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Old 06-06-2007, 05:24 PM   #171
heet
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Member#: 66807
Join Date: Jul 2004
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Seattle, WA
Vehicle:
2008 LegacyGT Spec B
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size):

Falken Fk452 245/45R17


#2.) what is your geographic location:

Texas

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX):

HPDE

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving:

20/80

#5.) your review and personal comments:


I tracked my full tread depth 452s over the weekend and have some comments on them. A couple of caveats - Previous tires were BFGoodrich gforce sports. I'm no track stud by any stretch of the imagination, I don't even mess with tire pressures more than twice in a trackday since that is usually the least of my problems. I'm sure there is still lots of time to be gained out there. The car is an 05 STI with mild suspension and engine mods. Seven sessions at 20 minutes each on a taxing 1.3mi track. The day started off wet but dried out just fine by the afternoon and temps topped off at maybe high 80s.

The Falkens really shined compared to the BFGs, even at full tread. Dry, they were completely predictable at the limit. In fact, I was used to using throttle to get some rotation in slow turns but the Falkens would drift all four wheels. I think I overcooked turns on purpose because the car was very easy to control at the limit. This may have been due to confidence but the bottom line is they clearly outperformed the BFGs. Rollover wasn't an issue even when I dropped the pressures to 35lbs when things dried out.

Tires got a little greasy after 10 or 15 minutes on the tight track but never gummed up or chunked. Still similar breakaway characteristics as far as I could tell, nothing too dramatic.

Wet, they did fine but I wasn't pushing very hard early in the day. On the street in the rain they are just fine. No complaints there.

So, these were a great buy and for the price, I love em. Any marginal increase in performance from more expensive tires would be wasted on me. Plus, it's a great street tire! Recommended.
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