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Old 01-22-2006, 01:11 PM   #1
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Default Which hankook is right for me?

I have a good source for hankook tires and i was wondering which would be the best summer tire for me as a daily driver.

in order of importance:

- good durability/performance trade off
- dry traction
- wet traction
- strong sidewall for cornering
- low rolling noise, low squeeling
- rim protection

I want these tires to last, its important that i could do a few summers with them (about 6000mi/summer, looking for a minimum of 3 summers)

Size will be 225/45/17, my car is a 2002 RS

According to this, my source recommended the K104. i heard good things about them on this forum, but hankook has released lots of new stuff, and wondering if there are better options now.

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Old 01-22-2006, 01:22 PM   #2
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The only Hankook I would buy, and just did, is the RS2. I only have 250 miles on em, and so haven't pushed em, but so far so good. VERY grippy, no louder than my last 451's, traction was good on wet pavement. Stiff sidewall for sure. They look good too.
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Old 01-22-2006, 01:40 PM   #3
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yes, but i dont think the durability factor is there...
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Old 01-22-2006, 02:14 PM   #4
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I think you'd be surprised. the '200' number doesn't mean crap. From what I read, and part of my decision-making when buying them, was that people are getting ~20k with a couple autoX's and spirited driving.

The 451's aren't supposed to wear well, either, but they wore extremely well for me, and I drive hard on canyons each way to work every day. Due to an accident I had to get rid of them, but at that time I had about over 1 1/2 years, 50%, and 12-13k on them.

I'm thinking I'll get 20k out of my RS2's.
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Old 01-22-2006, 03:59 PM   #5
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20k is a reasonable amount. but its not enough for me, im ready to sacrifice some performance for longer life than that. 30k+ for me.
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Old 01-22-2006, 04:06 PM   #6
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its important that i could do a few summers with them (about 6000mi/summer, looking for a minimum of 3 summers)
Uh, OK.

Look, I think you'll be unhappy with the other Hankooks, if you care about performance. I wouldn't just buy em to save $20 a tire.
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Old 01-22-2006, 04:38 PM   #7
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Uh, OK.

Look, I think you'll be unhappy with the other Hankooks, if you care about performance. I wouldn't just buy em to save $20 a tire.

why are you confused? i live in canada, i will only use these tires 6 months a year...

its not about only saving 20$ a tire. if the tire lasts half as long, its double the price in my eyes.

how do hankook's compare to toyo proxes?
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Old 01-22-2006, 05:00 PM   #8
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why are you confused? i live in canada, i will only use these tires 6 months a year...

its not about only saving 20$ a tire. if the tire lasts half as long, its double the price in my eyes.

how do hankook's compare to toyo proxes?
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...&highlight=wet

K104's tested in the 2004 test in the thread listed above - they did not do well. Toyo T1R's tested in 2005 test in the thread listed above - did much better.

Toyo also makes the Proxes 4 all-season tire, as well as the older T1S summer tire. If you want to compare summer tires, the T1R or T1S would be quite a bit better than the K104. Never seen any info on Hankook all-seasons, and the Proxes 4 has never been tested that I'm aware of. In any case, why buy all-seaon tires for summer use?

Agree with the advice you've already been given - only Hankook to buy is the RS2...
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Old 01-22-2006, 05:37 PM   #9
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what are my other options besides the rs2, its just too much $/mile for me. i want more value. thanks for the feedback so far.
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Old 01-22-2006, 07:40 PM   #10
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....d00000d....if ya want da BOMB tires fer what ya lookin fer....get the 115 Falkens...last ferever...good grip wet and dry...very quiet...fer sure

...no i 'aint kiddin


....and except fer the Z212, the hankook line is a bit weak compared to the falken 451 or 115
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for a budget-minded performance tire, the Falken RT-615 seems like your best bet. They perform just as well, if not better than many other higher-priced tires and in the size you are looking for, they are only $112 apiece.
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Old 01-22-2006, 08:03 PM   #12
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for a budget-minded performance tire, the Falken RT-615 seems like your best bet. They perform just as well, if not better than many other higher-priced tires and in the size you are looking for, they are only $112 apiece.
if you're talking about the azenis rt-615, they arent anywhere near 112. i now we are talking canadian funds, but i see them at 250$!

as for the st-115, they do seem like an attractive option. you said they last forever, can you be more specific? how long did they last you? ive read some reviews that say their 360 tread rating is overly optimistic.
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if you're talking about the azenis rt-615, they arent anywhere near 112. i now we are talking canadian funds, but i see them at 250$!

as for the st-115, they do seem like an attractive option. you said they last forever, can you be more specific? how long did they last you? ive read some reviews that say their 360 tread rating is overly optimistic.

...a friend bought his '02 wrx, used, that had these tires on it already...dunno how many miles.....he drove(the snot outa) the car for ~40k miles and sold it...with the same tires on it......the guy who bought it still had the tires on it 3-4 months later.

Hell.....I may buy the 115's for MY next tires....I'm getting farking TIRED of loud tires
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if you're talking about the azenis rt-615, they arent anywhere near 112. i now we are talking canadian funds, but i see them at 250$!
http://vulcantire.com/azenis_rt615_t.htm This place has the 225/45/17 listed at $112 per tire, and they are located in the US.
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Old 01-22-2006, 11:26 PM   #15
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which tire are you talking about uncle scotty?

im not in the US, thats the problem. tires are noticeably more expensive here in canada.
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Old 02-05-2006, 02:54 PM   #18
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i really dont, im in canada
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