Replacements For The Federal SS595
April 19, 2021
Since its inception, the Federal SS595 has been flying off the shelves faster than manufacturers and distributors could keep up. Its decent performance for on and off the track use at its price point made it incredibly popular among daily drivers and avid track enthusiasts alike. Assuming you already know this since you click on this blog, the Federal SS595 is currently very backordered just about everywhere you look.
But panic just yet. We have some even better options in a similar price bracket that you’ll definitely want to take a look at.
Before we get into the details about these budget-friendly tires, remember that the Federal SS595 is technically a performance-oriented all-season tire. Yes, it's an all-season. A couple of these tires on our list are similar to the SS595 in that they are also performance, all-season tires.
Also, the SS595 has primarily been very popular because it's cheap, offers decent traction on dry pavement, and is, therefore, easily disposable.
Now, the Federal SS595 is not spectacular on the track compared to the average summer performance tire, but it does offer a decent amount of grip that will take you through the corners, and most importantly, it has a fairly aggressive tread pattern that people really seem to love, but the Lexani LXHUP-207 is a summer performance tire that’s capable of even better grip than the SS595 while still having a semi-aggressive tread pattern that anyone would love.
Overview of The Lexani LXUHP207
- Lexani is a lesser-known tire brand, however, they pride themselves on specializing in summer/performance tires for high-class vehicles
- The LXHUP-207 is a summer performance tire featuring a semi-aggressive “V” shaped tread pattern
- The LXHUP-207 Provides better traction and grip compared to the SS595 with its dedicated summer tire compound and its tread pattern
- Efficient water channeling through its longitudinal grooves for better traction and control on wet pavement
- Starting at $438
Pros of Lexani LXUHP-207
- Dedicated summer, performance tire compound, and tread pattern design
- The LXHUP-207 Provides better traction and grip compared to the SS595
- The LXUHP-207 has an aggressive “V” shaped looking tread pattern
- Price starts at only $438!
Cons of The Lexani LXUHP207
- Doesn’t have the same brand name that many people are looking for
- Price starts slightly higher in price compared to the Federal SS595 at $439
The next "dupe" for the Federal SS595 tire on our list is the Toyo Extensa HP II which has been a popular, budget-friendly tire for daily drivers specifically. The Extensa HP II is definitely less of a performance tire than it is a comfortable, daily driver tire, but that doesn't mean you won't see people running this on their sporty cars.
Overview of The Toyo Extensa HP II
- The Extensa HP II is a performance-oriented all-season tire (a silica tread compound mixed with a directional, performance-styled tread pattern)
- This model is the new and improved version of the Extensa HP model
- The Extensa HP II has an emphasis on wet handling characteristics and reduced road noise
- Toyo claims that the Extensa HP II breaks up to 31 feet shorter than the previous Extensa HP
- This is a very popular choice for daily drivers because it has some performance capabilities, but is very comfortable for commuting
Pros of The Toyo Extensa HP II
- Great dry and wet traction capabilities over typical performance-oriented, all-season tires
- Somewhat aggressive looking tread pattern with decent acceleration grip
- Comfortable for daily drivers with a low road noise
- All-season tread compound which can handle some light snow and rain
- Great fit for hot hatch and sedans
- Price starts only at $356!
Cons of The Toyo Extensa HP II
- Not a full-blown summer, performance tire with its all-season tread compound—lose out on some extra grip due to hard tread compound
- Doesn't perform very well in medium to heavy snow and rain
The last dupe of the Federal SS595 on our list, in terms of price and performance, is the Hankook Ventus 2 Concept 2 all-season. Yes, this is another performance-oriented, all-season tire, but remember that the Federal SS595 tire is also technically a performance-driven all-season due to its stiff tread compound.
Overview of The Hankook Ventus V2 Concept 2
- The Ventus V2 Concept 2 is a performance-oriented, all-season tire
- Emphasis on comfort and ride quality
- Features high levels of silica in its tread compound
- M & S rated due to tread compound (mud and snow)
- Warranty: 45K mileage warranty—500 treadwear tire!
Pros of The Hankook Ventus V2 Concept 2
- Quicker steering response from directional tread pattern
- High level of water dispersion from center rib for those rainy days
- Provides a sporty ride that still offers comfort for long commutes or road trips
- Known to be a fairly durable tire that can take a little bit of a beating
- Ranks high on high dry handling capabilities and is considered to be a high milage tire (500 tread wear)
- Most commonly seen on mid-sized sedans in a 205/45 size
- Price starts at only $339!
Cons of The Hankook Ventus V2 Concept 2
- Although the fact that this tire is a high milage tire that will last you awhile, this does mean that it won't offer impressive grip on the track compared to the SS595
- Softer of a sidewall than the average performance, all-season tire
- Not going to consistently perform very well on the track