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Tire Buyer's Guide - Sticky Rubber

The Hottest Tires for Your Ride.

Apr 10, 2012 SHARE
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Whether your ride has been modded to the max or you have a bone-stock daily driver, good tires will make a world of difference in performance. Since they’re the only part of your car directly in contact with the ground, they have the greatest influence on performance—more than your turbo, your big brake kit or your über-expensive coilovers; without the right tires, they’re not working to their full potential. Depending on the level of upgrades you’ve already installed, there’s a tire out there for everyone. From die-hard track whores to casual hardparkers, each tire is designed for a specific goal and knowing how to select the right tire will help you get the most from your car and your wallet.

There’s more to picking the right tires than just looking up the most expensive set each brand has to offer. Tire compound, tread life (UTQG), speed rating and price are all important factors. Knowing what environment your car will be spending the most time in will also help determine the proper tire. If you never go to the track, there’s no need for R-compounds; conversely, if you’re hitting the track every few months (or more), you’re going to want a tire designed to take the heat and forces demanded by track days. But fear not, whether you need a comfortable street tire or a track slick, we’ve got you covered!

High-Performance Street Tires

The tires in this section are ideal for cruising the streets and offer excellent wet and dry performance. They also provide exceptional durability and can handle the occasional “spirited drive,” but they’re not designed to deal with the prolonged extreme heat requirements of the racetrack.

1. Advan Sport
UTQG Rating: 180AA/A
Speed Rating: Y
Use For: High-performance street tire, occasional light track use
Source: yokohamatire.com, 877.238.2677

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2. Advan S.4
UTQG Rating: 400AA/A
Speed Rating: V,W or Y (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: yokohamatire.com, 877.238.2677

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3. BFGoodrich G-Force T/A KDW
UTQG Rating: 300AA/A
Speed Rating: W and Y (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: bfgoodrich.com, 877.788.8899

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4. Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position
UTQG Rating: 280AA/A
Speed Rating: W and Y (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: bridgestone.com, 800.807.9555

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5. Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
UTQG Rating:
340A/A
Speed Rating: W
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: bridgestone.com, 800.807.9555

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6. Continental ContiSportContact 5
UTQG Rating: 280AA/A
Speed Rating: V, W, and Y (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: conti-online.com, 800.847.3349

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7. Continental Extreme Contact DW
UTQG Rating: 340AA/A
Speed Rating: W or Y (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: conti-online.com, 800.847.3349

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8. Dunlop Direzza DZ101
UTQG Rating: 300A/A
Speed Rating: W OR V(size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: dunloptires.com, 800.321.2136

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9. Falken Azenis FK453
UTQG Rating: 300AA/A
Speed Rating: W or Y (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: falkentire.com

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10. Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval
UTQG Rating: 320AA/A
Speed Rating: H, W, or Y (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: firestonetire.com, 800.807.9555

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11. General Tire G-Max AS-03
UTQG Rating: 480A/A
Speed Rating: V or W (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: generaltire.com, 800.321.2136

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12. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric
UTQG Rating: 240AA/A
Speed Rating: V or W (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: goodyeartires.com, 800.321.2136

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13. Goodyear Eagle F1 All-Season
UTQG Rating: 420AA/A
Speed Rating: W or Y (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: goodyeartires.com, 800.321.2136

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14. Hankook Ventus R-S2
UTQG Rating: 200AA/A
Speed Rating: V, W, or T (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire, occasional light track use
Source: hankooktireusa.com

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15. Maxxis Victra MA-Z4S
UTQG Rating: 420AA/A
Speed Rating: V or W (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: maxxis.com

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16. Maxxis Victra MA-Z1 Drift
UTQG Rating: 280AA/A
Speed Rating: W (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire, occasional track use
Source: maxxis.com

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17. Michelin Pilot Super Sport
UTQG Rating: 300AA/A
Speed Rating: Y (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire, occasional light track use
Source: michelinman.com

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18. Toyo Extensa HP
UTQG Rating: 360A/A
Speed Rating: V or W (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: toyotires.com, 800.442.8696

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19. Toyo Proxes T1R
UTQG Rating: 280AA/A
Speed Rating: V, W, or Y (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire, occasional light track use
Source: toyotires.com, 800.442.8696

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20. Yokohama S.Drive
UTQG Rating: 300AA/A
Speed Rating: T, V, W or Y (size dependent)
Use For: High-performance street tire
Source: yokohamatire.com, 800.722.9888

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Intermediate Street and Track Tires

The tires in this section are designed for the enthusiast who still drives his car on the street regularly and hits the track quite often. You will sacrifice wet traction due to the tread design and the lifetime of the tire will be shorter due to a softer compound, but the benefit is a lot more grip at higher temperatures. These tires are perfect for weekend track days for beginning to intermediate drivers.

