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Old 07-12-2005, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default HANKOOK VENTUS R-S2 Z212 VS AZenis RT-215

I've been reading the threads about all these tires, and I think I'm leaning towards the Hankooks. I'm thinking the Azenis's won't be great for wet weather conditions and also tread life.

Should I do it?

Ruled out because of budget:

Kumho MX
Toyo T1-R
Azenis RT-615
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Old 07-12-2005, 11:18 PM   #2
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The RT-215's are getting hard to find since they've been discontinued.

I've driven an STi with them and I currently have the Hankooks on my car. I personally prefer the Hankooks but haven't had to deal with wet roads yet
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Old 07-13-2005, 08:21 AM   #3
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I've had the 215's on my car for a little over a year. 13000 miles and they still have more than half of the tread. I don't track the car at all so that may be why they aren't gone yet. They are a bit on the noisy side in case that is a concern. As far as in the wet, I haven't had any problems yet, and it pours here in new orleans. ( I have taken great care when driving through standing water, as this is supposed to be that tires weak point) but on damp roads, it works just fine
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Old 07-13-2005, 08:43 AM   #4
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Both are great tires. The biggest difference (from what I've read) is the turn in. The RT-215 are known for their crisp turn in: you move the wheel a little and the car darts in the new direction immediately. The Hankooks have a relatively sloppy turn in feel: you turn the wheel, and the car is (relatively) slow to respond. Right now I've got the Hankooks, and I love them. Although the turn in may not be very crisp, the total lateral grip is just as good as that of the RT-215s. My 235/40/17 Hankooks definitely have more lateral grip than my 245/40/17 Ecsta MXs did. An amazing tire for the price.

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