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Old 11-09-2019, 05:51 AM   #1
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Wich Tires should I buy (Boxster S 986)

Hi There,

I need new tires for my beloved Boxster S (986, 2001).
I have the Porsche Turbo-Rims (18 Zoll) and the following Tire-Dimensions:

Front 225/40 ZR 18 92Y
Rear 265/35 ZR 18 97Y

Most important for me is
a) Performance on dry street
b) Durability (long mileage)
c) Performance on wet street

My favourite is right now the Yokohama Advan Sport V105 Tire.
Also I take into account the Continental ContiSportContact5

I am usually driving on dry mountain roads and autobahn.

I would really appreciate If some of you could help me finding a suitable tire.

greetings from bavaria (Munich, Europe).

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Old 11-09-2019, 06:08 AM   #2
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I have used these on two different Boxsters (97 and 09) and have been very pleased with them. Hankook Ventus V12 EVO2 K120 Welcome and safe travels.
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Old 11-09-2019, 08:16 AM   #3
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I just put a set of Yokohama Advan Sport V105s on my Cayman S Sport. Great highway tire and drove 1/2 day in the rain on the Interstate, no problems at 70mph. Not great for DE - a bit howly and not as confidence inspiring as the Conti Extreme Sports I replaced. But the Contis were cupping, which is a common trait for them. My LE came with Conti CS3s and they were a great tire, so I imagine the CS5s are too. And you can never go wrong with Michelin 4Ss. Forget the Michelin PS2s - they're expensive junk and I'm surprised they still sell them.

Just my $.02 for what it's worth. If you're going to be doing some high speed autobahn runs, you don't want to scrimp on tires. Good luck with your decision.
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Ive used Michelens for decades because other brands did not compare in performance (wet or dry) and durability. For the Box I recommend Michelen Pilot SS 4S
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Old 11-10-2019, 11:55 AM   #5
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Ive used Michelens for decades because other brands did not compare in performance (wet or dry) and durability. For the Box I recommend Michelen Pilot SS 4S


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Thanks to all for your answers


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What mileage durability are you looking for? If you drive 5000/year a 20,000 mile tire would go 4-5 years. Any longer than that and tires become pretty unsafe.

Michelin A/S 3 will probably last 20,000 miles with decent grip.
Hankook RS4 will probably go 10,000 miles with much higher grip level and lower cost.
Michelin PS4 are similar in grip and longevity to the Hankook at a higher price.

Roads matter, driving styles matter, alignment matters.
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Old 11-11-2019, 06:09 AM   #9
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I fitted Yokohama V105S and been very pleased, certainly better that Pirelli P Zero N rated tyres I used previously!
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Old 11-11-2019, 08:04 PM   #10
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Michelin A/S 3 will probably last 20,000 miles
Is that all they're good for? I just bought a set, and I was hoping to get 25k - 30k out of them.
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Is that all they're good for? I just bought a set, and I was hoping to get 25k - 30k out of them.
IIIRC, the mfg warranty is 40k for AS/3, but with staggered sizes, they cut it in half.
I have them on my 996 and got maybe 10k on the rears
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IIIRC, the mfg warranty is 40k for AS/3, but with staggered sizes, they cut it in half.
I have them on my 996 and got maybe 10k on the rears
YMMV LOL
Why is treadlife so sharply reduced if they're staggered?
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Most important for me is
a) Performance on dry street
b) Durability (long mileage)
c) Performance on wet street

Michelin Pilot SS 4S.

Other tires might have similar dry grip or last longer or be cheaper but only the Michelins have great wet grip.
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Ive used Michelens for decades because other brands did not compare in performance (wet or dry) and durability. For the Box I recommend Michelen Pilot SS 4S
Ditto for me, plus my experience working @ 4 different tire stores.
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Michelin Pilot SS 4S.

Other tires might have similar dry grip or last longer or be cheaper but only the Michelins have great wet grip.
That's what I put on my wife's Lexus when the oe tires wore out.
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Guess I'll throw in my decision...
I just picked up a nice set of 18" wheels and needed a set of tires for my 996. I don't track my car, nor do I seem to drive more than a few thousand miles/year.
I ended up with a set of Sumitomo HTRZ V from Tire Rack for ~$570 shipped.

I certainly considered the Michelin and Bridgestone alternatives but decided not to pay almost double for a tire I personally may not notice any real difference with.

I did buy Michelin's last spring for my wife's SUV. The difference is that she's driving ~15k miles year right now so it was worth the extra money to me.

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