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Old 04-10-2019, 01:28 PM
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I have a 1996 Collectors Edition Corvette. Tires look good but are at lest 9/10 years old with low miles. I was told that the P255/45 ZR-17 fronts and P285/40 ZR-17 rears have been discontinued by Michelin. I like Michelin and that is presently on the car. I bought this car a year ago and was told they tires were only a few years old. They looked knee deep in rubber. I can get a set of Continentals for $841 total. They also offered in Nitto and Bridgeston. I'm a senior citizen won't be driving high speed,will maybe once in awhile. What does the list run on there 17 inch wheels?? TIA
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You could also look at Hankook tires. Have them on my 96 (though they are 18's front and 19" rear.).
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I bought a set of these for my teenage sonís 92 C4. He drives his car all year here, and I feel better about these when he drives in the rain.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...e+COMP-2+A%2FS
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What does the list run on there 17 inch wheels?? TIA
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Old 04-10-2019, 03:24 PM
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You switched out to bigger wheels front and rear? I want to keep my Corvette all original. Will stay with the 17's. Thanks for the reply.
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Did you confirm the age of the tire by the date code on the sidewall?

Tires are like oil, people have their favorite brands. I had great luck with Hankooks on my 96 and several other cars I have owned, same for Continentals.

Check all the reviews as well and put quality tires on, after all it is the only contact between your car and the road.
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SUMITOMO
HTR Z II
Ultra High Performance Summer
  • Size: P275/40ZR17 93W
  • $121.50
  • Set of 4: $486.00
I just bought these for my 90. I'm happy with them. The name is relatively new. But, I'm on my 2nd set for my daily driver and the company car I drive is equipped with Sumitomo tires. they ave all performed well. I like the tire rack for the ability to read the reviews from actual users. I won't be drag racing, road racing or auto crossing my car. For my purposes and budget these tired fit the bill. Just my .02
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Originally Posted by CA1992C4 View Post
I bought a set of these for my teenage sonís 92 C4. He drives his car all year here, and I feel better about these when he drives in the rain.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...e+COMP-2+A%2FS
I can confirm, these are great tires. I have them on my 98 TA. Only thing that kept me from buying a set for the Vette was the sidewall. To me it resembles an off road tire. Dunno...
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I have the Sumitomo HTR Z 11 on my car and love them.
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I am currently running the Nitto 555s- so far they have been pretty good. The shop that did repairs on my '94 had a white '95 set up for racing with the Nittos as well.
If you want to change out he front wheels to 9.5's you could run 275/40-17's all around.
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I'm currently running Continental ExtremeContact DW (dry/wet) tires and they are a good value. Not the best tires available but they are very good for the price. My set was a bit over $800 including mount and balance, same sizes as your CE. These Contis are quiet at speed and the car handles good for my driving style, which is normal driving with occasional spirited run. (No racing, no autocross or other competitions.) So I recommend the Conti XC DW for normal use. My next set will be the Nitto 555, they are reasonably priced and the reviews here on CF are good.

I would have gladly ponied up for the Goodyear Eagle design that originally came on these cars, but they are discontinued. In fact, I can't find any Goodyear tire in 285/40-17
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Thanks for all the reply about tires for my Vette.
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I'm currently running Continental ExtremeContact DW (dry/wet) tires and they are a good value. Not the best tires available but they are very good for the price. My set was a bit over $800 including mount and balance, same sizes as your CE. These Contis are quiet at speed and the car handles good for my driving style, which is normal driving with occasional spirited run. (No racing, no autocross or other competitions.) So I recommend the Conti XC DW for normal use. My next set will be the Nitto 555, they are reasonably priced and the reviews here on CF are good.

I would have gladly ponied up for the Goodyear Eagle design that originally came on these cars, but they are discontinued. In fact, I can't find any Goodyear tire in 285/40-17
I also have these tires on my 96 and like them. Dan

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Had the same problem with our CE and got Sumitomo HTR Z III in 245/45ZR17 and 275/40ZR17 last fall seems ok for us only put 200 mi on so far............Tirerack
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There are several brands that I like.

I have 2 sets of Continental Extreme Contact DW tires and they are my favorites. (one set of 275/40/17 and one set of 285/40/17) Good traction, smooth ride, quiet, seem to be wearing well, etc.

I have 2 sets of Hankook Ventus V12 Evo2 tires on my C5 and Impala. I like them too. Similar to the Conti's but maybe a little more sidewall flex so not quite as quick response for turning, etc. (Just my opinion with no data to support it).

I also have had several sets of Sumitomo HTR Z tires. (255/45/17 275/40/17) They have worked fine. They are not as good as either of the above tires for most things, but they are inexpensive and I have had good wear with them. I used them on a daily driver '94 and put over 40k miles on one set. They are not the best tire, but they are a good tire and for the price they worked very well.

Good luck with your choice.
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I bought these all the way around and love them. On our lousy country roads, they're very forgiving, nice ride and excellent in the rain. No, I don't track the car.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...omCompare1=yes

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Old 04-12-2019, 10:55 AM
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In those OE sizes (255 and 285), the Continental EC DW has been superceded by the ExtremeContact Sport. By all accounts, it's a fantastic-performing tire in the dry, and maybe the fastest true street tire in the wet. It's in Michelin PS territory, which is rarified air. There's no reason to consider anything else.

If you want a wider assortment of choices, you can go to 245/45r17 and 275/40r17. These look better because they are a bit shorter and less squeezed on stock wheels IMO. They will perform just as well. In those sizes, you can pick up Riken Raptors for very cheap, and these are a subsidiary of Michelin - good quality and performance at a great price. It's what I'm running on the street.
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another vote for the Continental ExtremeContact DW (dry/wet) tires
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