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      03-24-2020 11:53 PM #1
      Starting to think about new tires for the S2000 to replace my old Direzza ZIIs. Seems like there are three options, Direzza ZIIIs, Potenza RE-71Rs, and Potenza S007As. Price spread is about $120, with S007As about $500, Direzzas about $590, and RE-71Rs about $620, all in tire rack. Money isnít a huge concern here, but $20 is $20, so to speak.

      Anyone have a reason to absolutely love or hate any of these options?
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      03-25-2020 12:09 AM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Stack View Post
      Starting to think about new tires for the S2000 to replace my old Direzza ZIIs. Seems like there are three options, Direzza ZIIIs, Potenza RE-71Rs, and Potenza S007As. Price spread is about $120, with S007As about $500, Direzzas about $590, and RE-71Rs about $620, all in tire rack. Money isnít a huge concern here, but $20 is $20, so to speak.

      Anyone have a reason to absolutely love or hate any of these options?
      Michelin is the only answer unless you drive like SOS.

      If you do then choose the cheaper option.

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      03-25-2020 12:14 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Just Another Sweater View Post
      Michelin is the only answer unless you drive like SOS.

      If you do then choose the cheaper option.
      Only Michelinís in this size class are AS3s and thatís a whole different (lower) performance class.
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      03-25-2020 12:19 AM #4
      Do you even drive it?
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      03-25-2020 12:25 AM #5
      RE71R is the stickiest, ZIII will last longer. Both are good tires. I know nothing about the third option. I'd stick to the Dunlop unless you are doing autox competitively.

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      03-25-2020 12:28 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Stack View Post
      Only Michelinís in this size class are AS3s and thatís a whole different (lower) performance class.
      Understood. Since your S2000 rarely gets driven these days do you really want a max performance summer tire.

      These days a maximum performance a/s tire should meet most of your desires. My only quip with Michelin AS3s was the tire wear due to FWD and 300+ hp (I'm a lead foot).

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      03-25-2020 12:37 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by NeverEnoughCars View Post
      Do you even drive it?
      No.

      But Iím trying to change that this year.
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      03-25-2020 12:42 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Stack View Post
      No.

      But Iím trying to change that this year.
      Sorry for cluttering up your thread.

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      03-25-2020 12:59 AM #9
      Do you need extreme performance category? If it was mine and you have factory 16" I would put Conti ECS on it.

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      03-25-2020 01:43 AM #10
      I had RE-71Rs on my AP1, stock size too, 205-55-16 front, 225-50-16 rear, which is a pretty meaty sidewall, and the installer had a hell of a time installing because those sidewalls were stiff AF.

      Anyhow, they were great tires for the car. Great traction and good steering response (feel sucks in any S2000 irrespective of tires, as you know), with decent ride despite the stiff sidewalls, and par for the course road noise.

      The rears didn't last too long, and I tried some Hankooks because they were cheap. They're fine, but the RE-71R felt like it was leagues above. Another set of RE-71Rs will make it on there again soon.

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      03-25-2020 03:44 AM #11
      I have Re-71s on my subaru, which replaced some RS3s.
      The grip is excellent, they are very predictable, and even wet performance is impressive.
      If you care about ride quality or noise, LOL. Admittedly, I replaced some bushings with metal so everything is amplified, but these ****ers are loud and hard.
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      03-25-2020 07:47 AM #12
      I went with a wildcard tire with superb reviews for my E36 M3: the Firestone Indy 500. Unfortunately, they're sitting in my garage next to my car until the world calms down so I don't have a review for you. Everything online suggests that they're 90% of a PS4 for 60% of the price. I'll be interested to see if that's true.

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      03-25-2020 08:23 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by x(why)z View Post
      I went with a wildcard tire with superb reviews for my E36 M3: the Firestone Indy 500. Unfortunately, they're sitting in my garage next to my car until the world calms down so I don't have a review for you. Everything online suggests that they're 90% of a PS4 for 60% of the price. I'll be interested to see if that's true.
      I would second the Firehawk Indy 500. It is rated number 1 in category on Tire Rack and has excellent reviews and scores.
      They are a popular tire in the ATS/ATSV community and people love them.

      plus, they look cool.
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      03-25-2020 08:37 AM #14
      I have the RE-71s on my S, they're great, but even down here I notice the difference in how they behave in temperature changes. So keep that in mind since you live in a place where it does get a little cold.

