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Old 06-06-2016, 01:30 PM   #1
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Cheap tires, What to do?

I have a decent set of 18" wheels with three almost new tires on them. I have not driven on them yet. They are jut part of what has been accumulating since I started playing with these cars. The rears are Sumitomo HTR Z II, the ONE front tire I have is a Dunlop Direzza DZ101. I have searched and read reviews. Seems they are not well regarded as high performance tires, but they are almost new and I can't just waste them. What do you recommend:
-Buy another DZ101 for the front?
-Buy a pair of HTR Z II s for the front?
-Throw them all in a dumpster and burn them?
- ...or something else I haven't considered?

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Old 06-06-2016, 01:49 PM   #2
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Get a used tyre for the front, do some drift- and a drivers security trainings with and then dump them. Drift trainings are fun. Have a wheel set just for driver and drift trainings.

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I have heard good thinks about the HTR Z II for an inexpensive tire. Depending on the rear tread (i.e. - are they almost gone or brand new?) I would buy a matching pair for the front and try to sell the lone Dunlop. You probably won't get much for the lone tire, but you would be surprised how many people buy used tires.
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The htr iis are so inexpensive I'd grab two of those and use them for track and de like Markus suggests. I just got all new htr iiis on the car and am so far very impressed especially for the price.
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I have heard good thinks about the HTR Z II for an inexpensive tire. Depending on the rear tread (i.e. - are they almost gone or brand new?) I would buy a matching pair for the front and try to sell the lone Dunlop. You probably won't get much for the lone tire, but you would be surprised how many people buy used tires.
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Thanks all for the input. I think I'll do that and get a pair for the front and keep the Dunlop around for emergencies unless I find a new home for it.
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I have a set of Sumi III tires tahat handle surprisingly well at the track!
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I would only add a suggestion that you check the rears first - make sure they spin round and true and balance up fine. No sense buying the new front tires to match the rears if one of the rears has a hop or a slipped belt. Also check the trueness of the wheels if you haven't driven on them yet, a little wheel or tire wobble can be very annoying.
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Check the MFG date on your tires before going any further. If they are more than 5 yrs old, go shopping for some nice new tires. If they are less than 5, put 2 Sumis on the front and enjoy. In the grand scheme of Porsche ownership, tires are the most important part of the car (the contact patch with the road), they are reasonably cheap, and they are expense items like gas and oil. No reason to ever run old lousy tires on a fine sports car.
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Sell them.

Then use the money to buy a matched set of 4 of the tires that you want.
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send them to me and I will dispose them for free. lol
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These cars eat through tires so quickly, I'd just use them up and then get a matched set of your choosing. I'm on my second set of cheap tires on my daily and the ride and performance has been perfectly fine.
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Check the MFG date on your tires before going any further. If they are more than 5 yrs old, go shopping for some nice new tires. If they are less than 5, put 2 Sumis on the front and enjoy. In the grand scheme of Porsche ownership, tires are the most important part of the car (the contact patch with the road), they are reasonably cheap, and they are expense items like gas and oil. No reason to ever run old lousy tires on a fine sports car.
This. I had put off tires for way too long. Amazed at the difference they make.
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I use HTR Z II from tire rack cheap and good grip
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Check the MFG date on your tires before going any further. If they are more than 5 yrs old, go shopping for some nice new tires. If they are less than 5, put 2 Sumis on the front and enjoy. In the grand scheme of Porsche ownership, tires are the most important part of the car (the contact patch with the road), they are reasonably cheap, and they are expense items like gas and oil. No reason to ever run old lousy tires on a fine sports car.
Excellent advice right there.

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