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Old 06-18-2010, 12:52 PM
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Best tire for a 996

My father has a 996 that he drives a few time a week and is in the market for new tires. He currently has Pirelli P Zeros but complains that they wear out to quickly.

What tires do you guys like for a weekend driver/daily driver. He doesn't track or race it - just cruises around town and to the office once and a while.

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There will be a lot of opinions and I will give you mine. For street use, in the summer the best is of course the most expensive, the Michelin PS2.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:26 PM
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This is a very subjective question. All 996 tires wear out too quickly.

I personally hate PS2's. I think the older Pilot Sports were a much better tire.....for my taste.

For a good tire for a good price for what you asked for it to do, you might check out the Hankook V12's and the Sumitomo HTRZIII's.
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the Sumitomo HTRZIII's. Just ordered my second set of rears. I think I still have 5K miles left and have had it for 15K miles already. Amazingly good grip. 90% of performance for 50% of the price.
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After years of being a Potenza fan boy (and spending over 4 bills per rear tire), a few weeks ago I went with the Sumitomo HTR ZIII on all 4 corners.

So far I only notice two differences:
-More chirping noises around corners when i really push it.
-Significantly less road noise when cruising down the highway.
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looks like the Sumi's are the peoples choice?
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just got the summitomo's and they are excellent for the price..
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hankook v12...best tire for the buck!
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the Sumitomo HTRZIII's. Just ordered my second set of rears. I think I still have 5K miles left and have had it for 15K miles already. Amazingly good grip. 90% of performance for 50% of the price.
+1 Love mine too. Great for the street.
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In my case, it was a pick between the Hankook Evo12s or the Sumi HTRZIIIs. I went with Hankooks just to feel what the fuss is all about. No regrets for a street car.
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Just ordered my second set of Hankook V12s, I liked 'em so much. Best bang for the buck. Previously had Pzeros, then RE050A Pole Positions, then the Hankooks.

I don't track my car, and street performance has been on par or better than the previous tires. Obviously, however, I'm not driving at 9/10s (or probably even 2/10s of the car's limit for that matter). For what it's worth, at half the price of a set of benchmark PS2s, I'll continue to buy 'em.
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I just got them as well the P-zero's were shot. The Sumi HTRZIII's are SO QUITE, its a different car now.
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Hankook V12's here as well................
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show your dad this and see what he thinks:

The HTR Z III (High Technology Radials-3rd generation) is Sumitomo's Max Performance Summer tire developed for sports cars, sporty coupes and high performance sedans.

The Pilot Sport PS2 is a Max Performance Summer tire member of the Michelin Pilot family of low profile, high-speed tires. Initially developed for Original Equipment (O.E.) on some of the world's most prestigious sports cars and performance sedans, the Pilot Sport PS2 combines world-class dry road traction, handling and cornering. Some of the first Pilot Sport PS2 O.E. fitments included the BMW Alpina Z8, McLaren SLR and Porsche GT2 & GT3 models.

I'm on my 6th set of PS2s...wouldn't have it any other way
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The Hankook Evo S1 works also pretty fine on a 996 !!
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