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Old 10-19-2007, 08:06 AM   #1
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I would like to hear from people who have experience with both tires....NOT internet experience but real life experience. I'm on my last summer with the RE070 and I really like these tires. However, I wonder if a slightly softer sidewall would be better for a daily driver STi?? Also, I have stiffer swaybars and -1.75 camber (front) and -1.0 camber (rear). So, what would I be losing/gaining from switching from the RE070 to the RE050A?? Thanks for the help!!!

NOTE: I was thinking of going to up a size with the RE050A-from 225/45 to 235/45.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:20 AM   #2
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I have 050's currently. They are certainly a significantly softer tire in the sidewall. Not sure if you are talking about PP's or the standard 050s.

Mine are 225 50's, so I of course see a lot more flex than you will in your size. Grip is obviously less, but still a very sticky tire. Great in the rain too.

If you look at the car and driver test form last year, you'll find they performed VERY well compared to some serious serious tires, they just finished poorly due to price and treadwear rating (which means absolutely nothing across brands). A couple members here are over 30k on theirs. I'm at 10k with about 2/32 gone.

If you aren't talking about PP's, consider sticking with a 225 to keep some of the feel.
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Old 10-19-2007, 09:21 AM   #3
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I doubt there are many tires with a sidewall as stiff as the RE070 but I wonder if this results in less traction on the street?? Since the street isn't smooth and these tires don't flex, it feels like they bounce over bumps rather than absorb them. In other words, during the bounce you've lost traction on that tire whereas if the tire flexes a bit you still maintain contact with the pavement. Does that make any sense??

The exact tire is Potenza RE050A Pole Position. Would going with 235/45 be worth it over 225/45??
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get the re01r's. good every where, except snow!
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Old 10-20-2007, 08:33 AM   #5
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Um....unless you have any other real information....no summer is good in the snow.
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I would like to hear from people who have experience with both tires....NOT internet experience but real life experience. I'm on my last summer with the RE070 and I really like these tires. However, I wonder if a slightly softer sidewall would be better for a daily driver STi?? Also, I have stiffer swaybars and -1.75 camber (front) and -1.0 camber (rear). So, what would I be losing/gaining from switching from the RE070 to the RE050A?? Thanks for the help!!!

NOTE: I was thinking of going to up a size with the RE050A-from 225/45 to 235/45.
...d00000000000000000000d....get yerself a 245/40 re050A PP and done
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