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Aku 09-08-2010 01:59 PM

Need new tires. Would like input
If this is better posted in the wheel/tire section then please move it.

I run my car on about 4-5ish open track events a year and right now I'm in need of a set of 4 new tires. These tires will also be daily driven on. I have done some research on tire rack and have come down to 4 choices I really like

Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Kumho Ecsta MX

Continental ContiSportContact 2 <- currently on car


BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2

Just want some peoples input on a tire that will last decently long being daily driven. Isn't too bloody loud while just cruising on the streets / highway (radio is usually on fairly loud to cover up most noise), but will still be really sticky for the track days.

All thoughts and comments / suggestions are welcome. Thanks..

- Aku

WD40 09-08-2010 02:47 PM

It's a tough choice with what you have listed.
You're comparing apples to oranges.
Dunlop and Kuhmo are basically purpose built AutoCross/Track tires, that can be driven on the street, albeit they won't last long.
You might get 10-12K out of a set that sees the track with any frequency.
(BTW, the MX has been replaced by the XS and the XS is actually less expensive: )

Your existing Conti and the BFG-KDW 2 are just the opposite.
Good street tires, that perform marginally well on the track.
They'll probably last 20k, but will only be about 70% as good on the track as the above choices.

I suppose if it were me, I'd lean towards the Dunlops.
They work well on the track, and from the few vehicles I've seen running them this year (as dual duty tires) they seem to look like they'll last long enough.

Just a quick opinion though.
I learned a long time ago that you're better off biting the bullet and getting dedicated track and street wheels/tires.
Then, there's no compromise on either set. [thumb]
You'll also come out better financially, cause you're not buying street tires every year.
And, there's always that chance that something could happen on the track (off course, debris, whatever)
and all of a sudden you can't get home cause you've damaged your one and only set of tires.

WD40 09-08-2010 02:53 PM

Part II
Just thought of something that's rather important in your part of the country...
What are you planning on driving in the winter?

Aku 09-08-2010 03:58 PM

I have a 2nd set of 16" wheels running blizzaks for the winter already.

Edit: Additional info that may help:

Due to me actually having a new job now, the ultimate goal by spring / mid summer latest is to purchase a 3rd set of lighter weight wheels that will run sticky dedicated track tires. What I want to buy now needs to last me the rest of this season (up until snow hits) and then possible the first part of next season.. Then when I have my race wheels/tires the next set I buy to replace whatever I purchase now will just be a longer lasting street tire that has a bit of grip to it.

WD40 09-08-2010 04:07 PM

Good deal on all the dedicated sets of wheels/tires. [thumb]
That's exactly where I'm at...3 sets.
My wife was a bit "concerned" shall we say at first, but now that I've had the 3 sets for 3 years, she can see the benefits.
In that, I've only had to buy one set of tires a year now, and the winters and daily drivers have still got another year left on em.

I guess the next question is are you running stock class (stay with 17") or are you eventually going to be dropping down to 16" or even 15" for track tires?
I suppose it doesn't matter at this point...
Get yourself the Dunlops for your 17" wheels right now and go for it, and decide on race wheel size once that time comes. [;)]

mlbbaseball 09-08-2010 09:52 PM

i would go w/ the star specs, i've never owned a set, but have driven w/ them on my buddies lotus, they are vry good on the track but don't last long on the street

Aku 09-10-2010 07:56 AM

That seems to be the general consensus everywhere. Went ahead and ordered a set of 4 last night

Blackcatn2o 09-11-2010 12:07 PM

Im voting for the star specs.

Aku 09-13-2010 01:14 PM

Already purchased and on the car. Don't seem as noisey as I was expecting them to be. Seem to be pretty grippy, but haven't had a chance to power around a highway on ramp just yet. Only have about 80miles or so on them right now.

Have a track day 10/10/10. will post a review after i beat on em for a day

WD40 09-13-2010 02:33 PM

Cool! [thumb]
I would like to hear about what you think about them on the track.

What size did you get??

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