I was talking to some guys from the forum about getting new tires the other day and I was looking for some cool @ss sticky meats for corner carving etc... Anyway I started reading reviews and decided to go with some tires with a lower speed rating ("V") for longevity. D@mned sticky tires just wear out tooo fast and I drive a lot.
I spent a butt-load on my last set and didn't even get 40,000 miles out of them.
I think I'm going the same route with brake pads. (I'm due). I'm looking for long life, low dust... I have 14" rotors on the car so a slight downgrade shouldn't be that bad. The factory pads dust like crazy and my rims are a PITA.