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Tire recommendations for the street

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What tire really works on the street for you big hp guys? Not that I am big hp, but if it works for you guys, it'll work for me.

My Nitto NT05Rs worked well when new but after 1000 miles or so, they got hard (or something like it) and will not hook below third gear. No, they were not at the wear indicators/showing cords:bomb: anyting like that.

I'm looking for replacements. Tires will be spooned on a set of factory 17s.

I'm leaning really hard to the bias ply ET streets but have also been eying Hoosiers drag radials. I have even entertained the thought of running a slick but would like to avoid the tickets.:rules:

Being an M6 car, I prefer shock absorbing characteristics of the bias ply but don't know how they will feel going down the road/track.

Driving style is 99% boredom, 1% terror. I drive like a grandmother through corners. Car has never seen rain, never will. Not worried about hydro issues. I hit the track 1-3 times a year.

My main concern is getting it to hook on the street. Can anyone comment on how the tires I mentioned respond to wear (did they loose grip)?

Is there an obvious choice I am over looking?

Thanks guys. I appreciate the thoughts and comments.


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Dunlop Star Specs in 265/40/17 for everyday driving, NT05R's for fun. I've tried a half dozen summer tires and the Star Specs, despite having a laughable name, are by far the best when it comes to traction, wet grip (astonishing wet grip really), wheel hop, and handling.
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I had RE01R's on the front and Star Specs on the back last summer and fall, and I absolutely loved the Star Specs. The RE's had pretty damn good grip, but were near bald. I only got like 10,000 miles out of them, but most of the damage was done when they were on the back.

I can't wait for this spring, I'll be putting Star Specs up front too. I really love those tires:turbonaug
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