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      07-10-2009, 05:47 PM   #1
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New Tire Time - Help appreciated

Situation:
My rear pzero nero's are shot after 10K miles and I can't find any rears for a decent price so I guess I am getting four new ones.

My lease expires 10K miles from now. I will buy the car if I can get a decent deal. I do have 2 front RE050 with tread on them so I can buy 2 used rears fairly cheap and slap those on for lease turn in.

I hated the ride of the RE050 runflats but I really feel the car handled better than it did with the pzeros - better response, less acceleration squat.

Top 3 Options IMO:
Pilot Sport 2 ZP - they are expensive and I'm worried about having 4/32 left after 10K miles. But I'm guessing they are probably a good fit for the suspension as it's tuned from the factory. I don't want to spend $1300 on them and then get hit again if I decide not to buyout the lease.

Sumitomo HTRZIII - I love the price and they seem like they must be decent tires. I am worried I'll have the same steering response issues I felt with the pzeros

Goodyear F1 Assymetric - These seem like a good buy in the non-RFT category but are they that much better than the Sumis?

Thoughts/Suggestions?
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PS2's have been in my experience about the best overall tire you can get. The price is worth it. The only tire I liked better was a set of Falken Azenis RT-615 but again that is for dry traction and track/auto-x applications. Problem with the Azenis are the lack of sizes. I ran them on 18's on my 350z, for 19's on this car I have been told Advans would be my best bet...
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