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Best tire for a 944

I need tires REAL soon mine are shot. I was checking out the tire rack and think about getting the Pirelli P6000 tires. Anyone else have them or reccommend something else ?
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Old 08-07-2004, 05:53 PM
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Yokohama ES100

Inexpensive, good comprimise tire. Good for both street and autocross.

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I'm very pleased with Bridgestone Pole Position S-03's. Only driven them a few thousand miles but the tires stick extremely well at the limit and seem to be pretty good in the wet (for a hi-perf tire). Unfortunatley, just a little pricey...
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I am surprised that nobody's mentioned Michelin Pilots. that would be my first choice. However, I have the ES100s on my car (PO bought them just before selling me the car) and they are pretty decent. Also Kumho Ecsta Supra is a decent budget buy. Finally a local guy who used to be a BMW club driving instructor swears by Pirellis, he says they are the only tire he will use on a 944 (he has a very early 944 that he bought new.)

This post probably confused more than it helped...

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I use Dunlops, but then, what do I know? (don't race, don't go much above 90)

My wife's Passat OTOH, has Coopers...A bit noisy, but grippy as he!!.
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i have Dunlop 6000 Sport 225/60/15 ZR. They are great, as far as I can tell
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Same here!!

I don't drive the car much and right now it is "down" for repairs. I have found the Dunlops do not tend to "flat spot" like some others I have had in the past.
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I run Dunlop Sport 8000s. They are really nice but I hear they wear pretty quickly....I guess I will find out soon (put them on a couple months ago).
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I've been through 2 sets of Pirellis. Both P600 and P6000. Currenty I have Yoko AVS ES100s.

The Yokos are the best all-around tires IMO. They are also dirt cheap.
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yoko's AVS ES100 are 159.00 a tire here, plus install. A grand total of 950.00 cdn.

Why are these tires so inexpensive there? Even with the exchange rate, I can get them through the US for 108.00 plus freight and install.

Lucky guys.
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Pilots should be on bikes...

On 14 or 15 rims, I run Cooper Cobras. Really great, semi-aggressive tire that works very well for occasional play.

16 or bigger I run Kumho Ecsta Supras. Only tire I run on a car I intend to push. They've held my 3400lb Supra to the road like glue through the tightest runs...imagine what they do on a 2800lb car designed to run those courses...
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Es100 is yorue on a budget.

If you have a few extra hundred, go for the bridgestone s0-3. NEVER have i heard anyone complaing about these.

And the pilots only come in 17"+....
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And the pilots only come in 17"+....
Actually, tirerack.com carries the Pilot XGT V4 in a 215/60VR15 for $115/ea.

I'm running Bridgestones on my car that the PO installed. No complaints so far. I'll probably try the Yokos when it is time to change.
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I was referring to the pilot sports.
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my right rear dunlop exploded while I was doing around 90MPH on the interstate, and they were just 4 months old. I hate dunlops!
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Yoko AVS E-100's. 215/60/15
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I just tore through a set of Yoko ES100 on my S2 daily driver & weekend flogging car. I liked 'em just fine. I got 9478 miles (about 5 months total) out of them that included several track days, one driving school day, and one AX day. I'm not unhappy about the rapid wear given my (ab)use of them. They worked okay on the track and lost traction just like you'd expect a cheap street tire to do as they overheated (166F @ SOW). I liked 'em fine for AX type use and found no surprises there. They also looked good on the car.

Two weeks ago I put a set of Kumho 712 ECSTA Supras on. I'm expecting to have a similar usage pattern for the Kumhos. So far for street driving the Kumhos feel fine. I can't tell you about the ultimate adhesion and feel in transient manuvers because I haven't driven them in anger yet. As far as appearance goes, I think they look like cheap tire. I wouldn't buy them for the looks and they do look distinctly narrower on the rear than the YOKOs. I think it's the more rounded shoulder of the Kumho that contribute to this narrow appearance.

I never considered Dunlop or Pirelli as part of this series of tire buys. Every 6 months or so I'm going to "get" to try another tire so I'm going through all kinds to see what I can learn. Next is the BFGoodrich KD (a favorite of mine on another car), then Kumho MX, then...

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have a set of yoko avs ds2(?) put 12,000 on them already very, very lil where at all. lovem. gottem at tirerack.

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I have to agree with you on the wear issue for the Yoko's. i have about 10,000 miles on them now and I just exposed the wear bars. Granted I have driven them pretty hard. If I don't upgrade to a larger wheel Dia. I will by another set. IMO the yoko's are about as good as I can get in the 215/60/15 size. If you move up to 16" you have alot more high performance tires to choose from.
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