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Old October 29th, 2005, 12:52 PM   #1
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Best performance tires for my baby?

I recently bought a 2001 Boxster....and I love the way it rides and handles. The tires are getting a little worn, and I am looking to replace them. I purchased the car with Nitto 225/40ZR 18 on the front and the 50ZR 18 on the back. From what I can gather, the "Z" rated tire is the best for performance. This is my first performance car, and I would love to hear anything on tire performance. What type of tire comes from the factory with them? What does the dealer recommend? Any thoughts?
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Old October 30th, 2005, 07:18 AM   #2
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Michelin, Bridgestones, Pirellis and Continentals have all been used as OEM by Porsche. If such things are important to you there is a list of "approved" tires. Pretty much any W, Y, or Z rated tire is okay. There is loads of info at www.tirerack.com.
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Old November 6th, 2005, 12:42 PM   #3
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I'd be looking hard at the Michelin Pilot Sport 2 (PS2)--I've heard a lot of good things about them and that's what I plan to go with. Check them out at www.tirerack.com
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Old November 6th, 2005, 12:50 PM   #4
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Arrow depends on what you mean by performance driving

On this board it might mean daily driving with a few quick freeway on ramps.
Or some autocrossing, or DE or time trialing or any thing in between.
"R" rated tires such as Kumho, Yoko or toyo
Falken RT615 a very sticky street tire.
What are you going to do with the car.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 10:09 PM   #5
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Michelins are the way to go

I have Michelin Pilot Sport 2s and they have been fanstastic. I would class performance driving as anything on the track - I have taken my Boxster on track days and the Michelins have been sticky and predictable - when you're hanging it sideways through a tight corner you need predictable tyres. They do wear out quickly though - one track day saw about 20% of the tread gone - it was well worth it though!

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Old November 17th, 2005, 09:18 PM   #6
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I agree, Michelin Pilot Sport 2's are the way to go

My rear tires became bald while I researched which tires to get on my car. Using your suggestions I bought Michelin Pilot Sport 2s. I am very happy with the ride and handling. Thank you guys for your recommendations.
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Old November 18th, 2005, 01:18 AM   #7
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I have Bridgestone Pole Positions and they hold very well but treadlife is another issue,but heck when buying a Porsche you know what your getting into(hopefully).
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Old November 19th, 2005, 08:34 PM   #8
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Treadlife isn't very good with my Michelin's. I am told 20-30,000 miles depending on driver. I am expecting 15,000 HA!
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