Back 10 years ago, I got my first set of Sumitomo HTRZ3's for an STi. They were awesome in the rain as they were new and I sold vehicle with less than 2 year old rubber. Fast forward to 2015. When I wore out the Corsas on my Evora S, I am a track rat and have dedicated rims/R888s for that job so I wanted great daily tires that would also be my rain tires at track. For the price, the HTRZ3's are hard to touch....when new as I found out. Of course, I bought rain tires and never needed them that first season. Year 2 they did some damp, cold track work at the new track in NH (Club Motorsport). Ever since those 2 days, and now with ~7500 miles on them, the traction fell off the cliff. By the time they had 10K on them last fall (granted the rears were down to 3/32nds anyway), even a damp road made the tires feel like they were on ice. Even the fronts with 6/32nds left (I had originally intended to run 2 sets of rears to 1 set of fronts) were TERRIBLE. Moral of the story is, if your tires have done ANY kind of heat cycle duty, they will be dangerous long before the tread is gone, unless it within a ~ year's time Even if they have been in a climate controlled garage, unless you are parading the car, your grip is shot. If the tires in Northern VT have been exposed to below zero etc, they are truly terminal!!! At 8 years old, are you willing to risk continuing to use the SINGLE most important safety component on your car long past its prime?? Either way , you can put on new shoes for $500-600 (Sumi HTRZ3's).
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