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Old 03-25-2012, 07:16 PM   #1
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What are the best tires to get for C5?

So I recently noticed that I seriously need some new tires for the vette. All the burnouts, drifts, and donuts obviously did NOT help in the process. My question is fairly simple, I would like to know which tires are the best to get for a C5 Corvette? The reason I am asking this is because i would like to know what my fellow Corvette Forum buddies thought, on this dilemma of mines. (I would like to get everybody's input, before i make a choice)

By the way i would like something along the lines of durability, pretty good grip, and good with rain. Thanks!
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So I recently noticed that I seriously need some new tires for the vette. All the burnouts, drifts, and donuts obviously did NOT help in the process. My question is fairly simple, I would like to know which tires are the best to get for a C5 Corvette? The reason I am asking this is because i would like to know what my fellow Corvette Forum buddies thought, on this dilemma of mines. (I would like to get everybody's input, before i make a choice)

By the way i would like something along the lines of durability, pretty good grip, and good with rain. Thanks!
What do you use the car for mostly? Racing? If so, drag, autocross, or road course? Cruising? Summer/all season? Wet? Dry? Do want the added protection of runflats?

We need more specifics. After all a set of Michelin A/S radials are perfect for cruising in rain or shine year round but awful for autocrossing.
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I have found that BFG GForce KDW II's are hard to beat. Great when dry, good when wet. I get about 30k out of them with nothing but spirited driving. Plus, they are MADE IN THE USA and their price is right too.
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Hey guys thanks for replying, I use the car for racing sometimes by taking it to the drag strip once in a while. I also use it a lot during the summer for cruising as well, but as far as runflats go, i don't care for the added protection so much.

also there are those times where i get caught in the rain so that is why i asked if there is something water friendly as well?

Thanks for the help!

(yeah, i've heard about the BFG GForce KDW II's it's rep. is pretty good. I may highly consider buying these tires.)
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I'm running the G/Y GSD3 and found it is great dry and very good in wet. They have a deep v shaped groove to channel water to the sidewall


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I really like the Toyo T1R for C5's. Great street tire, very capable track tire as well.

But, currently running Hankook tires on Becky's C5 because of the size requirements of her aftermarket wheels. Regardless, the Hankook's have great grip, quiet tire, super responsive. Good wear.
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Really like and use Hankook V12s
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Hey BIG Thanks to everyone helping out!!! I guess now that I have a few suggestions and pointers, I am probably going to go with the Toyo T1R's or BFG's for my tires, due to their rep. and what my friends have told me.

THANKS Again!!!
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Personally, I like Nitto Invos and am running them currently. I also wouldn't touch Goodyear Supercars with a 10ft pole(I bought 25ft of guard rail in Kimble County Texas because of having those on the rear of my 2001)
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Here's another vote for the Toyo's. Have had them for a year and love the way the car handles. Good Luck!
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I say whitewalls would look good on a C5
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I say whitewalls would look good on a C5
No. Gangster whitewalls!

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No. Gangster whitewalls!

That is what I'm talkin about .... smokinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
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BF Goodrich KDW-2

The straight KDW's are fine but the newest version (KDW-2) are much better in rain. The compund is still as grippy as the standard KDW's and they are "much" quietier than the Goodyear Runflats.

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Another Vote for the Nitto Invos, BEAUTIFUL tire, amazing handling and wet traction when needed.

Used these for auto cross as well. stick like glue, and corner like a roller coaster.

heres a pic of the rather interesting tread design:

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