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Old 08-18-2009, 10:39 AM   #1
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Hello all. I am needing to replace some dead 215/50/16 Kuhmo ASX's on the GC and have narrowed my options down to 4 tire choices. These are all based off the "which tire is best" sticky and i'm needing a bit of help deciding exactly what i'm looking for. Any new englanders, feel free to contribute as you know how our roads are.

I have a set of dedicated snow/ice tires
, so that gets put on at the end of november until late march-mid april. The tires i'm replacing are for my any other time of the year wheels. I would love some performance and longevity (oximoron huh?)

What I need:
Tires that work great in the dry - spirited driving, maybe autoX school in the future
Tires that work in wet - when it rains bad, roads flood a couple of inches

What i don't need:
Tires that work in snow.

I've narrowed my choices down to:

205/50R16 Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec - $437 200 AA A

205/50/R16 Potenza RE760 Sport - $437 340 A A

205/50/R16 BFGoodrich g-Force Sport - $381 340AA A

205/50/R16 BFGoorrich G-Force KDW2 - $505 300 AA A

It's a bit harder to find but i know at least the kdw2's come in a 215/45/r16 (too low of sidewall?). These are going on stock RS goldies.

Last time i bought tires for my old car it was the pzero nero m&s. they were good, but nothing to write home about. I was also thinking maybe Proxes 4. But i'm not sure if i need an all out all season re: winter wheels.

Please let me know your thoughts/flames/recommendation as it's all greatly appreciated. I'm wanting to keep the total budget $500 or less as I need an alignment as well and theres a small road trip coming up.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:45 AM   #2
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what car are these going on?
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:48 AM   #3
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I hate the BFG G-Force Sports that are on my car, they're loud and don't grip particularly well. Out of your choices, I'd go with the Dunlops. They're cheap, fast, and just overall great tires.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:55 AM   #4
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what car are these going on?
Sorry i forgot to mention: '99 2.5RS; 05 wrx motor
I figure anything 225/50 would more than likely rub the spring perch. Most of these options don't offer a 215 size so the "jdm oem" for the rs wheels were taken into consideration (205/50)




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I hate the BFG G-Force Sports that are on my car, they're loud and don't grip particularly well. Out of your choices, I'd go with the Dunlops. They're cheap, fast, and just overall great tires.
thank's the more i read the more i've been leaning toward them.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:53 PM   #5
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If a 225 50 16 is rubbing te spring pearch on the stockers ur car is broken and should be investigated. 225 50 is fine and may,MAY rub teh fender on hard cornering. roll 'em anyway.

U can't go wrong w/ the top of the mix tyres. also toss in the Nitto NT05. all are capable, and all will be fine in the rain while they have tread. Be aware that getting 20,000 'fun' miles will be tough. so figure that u will replace these tyres every 2 years unless u have a 2nd set for winter.

if rain performance is a MAJOR concern i'd recomend the Conti Sportcontact3 or Potenxa re050a PP.
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:03 PM   #6
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hmm... i ran 225/50/r16 PZero Neros on RS wheels with AGX's and they definately rubbed the strut. Had to use a 3mm spacer.

I'm really thinking the Dunlops. still torn between using JDM stock sizing 205 or jumping to the 225 and rolling the fender. Hopefully they wont rub v6 inverted struts as they did the AGX's...even though they are both KYB bodies.

I do have a dedicated set of winter wheels with snow/ice tires, i was torn between whether or not i really needed 'all seasons' or if i could get away with some high performance summers; i might just need to keep an eye on the temperatures in the fall and swap the winters over even if it isnt close to snowing.

Thanks so much for your input; i'll check out those nitto's pricing as well.
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hmm... i ran 225/50/r16 PZero Neros on RS wheels with AGX's and they definately rubbed the strut. Had to use a 3mm spacer.

I'm really thinking the Dunlops. still torn between using JDM stock sizing 205 or jumping to the 225 and rolling the fender. Hopefully they wont rub v6 inverted struts as they did the AGX's...even though they are both KYB bodies.

I do have a dedicated set of winter wheels with snow/ice tires, i was torn between whether or not i really needed 'all seasons' or if i could get away with some high performance summers; i might just need to keep an eye on the temperatures in the fall and swap the winters over even if it isnt close to snowing.

Thanks so much for your input; i'll check out those nitto's pricing as well.
get the 225s. I use aset of winters downhere. I bought the re01r's on closeout and they are a night and day difference on teh car comapred to any 'high performance' all season. u'll start to look at refreshing bushings all over teh car, thats how good the sticky tyres are.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:44 AM   #8
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get the 225s. I use aset of winters downhere. I bought the re01r's on closeout and they are a night and day difference on teh car comapred to any 'high performance' all season. u'll start to look at refreshing bushings all over teh car, thats how good the sticky tyres are.
The nitto's or dunlops or ??
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