future references about tires. i'd post in wheel/tire forum but i want to get socal based opinion since we don't have to deal with snow and other crappy weather. just post tires you've driven on and your review, also a tire you might like to try.

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Falken Azenis RT 215: Best tire i've driven on to this date, super strong side walls, with superb grip. they did tend to get greasy after hard runs on a hot day though. done autoX and road race and they held up fine, even lasted longer than a year. treadlife was great.

Yokohama ES100: By far worst tire, i just bought these cause everyone else had em (hear-say i guess) but man they sucked, understeered everytime, wore easily and didn't have much grip at all. good tire at first but sucked after about half way. worst thing about them is the sidewall. But to be fair i think my suspension is part of that problem with these softer tires.

Bridgestone S03 poleposition: these are the closest i've come to matching the azenis. great tires, they held great int he dry, surprisingly oversteers at the limit, and are quite predictable. good sidewall, stiff but still comfortable. what impressed me most was wet performance, I went crazy once and let loose, these performed like it was dry, only my braking was compromised and not by much. i was wowed. dry-wise azenis is slightly better, but overall in dry/wet these take the gold.

next tires i'd like to try: Toyo RA1 and BFG KD
 

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here are the tires i've tried

Michelin Pilot Sport: handled well. terrible noise especially at low speeds; when going around corners they would squeal very easily. its strengths: high speed rating. weakness: tread wear

Hankook Ventus rs-2 z212: best tire for the price. performance claimed to be equivalent to the azenis rt215 but i've never tried that tire so i wouldn't know. but i can say the ventus rs-2 z212 handled well. never got to test it out in wet conditions but the tread design is suppose to provide good water dispersion. poor tread wear

Yokohama ES100: great tires when new, but you'll realize how bad they are when they start to wear down.

i dont have any specific tire i'd like to try next. i really wouldn't mind getting the ventus rs-2 again.
 

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hey joey, we have/had the same tires.

current tire - Hankook Ventus RS2 z212
pro: performs very well in dry condition, grips like crazy in cornering, and very well design.
con: sucks at wet condition, too noisy while at high speed, and not good for drag. i've been drag racing with this tire but traction on this tire sucks.

previous tire - Yokohama ES100
pro: decent price, looks good, perform well from beginning.
con: lousy noise, sucks at cornering and wet condition. should i say...worst tire i ever owned.

next tire:BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW-2
 

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^i don't know if you already know this, disregard this if you do, but its not the traction of the tires, its the sidewalls. those tires were meant to help you corner better, those stiff sidewalls are causing them to break loose early on hard takeoffs. you need something with a softer wall so you can get more grip for quick acceleration. did you try lowering the PSI on the fronts?
 

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^i don't know if you already know this, disregard this if you do, but its not the traction of the tires, its the sidewalls. those tires were meant to help you corner better, those stiff sidewalls are causing them to break loose early on hard takeoffs. you need something with a softer wall so you can get more grip for quick acceleration. did you try lowering the PSI on the fronts?
yes i lowed them to 19-20 PSI and they kept spinning the whole first gear. that was with LSD also. now i use bfg drag radial and they grip very good. i know they both different tires in category but i wish that RS2 could've been better with traction.

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hey rat, yeah the ventus rs2 z212 is a very nice tire, i wish i got to play with them a little longer before i sold them.
actually i still love them. for daily driving and hard cornering, you can't go wrong with this tire.
 

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Previous: Yokohama Parada, Tires were great! They came stock with my car no complaints there! Great in cornering and treadlife was awesome! (Did lots of driving from San Diego to Santa Barbara) like 2-3 times a month.

Current:Yokohama Parada Spec 2- X3, loved these tires soo much i had to get them again! I first bought them for my stock rims cause the first Parada's were great! When i upgraded to 18's i got them again, and now i am on my second pair on my 18's. The best part i love about these tires is that they fit really tight on the rim, i got a flat twice on these tires, once was coming back from HIN in San Mateo and i was on freeway and sidewall had a small hole so my tire was flat but because it was soo tight on rim it didnt cause me to lose control or anything. Usually you see people on the side of the freeway with shredded up tires, well i wasnt. So these tires get a 2 thumbs up for me!! They handle awesome too! i have a buddy that has a wrx and he says my car grips better then his! only downside is that they arent tooo great in the rain. But how often does it rain down in socal??

Would like to try the BF Goodrich KDW, the ones that come stock on SRT-4's my supervisor said they were great so i would like to try them on my next tire.
 

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^^ you mean the KDW 2's that GT_Ryderz mentioned? those are nice looking tires, and i hear they do great in wet conditions and are pretty much like glue in dry conditions. i wouldn't mind trying it too if i could afford it.
 

