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Old 01-18-2007, 12:07 PM   #1
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I was just wondering what was a good tire to get for the stock bbs rims on an 05 sti. I drive about 90 miles daily but also want something that will hook up in the canyons. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-18-2007, 12:27 PM   #2
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What exactly are you looking for? Something as sticky and high performance as the re070s? Something that will last longer? Something all-season?

If you want something similar to the stock tires, most will suggest Falken rt-615s, Hankook rs-2, or Kumho MX...or if you have the extra cash, Bridgestone re-01rs or Yokohama Advan Neovas.


Anything less than those tires will be a performance downgrade compared to your stock tires, unless you are looking for more all weather capabilities.
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Old 01-18-2007, 12:40 PM   #4
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90 miles a day is a lot.

I'd consider something in the high-ulta high performance summer class. Steer clear of the MAX tires if you'd like them to last more than one year.

And about the "downgrade". VERY few people use all of the 070's on the STREET. And if you are, well, you should slow down.

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Old 01-18-2007, 12:40 PM   #5
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I want something pretty much with the same performance as re070's, but can get more than 20000 miles. I mean i know i took it pretty hard these first 20000 miles, but im hoping to get atleast a little better turn out.

I live in Cali so the all season i can leave out. I just need a tire that if I decide to go to the track or canyons one weekend, I wont be dissapointed in the performance.
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Old 01-18-2007, 01:31 PM   #6
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Old 01-18-2007, 01:42 PM   #7
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I want something pretty much with the same performance as re070's, but can get more than 20000 miles. I mean i know i took it pretty hard these first 20000 miles, but im hoping to get atleast a little better turn out.

I live in Cali so the all season i can leave out. I just need a tire that if I decide to go to the track or canyons one weekend, I wont be dissapointed in the performance.

Well you can't expect to get more wear with equal performance. Whats your budget.

Seriously, I can't imagine you need the few extra hundreds of a g the 070's get you for a once a week canyon run. I"d look at S03's, BFG GF Sports, Toyo TS1's, and a few others.

I just think a 615/RS-2/Yok's/etc will wear too quickly for a 500 mile/week dailty driver with no competition use. Thoese tires were designed for street-tire competition in mind and are certainly not best suited for daily drivers.
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:32 PM   #8
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For sure. Thats what I was thinkn. Well thanks for the info guys, much oblidged!
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Kumho MX's are reputed to last a bit longer than some of the previously listed tires. They also have the reputation of tolerating heat fairly well. Do a search here and check out some reviews.
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Old 01-18-2007, 05:36 PM   #10
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azenis rt 615
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Old 01-18-2007, 05:38 PM   #11
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^ A great choice for a 500 mile/week daily driver....
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Old 01-19-2007, 04:18 AM   #12
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just get BF goodrich g-Force Sport
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Old 01-19-2007, 05:07 AM   #13
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Old 01-19-2007, 09:26 AM   #14
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f life, lol. I know whatever i get im gonna want something else. These damn subarus make me emotional.
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Old 01-19-2007, 12:30 PM   #15
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f life, lol. I know whatever i get im gonna want something else. These damn subarus make me emotional.
...d00000000000000000000d.....

The perfect tire exists only in the minds of the people who want so badly to think there can be one.

Lasts 100k.....sticks like glue wet and dry.....great in snow and on ice...makes no noise.....gives a nice ride....auto inflates to the 'perfect' pressure.....is round and black(and, now, smells good too ) .....and costs $99.99, mounted and balanced, for all 4.


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Old 01-19-2007, 01:45 PM   #16
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I'd probably opt for Falken's FK-452. Oh wait, I did.
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Old 01-19-2007, 02:46 PM   #17
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Thank yourself later and get some passenger tires and wheels for daily driving then save money for some high performance rubber to wrap around your stock wheels. The cheap wheels/affordable 25-30K mile tires will be easy on your bank and you won't have to worry about curb rashing in the drive through windows. Then you'll really get your money's worth out of the truly sticky stuff.

I heard someone mention the Kuhmo Ecsta-MX but being from Santa Clarita (I'm assuming California) I would step more towards the Azeni RT-615s. They get less greasy during long track days with 100+* track temps (just make sure you heat cycle them correctly before you go beating on them)
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Thank yourself later and get some passenger tires and wheels for daily driving then save money for some high performance rubber to wrap around your stock wheels.
Actually this is kind of what I did. I've got the Falken 452s on my stock wheels and Hankook RS-2 on my larger, lighter wheels.
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ermm...search tirerack...very useful. There is also a very helpful STICKIE at the top of this forum relating JUST to what you posted.
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Actually this is kind of what I did. I've got the Falken 452s on my stock wheels and Hankook RS-2 on my larger, lighter wheels.

Those tires are pretty darn close to each other. But if you have good weather all the time....why not.
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I heard someone mention the Kuhmo Ecsta-MX but being from Santa Clarita (I'm assuming California) I would step more towards the Azeni RT-615s. They get less greasy during long track days with 100+* track temps (just make sure you heat cycle them correctly before you go beating on them)
That advice is 100% backwards.

Azenis are notorious for not doing well with heat. My 215's and 615's over-heated rather easily, same results from many others on here, and the same results from the Grassroots Motorsports camp.

MX's on the other hand are a VERY popular weekend tracker's tire of choice specifically because they LOVE heat.

I"ve done 4 track days on MX's and 3 on 615's. Absolutely no contest.

If you are an autoxer, 615's. Dedicated track guy, MX's are hard to beat.

Every review of the RT615 has always warned about how they get greasy when hot.
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Old 01-19-2007, 03:43 PM   #22
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check out Tirerack for the Kumho's i have a set and i love the way they handle and wear
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That advice is 100% backwards.

Azenis are notorious for not doing well with heat. My 215's and 615's over-heated rather easily, same results from many others on here, and the same results from the Grassroots Motorsports camp.

MX's on the other hand are a VERY popular weekend tracker's tire of choice specifically because they LOVE heat.

I"ve done 4 track days on MX's and 3 on 615's. Absolutely no contest.

If you are an autoxer, 615's. Dedicated track guy, MX's are hard to beat.

Every review of the RT615 has always warned about how they get greasy when hot.
Hmm, I read that they changed the compound for the 05+ line of RT615s to eliminate the grease problem, and personally have never had it come up on those I purchased in summer of 2006. I've also noticed the tread lasting longer than my previous set.
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Old 01-19-2007, 03:54 PM   #24
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I'm partial to Khumo's I have a set of kumho ecsta spt's that are really great. They are cheap, can handle spirited driving, reasonable amounts of heat and are pretty much as good in the rain as on dry pavement and folks who got caught in the snow with them say they work suprisingly well. You live in a more arid area area so the ecsta aren't nessecarily what you want but I'd look into khumo's. Keep in mind they rate their treadwear very conservatively.
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Whether Kuhmo Ecsta MX or Falken Azeni RT615, you'll notice an amazing grip improvement on dry pavement. Try out whichever one you prefer and if you like them great, if not when it comes time to cycle a new pair try the other out. Or if you have a big wallet you could get really crazy and pick up some r-comps specific to what you're doing that weekend
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