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Old 07-12-2009, 12:46 PM   #1
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I have a 2007 WRX with almost 30k on it now. It's time for new tires. I have to get the tires from the Subaru dealership because I have seven $100 Subaru Bucks certificates from my Chase Subaru credit card. I called and the service guy said they have two different tires available in the 215/45R17 size that I need. I can go with the RE92s that came on the car. I like the way they handle, so I would be pleased with them. He said they also have Yokohama S.drives for about $100 less installed. He claimed that people are just as happy with them as the RE92's. Does anyone here have experience with the Yokohama S.drives to know if that's true? I'm just trying to pick one or the other. I don't want to downgrade performance.
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:25 PM   #2
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I haven't driven on S.drives yet, but I've heard good things about them if you are looking for a comfortable, good performing street tire. If you are happy with the RE92, then you will probably really like the S.drive. The RE92 is pretty much the crappiest tire I've ever had.
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:37 PM   #3
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oh please Do NOT go for the RE92s. Those are the worst tires I ever have.
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Old 07-12-2009, 10:49 PM   #4
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Could you use Subaru bucks for service?
S.drives are summer, RE92 are all seasons tires. How cold does it get in your part of Georgia?
RE92 are tires that have low rolling resistance (good for milage) and long lasting tread. Everything else is mediocre at best.

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PS If you want all season check if dealer can get you Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS.
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Old 07-12-2009, 11:52 PM   #5
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The RE92 is pretty much the crappiest tire I've ever had.
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oh please Do NOT go for the RE92s. Those are the worst tires I ever have.
It looks like we have two firm votes against the RE92's. I must be easy to please as I thought they were pretty decent. Then again, I don't have any real way to compare them to other tires. Consider your advice taken. I'll get the S.drives. They're less expensive and I've had some pretty positive Yokohama experiences in the past.

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Could you use Subaru bucks for service?
I think you can use the Subaru bucks for anything at the dealership. I used $2000 of them to pay for my car. That was after I had already negociated at really good deal. They were as good as cash.

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S.drives are summer, RE92 are all seasons tires. How cold does it get in your part of Georgia?
It doesn't get below freezing much. If it snows here, everyone who is smart stays off the road. I've driven up north and out west in the snow. Odd as it may sound, it's definitely more difficult to drive here in the snow/ice. All that to say that snow & ice don't even enter in to the equation for me. However, rain is a factor. I want tires that are at least OK in the rain.
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:01 AM   #6
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Use the Subaru Bucks for service. Get good tires from tire rack. Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs get my vote.

If you liked the RE92s (almost anything is better than those) the Direzzas will really show you what a real good tire can do. They are amazing in the dry, good in the rain, and awesome in the autoX course. I had Bridgestone RE01-Rs (great tire but discontinued now and replaced by the RE11s) before the Direzzas, but the Direzzas are just a bit better IMHO.

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Old 07-13-2009, 12:54 PM   #7
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dont get re92. I actually think grip and handling is better on the rims only instead of those ****ty tires. Hell get the cheapest thing at your local tire shop will probably be better than the re92s. I had them on for 800miles before I said hell with this.
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Old 07-13-2009, 05:54 PM   #8
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Use the Subaru Bucks for service. Get good tires from tire rack.
I would, but I do all the service myself. I don't trust anyone else.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:08 PM   #9
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S drives over RE92's any day. Those tires are garbage and are good at nothing. Are you sure that's the only tires the dealer can get? Maybe you could see if they have STi fitment 225/xx/17's? They'd be a minor change in rolling diameter, if at all, and are significantly grippier than RE92's. Just a thought...
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:14 PM   #10
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RE92's? hell no!
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:43 AM   #11
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I'd also recommend Star Specs if they're an option. Cheaper than the RE92 in the size you need, and the best all around summer tire IMO. I've had six different sets of tires on my car, and the RE92's are the worst.
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:02 AM   #12
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Go to your regional forum and sell the $700 in Suby bucks for $650, buy anything but RE92's. I thought they were decent when I first got my car. Then I replaced them with some continental performance all seasons (which were way cheaper) and thought I got a new car they made such a difference!
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:04 AM   #13
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Ive been on S Drives for a few days now...so far all I can say is that its a very comfortable tire...

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Old 07-14-2009, 09:06 AM   #14
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RE92's SUCK!
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:57 AM   #15
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My Legacy has S drives and they are GREAT!!! A bargain for the price...
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:46 PM   #16
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They gave me a sweet deal on another set, so I decided to go with the RE92's. I mean, how bad can they be? Just kidding. I got the S-Drives. I have not really been able to test them out, but they feel good so far. I really appreciate all of the input. I also got an alignment. Unfortunately, the steering wheel is tilted about 5 degrees to the left when the car is running straight. This is in spite of the fact that I told the service advisor that I wanted the wheel perfectly straight. She looked at me like I was an idiot for asking, so I explained that I've had alignments done before where the steering wheel wasn't straight. Oh well, I've got to take it back again next week to get the gas cap lanyard replaced under warranty anyway. Thanks again!
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:57 AM   #17
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They gave me a sweet deal on another set, so I decided to go with the RE92's. I mean, how bad can they be? Just kidding. I got the S-Drives. I have not really been able to test them out, but they feel good so far. I really appreciate all of the input. I also got an alignment. Unfortunately, the steering wheel is tilted about 5 degrees to the left when the car is running straight. This is in spite of the fact that I told the service advisor that I wanted the wheel perfectly straight. She looked at me like I was an idiot for asking, so I explained that I've had alignments done before where the steering wheel wasn't straight. Oh well, I've got to take it back again next week to get the gas cap lanyard replaced under warranty anyway. Thanks again!
You mounted them yourself?
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Use the Subaru Bucks for service. Get good tires from tire rack. Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs get my vote.

If you liked the RE92s (almost anything is better than those) the Direzzas will really show you what a real good tire can do. They are amazing in the dry, good in the rain, and awesome in the autoX course. I had Bridgestone RE01-Rs (great tire but discontinued now and replaced by the RE11s) before the Direzzas, but the Direzzas are just a bit better IMHO.
Wow, he's looking at all-seasons, and you recommend a fast-wearing competition based tire.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:44 AM   #19
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You mounted them yourself?
No, they mounted and balanced them.
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They gave me a sweet deal on another set, so I decided to go with the RE92's.

I was an idiot
that about sums it up right there

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Old 07-16-2009, 05:03 PM   #21
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that about sums it up right there

finish reading the post scotty. he went with the s-drives...
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that about sums it up right there

Uncle Scotty,

you had been had. Read messages/posts/letters/ to the end. I learned it hard way.

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Now, OP, summer tires will suite you well in Georgia except when it is getting roughly 45F and below. It does not need to snow or ice. Summer rubber gradually turns to hockey puck (gets harder) when temperature drops. 45F is magic value that many people use to switch to winter tires. You need to be more careful when temperature drops with your driving.

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Old 07-17-2009, 07:07 PM   #23
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Now, OP, summer tires will suite you well in Georgia except when it is getting roughly 45F and below. It does not need to snow or ice. Summer rubber gradually turns to hockey puck (gets harder) when temperature drops. 45F is magic value that many people use to switch to winter tires. You need to be more careful when temperature drops with your driving.
Will do. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:24 AM   #24
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Put your WRX on STi springs (this can be done for dirt cheap) and then tell me what you think of your RE92's. Then get the S-Drives and you will fall in love all over again.

That being said, I still would not buy another set of RE92's (unless you got them dirt cheap and your on STi springs).
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