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Old Sun, Oct-24-2010, 10:08:11 PM   #21
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^^ I am definitely going with those conti DW extremes for the street once I go R-comps next year (255/40-18 square). Great looking tires and light.
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i would go for the hankooks, i have had them for over a year now.
I think they are Very very good street and light track use
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What a great tread. I should have asked this a while ago. I have been looking at the Hankooks for a while because the other Hankooks I had were awesome. I have been trying to decide what to buy since I feel I am ready for R-comps at the track but can not decide on wheels...
I don't think those are the Hankooks you want. You probably want the RS-3 for track use. The V12 is more of a compromise daily driver with occasional performance use tire.
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Which yokohama tires were tested in those charts? Link to original site?

It was the Yokohama S.Drive.

Here's the link:
http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...mparison_tests
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I ran the Conti DW (245/35/19, 275/30/19) on 19x8.5/19x10 rims for a year and about 10 track days. On the track they are a very good tire in terms of consistency (braking, turn in and grip) and provide good feedback at the limits for catching the car if it starts to go out under you; but they lack overall grip in the dry. They seem to settle into an average grip level and stay there. In the wet they are stellar - simply amazing; and they are probably one of the best street tires that (budget) money can buy. After 10 track days and lots of hwy miles, they still have tons of tread - if it was not for a flat on track, I would still have them on the car.

I switched to RE-11s in the same size and these are heavy as hell tires. Tried them at Road Atlanta a couple of weeks ago and the heavier weight is more than made up for with dry grip and cornering response - this is a FAST track tire. After 300 miles on track and a 1640 mile round trip drive (~1940 miles), the tread looks like it has tons if life so I am hoping to get next season out of these.

DWs (and Hankook V12s) are a great street tire and fine for occasional track use. But when pushed, you will find the grip level to be mediocre but reliable and consistent. I would not even compare DWs to RE-11s (or SSs) as the two are in a different ballpark altogether.
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I had a pair of Dunlop Star Specs 245/40-18 and 275/35-18 mounted on the OEM 18 rims which are 8"Front and 9"Rear. Used the tires for some daily driving but mostly track and autox. I absolutely loved those tires. Great grip in dry and wet. Those tire sizes were a bit of a stretch on the rims I had. During hard cornering, with stock camber(pins removed), I definitely saw some rollover in the front. Rear was not as bad.
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