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Tires… yes again

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I fear I am started to sound like a broken record at this point. I’m wondering what folks recommend for a SINGLE set of tires that will last atleast this season as a steet and track tire and possibly even a few events next season if I can get away with it
Ideally “budget friendly”

next season I will have worked for Michelin for 1 year and will be able to receive my complimentary set of tires which will be my dedicated street tires and will be able to spend more on track tires

I have been looking into the
Falken rt660
Falken rt615k
Indy fire hawk
Extreme contact sport 02

budget friendly being around $1000-1200 USD plus install
 
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Wild Wonderful WV
I bought Hankook RS4s for my Trak Pak and have 3 days at VIR, 2 at Rockingham, 1 at Waterford Hills and 1 at Gingerman. I dont feel like they are quite as fast as the RE71s that I previously ran, but I think they are way more consistent and have been great in the rain on the way to track. (I wont track the Roush in the rain.)

I couldnt be happier with my RS4s.
 
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My Hankook RS4 lasted over 3 years with 4-5 track days per year plus driving to and from the track and some random street driving. While not the fastest 200tw, they are consistent and they feel like they last forever.
 
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I bought Hankook RS4s for my Trak Pak and have 3 days at VIR, 2 at Rockingham, 1 at Waterford Hills and 1 at Gingerman. I dont feel like they are quite as fast as the RE71s that I previously ran, but I think they are way more consistent and have been great in the rain on the way to track. (I wont track the Roush in the rain.)

I couldnt be happier with my RS4s.
Did you also street drive the tires? My issue is that I also have to drive this car to work since it’s my only vehicle
 

Dave_W

Cones - not just for ice cream
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Of the tires you list, I'd go with the Conti EC Sport 02,. GRM just did a tire test with them (albeit with their standard street/track ND Miata) and they really liked them. Initial turn-in is very crisp with good feel, and road noise is "zero." On track, break-away at the limit was gentle and progressive with good audible feedback. The taller tread depth compared to typical 200TW tires makes it a great rain tire, but does cause a bit of initial heat soak from tread squirm that stabilizes quickly - the first lap was 1:27.0, but laps 2-4 were all 1:27.5 with lap 5 being 1:27.6. As the tire wears, that tread squirm and fall-off should reduce. Compared to the 200TW Yoko AD09 tested the same day, the 340 TW ECS was actually about 1/2 second quicker. The 09 was also much edgier at the limit.

Looking back an issue, there was a test of the Yoko AD09 and 052 (one of the top cone-killer tires) on a much colder day. The 09 performed about the same; the 052 lapped in the low 1:26s. The 052 didn't fall off much only because of the cold temps. The driving impression of the 052 called it "numb" for steering input feedback.
 
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Of the tires you list, I'd go with the Conti EC Sport 02,. GRM just did a tire test with them (albeit with their standard street/track ND Miata) and they really liked them. Initial turn-in is very crisp with good feel, and road noise is "zero." On track, break-away at the limit was gentle and progressive with good audible feedback. The taller tread depth compared to typical 200TW tires makes it a great rain tire, but does cause a bit of initial heat soak from tread squirm that stabilizes quickly - the first lap was 1:27.0, but laps 2-4 were all 1:27.5 with lap 5 being 1:27.6. As the tire wears, that tread squirm and fall-off should reduce. Compared to the 200TW Yoko AD09 tested the same day, the 340 TW ECS was actually about 1/2 second quicker. The 09 was also much edgier at the limit.

Looking back an issue, there was a test of the Yoko AD09 and 052 (one of the top cone-killer tires) on a much colder day. The 09 performed about the same; the 052 lapped in the low 1:26s. The 052 didn't fall off much only because of the cold temps. The driving impression of the 052 called it "numb" for steering input feedback.
I’ve heard good things about both of these as a track and autoX tire but I need to be sure that they will also be a good street tire as I daily the car. Any input on that

I agree tho I am leaning toward the ECS02
 
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Nova Scotia Canada
Yokohama advan apex v601?
Definitely in the budget but I’ve heard they aren’t great after a few laps from one of the guys at the track. They also loose out in every category to the Extreme contact sports (at least that’s what I see on tire rack )and the price difference isn’t massive. While I’m on a budget I still feel like buying the ECS will be a better choice

mainly the ECS preform better in the rain. And as a daily driver that’s important to me
 
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I just fitted Conti ECS02 275/40 on square 19x9.5 rims. Got their $200 rebate, with final price of ~$1200 plus mounting/balancing, from TireRack. But I think the rebate ended 6/30.

Previously I was on PS4s but the shoulders corded after ~10 track days, so I am trying something different.

These wheels are my warm weather dailies, plus rain track days. I have wider track wheels with Cup 2's, plus a 3rd set of all season tires for colder months.
 

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