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    Performance Tires...GT Radial??

    Hey guys I am new to the forum and a new STI owner. I have 2010 STI hatch. I need some new tires, I am more concerned with performance than with practicality. I want something that will preform well under a verity of conditions so I can use it as a daily drive still but keep me happy when in the mountains. It was recommended that I considered GT Radial. I have no experience with this brand. Anyone know about them or have experience with them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaSTI View Post
    I want something that will preform well under a verity of conditions so I can use it as a daily drive still but keep me happy when in the mountains.


    A tire that's good at a lot of things can't be great at any. If you're really performance>practicality, I highly suggest buying a second set of wheels and swapping between two sets of tires. A wide, sticky, summer compound should be good for warm weather and wet/dry conditions. Then depending on where you live a second set of either high quality winter tires, or all seasons.

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    I've had everything from full studded snows to Hoosier A6 slicks on my car (obviously for different reasons).

    I have 2 favorite tires that I've used:

    Nitto NT05 - Awesome grip, Phenomenal wet performance...... Scary-useless in the snow, and they don't last long, and they are a bit pricey.

    Federal SS595 - Dirt cheap (a nice attribute)..... excellent wet and dry performance. Still pretty useless in the snow.... but you can at least get around if you have to.
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    Thanks for all the input!
    They were recommended by a friend of mine, he has them on his 02 sti.

    I realize they wont be perfect under every condition but I care more about the performance than practicality but I don't want a track tire or one that I will only get 4,000 miles out of. I would love to have multiple sets to change between but right now that is not an option I was hoping these GT Radials would be a good fit because they are fairly economically priced but still preform well (from what I am told, but this is only one source).

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    My local performance shop, Agile Auto, highly recommends Dunlop Direzza, DZ101's I believe. I have not run them myself but Annie says that several people have been happy on the track and daily drive with those. Not too expensive, great performance, good wear.

    For everyday, I run Michelin Pilot Sport A/S. Probably not the best on the track (haven't tracked my car yet) but They got my wife and I off the mountains in Virginia during the snow storm of the century and I'm still banging on corners on dry or wet pavement. Plus, they don't wear out after 25k miles like some performance tires.

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    ^^^^ I've never seen a performance tire get anywhere even close to 25k miles. In order to get 25k out of tire, it would have to have a treadwear rating of 360 or more. Any decent performance tire will be rated at no more than 220.... and i would expect 15k at the most. I only got 9k out of my Nitto NT05s.

    ... but what an amazing 9k it was....

    I've met a lot of people that use the direzzas.... they perform relatively well. Honestly.... I still say the Federal SS595s are a better choice because they are considerably cheaper, and perform just as well though.
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    "GT" is the brand? Or "GT Radial"? Who is recommending these and what experience do they have with car and/or tires that you're asking them for recommendations?

    The best thing you can do is search this board (and others) for more info, and then come back with any further questions. There is already a ton out there. There are also a ton of opinions. Personally, I've used most of the highest performing car tires available and there are several I'd highly recommend for an STI:
    Michelin Pilot Super Sport
    BF Goodrich KDW2
    Dunlop Direzza Star Spec
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninefourteener View Post
    I only got 9k out of my Nitto NT05s.

    ... but what an amazing 9k it was.....
    I like this.

    Yes, maybe 25k was a little bit wishful thinking, but 9k...seriously? For $250 a corner, the Michelin Pilot Super Sports have a 30k warranty...I need a real job.

    But if you're going to spend on something, might as well spend on the only thing that actually comes in contact with the road.
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    My Cooper Zeon RS3-S's are so far excellent tires for performance, in wet and dry, and are lasting. I've had a good 10k miles on them now. I think they are rated at 300.

    Can't beat them for the price either...$520 shipped to my door from Discounttiredirect.com. I will buy these tires again when I need them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieBronson08 View Post
    I like this.

    but 9k...seriously?.
    I got less than 200 miles out of my Hoosier A6s.....

    All track miles...... and worth every penny when I saw Porsche and Lotus owners scratching their heads wondering why they just had their asses handed to them by a Subaru - LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninefourteener View Post
    I got less than 200 miles out of my Hoosier A6s.....

    All track miles...... and worth every penny when I saw Porsche and Lotus owners scratching their heads wondering why they just had their asses handed to them by a Subaru - LOL

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