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    Tire recommendations?

    Hey all:

    So my stock tires have been worn down by, uh, spirited driving, and I'm now shopping for new rubber. My GTI is currently not chipped, but will be once I decided how much I'm spending on rubber and if I'm going to lower it this year or not. It really comes down to what it's all going to cost me (I'm getting the full APR program for the sale price). Any suggestions of what to buy, and where to get it? As it's my first car, I have yet needed to deal with such things. I know once upon a time we had a gentleman here that dealt with a lot of GenDubbers (doob I think?).

    Currently 18" Detroits, but am considering wheel upgrade as well.

    I do, occasionally, take it over 180. Being in southwestern Ontario, we get some rain, so moderate wet traction is important although I would rather and often tend to take it easy in the rain. I enjoy taking it through the twisty's on a dry day though. It's a GTI, and I drive it like one . I have great quality snows so it's purely a summer tire I'm interested in.

    TIA!
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    I would recommend Falken 452's. I know alot of others on here have run them.
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    Falken 452's are a good tire, but if you are not stretching, the Hankook ventus v12 evo's are a little bit better (longevity and performance) for the same price. You say you are running Detroits, so i assume you are not looking to stretch.

    Another fun option is the Hankook RS3's. Absolutely amazing performance in the dry, almost a track tire. However, they wont last you nearly as long as the v12's or 452's, and in the rain - they not so great, so slow down. Again, these are also in the same price range as the 452's.

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    Well, if I keep the detroits (which for all the things I'd rather do this year I think new wheels are out of the question), I'd rather put a nice tire on them for a couple years and enjoy them. I'm still trying to sort out if I can score a deal on some wheels, but it really looks like i'll be sticking with the detroits and going with springs and ECU flash.
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    I would not recomand 452's for high speed, or at least not for high power/torque. I found they broke free all the time on my chipped 2.0T and were not great in the rain either. The Toyo T1-R tires I had after were way better.

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    Ya I agree the T1-R are much better, but also 100+ more a tire...
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    I am currently running Yokohama S-Drive's on my BT 1.8T and they do a decent job putting the power down considering it's only a 205 up front. They are so good in the rain and wear decently, only downside I can find with the S-Drives is that they are on the pricey side... you can't beat 452's for the price IMHO.
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    My 452's always broke loose too.. and i could never figure out why... :P

    But yea, T1R's are pricey. Thats what I wanted originally, but settled for 452's purely because of cost. I would definitely get them again, but not on a BT car. OP, check out Ventus V12's, i think they might be what you are looking for.

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    If rain driving is something to consider you could always look at Fuzion ZRi tires. I've had 2 sets and really liked them. Mind you I don't go 180 but they always handled good in the dry and really great in the wet.
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    fuzion ZRi's are an awesome tire, i ran them on my turbo aba at 22psi, and they never once let me down, i loved them. i also tried the HRi's they handle pretty good too.
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    Also I'm a huge fan of Nitto Neogens. But they're a good all around tire, not sticky or anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xLilJayx View Post
    fuzion ZRi's are an awesome tire, i ran them on my turbo aba at 22psi, and they never once let me down, i loved them. i also tried the HRi's they handle pretty good too.
    lets get serious. these tires are fucking garbage
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    Allen over at Simply Tire has a pretty good deal going on right now for Pirelli P-zero Nero M+S for $490 +tax installed. These normally go for around $750 a set, and the sale is on for another week or two. These guys are pretty similar to the Falken 912's - a pretty decent summer tire that will actually perform decently in the wet as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundwave View Post
    lets get serious. these tires are fucking garbage
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neb View Post
    Also I'm a huge fan of Nitto Neogens. But they're a good all around tire, not sticky or anything.
    Pretty sure im getting those in a couple weeks

    Ive heard a lot of good reviews

    either those or the 452s
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    im looking fro some Neogens too. Do you know where your getting them Zuber?
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    I was going to order 2 of them from discountiredirect.com. It's $350 for 2 Canadian shipped and all duties and taxes paid. I've yet to find a better price on them.
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    hmm wonder if we can get a bulk discount. I need 2 205.40s and 2 225/40
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    Michelin Pilot Super Sports?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubheaded View Post
    Michelin Pilot Super Sports?
    All michelins I have had performed terribly.

    I've had neogens and 452's. I liked both of them. All i could comment on was that the 452's had a bit better grip but they wear a lot quicker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Punjabi_Dubber View Post
    hmm wonder if we can get a bulk discount. I need 2 205.40s and 2 225/40
    6 isn't really bulk though haha.

    They DO have free shipping to Canada though. And they'll price match anyone online but it's worth a shot?
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    yea, im getting them from discounttire.com. Free shipping to canada? But how bad are duties?

    Im was going to have them sent to buffalo

    Im going to be ordering some time this month


    [edit] $160 prepaid tarrif! BALLS. You can have them shipped to buffalo, and pay tax for them at the border.
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    True, but calculate, gas, time and tolls and you're not saving that much.
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    Regardless I ordered my 2 this morning. $340 shipped to my door taxes in. It's not that bad whatsoever considering taxes alone were probably $40 or so.
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    I've been running 452s, since I bought my car, I go through them like nothing, and I find they're only awesome when new, once you're past 50% they feel like their completely bald.

    If you drive aggresively I recommend some El- Cheapo Tires, as from my experience I have to replace them every year anyways.

    Any recommendations for an El-Cheapo 300km/h rated tire?
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    So apparently you can't order Nitto Neogens into Canada. Some supplier has exclusive rights to selling the tire here. So dude at discount tire direct gave me Yoko S drives for $145/tire I can't complain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neb View Post
    True, but calculate, gas, time and tolls and you're not saving that much.
    I guess depends where you live

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zuber Speed View Post
    I guess depends where you live

    100km round trip for me...no tolls...to save 100 bucks....no brainer
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