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Old 04-19-2002, 06:00 PM   #1
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Default Tire experts: Bridgestone Potenza RE92s

My 2.5RS came with 16" Bridgestone Potenza RE92s ... what are your opinions on these tires? I haven't had them that long and I haven't figured out how to power-corner with my new car yet but I think they are slipping a lot. At least it's really cool when I can feel the power distribution adjusting to other wheels and kicking in when I get grip back.

Another question I might make a separate topic on... I checked my oil after having my car for a week and that oil is really thin. It was thin and clear enough for me to clean the dipstick with my fingers and it didn't leave anything visible on them. Is every new Subaru like that or is it my dealer?
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Old 04-19-2002, 06:07 PM   #2
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my WRX came with those tires and they suck ass.. sometimes around sweepers with my window rolled down It sounds like a alien space ship is about to land on my head.. lol

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Old 04-19-2002, 06:15 PM   #3
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Fortunately, they're only good for about 15K miles and I'm getting ready to replace mine. They were pretty good new, but even about 7K miles they were starting to suck bad. I'm going to replace them with 225/50r16's though...a little wider, and same height so they don't mess up the spedometer.
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Old 04-19-2002, 09:40 PM   #4
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Well it all depends on what kind of driver you are.

I had RE92's on my '98 Impreza L and they were perfectly fine tires. I drove somewhat hard when by myself or with friends, but most of the time my GF was in the car and so I drove a bit slower. They worked fine going skiing. They were fine in the heavy rain.

Oh, and at 30+k miles when I traded the car in, there was still a bunch of tread left.

But if you're blazing through every corner, I'd suggest getting something designed for high performance driving rather than an all-season tire.
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Old 04-19-2002, 10:33 PM   #5
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re92's are not bad on dry, not good in the wet, and awful in slush/snow.
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Old 04-20-2002, 01:45 AM   #6
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15K! I can't wait that long! But prudence tells me I must. 225/50's sound good though.

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Old 04-20-2002, 04:20 AM   #7
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Remember there are 2 different types of RE92s... the type you buy off the shelf and the ones Subaru sells.
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Old 04-20-2002, 04:23 AM   #8
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Take those tires off and crap, piss, spit, or whatever else u can do to it. They suck bad. I dunno why RE-92s are so popular on stock cars, but replace them a soon as u can. Even some H rated tires are better than them. I'd just go with the best dunlop sp-sport..
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Old 04-20-2002, 04:33 AM   #9
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Default thnx

Thanks for the tips (and paranoia). I will start thinking about getting new wheels (and tires) sooner now.

Can anyone recommend a good place to read up on wheels and such? Will 18"s work well on my 2.5?
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Old 04-20-2002, 06:09 AM   #10
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I really don't know why people hate the RE-92's so much. Like I said, I put 30+k on one car with them, and my RS I had 17k before I blew one out after taking it out on a couple of rally stages. They're not rally tires, so putting a 2" hole in the sidewall wasn't that big of a surprise.

So my combined almost 50k miles I never felt like I needed a better tire (except when doing 80mph on gravel, which was stupid on those tires).

But to be honest, there are far better tires to be had.

So if you want to drop the money on new tires, go for it.

But if you drive reasonably, you'll never get in trouble with the RE-92s.
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Old 04-20-2002, 09:44 AM   #11
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RE-92's suck. Falken Azenis here I come. And as far as you're oil question goes it is a specially formulated break in oil so leave it in!!!!!!!!! But if you do drain while its still fresh it actually blue!
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Old 04-20-2002, 10:40 AM   #12
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re92s seem like good newbie tires cause they give you practice sliding at lower speeds.

i guess...

this is the best performing car i've ever driven for more than 5 mins I can't really imagine what a significant handling improvement will be like.

can't wait to finish thrashing the life out of my re92s so I can find out!

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Old 04-20-2002, 11:47 AM   #13
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jesus...the re92s suck, but they're cool for sliding around and learning how to turn the car. i raced my friend who has sumitomo tires on his, and when we were going through the turns none of his tires squealed, but mine were making lots of noise. its gets really annoying when you take a turn fast, and its an attention grabber for the cops, i can't wait to get new tires
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Old 04-20-2002, 01:46 PM   #14
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Like I said... ok if you drive reasonably. Maybe I should say responsibly.

