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Ok, I am in need of some new tires badly. I recently slid into a curb due to the lack of tread on my tires and the snow. I was going to do a 14" steel wheel w/ snow tires deal, but I decided that I need new tires all together. Could you tell me what some good "high performance" or just "performance" all season tires are. My requirements are as follows: somewhat sticky compound for dragging, good dry weather performance, good wet weather performace, grip in the snow, don't make a lot of noise, and will last for a good amount of time. Last but not least...I currently have 195/55/15s, can I fit 205/50/15s on my stock wheels?

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well i dont know from personal experience but the Kumhos seem to be the ****. eric uses them on steph's car for street tires. and you can get them in all kinds of sizes and cheap. heard the sp8000's good too. my pirelli p4000's not that bad been going well in teh snow so far. but they be over inflated and the classic gets a little tail happy with them over inflated. lol left the tail hanging out a little too far last night. gota bring the pressure back down from 35 psi that they installed them with. just havent had the time nore the money to go get a good guage...not paying 18.99 at adavnced not yet atleast. oh well. thats about all i can offer.
 

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The Kumhos Suck in the snow. I just bought some(great in the wet and dry warm weather) and the first time it snowed I got stuck in my own damn parking spot! I had to go out and buy some Pep Boys $177/for all 4 specials and put them on 14's. They are 100% better in the snow
 
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Toyo proxies FZ4's are nice tires..that's what i got.


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I am with Mike they suck ass!

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**** did you already put them on?.... You probably would have been better with the tires you had on the car. For the snow atleast.
 

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well you guys get different snow i gues. you damn northern boys....hell if its on the roads that means its BAD here. anything with any tread is decent...well josh's nitto 450s on his type r are **** but thats different
 
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FWIW I use and love Dunlop D60/A2 tires on my G20. They may not be the highest performance tire around, but they run quiet, comfortable and are availble cheap (around $50 for 195/60x15). Here are the prices from Dicount Tire Direct:- http://www.discounttiredirect.com/

P185/60R-14 82H $46.00
P185/65R-15 86H $53.00
P195/60R-14 85H $51.00
P195/60R-15 87H $51.00
P195/65R-14 88H $54.00
P195/65R-15 89H $56.00
P195/70R-14 OE 90H $48.00
P205/50R-15 84H $83.00
P205/55R-16 89H $68.00
P205/60R-14 88H $53.00
P205/60R-15 90H $54.00
P205/65R-15 92H $59.00
P215/60R-15 93H $57.00
P215/60R-16 94H $75.00
P215/65R-15 95H $62.00
P225/50R-16 91H $87.00
P225/60R-15 95H $60.00
P225/60R-16 97H $79.00
P245/50R-16 96H $106.00

A good site to help calculate the effect of tire size on speedo accuracy and gearing is:-

http://www.c5-corvette.com/cgi-bin/tirecalc.cgi
 

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You'll never find a tire to do all that well. Good in the snow and good at drag launches are at the total opposite ends of the spectrum. You'd be better off finding a cheap set of wheels and having a summer set and a winter set. I've got a set of Uniroyal Tiger Paws on right now (don't laugh, that's what came on the car). With the SE-R's limited slip, they are unstoppable in the snow. For the summer, I usually run Bridgestone RE71s. I'm switching to 15' rims this spring and running Yokohama AVS intermediates. For 15" rims they are cheap Cheap CHEAP!!! $53 each. It was almost as cheap to buy new 15" rims with new Yokos than to re-tire my 14" wheels with RE71s.

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I personally think the best tire out there that you can get for all around performance is a yokohama. I got em' on my ride and love em'. I have had the stock rs-as, and the nitto nt 450s and both sucked ass. ymmv

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Best performance tires for the $$$ (bang for buck) without a doubt are the Bridgestone RE71 and Yokohama AVS intermediate. Both are discontinued and cheap as hell for 15" rims. Get them while you can. Nittos are what ricers buy because they have cool tread patterns (no offense intended to any Nitto owners)
 

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Yoko AVS Intermediates are discontinued? My SE-R is in the garage for the winter and it has bald (30K+) Yoko 509s- I was going to buy AVSs in the spring but if they're discontinued I'll buy 'em now. When were they discontinued?
 

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Lance, call Tirerack immediately if not sooner. Perhaps only certain sizes are discontinued, I don't know. I just know they aren't making 195/50/15s anymore, and some 14" sizes disappeared a year ago. Tirerack has a good supply now, but Discount Tire Direct is already out.

I should order more....

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I'm w/Madd Matt.

If drag and snow are your requirments, buy the wheels and get a winter and summer tire set.

My stocker NX runs Michelin Alpine 185/60 14s in the winter and Micehlin X-One 185/60 14s in the summer.

The turbo NX runs Toyo PROXES T1-S 215-45-15

The Alpines are great in the snow, feel wierd on hard cornering and vibrate at speed. The X-Ones are great in the wet and perform well.

The Toyos are great performers but I wouldn't want to go through snow or rain in them.
 

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Thanks Matt- I have a classic '94 with original rims. Hopefully they'll have the 185/60/14s still- I loved the 509s and blew through three sets of them. I don't know what I'll get if the AVSs aren't available.
 

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Matt- I just got off the phone with the Tire Rack and the guy (Eddie) said Yoko has only stopped certain sizes. The 185/60/14s are still in production and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. He said most popular sizes are still in production.
 

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Kuhmo Ecsta 712 205/15/50. Cheap on the net and locally. As Mike said, great in dry and wet, handled OK in our slush - can't speak to heavy snow. Inexpensive, quiet, 280 treadwear, responsive. Definitely better than the RSA's.

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Well I've been running 215/40zr16 toyo proxes fz4's...excellent overall tire, even held up really well on track days with no sidewall scuffing or tread block chunking! This spring I'm going for grip not treadwear rating :)...I'm going to run 225/40zr16 yokohama a520's, it's a way more stickier tire. Lot's of people given these high praise.

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Lance, that's cool. For general street use, I prefer an all weather tire. We occasionally get snow/sleet/ice here in NC, so AVSs just won't cut it for 100% year around driving. I use AVSs for track/autocross. 185/60/14 just isn't enough on track. I wanted the 195/55/14, or the 205/55/14, both of which have been discontinued for over a year. So I stepped up to 15" rims where the choice of higher performance tire is a bit better. But, alas, the 195/50/15 AVS intermediate is no more
. Fortunately, the Bridgestone RE71 is almost as good. I wonder how long those will remain in production....

If I ever need an Alpine tire, I'm moving....

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