21. Advan Neova AD08
UTQG Rating: 180AA/A
Speed Rating: V and W (size dependent)
Use For: Mixed street/track driving
Source: yokohamatire.com

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22. Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
UTQG Rating: 180A/A
Speed Rating: V or W (size dependent)
Use For: Mixed street/track driving
Source: bridgestone.com

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23. Bridgestone Potenza RE070
UTQG Rating: 140A/A
Speed Rating: W
Use For: Mixed street/track driving
Source: bridgestone.com

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24. Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec
UTQG Rating: 200A/A
Speed Rating: H, W, or V (size dependent)
Use For: Mixed street/track driving
Source: dunloptires.com

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25. Falken Azenis RT615-K
UTQG Rating: 200A/A
Speed Rating: H or W (size dependent)
Use For: Mixed street/track driving
Source: falkentire.com

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26. Hankook Ventus R-S3
UTQG Rating: 140A/A
Speed Rating: W (size dependent)
Use For: Mixed street/track driving
Source: hankooktireusa.com

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27. Kumho Exsta XS KU36
UTQG Rating: 180AA/A
Speed Rating: W (size dependent)
Use For: Mixed street/track driving
Source: kumhousa.com

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28. Nitto NT05
UTQG Rating: 200AA/A
Speed Rating: W (size dependent)
Use For: Mixed street/track driving
Source: nittotire.com

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Dedicated Track-Only Tires

The tires in the following section aren’t for posers, these are all-out maximum performance race tires and shouldn’t hit the streets unless absolutely necessary. They are not designed for wet driving and using them in less-than-race conditions will actually damage the tires, as they are formulated to be driven on hard at high temperatures. Although some carry a DOT certification, we can’t stress enough that you really shouldn’t use any of these on the street — if you do, it’s at your own risk.

29. Advan A048
UTQG Rating: 60A/A
Speed Rating: W or Y (size dependent)
Use For: Track-only road course, drag tire, very short street distances
Source: yokohamatire.com

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30. BFGoodrich G-Force R1
UTQG Rating: 40B/A
Speed Rating: W (size dependent)
Use For: Track-only road course tire
Source: bfgoodrich.com

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31. Hankook Ventus Z-214
UTQG Rating: 40C/A
Speed Rating: N/A
Use For: Track-only road course tire
Source: hankooktireusa.com

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32. Hoosier A6
UTQG Rating: 40C/A
Speed Rating: N/A
Use For: Track-only road course tire
Source: hoosiertire.com

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33. Kumho Ecsta V710
UTQG Rating: 30C/A
Speed Rating: W
Use For: Track-only road course tire
Source: kumhousa.com

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34. Maxxis Victra RC-1
UTQG Rating: 100AA/A
Speed Rating: Y
Use For: Track-only road course tire, drag tire
Source: maxxis.com

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35. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup
UTQG Rating: 80AA/A
Speed Rating: Y
Use For: Track-only road course tire, drag tire, very short street distances
Source: michelinman.com

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36. Nitto NT01
UTQG Rating: 100A/A
Speed Rating: W, Y, or Z (size dependent)
Use For: Track-only road course tire, drag tire, very short street distances
Source: nittotire.com

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37. Nitto NT05R
UTQG Rating: 0B/B
Speed Rating: N/A
Use For: Track-only drag tire
Source: nittotire.com

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38. Toyo Proxes TQ
UTQG Rating: 0B/B
Speed Rating: N/A
Use For: Track-only drag tire
Source: toyotires.com

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39. Toyo Proxes R888
UTQG Rating: 100AA/A
Speed Rating: V, W or Y (size dependent)
Use For: Track-only road course tire, drag tire, very short street distances
Source: toyotires.com

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40. Toyo Proxes RA1
UTQG Rating: 100AA/A
Speed Rating: V or Z (size dependent)
Use For: Track-only road course tire, drag tire, very short street distances
Source: toyotires.com

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Sources

Nitto Tire
Cypress, CA 90630
877-565-8448
www.nittotire.com
General Tire
Charlotte, NC 28288
800-847-3349
www.generaltire.com
Dunlop
Buffalo, NY 14207
716-879-8200
http://www.dunloptires.com
Continental Tires
www.ContinentalTire.com
Hankook Tire
Wayne, NJ 07470
973-406-3500
http://www.hankooktireusa.com
Yokohama Tire Corporation
Fullerton, CA 92831
800-722-9888
http://www.yokohamatire.com
Kumho Tires
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
800-445-8646
www.kumhousa.com
Falken Tire
Fontana, CA 92335
800-723-2553
http://www.falkentire.com
BFGoodrich
877-788-8899
www.bfgoodrichtires.com
Michelin Tire
Greenville, SC 29602
866-866-6605
http://www.michelinman.com
Toyo Tires
800-442-8696
www.toyotires.com
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co
Akron, OH 44316
330-796-2121
www.goodyeartires.com
Hoosier Tire
Lakeville, IN 46536
574-784-3152
http://www.hoosiertire.com
Maxxis
Suwanee, GA 30024
800-462-9947
http://www.maxxis.com
Bridgestone North American Tire, LLC
Nashville, TN 37214
800-367-3872
http://www.bridgestonetire.com

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