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In my opinion, the Hankooks are not as good as the Kumho Supra 712s I have on the MTX (same size, not the 225/45). The 712s feel noticeably stickier, with about the same amount of turning force resulting from a given amount of steering input.
On the other hand, though the k104s furnish slightly more precise directional stability due to the very strong tracking, they tend to fight back through the steering wheel when cornering, demanding considerable (sometimes annoyingly so) steering effort to keep the car in the curve. That's probably due to the fact that there's a central rib on the 104 where the 712 has a trough-like center groove that dominates the whole tread pattern.
Also, the 712s are nearly silent compared to the K104s. Although their handling characteristics (mainly the very strong straightline tracking) seem to be more suited to highway use, the ringing noise alone would probably prevent me from taking the 104s on a long trip.
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