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Hey guys, seeing our rims are arriving soon I really need some trusting input. I need opinion on tires for my Braid 17" wheels, be it personal experiences, things you've read, seen, heard anything. There's just way too much selection out there and it's a tough choice...any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Yoko AVS sport seems to be a good value performance tire. Im sure you have some winter wheels, so these need not apply in poor weather :)
 

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Yokos are IMHO your only option. I'm saying goodbye to my A509s this summer..
 

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Bridgestone S03, the best performance tire I've ever drove on. Michelin Pilot Sports are an awesome tire as well, but also the most expensive as well. If you can get BFG KDs in your size I've heard they are supposedly comparable to the S03s in handling. If you don't drive a lot of miles you might consider Victoracers.
 

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i havent spent much time on high performance tires yet, but a bunch of my friends have falken azenis, and they LOVE them, as long as the roads are dry and ice free.

apparently they can be downright evil when theres any amount of water on the road, and they wear out quickly, something like 25000-35000 KM.

just my 2 cents
 

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I just had YOKO YKs put on all 4 corners last week. So far I'm pretty impressed with them. Discount tire exclusive according to them. Conviences me that YOKO is more than just a name.

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For 17" tires, it all depends on what you want out of the tire, how aggressively you drive, what sizes you want and what you can afford.

Bridgestone S0-2
Bridgestone S0-3
Michelin Pilot Sport
Pirelli Rosso
Pirelli Zero
Toyo T1-S
Yokohama AVS Sports
(listed alphabetically)

All are top of the line ultra-performance tires (Y-rated)... and pricing reflects that. Most Y-rated tires will only last between 10K to 30K miles. So take that into consideration when choosing the above.

One ultra-performance tire that is economical and Y-rated is the Ventus Sport K104. This is available in 245/40R17. It has been reviewed to outperform Kumho Ecsta Supras, but yet costs less. They offer a free limited road hazard too. If it's within 25% tread wear, they will replace the tire. No other company offers road hazard warranty with an ultra-performance tire.

If you are on a budget and just want tires. The Ventus Sport K104 is your BEST bargain. Where else are you going to get a Y-rated tire at H-rated pricing.



If you want staggered fitment (rear tires larger than the front) and want to stick to the same brand, few companies offer this for the mk2. One example is the Yokohama AVS Sport.

Don't try to get a tire package you can barely afford now. Because when it comes time for replacement, that tire may or may not be available and you might have to go to a more costly alternative.
 

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I went with 16's with a reversed lip on my wheels, but the tire choices are pretty much the same. Tire Rack offers 245/45/16 AVS Sports for $128 each + $31 to ship to my door and no sales tax. The S03's and Pilots are quite a bit more, and I can't imagine they are that much better. Plus I love the way they look!
 

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In the words of some of my Cali friends. The S-03s are hella better. Right now they are considered the de facto ultimate street tire non-race compound.

Then if you want to go for DOT approved race compounds... there's the Pirelli Corsa.
 

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FWIW all of the high performance drivers I know use S-03's on the street if they can fit them on their tires -- and that's in the PacNW where there's lots of rain. All of the dry-climate guys use GForce KD's.

Depending on my offset I'll probably be getting AVS Sports since the largest S-03 is only a 285/30R18.

The S-03's maintain their wet performance much better as they wear vs the AVS Sports.

If I were you I would get S-03's in a heartbeat. Hope that helps.
 

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If you are looking at cost no option street tire thats capable in the rain. Go with the S-03. The Michelins tend to get greasy when heated up (and they're French - if you are anti-French at the moment :lol: )

I have the Yokohama AVS Sports on the Mk2 and Bridgestone S-02 PP on the mk4. Both are suited for each car's performance aspects and could have easily been swapped. At the time, I wanted the ultimate tire for the mk4. When I walked in the showroom, that's exactly how I asked for it: What's the ultimate performance tire and do they make it in my sizes?

There are plenty of other tires that will give you great performance if you want a little more conservative pricing. See my post above. Ultimately, the decision should be based on what you can afford vs. what you want out of the car.

A lot of people are happy with Falkens. Personally, not my first choice in performance. (We've replaced a lot of "High Performance" Falkens with M+S rated Toyo's.) But they are cheaper none-the-less and they suited the buyer's needs.

With 17" tires you will have a lot more selections than you did with 14" And most of the tire models that worked at 14" will not work at 17"

Make sure you understand the wear rating of each model and the performance rating, so you know what you're getting our of your tire and for how long.
 

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Ok, I am going to trust you guys on this one. I am going to order the S03's when I get the cash. They are about $710 shipped for a set of 245/45/16's. They are about $170 more than for a set of AVS Sports...but if they are that good, it will be worth it. They seem to be very highly rated in the opinion surveys.
 
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