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i'm really impressed with bridgestones recent tires like the RE01R and the RE050 pole positions. its my preferred brand of choice but their prices are way too much.
 

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Falken RT-615 - Awesome tire! Endless dry grip and excellent wet traction too! Best tire I have ever used!

Kumho Ecsta MX - excellent dry grip, but generally poor traction in standing water. Generally good wear characteristics for a soft tire. Fantastic for a budget tire. Second only to the Falken RT-615's.

Toyo T1-S - moderately good dry and wet grip, but nowhere near as sticky as either the RT-615's or Ectsta MX's. The best feature of this tire is that is is extremely lightweight -- 195/55/15's weighed a mere 16.5 lbs! passible for DD's, but I can't imagine these doubling as track tires.
 

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Hope you guys don't mind my questions. I am in the market for tires, but being that I drive an auto, drag racing is pretty much a dud for me. As in, I don't do it. However, I do like spirited driving, mostly taking corners and nice, high speeds; I've never and don't plan on auto-xing soon.

There are a set of Hankook K106 225/18/40 tires for $199. I don't have that much cash and am really in need of new tires, as my current ones are a time bomb set to go off at any moment. Will these tires suffice my driving habits?

:wave:

Current Kumho Ecsta Supra
I really like these tires.
PRO: They had a nice grip to them and did very well in wet conditions.
CON: Uneven wear, don't know if it was my suspension/alignment or the tires themselves. Noisy as high speeds.
 

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Zero said:
Hope you guys don't mind my questions. I am in the market for tires, but being that I drive an auto, drag racing is pretty much a dud for me. As in, I don't do it. However, I do like spirited driving, mostly taking corners and nice, high speeds; I've never and don't plan on auto-xing soon.

There are a set of Hankook K106 225/18/40 tires for $199. I don't have that much cash and am really in need of new tires, as my current ones are a time bomb set to go off at any moment. Will these tires suffice my driving habits?

:wave:

Current Kumho Ecsta Supra
I really like these tires.
PRO: They had a nice grip to them and did very well in wet conditions.
CON: Uneven wear, don't know if it was my suspension/alignment or the tires themselves. Noisy as high speeds.
I'd recommend the Toyo T1-S's or R's. While not the grippiest possible tire by any means, they're still good overall performers for daily drivers, and certainly much better than the stockers.

Best of all they are a good 1-2 lbs lighter than just about every other tire of the same size. Less rotational mass, especially further out from the hub means quicker aceleration from a stop. On a torqueless car like the Celica (especially a stock AT) you will really feel the difference.
 

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kimGT said:
thanks for the reviews^^ much appreciated. are the rt615 that good? man these are going to be my next tires for sure.
I haven't driven on the original Azenis to compare, but the RT-615's are supposed to have better dry and wet traction and also better withstand heat as compared to the old model. Really superb tires, and generally very highly rated among auto-xers.

Actually, before making a tire purchase, I always consult the auto-x forum here and on other boards as well as check out the tirerack reviews. Grassroots Motorsports is another good one for tire reviews ;)
 

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^ thanks, i'm pretty familiar with the reviews and stuff, I've kinda been trying some different tire combinations to see whats really going to work for me. I've been meaning to get this tire for a while, but i've never got around to it. but in 6 months i'll definitly be getting these, i need new ones soon.
 

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Zero said:
Hope you guys don't mind my questions. I am in the market for tires, but being that I drive an auto, drag racing is pretty much a dud for me. As in, I don't do it. However, I do like spirited driving, mostly taking corners and nice, high speeds; I've never and don't plan on auto-xing soon.

There are a set of Hankook K106 225/18/40 tires for $199. I don't have that much cash and am really in need of new tires, as my current ones are a time bomb set to go off at any moment. Will these tires suffice my driving habits?

:wave:

Current Kumho Ecsta Supra
I really like these tires.
PRO: They had a nice grip to them and did very well in wet conditions.
CON: Uneven wear, don't know if it was my suspension/alignment or the tires themselves. Noisy as high speeds.
you should look into the falken ziex ze-512. they are similarly priced with a slightly higher treadwear. mrluilou just got these so hopefully he can post a review on them once he gets to try them out. my friend has the hankook radial k106 on his integra and all he said was that they were noisy and had subpar grip.
 

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Thanks for the insight, Joey.

I've been reading reviews on the K106s, so far noise is a common problem. However, on a 3 page review at discount tire, I only saw about 5 negative comments. Most users praised its grip-abiliity, that for the price does a lot better than most expensive tires. Wet and dry performance is fine.

I will research the Ziex tires.
 
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