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Continental ExtremeContact DW or Hankook Ventus V12 Evo, that order.
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Yokohama.

I'm really liking the Yokos on my Si
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The V12's seem interesting... I just hate to take my advice from a C&D article as their writing has been known to bias toward brands and advertising backers more than fact-focused journalism.

I hear ya, but that article is accurate. The Star Spec would give you the best performance, but they're not as great on the street for daily use (not that I care, I'm getting 'em next summer). Don't look at the Kumho XS, though (IMO). One thing about the V12s that I do hear (and agree with) from time to time is that the sidewalls are a little soft. This is not great for maximum all-out autocross, but I think it makes for a better ride on the street. Those looking for better can move up to their more hardcore R-S3.



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I had 225 Star Specs then 245 Kumho X/S on the GTI. I was REALLY happy with the Kumho, they weren't bad in the wet like others had said, pretty comprable IMO. But they had ridiculous levels of grip in the summer. Even the Star Specs couldn't contain the power in any sort of turn, or hard launch, where the X/S definitely helped. Yes wider profile helped, but they didn't fall off either.

BMW came with a 255 Star Spec setup on it as well, with some serious camber wear from an AutoX setup. I'm happier with them than I was on the GTI.

If I had to buy tomorrow, i'd give the Hankook RS-3's a serious look, in my sizing they're cheaper by far, and the performance is as good as the others.
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I'll throw in a Continental DWS recommendation, I've run the 205/55/16 on my GTI for a summer and couldn't be happier with them. Cheap, unbelievably quiet, decent traction, great in the rain, decent treadwear (540), they're an all around awesome tire.

You probably won't place as well in autocross as someone with >$1K of tire on their car, but if you're doing it for pure fun, I think the DWS's will suffice.

Alternatively... I know someone local selling a set of Nittos, since he has no use for them after hooning his Spec-V off a light pole. Insurance didn't cover him and he's desperate for money to get another car together. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he's got an idiot twin down in your area selling a cheap set of tires on craigslist.
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If anyone has concerns about Bias, hitting up Grassroots Motorsports is definitely FTMFW.
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If anyone has concerns about Bias, hitting up Grassroots Motorsports is definitely FTMFW.

Good article.

Though they don't talk about how these tires are on the street, they cover more of the autocross market.
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Good article.

Though they don't talk about how these tires are on the street, they cover more of the autocross market.

They have alot more than that on the site, they do a damned good job with just about everything they write. One of the best magazines out there.
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two sets of wheels, two sets of tires. one set for economy, the other for hooning
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michelin pilot sport

okay wear, and really good grip
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Toyo T1R's or R1R's
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michelin pilot sport

okay wear, and really good grip

Expensive and the alternatives are a better choice.
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Toyo T1R's or R1R's

T1R's are "okay"
R1R's are awesome but not as street-friendly
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federal 595... stacks and stacks of them
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federal 595... stacks and stacks of them

how are these in the rain? $62.00 a tire is really good.
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