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Old 09-04-2009, 08:34 PM   #1
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Default Got a flat - Bridgestone Turanza Serenity vs Potenza RE960 and other questions

I have 42,000 miles on the stock Bridgstone Potenza RE92As. The tread is getting low and I was planning on replacing them later this year, until I ran over a nail today. Now I have to do something asap.

Question #1 - I've read that replacing just this bad tire is a bad idea due to it putting undue stress on the AWD system. I already know it's a bad idea for handling reasons, but it'd only be for a couple months. Thoughts?

Question #2 - RE960 vs Turanza. Now, if replacing just the one tire is a bad idea, then I need to replace them all.

I'm pretty disappointed at the road noise I have in my car currently. This has me leaning towards the serenitys. I have to turn the radio up louder than I'd like to hear it on the highway. I'm not sure if its that the stock tires have a lot of wear or if they were always that noisy.

Anyway, I want lower road noise in my new tires. This seems to be the serenity's main selling point. Would I have less road noise with the 960s as well (as compared to the RE92As)? How much handling am I sacrificing by going with the serenitys over the 960s? Would the serenitys have better or worse handling than the stock RE92As?

My car is mostly used for commuting to work, never autocross, racing, etc. However, I do like to drive fast and hard sometimes in my commute.

Question #3: Can I safely commute 20 miles each way to work on the donut (at <= 50mph, of course) until next Thursday or Friday when an order from tirerack would arrive?

I appreciate any and all input!
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Old 09-04-2009, 09:04 PM   #2
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After reading some of the older threads here, sounds like driving to work (or anywhere but a tire shop) on the donut is a bad idea. Guess I will have to try to get the tire patched or plugged tomorrow. A clerk at NTB said he would recommend replacing the tire rather than plugging it (tread is low) but I didn't know if he just wanted to sell some tires.



Here's the tire.

Do you think this can be safely repaired? The nail went in at an angle.

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Old 09-04-2009, 11:04 PM   #3
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Are you kidding me there is no tread left on that tire anyway. Those re92s are garbage when they are new. Those tires are not safe at all with that little tread. Pony up for some new tires Falken FK 452s or ze 912s or ze 502s are not that expensive and way better the stock.
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I had Re92 on my 2005 Legacy GT and I do not recall them being loud.
Serenity is probably quieter than RE960 but the noises that you hear may not be from tires.
If I were you I would have taken tire to be patched and look for new tires (RE960 would be my choice).

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how did that tire get stuck to you nail?

i wouldn't be scared to plug that tire.
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The hole has been patch-plugged, so far so good.

If anyone has any more opinions / experience on the RE960s vs the Serenitys, please share 'em.

Thanks for the input, everybody.
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Even though you are not looking for ultra performance I think you will be much happier with the RE960's sharper handling and steering response compared to the Serenity. And I find the RE960 to be pretty quiet compared to other UHPAS tires.

The new Pirelli PZero Nero All Season, an upgrade to the M&S looks like it might be the quietest in the class:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/...irePageLocQty=
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