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Old 11-12-2008, 08:15 PM   #1
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Default Stock 09 WRX tires - righteous, or not?

Still waiting to pick up my new WRX, which just had the engine replaced. The car has about 175 miles on it.

Snow tires will go on next week, and I'm wondering if the stock tires are as good as the best replacements. It seems a lot of OEM tires are built more cheaply than replacements.

I really liked the Goodyear F1 GS D3's on the H6 OBW (which has MR coilovers), ad they seem like they'd be an upgrade but but wanted some feedback before I sell the takeoffs.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:29 PM   #2
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What are the stock tires on the 09?

But more importantly - why did the engine need replacing after 175 miles?
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:35 PM   #3
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:46 AM   #4
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:15 AM   #5
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holy crap.. ok

i don't really know anything about snow tires, but i've done a search on 'em for some reason on tirerack a few months back.. here are some that you may wanna look at

Dunlop SP WinterSport 3D
Dunlop Winter Sport 3D
Blizzak LM25
Nokian Hakkapeliitta 2
cooper weathermaster st2
Mastercraft Glacier Grip II
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:04 PM   #6
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Talking about summer performance tires, not snows.

For winter I'm likely buying Nokian WR G2'S and putting them on some LGT rims I have.
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:09 PM   #7
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What was wrong with the original engine?
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I would recommend the Dunlop Z1 Star Spec if you want extreme performance.
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Dunlop SP Sport 01 is the stock tire on the 09s. 2000 miles on mine now and they perform nicely. Very quiet, sticky in the dry, pretty good wet traction for a "summer" tire (note: they are not "all-season" tires). They are kind of slippery under 40 degrees outside, but that is to be expected for a summer tire. I'm switching over to my Dunlop Wintersport M3s in a couple weeks, but the SP01s are far and away the best OEM tire I've had on any car I've owned (Goodyear GSA, those horrible RE92s, and others)...

I'm sure there are better tires out there, but I have no real complaints on these and will wear them out before replacing.
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:31 AM   #11
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Dunlop SP Sport 01 is the stock tire on the 09s. 2000 miles on mine now and they perform nicely. Very quiet, sticky in the dry, pretty good wet traction for a "summer" tire (note: they are not "all-season" tires). They are kind of slippery under 40 degrees outside, but that is to be expected for a summer tire. I'm switching over to my Dunlop Wintersport M3s in a couple weeks, but the SP01s are far and away the best OEM tire I've had on any car I've owned (Goodyear GSA, those horrible RE92s, and others)...

I'm sure there are better tires out there, but I have no real complaints on these and will wear them out before replacing.
What I'm looking at is the Dunlop is rated 27th of 40 in the Consumer Survey for "Ultra-High Performance Summer," tires and has pretty low scores for wet performance.

By contrast, the Goodyear F1 GS D3's on my OBW are the top-rated tire in the "Max Performance Summer," category, and has particularly good performance in the wet, which is important around here. Had them on the OBW and they were great. They're $155 each from Tirerack, so it seems like it wouldn't cost me much to buy the Goodyears and dump the Dunlops as take-offs. But ideally someone has tried them both in autocross and can offer a comparison.

Originally bought the Goodyears based largely on the C&D/Tirerack comparison test, which was in size 225/45r17.
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:05 AM   #12
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Got some advice on autox tires on another thread.

Right now I'm going to have the snows mounted on the stock rims since I understand they're well over 20 lbs.

Then I can use some BBS RK's or some LGT rims I have next summer.
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