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      05-12-2020, 02:38 PM   #1
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Hankook RS4 - HPDE

For my HPDE only set of wheels and tires I am looking at these for durability.

running on my 18x10 forgeline

can't seem to find 275/35 so looking at maybe the 265/35 or 285/35

any thoughts? or should I look at a different tire? price and durability seem to keep this at the forefront.

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For my HPDE only set of wheels and tires I am looking at these for durability.

running on my 18x10 forgeline

can't seem to find 275/35 so looking at maybe the 265/35 or 285/35

any thoughts? or should I look at a different tire? price and durability seem to keep this at the forefront.

Thanks
275's sadly no longer exist. I have a set with late 2018 date codes a and I think thy are some of the last ones.
I recently ran a staggered set of 265 front and 285 rear on 10.5" wheels and was happy with it. If you don't mind doing staggered like that it its a good setup.
Have thought about doing 285 squared next, but from a cost perspective and not trying to "win" any HPDE's 265 square would probably be fine.
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it appears that the 285 should fit comparing to my rival s 1.5 that are coming off of the wheels

tread width is just .5 wider and section width is .8 wider with the same overall height

I could always put a 5mm spacer on the front if needed

I run online r&t and upgraded the front to 65mm width springs so it moved the perch height up.
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What about going for Nitto NT01 instead? I preferred NT01 over RS4, and they last long too
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275's sadly no longer exist. I have a set with late 2018 date codes a and I think thy are some of the last ones.
I recently ran a staggered set of 265 front and 285 rear on 10.5" wheels and was happy with it. If you don't mind doing staggered like that it its a good setup.
Have thought about doing 285 squared next, but from a cost perspective and not trying to "win" any HPDE's 265 square would probably be fine.

Were the 275s discontinued outright? It seems like Hankook makes a fixed amount each year, and when they're gone, they're gone. Is a fresh batch entering production soon?


OP -- if you're not competing, consider a 285 width if it clears. Bigger tires last longer. The Rival S, NT01, RE71R, and R888R are all proven choices. Heck, even the "old" AD08R would be worth considering. A lot of people like the Nankang AR-1 but that's getting pretty aggressive for street use.
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Were the 275s discontinued outright? It seems like Hankook makes a fixed amount each year, and when they're gone, they're gone. Is a fresh batch entering production soon?
I have looked and looked and have honestly not seen any 275/35/18 in a longgg time. If they exist still somewhere I would love to know where to find them, but it hasn't been on TireRack or DiscountTire lol

edit: Found them, but at the price after tax and shipping might as well just order 265's or 285's that are currently on sale from TireRack
https://hankookmotorsports.com/product/275-35zr18-rs4/
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What about going for Nitto NT01 instead? I preferred NT01 over RS4, and they last long too
+1 on the NT01's. I have run the 265/285 RS4's and they are alright but seem to fall off pretty quick.

Another option is the Nexen SUR 4G.
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For my HPDE only set of wheels and tires I am looking at these for durability.

running on my 18x10 forgeline

can't seem to find 275/35 so looking at maybe the 265/35 or 285/35

any thoughts? or should I look at a different tire? price and durability seem to keep this at the forefront.

Thanks
Totally agree - RS4 is the durability king. NT-01 might be a tad faster, but IMHO, the RS4 will last almost twice as long.
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Totally agree - RS4 is the durability king. NT-01 might be a tad faster, but IMHO, the RS4 will last almost twice as long.
Plus side is when the RS4 heat cycles out it becomes a street beater for life. It just won't wear anymore no matter how much you spin it.

NT01 was only a second faster than the RS4 for me right before cording, but the NT01 takes heat so much better also.
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That is true.. when my RS4 heat cycled out there was tons of tread left. I tossed them because I don't run square on street, already have street wheels with PSS, and needed space to put new tires on my track wheels.

I value grip, so a heat cycled out tire is not so useful to me. For the right person, could make good drift practice tires I guess!
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Thanks everyone. I am going to go with the rs4 for this year as I am just embarking on the HPDE side of things. will move up in tires next year.
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Thanks everyone. I am going to go with the rs4 for this year as I am just embarking on the HPDE side of things. will move up in tires next year.
RS4 is a really great starter tire. All the guys I know that started out on Rs3's at the time seemed to get faster quicker with better control than those of us that jumped quickly to R compounds.
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iirc, 265/35/18 are on sale at Tirerack at the moment.
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