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Old 06-10-2009, 05:36 PM   #1
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I tried searching and found nothing ..

Has anyone tried a set of the new potenza re-11's?

Im curious to see how they compare to other summer tires.

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Old 06-10-2009, 05:46 PM   #2
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:05 PM   #3
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I have both, but on different cars, so not an equal comparison. The RE-11's seem to be the better rain tire and provide more grip in cooler weather(50's). The warmer it gets, the better the Kumho's feel. For the price the XS great, but just on all round performance I'd go with the RE-11.
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:15 PM   #4
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Interesting ... thanks for the input

I'm currently running the potenza re-070 (stock for STI).

Would there be any noticable improvement running the re-11s over the re-070s, (stiffer sidewall, better grip, ect?)

Also, would I benefit from going with a wider tire on the bbs wheels; something more than 225? What is the point of diminishing returns?

I use my car as a daily driver, with light track use.

Maximum grip is what I'm after here ...
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I drive the XS but haven't driven the RE-11 so I'm relying on the shootouts for comparison. GRM said the XS did not have the stiffest sidewall but overall design proved the "stiff sidewall" quality was not essential for performance. For GRM, XS outperformed RE-11 in aggressive driving. Designing past heavy sidewalls also made the XS lighter in weight.

Some of the Tire Rack drivers got their best times with the XS. Luke said different driving styles may account for some drivers doing better with the XS.

In my own driving I felt XS was not quite as good on the wet as the MX I had before, but a lot more dry grip with XS.

This all seems to bear out the theory that XS is tops in dry grip but not a standout as a rain tire.

Driving XS is the 50's seemed fine for me. The tire warmed up after couple of minutes and had a lot more grip than anyone behind me.

With XS ratings so close to RE-11 in shootouts so far, price is a valid comparison.
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Driving XS is the 50's seemed fine for me. The tire warmed up after couple of minutes and had a lot more grip than anyone behind me
I agree they certainly have great grip at those temps with a little warmup, just that the RE-11's are good to go colder.


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Interesting ... thanks for the input

I'm currently running the potenza re-070 (stock for STI).

Would there be any noticable improvement running the re-11s over the re-070s, (stiffer sidewall, better grip, ect?)

Also, would I benefit from going with a wider tire on the bbs wheels; something more than 225? What is the point of diminishing returns?

I use my car as a daily driver, with light track use.

Maximum grip is what I'm after here ...
The 070 is about the stiffest sidewall you can get in a performance street tire, so anything else most likely will feel less crisp. The RE-11 has a softer sidewall than the RE01-R, but certainly isn't "soft". All have more grip than the 070. The XS' will handle heat better for sure, so for track use, that'd be my pick then. As far as size, you could certainly go with a 245/40/17 on the 8" BBS'. Keep in mind in doing so you will certainly give up some crispness by squeezing a bigger tire on the rim, but you'll have more grip.
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how are the side walls on the kumhos? thats the thing i hated most on the mx.
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Sidewalls don't feel bad at all, but there is a reason they're a lighter tire. I'm running 215/40/17's on a 6.5" rims for my Mazda3 and I don't find them sloppy by any means doing autox with 44 lbs. up front in them, running 48 in rear for some rotation. If your sensitive to sidewall feel, I suppose you should expect them to be similar to other Kumho products and additionally, more grip means more flex.
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