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      03-25-2020 08:39 AM #15
      Definitely keeping an eye on this thread since I want to replace the orignal tires (5+ years old) on my C7 this summer.
      The Indy 500 is actually at the top of my list since it has so many great reviews for the price!

      I'm very curious to see if it can actually put down the power in first gear once I get fresh rubber on it.

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      03-25-2020 08:43 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Karl_1340 View Post
      I would second the Firehawk Indy 500. It is rated number 1 in category on Tire Rack and has excellent reviews and scores.
      I'll also recommend Indy 500's, but with a caveat.

      They are a great Summer tire. Even provide good performance in the wet for what they are.

      But they do not belong anywhere near a track if that's ever part of the plan. They overheat quickly and get greasy.

      They also have a very round profile. Compared to an RE-71 of the same size (225-45), the RE-71 has almost an 3/4" more rubber on the road.
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      03-25-2020 08:44 AM #17
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      03-25-2020 08:47 AM #18
      I choose the ZIII personally. Havenít driven on them yet, but reviews put them at the most daily-able tire of the 200tw specials. I know the RE71s are crazy noisy, hoping the ZIII isnít too bad. They are for the Rabbit, there is not a lot of sound deadening, and I put a real amount of highway miles inbetween the squiggly bits.
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      03-25-2020 08:55 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Surf Green View Post
      I'll also recommend Indy 500's, but with a caveat.

      They are a great Summer tire. Even provide good performance in the wet for what they are.

      But they do not belong anywhere near a track if that's ever part of the plan. They overheat quickly and get greasy.

      They also have a very round profile. Compared to an RE-71 of the same size (225-45), the RE-71 has almost an 3/4" more rubber on the road.
      That's great to know. I don't plan on doing any track driving as I'm boring, but I'll keep it in mind when recommending them to others.

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      03-25-2020 08:57 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Stack View Post
      Starting to think about new tires for the S2000 to replace my old Direzza ZIIs. Seems like there are three options, Direzza ZIIIs, Potenza RE-71Rs, and Potenza S007As. Price spread is about $120, with S007As about $500, Direzzas about $590, and RE-71Rs about $620, all in tire rack. Money isnít a huge concern here, but $20 is $20, so to speak.

      Anyone have a reason to absolutely love or hate any of these options?
      Street budget? Direzzas.
      Street no budget? Michelin, hands down.
      You drive like a maniac and plan to reach the limit on the street AND OR compete in AutoX etc on a casual to semi-competitive level: RE71R

      I say semi competitive. If you actually want to compete compete, don't daily/excessively heat cycle RE71R.

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      03-25-2020 09:04 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Smooremin View Post
      Last time I checked, he just sits in it in his driveway making car nosies while shifting through the gears.


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      03-25-2020 09:09 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by fireside View Post
      Street budget? Direzzas.
      Street no budget? Michelin, hands down.
      You drive like a maniac and plan to reach the limit on the street AND OR compete in AutoX etc on a casual to semi-competitive level: RE71R

      I say semi competitive. If you actually want to compete compete, don't daily/excessively heat cycle RE71R.
      Which Michelinís? The AS ones available for the S2000? Cuz I donít think thatís the answer.
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      03-25-2020 09:12 AM #23
      There are two new players in the Extreme Performance category this year to consider:

      Yokohama Advan AO52
      Falken Azenis RT660

      Both of these are set to slightly outperform the RE-71R.

      Myself I am debating which way to go and most likely this will be a sizing/fitment decision as this year I am going with a "square" setup for my track 335i
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      03-25-2020 09:19 AM #24
      I see it's a staggered fitment.
      how long do tires last when you can't rotate them?
      Inside edge of right rear tire wears first?

      And what about the Hankook Ventus R-S4 (Z232)?
      They are highly rated (by users) at TTR, and are nicely priced.
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