235/40-17 tire suggestions

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235/40-17 tire suggestions

Postby DarrellM081 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:55 am

I'm researching before I spend, and it seems that 235/40-17 on 17x8 is the way to go. I live in sunny El Paso, TX and am trying to decide what tire would be a good for spirited DD. The selection seems very limited. I typically prefer A/S, but am figuring I can get away with summer rubber here, since we see very little snow. I've seen S.drive, Nankang NS-20, Falken Azenis FK453, Federal SS595, and some Xexen/Roadway/Somesuch N7000 available...just not sure where to start.

All input is appreciated!
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Re: 235/40-17 tire suggestions

Postby Brian » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:26 pm

My wife's car on Toyo R1R 235/40 on 17x8 6UL...has worked out great.
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Re: 235/40-17 tire suggestions

Postby DarrellM081 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:51 pm

Brian, that looks seXXXy! The only thing that concerns me with those tires is the perceived tread life. Forgot to mention I typically log ~20k miles per year. My ride is a 2014, with almost 80k on the clock.
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Re: 235/40-17 tire suggestions

Postby Brian » Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:43 am

Yep, most of the 235/40 choices are fun Summer Tires....and Summer fun doesn't last forever. 20k is about the limit you would get on those, as little as 10k if you drive them hard enough.
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Re: 235/40-17 Dunlop ZIII

Postby Freescopesdad » Wed May 09, 2018 8:09 am

Brian etal... I currently have a set of Dunlop ZIIs in 235/40/17 near the end of their useful life. I really like them, but they have been phased out and have been replaced by the new ZIII. Has anyone actually mounted a set of these yet, preferably on a Miata, and if so, what are your impressions. I'm also awaiting the upcoming GRM tire test in their June issue to get their feedback.
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Re: 235/40-17 tire suggestions

Postby Brian » Wed May 09, 2018 9:55 am

Had a brief drive on street with customer car, felt good....but not the same as autocross/track opportunity to really push on them. Nonetheless, first taste was good and I think the III is a promising fresh choice in this size.
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