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    Summer Tire Recommendation

    Well I need new tires. Unfortunately I had planned on getting Ventus V12's but they are back order in my region without a ETA.
    I live in Atlantic Canada, so prices are higher and ordering from TireRack is still expensive, I rather get it locally if I can.

    So I drive a 09 WRX completely stock, even the rims. My car is my DD (so they need to perform in the wet) but I like the occasional spirited drive and run a few AutoX a year (just for fun, not competitive).
    I'm looking at a tire that will not break the bank, but will give me the performance I need.
    Here's a few options I was looking at, that are in my price range. If you have any recommendation that are not on the list, please let me know.

    BF Goodrich Gforce Sport
    BF Goodrich Gforce T/A KDW

    Bridgestone Potenza re760 sport
    Sumitomo HTR Z III
    Falken FK-452
    Kumho spt

    I know this is probably a "tired" question, but your help is much appreciated.

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    Hankook v12 Evos are very popular. As are Dunlop Direzza Star Specs
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    I wish I could get the V12's but they are back ordered in my area. The Dunlops are unfortunately out of my budget.

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    check out tire rack, they should have some and often will ship free. Personally I run Nitto NT-555's and though they are good, I will not get them for a second go round. They are decently priced though and definitely grippy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrettKoonsman View Post
    check out tire rack, they should have some and often will ship free. Personally I run Nitto NT-555's and though they are good, I will not get them for a second go round. They are decently priced though and definitely grippy.
    Is there something negative about the 555? Curious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A265
    I'm looking at a tire that will not break the bank, but will give me the performance I need.
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    The Dunlops are unfortunately out of my budget.
    That budget being...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    Is there something negative about the 555? Curious.
    Not really negative, they hold like crazy and grip great. They also have a nice squeal before they let go which I like. They are a bit squishy in the corners but not terrible.

    Overall they are good tires, I just think there is better to be had for the money, also they are directional which I am not a huge fan of
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    Also, When driving highway speeds (80 plus really so depends on highway) in a straight line the car wiggles. Not sure how to describe it other than that but the car literally just seems to wiggle back and forth. I know its tire related as it doesn't do it with my winters or my old tires. Not sure what would cause this, and it isn't dramatic enough to be dangerous but it is slightly annoying.
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    KDWs are beast in both wet and dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thegrinch958
    KDWs are beast in both wet and dry.
    What other summer tires have you driven that you can compare them to? They never rank that high in any tests...

    Example (5th of 9):
    Tire Test: Nine Affordable Summer Tires Take On the Michelin PS2 - Comparison Tests
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    I have the direzza's and I like them...anybody ever use Hankook Ventus R-S3
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    That budget being...?
    under $950, but please keep in mind that tires are more expensive here. As a example the Ventus in my size (225/45/17) are ~$850.

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    Cooper Zeon RS3-S that is all.
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