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      04-09-2019, 12:49 AM   #1
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Cup 2's, How Long Are They Lasting You?

I pretty much finished off my Hankook R-S4's this past weekend (5th weekend on them) and am thinking about what tires to get next. I've been eyeing Cup 2's and was wondering what kind of life you guys are seeing out of them (track only, as I won't be driving those tires around on the street).

If I had been wiser and flipped the R-S4's on the rim after the 3rd event I probably could've made them last another 2 weekends, since it was mainly the outer shoulders that were gone and starting to chunk. I wouldn't mind going with R-S4's again, but kind of want to see what else might be good to try and have a decent lifetime.
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A bud just trashed his in one track day. He had them heat cycled and they were still trash after the first event. He went to the 2nd event a month later and struggled because he was basically on ice skates. He went to 71R's.
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I pretty much finished off my Hankook R-S4's this past weekend (5th weekend on them) and am thinking about what tires to get next. I've been eyeing Cup 2's and was wondering what kind of life you guys are seeing out of them (track only, as I won't be driving those tires around on the street).

If I had been wiser and flipped the R-S4's on the rim after the 3rd event I probably could've made them last another 2 weekends, since it was mainly the outer shoulders that were gone and starting to chunk. I wouldn't mind going with R-S4's again, but kind of want to see what else might be good to try and have a decent lifetime.
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A bud just trashed his in one track day. He had them heat cycled and they were still trash after the first event. He went to the 2nd event a month later and struggled because he was basically on ice skates. He went to 71R's.
The RS4s should have the best life for the extreme summer performance tire class. I'm almost positive the RE-71Rs will wear out far sooner than the Hankook RS4s.

You're wearing out the outer shoulders of the RS4? Does your front require more camber?
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The RS4s should have the best life for the extreme summer performance tire class. I'm almost positive the RE-71Rs will wear out far sooner than the Hankook RS4s.

You're wearing out the outer shoulders of the RS4? Does your front require more camber?
I agree on the wear between the RE-71 and R-S4s. I'm not even considering the RE-71s.

All 3 of my tread blocks on the R-S4s show more wear (less height) towards the outside edge. Ideally I'd get more negative front camber (sitting at about -1.6/-1.7deg with camber bushings), but that's about as far as I can get without resorting to camber plates (which I'm not willing to deal with the extra NVH for other types of driving I do).

Thinking about NT01s now...
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Just this morning I ordered a set of R-S4s since I have a couple weekends coming up. What size did you run?

After all my research it was pretty conclusive that the RS4 has the best life to performance balance in the segment, so I'll definitely be following your suggestion having them flipped after a few days. I have -1.9 up front so I don't expect a big difference in wear to yours.
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Just this morning I ordered a set of R-S4s since I have a couple weekends coming up. What size did you run?

After all my research it was pretty conclusive that the RS4 has the best life to performance balance in the segment, so I'll definitely be following your suggestion having them flipped after a few days. I have -1.9 up front so I don't expect a big difference in wear to yours.
I ran 245/40-18 on APEX SM-10 8.5" wide rims. The tread width of the R-S4s is more similar to that of a 255 tire though according to Tire Rack.
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I ran 245/40-18 on APEX SM-10 8.5" wide rims. The tread width of the R-S4s is more similar to that of a 255 tire though according to Tire Rack.
Haha, we'll have the exact same setup then. I was contemplating moving up to 255 PS4S previously and had been comparing the two. They use a 9" wheel to measure the PS and 8.5" for the R-S4, even with that disadvantage they still measure wider. Talk about beefy. Thanks!
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I agree on the wear between the RE-71 and R-S4s. I'm not even considering the RE-71s.

All 3 of my tread blocks on the R-S4s show more wear (less height) towards the outside edge. Ideally I'd get more negative front camber (sitting at about -1.6/-1.7deg with camber bushings), but that's about as far as I can get without resorting to camber plates (which I'm not willing to deal with the extra NVH for other types of driving I do).

Thinking about NT01s now...
Tbh i would say get the NT01's i run then and i absolutely love them, I had Hankook TD Z221s before than they were great too, however they took way too long to get some heat in them, the Nt01's heat up quickly and deal with the heat very well.
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Tbh i would say get the NT01's i run then and i absolutely love them, I had Hankook TD Z221s before than they were great too, however they took way too long to get some heat in them, the Nt01's heat up quickly and deal with the heat very well.
Thanks! I'm planning on pulling the trigger on them tomorrow.
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