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View Poll Results: What tires should I put on my Black C5 Z06?
Goodyear F1 Supercar (original equipment) 35 12.92%
Michelin PS2 118 43.54%
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval 31 11.44%
Other 87 32.10%
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post #1 of 171 (permalink) Old 05-22-2008, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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What tires should I get for my Z06?

The original Goodyear F1 SC
or Michelin PS2
or Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval

The Firestones are the best price but I am leaning towards the Goodyear since they are original equipment and I think they look best.

What did you do and why?

If other specify which tire and why?
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post #2 of 171 (permalink) Old 05-22-2008, 11:46 AM
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Re: What tires should I get for my Z06?

Depends on what you want from a tire:
F1SC a good dry performer and so-so in wet 220 grade, mileage so-so, 8/32 thread
MPS2 good dry and wet - 220 grade - mileage better starting at 10/32
FSWO price/value leader ... OK on road, hard tire
Toyo T1-R has many advocates. ~ 280 grade I think
OH ... what I did ... burning off my third set of F1's (originals, plus one new take-of set, plus 1.5 sets with about 70% wear left) ... consumed mainly through AutoX, time trials, track time, and driving to events ... wanted to learn to drive on street tires ...
Have a set of Nitto 555RII's for the track, and for my limited road use.
Next sets will be Hoosier A6 or R6 and either another set of Nitto's or Toyo 888's ... because tire performance is priority over tire wear.

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post #3 of 171 (permalink) Old 05-22-2008, 12:23 PM
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Re: What tires should I get for my Z06?

I went with none of the above. I went with the Kumho MX tires because I think they have good performance for the price you pay. I will buy them next go around also.

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Re: What tires should I get for my Z06?

I just recently bought Firestone W.O. for the rear of my Z. $488 for the pair. They are definitely not the stiffest sidewall of all time, but I can say that they are decent in rain!! These are my street tires only, and DennyM is correct in saying they are hard. They carry a high treadwear rating, so for just tooling around town they're good.

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post #5 of 171 (permalink) Old 05-22-2008, 08:41 PM
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Re: What tires should I get for my Z06?

I went with the Firestones for the street because of cost. I use Kumho V710s for auto-x and track days, and Mickey ET streets for the strip.

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post #6 of 171 (permalink) Old 05-22-2008, 09:35 PM
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Re: What tires should I get for my Z06?

I had the Michelins and loved them but then switched to the Firestones. I was surprised at how much I liked the WO's! And boy do they last on the street. That would be my choice for the street.Great price. Wish they made the C6Z sizes.
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post #7 of 171 (permalink) Old 05-23-2008, 07:45 PM
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Re: What tires should I get for my Z06?

Although the GYF1SC is a good tire, I prefer the PS2 for all around use. The price of the PS2 is the only drawback IMO. I might try the Toyo's next time.

I ooked at the WO but did not like look of the tire when mounted on the wheel. What some people call the "rim protector" design of the tire looks funny to me.
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Depends on what you need from them. Personally, I think the Michelin PS2 is a great all-around tire. The stock tire just doesn't compare; they're known as run-craps for a reason. Do you need run-flats? It doesn't sound like it to me. If you're looking to not spend much money on tires, you can go with the Wide Ovals or the Kumhos, as someone suggested. Good luck.

I love the tire that I run, but they don't last very long. But, they suit my needs.


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Re: What tires should I get for my Z06?

I bought Kumho Ecsta MX's (275 fronts) for my replacement tire and feel that they are very comparible to the F1SCs in the dry, and better in heavy water... at significantly less cost. They are a very soft tire like the F1SC and will wear similarly to the F1SC.
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post #10 of 171 (permalink) Old 05-26-2008, 09:57 AM
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Re: What tires should I get for my Z06?

I replaced the original Goodyear F1SC with the Michelin PS2. I believe the PS2's are just as good in the dry and are much better in the wet. Not inexpensive at about $1,300 per set from Tire Rack but the quality is worth the price.
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Re: What tires should I get for my Z06?

Another great all around street tire is the Nitto 555 (older design), comparable to the PS2 is dry and wet performance, slightly stiffer sidewalls, but much less expensive. I use them as my street tires and, at 5k miles, they still nearly have 8/32s depth all across, with 1.75 deg. camber. You'll have to play around with sizes since they don't come in OE fitments, but that's not a problem...
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Re: What tires should I get for my Z06?

I replaced the runcraps on my '01 vert with GY GS D3s. Wow, what a difference. When the supercars on my Z16 are ready to be replaced I am leaning towards replacing them with the D3s. Great dry and wet everyday tire. The only problem is that you will have to put 275s on the front.


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Re: What tires should I get for my Z06?

I put PS2 tires on my '04 Z06 and loved them.


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Re: What tires should I get for my Z06?

Toyo T1 proxies seem to work well. AutoX V710's are the way to fly... but for some reason they seem to evaporate...
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post #15 of 171 (permalink) Old 06-16-2008, 11:41 AM
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Re: What tires should I get for my Z06?

I think the best street upgrade I have made to my '04 is Firestones. Great tire, and I drive the holy crap outta my car. Very predictable handling, and they work in the rain. Cheap, Too! Oh ya, they year like iron too.

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