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Ok - so this has probably been beaten to death as well...but after the OE Potenzas or Goodyears, what tires do you guys plan on slapping on the IS? I was looking at the Dunolp SP Sport 9000 or some sweet Yokes...any reccommendations? Also are you planning to stick with 215/45R17 or are you thinking something else en'tire'ly? Sorry
 

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Michelin Pilots all the way. You'll get north of twenty thousand miles, easily. Also, they grip like a mountain lion.
 

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What do the Mics run? The Dunlop's are something like $145 a pop and I think they are rated upwards of 40K miles...might not be as grippy though.

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Depends on which Pilots you get. Anywhere from 150 to 250. Ouch! I think there are two that will work for the IS/GS. The Sport and something like xvr (three letter designation). Sorry I don't have specifics in front of me.
 

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here is a list of tires in the OEM (215/45/17) sorted by approximate
(current) price:

$??? Bridgestone Potenza RE-040 * %%
$235 Michelin Pilot Sport *
$210 Dunlop SP Sport 2000
$195 Pirelli PZero Asimmetrico
$190 Bridgestone Potenza S-02 Pole Position
$185 Goodyear Eagel GS-D * ##
$180 Michelin MXX3 Pilot SX
$170 Pirelli P6000
$165 Michelin Pilot SX-GT (available in 215/45/17?)
$165 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D2 *
$160 Yokohama AVS Sport
$160 Yokohama AVS S1
$160 Firestore Firehawk SZ50
$150 Pirelli P7000
$145 Continental Sport Contact
$135 Micehlin XGT H4 RBL
$125 Pirelli P7000 Supersport
$125 Michelin Pilot Alpin
$125 Bridgestone Potenza RE730
$120 Goodyear Eagle HP Ultra
$120 Dunlop SP Sport 9000 *
$120 Dunlop SP Sport 8000
$120 BFGoodrich Comp T/A ZR
$115 Yokohama A520
$115 Sumitomo HTR Z II
$110 Dunlop SP W10
$110 Dunlop SP Sport W10
$100 Yokohama Avid H4
$100 Yokohama AVS Intermediate
$100 Sumitomo HTR Z
$100 Kumho ECSTA Supra 712
$100 Bridgestone Potenza RE910
$095 Bridgestone Potenza RE71

%%=OEM IS300 tire (33% of production)
##=OEM IS300 tire (66% of production)
*=Lexus recommended tire

Here is a nice review site:
http://carreview.com/reviews/tires/
 

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Outstanding TEG...I am going to copy that list and put it in my car file. Any idea how long these potenzas should last...I've heard "substantially less than 20K"...that could mean 1K for all I know...any info on that?

[This message has been edited by Agent Smith (edited October 14, 2000).]

[This message has been edited by Agent Smith (edited October 14, 2000).]
 

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I think around 10k miles is when most people will start to notice that they are getting marginal. It depends on driving style, and road conditions.
 
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