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      09-03-2018, 06:30 AM   #1
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Hey Good Morning Folks,

So i just went through with some new wheels (Apex EC-7) 18x9 18x10, looking for some good summer tires on the low 255/35 and 275/35. I heard alot of great things about the federal 595's, Firsestone Firehawk Indy 500's, Hankook Ventus V12's and Nitto Nt555. Just an FYI all these are under $200 per tire. I run Pilot super sports on my E46 but they are smaller and more affordable and i absolutely love them, which ones do you prefer and if there anymore you suggest around the same price points please share them.

Your help and opinions are greatly appreciated!
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      09-03-2018, 05:44 PM   #2
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Nt05 have been my fav out of pss and v12 on this car. Best traction with best turn in not as quiet as pss prob on par with v12 but def more confident in turns and very progressive oversteer under power.
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Firehawk indy 500 are fantastic. Highly recommend for the price.
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      09-04-2018, 11:49 PM   #4
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My favorite budget tires and really best bang for the buck regardless of price in my opinion is the sumitomo htr z iii. I have the firestone firehawk indy 500s now and like them too but I slightly prefer the sumitomos. The Fire stones grip incredibly well especially when hot but they let go more quickly than the sumitomos with very little warning and they're a little more harsh on the sidewall. I think you'd be happy with either!
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I second firehawk indy 500's. Use them as a front steer tire on my drift car, great grip for the price.
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Thanks guys! went with the Indy's 255/35 18 front and 275/35 18 rear!
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How loud are the Indy 500s? I was considering them but don't want a loud tire.
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Just got my ventus v12's installed!
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I second firehawk indy 500's. Use them as a front steer tire on my drift car, great grip for the price.
Dude do you have a thread on your drift car?? Id love to see.
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How loud are the Indy 500s? I was considering them but don't want a loud tire.
Super quiet IMO. Can't even hear mine.
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I've only tried the v12s out of that list and they're garbage pleb tires. Conti extremecontact sports are cheap -- that's what I use.
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Thanks guys! went with the Indy's 255/35 18 front and 275/35 18 rear!
Excellent choice. They are rebadged Bridgestone Potenza RE003

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I saw that you are good now but I wanted to mention Nexen SU1 as an option. Not sure if they are available conus but I am running them on my 335i and my 118i here in Germany. Great tires!
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If u want really cheap get evergreen I got mine 74$ a tire Canadian...
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Dude do you have a thread on your drift car?? Id love to see.
Over on bimmerforums, or google "Betty the Beater"

I pretty much had like a grand that I could buy the car with, and minimal cash to make it driftable initially. It's the ideal seat time car, it's reliable, shit doesnt usually break, and it's driven to and from every single drift event. I've been kind of bad at updating the thread this year after events/ making videos, because I've been focused on actually driving.
The thread has most of the information about what I've done on it, feel free to pop in and ask any questions there!

Lets be real, you can message me here too. I love talking about it.
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