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Tires for Redline SUMMER ONLY Suggestions

Hey Folks. Our Redline lives in SW Florida. I think we may be replacing the original (I think) tires in the near future.

No snow to worry about. What do you suggest? Are "run-flats" an option?

33K miles on her and we just got the Trifecta tune (installing in January). Vehicle is otherwise stock.

Not looking for extreme anything. Want to maintain same tire size/dimensions. Do want best traction without reducuing ride comfort.

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Mike, if you want "best" traction then run flats are out. Everything is a compromise.

@skersfan or @jgassor may be better judges of these tires than I since their suspensions are closer to stock than mine but I love my Potenza RE-71Rs. I don't find any reduction in ride over the tires I had on previously (though they were horrible tires anyway) and grip...well, they're an autocross tire and one of the top choices in autocross today. To go to a tire that has any more traction than these you're looking at a racing tire.

The Pilot Super Sports (PSS) are another great choice and people seem to love them. They have great traction too but the Potenzas still beat them in traction.

Now wear, the PSS probably beat the Potenzas there but I've had mine on for about 10-15K miles and they still aren't on the wear bars. Considering I have a few autocross events on them that's pretty good in my book. If I get a year out of them (I drive about 20K miles a year) I'm happy.

EDIT: I should have mentioned but both tires are available in 245/45R18, the Sky's stock tire size.


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I gotta say, I have the Nitto NT555 Gen 2 in the stock size (245/45/18) and they grip very well, with no road noise and good comfort, plus they're decently cheap for a set of 4.
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Thanks folks! Mike
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Have you decided on anything yet?


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Have you decided on anything yet?
No just got to FL where car is...
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We look forward to hearing what you decide.

Okay, so funny story on the RE-71Rs...they get substantially less traction as the weather drops below 60 I'm finding out. In the 50s I'm breaking the tires loose much easier than when it was 60+ out. Nothing crazy but definitely noticeable.

Now, on my way into work there is an onramp I take for the freeway that, if I have no one in front of me...which is tragically very rarely...I can take the bend at 70 and not even think twice about it. So today, I'm on my way into work and...look! No one in front of me for the on ramp! WOOT! So I get her up to 70, get in my line, and I'm looking forward to having at least a bit of fun before I set the cruise control to 70 and meander into work. Just as I'm starting to come up to where I need to initiate my turn in, I look down at my DIC and see the temperature... 40 Degrees...

I firmly press the brakes as I'm muttering to myself "They have less grip...they have less grip...they have less grip..." I drop 15 mph off my speed, initiate the turn, and everything is fine. I bet the tires could have gripped at 70 but I wasn't going to test it.

The tires come with a warning not to drive them in cold conditions...since 40 is only 8 degrees above freezing I'd be willing to guess this is what they mean by cold as these things definitely develop less grip in the cold.

I wonder how much tire warmers run?

EDIT: $500 and I get them exactly my size and with a custom logo...huh...wonder if I could find a way to use these trackside for autocross...Oh crap...


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Hey folks.

Have not been on the site in a while. We moved to our SW Florida home (where we have our Redline) end of June and really enjoying the change of lifestyle from Baltimore/DC area.

Although they still had tread and wearing evenly, I decided to buy new rubber. After a bunch of research, I decided on these:
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...e&autoModClar=

Firestone Firehawk Indy 500. The old tires were the OEM rubber and installer told me they had worn evenly and we didnt need an alignment.

SO far we have put about 200 miles on them and we love them. quite, track straight, look cool and price was right. Actually got a bit better deal than current price. Ill let you know as we put some miles on them, but so far, I think I made a good decision.
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Hey folks.

Have not been on the site in a while. We moved to our SW Florida home (where we have our Redline) end of June and really enjoying the change of lifestyle from Baltimore/DC area.

Although they still had tread and wearing evenly, I decided to buy new rubber. After a bunch of research, I decided on these:
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...e&autoModClar=

Firestone Firehawk Indy 500. The old tires were the OEM rubber and installer told me they had worn evenly and we didnt need an alignment.

SO far we have put about 200 miles on them and we love them. quite, track straight, look cool and price was right. Actually got a bit better deal than current price. Ill let you know as we put some miles on them, but so far, I think I made a good decision.
I think the Indy 500 is one of the best looking tires available.
Congrats on a great choice
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I think the Indy 500 is one of the best looking tires available.
Congrats on a great choice
Looks like a great tire and a great price. Today I had my MPSS installed and took the car for a drive. I was extremely impressed. The ride was smooth and quiet and in the turns the car felt like it was on rails.

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Looks like a great tire and a great price. Today I had my MPSS installed and took the car for a drive. I was extremely impressed. The ride was smooth and quiet and in the turns the car felt like it was on rails.
I had a set of BF Goodrich G-Force Comp-2-AS installed on mine today.
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Riken Raptor Z

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RAPTOR ZRUltra High Performance Summer

Size: 245/45ZR18 96W
UTQG: 300 AA A

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Per Tire: $84.91

Installed early summer and very happy with performance.
Very quiet and sticky on cornering.
For the money, you cannot go wrong...
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Just installed P ZERO ALL SEASON PLUS - SIZE: 245/45R18
The review on tirerack was accurate and worth watching the vid. I'm so impressed that there is no road noise and extremely comfortable. The car has been transformed but to be fair this is the first replacement of the originals. Super grippy!
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Even at tire rack they are still at $175 ea BEFORE shipping and mounting,

I hope they come with a babe and a 6 pack

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