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Old 01-06-2009, 02:10 PM   #1
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Just casual trips around town and stuff, would auto cross maybe once or twice a year. I would really like a tire that is most of all quiet and doesnt ware down quickly. 235/40/18 is the size im looking for about 150 a tire is what im thinking. I just want a tire that is gonna last, and is quiet. Im coming from the stock RE-070 so anything quieter than that would be acceptable.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:47 PM   #2
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if ur looking for a tire that wont ware as fast, i would go with a bit wider diameter, 245/40/18, i had 235/40/18 and they wore out way too fast. our subies sit better with wider tires in my opinion. for tire choice havent riden any of ur choices but the azenis and they wore out fast, not great at all. i have nitto gen's thread is nice, dont ware fast but i have seen better.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:51 PM   #3
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i need to stick with the 235 because if i go with 245 i will rub like crazy. The 235 is a stretch fit on a set of 18x9.5 rota grids
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:56 PM   #4
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i have 912's on my car for about 6 months now (all season tires for me, 235/?? 18 i think).
i autocrossed them a few times, not as sticky as Azenis, but Azenis aren't as sticky as some other tires anyways, so i guess it's all relative =) they don't seem to be wearing too badly so far, and the price isn't too bad on them either (these were all factors in my decision).

just for the record my car is 04 wrx sedan, wheels are 18x7.5 5zigen FN01r-c (i think those dimensions are correct, i just can't remember what the profile number for my tires is, i think they are 40 but i could be off +/- 5, i'm at work and can't run out to my car at the moment )
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:30 PM   #5
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Just casual trips around town and stuff, would auto cross maybe once or twice a year. I would really like a tire that is most of all quiet and doesnt ware down quickly. 235/40/18 is the size im looking for.

Here are my options

Falken Azenis -615 pure sports
Falken -452
Falken 912
Kumho Ecsta SPT
Toyo Proxes 4
Toyo Proxes T1R
Yokohama ES100

Unfortunately, I am not sure that you are gonna find a tire that meets all 3 categories of Quiet, Long Lasting, Good Auto-X Tire.

Based on wanting quiet and long lasting, I would probably say remove the Falken Azenis 615 & the Yokohama ES100 as neither is particularly quiet and the Falken is not a long lasting tire. However, the Falken RT615 was quite well liked for a while in the racing scene.

If you want a good auto-x tire, then you probably shouldn't be looking at the FK452 or the ZE912 Falken tires, but both of those will be good quiet, long lasting tires.

I have no idea what price range you are looking at for tires, but just a random search on Tire Rack and I would probably look at these tires being added to your list (you could try asking Luke at Tire Rack and see what he thinks of these - I included a few from your original list as well so you can see prices):

Current Prices as of 1/6/09 on Tire Rack
Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport - $155.00/tire
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec - $190.00/tire
Hankook Ventus R-S2 - $161.00/tire
Hankook Ventus S1 evo - $147.00/tire
Kumho Ecsta MX - $124.00/tire
Kumho Ecsta SPT - $115.00/tire
Sumitomo HTRZII - $96.00/tire
Sumitomo HTRZIII - $105.00/tire
Yokohama AVS ES100 - $139.00/tire


I am not saying that any of these will necessarily be the best tire to meet all 3 categories that you are looking for, just that these are options to consider. I am pretty certain it's gonna be a trade-off between each of these tires and what your final goals are gonna be.

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Old 01-06-2009, 10:46 PM   #6
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If you're only auto X a few times a year I would recommend potenza 960 a/s. I had a set for a period of time and even tracked them. They were not as responsive as RE070 but held up great and were a great mix of performance/quiet/longevity on the street.
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:35 PM   #7
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I run the sumitomo HTRZIII's in 225/45-17.

If long lasting, quiet, and comfortable are definitely more important than autox performance, i would take a look at them. They aren't directional, so they should keep quiet through their life if you rotate them regularly, they are definitely quiet, and have a good wear rating for a summer-only tire.

Not a super stiff sidewall, though - i wouldn't be particularly comfortable doing anything but casual racing on them.



Also, a friend has a set of re760 sports - a bit better in the racing area, but a good bit more expensive.
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