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Old 01-30-2010, 01:59 PM   #1
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Yoko S, Potenza, or Sumitomo HTR Z III

My Mich Pilots are just about worn down to the bone now, and I am looking for some new tires. I am a spirited driver, but also want something relatively quiet, and that will last me more than 20k miles...Up for debate are the Yokohama S drives, Bridgestone Potenza, and the one i'm the most unsure about, Sumitomo HTR Z III. Input on which one will last the longest, and noise, will be appreciated. I live in socal, so snow, and even rain, is not really a problem. Here are the prices according to tirerack.

Sumitomo HTR Z III: $108 Front, $165 Rear=$546+ Tax+ Shipping

Bridgestone Potenza RE760: $143 Front, $173 Rear= $632+Tax+Shipping

Yokahama S Drive: $130 Front, $174 Rear= $608+Tax+Shipping

I'm leaning towards the potenzas just because I know I can't go wrong with them, but tirerack has some really good thoughts about the Sumitomo HTR Z IIIs. Your input is much appreciated, thank you!
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:51 PM   #2
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:16 PM   #3
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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
too expensive =\
Front $217, Rear $273=$980+tax+shipping...
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:41 PM   #4
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Old 01-30-2010, 05:29 PM   #5
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+1 on the star specs. Great tire.

Aren't the S Drives an all season tire? Of the 3 you listed, the Sumitomo's will likely have the most grip.

You probably will not find a summer tire that will last much more than 20k miles (on a coupe). You can flip the back tires which will give you some more mileage. The most I've gotten is 25k riding the rubber down to the belts.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:28 PM   #6
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Dunlop z1 star specs. ~$550 F+R
hmm. where can you get those for that price? I checked tire rack and it is $220 for the rears, and $162 for the fronts. so $764+tax+shipping+install..
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+1 on the star specs. Great tire.

Aren't the S Drives an all season tire? Of the 3 you listed, the Sumitomo's will likely have the most grip.

You probably will not find a summer tire that will last much more than 20k miles (on a coupe). You can flip the back tires which will give you some more mileage. The most I've gotten is 25k riding the rubber down to the belts.
20k miles will be fine, as long as I can get a good deal on whichever ones I choose. What is the real difference between an all season tire, and a summer tire in terms of performance. Also, do you have anymore input on the sumitomos?
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:01 PM   #8
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by the way, lets add nexen N3000s to the mix. I had them on two my last cars and they were really good for the money...but I kind of want to try something else.
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I have the Sumi HTR ZIII's on my 18's. I lke them a lot but haven't put much mileage on them yet. Great price for them too.
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I'm in the same boat, but i'm leaning towards the Yoks s-drives. They are getting good reviews from tirerack and are fair priced. I like my pilots but damn they're getting so noisy. I don't track my car so not too worried about performance drop off.
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Conti DW for ~$160 of Conti DWS for $125
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I think the Yoko S-Drives are the best tire for the money. My parents just put a set on their 2003 330ci and they are awesome tires. They also have a good treadwear rating of 300 which is better than most others. You can get 4 of them for $450 at discounttire.com with free shipping and a $40 rebate (thats for a 17" set I'm not sure what size you need).
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hmm. where can you get those for that price? I checked tire rack and it is $220 for the rears, and $162 for the fronts. so $764+tax+shipping+install..
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....e&autoModClar=

For my wheels

225/45/17 F
245/40/17 R

$556+T+SH

But that's retail, I can get them cheaper but for him, that's the price he can get them for.
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Prices went up recently a little on the star specs.
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Conti DW for ~$160 of Conti DWS for $125
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I love Conti, they make great tires! Light weight also!
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:53 PM   #17
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Also, which of the suggested tires can be rotated from Left to right? I have a ZHP, and the setup is staggered. I really can't decide on which tires to get... Are contis directional? Yokahama S drives are only $60 more overall than the sumimotos, maybe i should go for those?
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If you plan on doing some spirited driving, I would recommend the HTR ZIII. They are the bang for the buck and have worked out great for many auto x guys.

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