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Old 03-12-2007, 11:04 AM   #1
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Anyone here running the new yokohama S.drive? Impressions?
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Old 03-13-2007, 07:12 PM   #2
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won't be released for at least four more months (3rd quarter)
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Old 07-26-2007, 02:04 PM   #3
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Bump because they're available on Tire Rack now, anyone have them yet? I may take the plunge...
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:01 AM   #4
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Pulled the trigger today. $107/tire ($467 shipped) for 215/45-17. I'll post initial impressions, and try to keep this thread up to date with how they work out for me.
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Old 07-30-2007, 11:26 AM   #5
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Definitely let us know asap! I'm surprised they're only rated UHP instead of Max by TR
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Old 07-30-2007, 12:22 PM   #6
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300 Treadwear, they aren't going to be super tires. Max is more for 200 and down, with little regard for wet roads, etc.
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Old 07-30-2007, 12:46 PM   #7
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Keep us posted. I'm looking at these and the ADVAN S.4. for my Legacy.
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Old 07-30-2007, 02:25 PM   #8
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Should be an interesting alternative to the P Zero Nero or RE750.
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:16 PM   #9
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300 Treadwear, they aren't going to be super tires. Max is more for 200 and down, with little regard for wet roads, etc.
...the above is a prime example of faulty logic and an uninformed opinion
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Old 08-02-2007, 03:04 PM   #10
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I personally would never consider a tire designed to last for any period of time a "Max" performance tire.

I will gladly retract my statement about wet roads, however, as I was sick and wasn't thinking when I posted it.



Tires get mounted tomorrow, some break-in over the weekend and then I'll try to report back. Taking a trip to Maine on the 10th, so I should be able to get a good feel for both highway feel/noise, as well as some back road entertainment.
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:37 AM   #11
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100 or so miles on the tires already. I'll try to split this into different types of driving, rated 1-10. For comparison, I will be using the Falken Azenis ST-115 that they replaced. I will also be considering it in relation to other UHP tires, not a Max Performance.

Size: 215/45-17 91W on a 17x7 wheel.

Highway:
Noise: 7.5/10 - I would consider these to be a quiet tire, but not as quiet as some. (ST-115)
Stability: 9/10 - There is no vagueness that I have been able to detect from these tires. Lane changes are very solid at speed. High speeds can be reached without worry.

Back Roads:
Dry Grip: 8/10 - Excellent traction in the dry. Much stickier and grippy than the ST-115s. I've had a slight chirp once, while intentionally trying to promote it, with about 2 miles on the tires. Since wearing in, this has not happened. Powering through a tight bend did not result in any sort of slip or instability.
Wet Grip: ??/10 - Not yet tested. Appear as though they will have excellent hydroplane resistance, however, based on the tread design.
Stability: 9/10 - So far, as tested, I have not had any worry when throwing the car into a turn. Steering is very direct and the car goes where you tell it to.
Feedback: 8/10 - Definite feeling of connection to the road. In situations where traction would be reduced, it becomes apparent in the steering feel, and will keep you from getting in over your head.

City Driving:
Ride: 6/10 - Sidewalls are very stiff. While this helps handling, it can be a rough ride through town.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Overall Review: I would say that these are an excellent option. They aren't the *best* tire you can buy in the category, but at $107/tire and a 300 treadwear rating, you'll be VERY hard pressed to get more tire for near the same money. With the exception of noise, they outperform the Falken ST-115s in every category, and the ST-115s were about the quietest tires I've owned, including all-seasons. I highly recommend this tire to anyone who daily drives their car, but wants the option of mild track competition or like to get a little silly on the weekends.


If anyone has any other conditions they would recommend testing, I will do my best to try.


DISCLAIMER: This review is purely my option of these tires on my car, with my driving style. Your mileage may vary. I recommend comparing multiple reviews before making a major purchase such as this, and do not go solely on my opinion.

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Old 08-06-2007, 11:46 AM   #12
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Thanks a lot for the review. Do you have any more aggressive tires to compare them to? I know they're UHP but I'd really like to know how'd they do against some MP's.
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:54 AM   #13
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Unfortunately, no. I drove a Nissan Altima before this (On the same ST-115s) and have had the Subie for just over a year. These are the best tires that I, personally, have owned or driven on.
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:56 AM   #14
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Try putting about a 1K miles on those and try them out again. Pretty certain that some of your tire characteristics should change (most likely improve) after the tire gets broken in and reaches more of its maximum potential. Good review so far.
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Old 08-06-2007, 12:42 PM   #15
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^^ I'll be putting at least 300 miles on this weekend, so I will definitely keep people advised over time.
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:54 PM   #16
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Bumping this up hoping for further reviews.

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Old 11-16-2007, 02:32 PM   #17
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bump, any more thoughts? this is currently my front-runner tire. anyone tracked them yet?
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:03 AM   #18
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Get them...massive improvement for me. To bad its getting cold though and snow approaches...i will have to dish it out for the cheapest A/S tires i can find...or just run UHP summer tires in the snow...lol i think not.
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Old 03-24-2008, 01:51 PM   #19
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I am getting these after I get my wheels. On a 8" rim, would I get a 225 or 235? My last set of Tarmac II's had 225/45R17 tires and I loved them. The new set are 17" Rota G-Force that are 8" wide.
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I am getting these after I get my wheels. On a 8" rim, would I get a 225 or 235? My last set of Tarmac II's had 225/45R17 tires and I loved them. The new set are 17" Rota G-Force that are 8" wide.
i just got a set of s.drives, 225's on a 8" enkei rpf1. fit just right, but you could go 235 if you really wanted to
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These tires rule...
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Old 04-09-2008, 02:39 PM   #22
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looking at new tires and wanted to see if anyone has more feedback after driving on these for a few months now.
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:07 PM   #23
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i just put these tires on my WRX last week (225/45/17).

so far i have found them to be very noisy, they track/tram strongly on rutted highways, and they feel very "soft". i do not have the confidence throwing the car through turns i used to have...but i am going to check the psi and make sure that they are not underinflated. they do look great on the car though.

significantly "softer" feel than the RE92s/stockies i had on for the winter months. now by no means am i calling the RE92s a performance tire , but at least i was able to feel the limit of the tire grip.

perhaps i am translating the softness/flexing "feel" as lack of precision while driving???

any feedback would be appreciated...

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Old 04-11-2008, 02:12 PM   #24
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Anyone else running these?
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:17 PM   #25
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Im running them in 255/35 18. They are smooth on the road. Good grip. I run an aggressive alignment so we'll see how long they last. I also havent drove in the rain with them either. Sorry I dont have more info.
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