But not ok if you pretend you're Montoya or McRae out there on the streets.
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Old 04-20-2002, 04:11 PM   #15
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RE92's are a good tire for what they were designed to do. These are not high performance tires in any way. Do not expect them to perform to the demands of a hard driver. High performance tires are required for spirited driving. You can also expect higher performance (higher cost) tires to wear faster than you are used to. Lateral G forces are addictive and if you want more, you'll have to pay more and probably have to pay more frequently.
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Old 04-20-2002, 06:10 PM   #16
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I had them on my car for about a month and a half (came on the car) then i bought my 18" ssr's and it made a difference. it handles much better.

The oil, its break in oil. Just change it at 3000 and follow your owners manual and your car will be fine.

Good places to read up on tire/wheel stuff are the suspension, rim and tire section of the i-club forums. check 'em out
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Old 04-21-2002, 10:37 AM   #17
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Falken Azenis here I come.
The Azenis are piss poor street tires!! Great autox tires, but a poor choice for streets. Yes, I own a set and love them but just not good for street.
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Old 04-21-2002, 05:51 PM   #18
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I'll say it again RE92s suck. poor grip for the tirewear.
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Old 04-22-2002, 03:45 AM   #19
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Like I said... ok if you drive reasonably. Maybe I should say responsibly.

But not ok if you pretend you're Montoya or McRae out there on the streets.
Exactly. I've go just over 22k on mine, and they are still holding up fine. Sure, if I'm really pushing the car, I can tell that I'm going to run out of tire, before I run out of suspension, but I don't do that very often. For regular driving and somewhat spirited commuting, they work OK; not the best, but not terrible, either. At least, not so bad that I had to go buy new tires right away; I'm going to wait till I get all I can out of these. Besides, by then, I'll have more suspension goodies on to take advange of the new tires (probably Toyo Proxes).
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Yeah I was going to run my RE-92s into the ground, but I had 17k and blew one, and I really didn't feel like spending good money on an average tire.
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Old 04-22-2002, 04:56 AM   #21
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ugh. just keeps getting worse with these responses. I liked the one about learning to slide at low speeds... haha.

so how did your Imprezas handle during a blowout for those of you who had them?
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Old 04-22-2002, 04:27 PM   #22
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After 20K miles my 92's were shot. I din't realize how much they really sucked from day one until I just put on a set or RE-950's.

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Old 04-22-2002, 04:30 PM   #23
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I was reacently suckered in to purchasing a set about a week ago. So far so good. Im just glad I only payed 30 bucks for them. Hopefully by the time these wear out I'll be in the market for rims and will need new tires anyway
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Old 04-22-2002, 04:36 PM   #24
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ugh. just keeps getting worse with these responses. I liked the one about learning to slide at low speeds... haha.

so how did your Imprezas handle during a blowout for those of you who had them?
Well, let's see...

I was cruising along on the freeway at about 90 when I noticed a funny humming noise coming from the rear end. I thought it might have been a wheel bearing going tits up, so I pulled over just to check. When I got out and looked, the tire had cooled off a bit and sucked into itself. No wheel damage thankfully. Granted I was going in a mostly straight line, with the usual freeway sweepers, and it was a rear tire that went, but otherwise I didn't notice at all.

In a rear wheel drive Cherokee I had a flat but didn't really know what was going on. The thing wanted to spin out all over the place and I had to TRY to keep from roasting the tire off. That was fun. My bosses were laughing at me when I pulled up... asked how the car handled. I told them it felt funny. Then they pointed to the tire with like 5psi in it. doh. I miss working for Maaco. That was fun. Oh the beat-ass cars I got to drive.
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Old 04-22-2002, 08:15 PM   #25
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Ah, more RE92 bashing.

RE92's are not the worst tire in the world. They are very predictable on dry pavement. They let you know when you're pushing them too hard, by sqeeling like a stuck pig. On the wet, they don't have as much traction, but you can still tell what's going on. In the snow, they have VERY low limits, and you need to take it easy. But you need to take it easy in snow anyway. So, if you find that they do not provide you with adequite traction in dry/wet, replace them. If they do the trick, then don't bother.

I'd also like to mention that tire pressure can make a big difference in how they handle. Experement a little, and I think you'll be surprised.

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