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Old 03-24-2013, 02:27 PM   #1
VIP02WRX
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Default Time for new Tires, Need help

Here's what i got...
2007 STi. Stock BBS wheels with 225/45/17 tires. Its lowered a couple inches. The suspension was this way when i bought the car. To give a general idea, i ran some WS70 blizzaks this winter...225/50/17 and if i hit a bad enought bump it rubbed since the tires were slightly taller. The suspension doesnt move much beacause the blizzaks only had about 1/8" between them and the wheel well and it seldom hits. The car is almost 100hp over stock so i tend to get on it a bit.
My criteria for what i need is listed below

-Stock tire size wanted for stock BBS (225/45/17)
-Current worn out summer tire (Falken Ziex ZE912 94W)stock size
tread wear 360, trac AA, temp A
-This car is my daily driver
-I drive aggresively, even in the rain.
-I need a tire that is aggresive for both dry and wet
-I corner somewhat hard on side roads and on the highway i drive 55-75 thru the city, but once i'm on an open area with less traffic i usually drive between 80-100mph on the highway, sometimes short burst above 100 if i'm on a straight.

I suppose i'm hard on the tires because it handles so well. What i need for suggestions is tires people have already used and have had proof that its a tire that can withstand a pounding dry or wet, be safe, and not wear out in 1 summer. The OEM tires that came new are something i would like to avoid since everyone says they're terrible in the rain and only last 10K or so.

thank you in advance for everyones help. KCCO
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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Did you look at THIS?

You can also go to tirerack.com and read reviews, or you can search on here for polls on tires that people have posted in the past.

I really like my Conti Extreme Contact DWS'. Little soft sidewalls, but the grip is great, even in the wet. I don't drive like BA all the time, but the tires are better than what I have thrown at them so far.


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Old 03-24-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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Josh,
I did see the post by tire rack. I was just putting the feelers out for the real subaru drivers. The tire posts by companies are a good spot for info but they are usually in different areas. Sometimes it helps to hear what has and hasnt worked for the guy like you and me who needs to stop quick in the rain near a stop light that has oil slicks from peoples leaking cars haha. I appreciate the response and will maybe give more research to that post. Im so indecisive i hope to rely on 1 or more people saying this is the best and only tires i ever bother to buy...
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:50 PM   #4
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Josh,
I did see the post by tire rack. I was just putting the feelers out for the real subaru drivers. The tire posts by companies are a good spot for info but they are usually in different areas. Sometimes it helps to hear what has and hasnt worked for the guy like you and me who needs to stop quick in the rain near a stop light that has oil slicks from peoples leaking cars haha. I appreciate the response and will maybe give more research to that post. Im so indecisive i hope to rely on 1 or more people saying this is the best and only tires i ever bother to buy...
Pick any tire in the thread Ballitch posted in your price range and you really cant go wrong...
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:26 PM   #5
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I had a 2005 STI that was lowered (not as much as yours) and I went to a 235 x 40x 17 instead of the 45 profile on a stock rim. It gave me a 1/4" more clearence and helped acceleration bc of the slightly smaller dia.

The best all around extreme summer tire for an agressive driver on the street where you also see rain is the RE11 Bridgestone. If you want better wet handling and willing to tradeoff maximum dry weather, I'd go with Michelin PSS. There are lots of other tires but these 2 offered the best blend of performance wo/alot of NVH or overly stiff ride. Both run around $1000/set.

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Old 03-25-2013, 05:35 PM   #6
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I had a 2005 STI that was lowered (not as much as yours) and I went to a 245 x 40x 17 instead of the 45 profile on a stock rim. It gave me a 1/4" more clearence and helped acceleration bc of the slightly smaller dia.

The best all around extreme summer tire for an agressive driver on the street where you also see rain is the RE11 Bridgestone. If you want better wet handling and willing to tradeoff maximum dry weather, I'd go with Michelin PSS. There are lots of other tires but these 2 offered the best blend of performance wo/alot of NVH or overly stiff ride. Both run around $1000/set.
a 245/40/17 is only shorter than a 225/45/17 by .20". meaning, you gained a whopping 1/8th of ground clearance, and no real noticeable effect on acceleration.
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