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As the title suggests, looking for sticky well balanced street tires for my new Rota Grid 15x8s..

Any suggestions appreciated..
 

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What suspension are you running/how low are you planning to go?
Do you want a slight stretch? or a more 'regular' look?
I have Tokico Illumina coilovers and won't be going lower than I am now. I have a fender roll lined up to fit the wheels/tires.

Basically I'm looking more for solid traction than anything else. I enjoy looking at stance, but prefer performance.
 

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Nexan n3000 195/50/15 if you don't mind a little bit of noise on he highway.
 

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I put S drives 195 50 15 on my 94 this past summer. When I take it to work my loop is about 40 miles which 20 is highway. It's hard to imagine theres a better tire. The Dunlop Star specs are highly rated and i'm sure someone will pipe in, the question with those is the life of the tire. The S drives have a higher rating for life/mileage.
 

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I put S drives 195 50 15 on my 94 this past summer. When I take it to work my loop is about 40 miles which 20 is highway. It's hard to imagine theres a better tire. The Dunlop Star specs are highly rated and i'm sure someone will pipe in, the question with those is the life of the tire. The S drives have a higher rating for life/mileage.
The ratings are only relevant within the company. Comparing cross-company is tricky and sometimes useless.
 

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dunlop star specs
 

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Nitto NeoGen

They're a great performing tyre (max performance all season) for the money, that last a long while and return more than enough grip for a daily driven street car. I used to have them on my old Protege (2700+ lb car) and they were exceptional in dry and wet conditions, only breaking traction if driven very hard during a downpour. I'll be buying them again for my NA when my BFGs wear down. Also, the tread pattern is sexy and expensive looking. lol

 

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I would go with dunlop direzzas or toyo T1Rs. They both give a nice little stretch and are great overall tire. They are great in the rain but still handle well for track use.

I thought the Nitto NeoGen were made specifically for lower cars with a lot of camber. Isn't the inside trend block made differently to wear less from camber?

It all depends on what you want to use the tires for. How long do you want them to last? Are you going to use it for track? do you live in an area with a lot of snow or rain? It took me a while of trying tires out to find the ones I liked. Finding tires you like may take a few tries.
 

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I would go with dunlop direzzas or toyo T1Rs. They both give a nice little stretch and are great overall tire. They are great in the rain but still handle well for track use.

I thought the Nitto NeoGen were made specifically for lower cars with a lot of camber. Isn't the inside trend block made differently to wear less from camber?

It all depends on what you want to use the tires for. How long do you want them to last? Are you going to use it for track? do you live in an area with a lot of snow or rain? It took me a while of trying tires out to find the ones I liked. Finding tires you like may take a few tries.
He said it's for street use, and I don't think the T1R's are a good choice for track. The treadwear is too high and sidewalls too soft. RS3's are more suitable for track/street or street/track. But for the money, direzza star specs would be the best compromise
 

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Ive been threw 9 sets of tires this year. A few rs3... t1r, ecsta xs, and the usual crap from falken. Currently on s drives and will be buying them again. Excellent street tire. Runs wider so a 205 would be very square on x8.

If I can get neogens I plan on running those sometime soon as I hear good things.
 

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Thank you all for the input, very much appreciated.

Going to compare prices/review on the S drives and RS3s.

I'll post up some pics when I get everything mounted. Been too shy to post pics with the shitty wheels on at the moment..
 

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Going to compare prices/review on the S drives and RS3s.
Those are too entirely different tires btw. No idea where you live but if temps stay moderate year around, some rain, and you don't mind faster tire wear spring for 205/50 Star Specs.

A couple notches below that if you're looking for longer tire life go with s drives or neo gens. I've never experienced the s drives though.
 

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keep in mind that star specs in a 205-50-15 are about $120
s drives in the same size are about $90 each

total for a set of 4 would be a $120 difference. If you are using the street i would go with the cheaper one. They are both great tires. If you look at a 195-50-15 the s drives are $70 each.

If it means anything when i get money i am getting the 195-50-15 s drives.
but then again my rims are 15x6
 

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Those are too entirely different tires btw. No idea where you live but if temps stay moderate year around, some rain, and you don't mind faster tire wear spring for 205/50 Star Specs.

A couple notches below that if you're looking for longer tire life go with s drives or neo gens. I've never experienced the s drives though.
Hey yeah after reading it looks like the Hankooks are basically racing tires that I'd be lucky to get 5k miles out of.

As this is my daily driver and I do quite a bit of driving, I decided to go with the S drives in the end. I'll post my first impressions with photos tomorrow if anyone cares.
 
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