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Old 07-22-2014, 07:17 PM   #1
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High Performance vs All Season tires

It's time for me to get a new set of tires and have been looking around but can't decide on all season or performance.

My main question is... If I go high performance, does it cut down on my tire life?

Right now I have the stock 19" P - zeros on.

Also, how wide of a tire can I safely go on my stock 19x9 (I think it's 9... maybe 8.5 can't remember.)
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For your concerns you need to look at the treadwear rating of the tires, which will be on the sidewall, basically its going to tell you how long the tire will last, the higher the number the harder of a compound the tire and the longer it will last, lower numbers wont last as long but will perform better. I just replaced my continental contiprocontact's with a treadwear of 400 with a sumitomo htr z 3 with a treadwear of 300, performancewise, night and day difference the sumitomo's are so much better and stickier, but I don't expect them to last as long. Of course the more performance oriented tires aren't any good in the cold or snow, so that may be a factor depending on where you live. Check out tirerack.com
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For your concerns you need to look at the treadwear rating of the tires, which will be on the sidewall, basically its going to tell you how long the tire will last, the higher the number the harder of a compound the tire and the longer it will last, lower numbers wont last as long but will perform better. I just replaced my continental contiprocontact's with a treadwear of 400 with a sumitomo htr z 3 with a treadwear of 300, performancewise, night and day difference the sumitomo's are so much better and stickier, but I don't expect them to last as long. Of course the more performance oriented tires aren't any good in the cold or snow, so that may be a factor depending on where you live. Check out tirerack.com
Awww but wait, UTQG Treadwear Rating is not a universal, controlled and calibrated, standard that can be truly used to cross shop between tire manufacturers. There's a little Tom Foolery going on for UTQG, Traction, and Temperature grades, so beware.

Here's a link on the TireRack.com explaining this.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=48

In other words, the numbers in tire specs do not tell the whole story, and some companies are not very honest in those numbers. There is lots of technology put into tires, but there is only one thing that's usually true when it comes to tires, you get what you pay for.
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A good all season tire like Michelin Pilot Sports A/S 3 (kind of pricey) or Continental DWS will be way be better than the stock Pirelli. I have the Michelins and love them, 275/40/19 and the Handling, traction and ride in wet/dry conditions is great. I have also had the DWS' and I would say they are a close second but they have kind of a soft sidewall.
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It's time for me to get a new set of tires and have been looking around but can't decide on all season or performance.

My main question is... If I go high performance, does it cut down on my tire life?

Right now I have the stock 19" P - zeros on.

Also, how wide of a tire can I safely go on my stock 19x9 (I think it's 9... maybe 8.5 can't remember.)
Just to be clear, there are High Performance All Season tires as well, so when shopping All Season tires, you don't need to give up on performance.

Summer tires usually use a softer or faster wearing rubber compound, and will not last as long as all-season tires, but depending on where you live, and how you drive, will depend on what tires you should be looking at.

As for how wide, the stock wheels (assume that's your car in the pic) are 19 x 8.5", while the Brembo/Track Pack wheels are 19 x 9.0". The stock 8.5" wide wheels can accept a 255/40/19 or 255/45/19 tire safely. Some people on here might recommend using a 275/40/19's on the stock 8.5" wheels, but most tire manufacturers recommend at least a 9.0" wide wheel at a minimum for a 275 tire.

I use Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3's, 255/45/19 on my Brembo wheels.
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Wow great info. Tks everyone
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I have the as3 too, stock bbp 255 size. Way better wet grip, way better ride, equivalent dry grip to the P Zeros. No complaints. I needed these bc I DD the car, all year round.
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If you go with the summer tire, expect less grip on cold days. If you like all season, I loved my Michelin Pilot sport A/S 3, but on a different car.




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One thing to keep in mind about summer tires is the winter climate where you live. If you regularly encounter temperatures around or below freezing during the winter months, you risk damaging the summer tires by developing cracks in the rubber. I think temps below 40F is where many tire manufacturers recommend summer tires not be used.
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