Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Monday July 28, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
North West Impreza Club
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Chapters > North West Impreza Club Forum -- NWIC

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-16-2009, 10:32 AM   #1
old school
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 22647
Join Date: Aug 2002
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Emerald City
Vehicle:
91 Leg SUS
13 XV

Default Northwest Rainy tires?

I have to replace my tires. (Yokohama Avid something or other) They're just too scary in the rain, the compound is way too hard. They tried to kill my twice yesterday. I've done some research on tire rack.com, but can't really trust reviews there, as not many of them are from people running AWD. I'd like to keep the cost under or around 100 a tire. I already have a set of KILLER Hakkis for snow, but want a street tire to run when not in the snow.

Any suggestions for a good wet pavement tire which also grips well in the dry that will last longer than 10k miles? I'm gonna stay with the 205/55/16 size.

Testimonies and local reviews welcome.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
old school is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2009, 12:15 PM   #3
Subaru Tripple 5
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 211600
Join Date: May 2009
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Burien, WA
Vehicle:
2001 Suzuki DRZ400
Supermoto

Default

doh!!
Subaru Tripple 5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2009, 12:16 PM   #4
old school
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 22647
Join Date: Aug 2002
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Emerald City
Vehicle:
91 Leg SUS
13 XV

Default

Thanks Jamie. I read thru those, but a lot of the content is kinda irrelevant.
I have winter tires
, Nokian Hakiki 4s. But they're way too noisy for daily driving, and cost way too much to drive on them and wear them down when not in the snow.

At any rate, I'm going to look into:
Azeni 615
Hankook RS2
PZero Nero
Dunlop SPort SP 5000
old school is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2009, 01:23 PM   #5
JRach
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 78075
Join Date: Dec 2004
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: North Seattle, WA
Vehicle:
98' SF5 STI
93' GF8 (rally)

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by old school View Post
Thanks Jamie. I read thru those, but a lot of the content is kinda irrelevant.
I have winter tires
, Nokian Hakiki 4s. But they're way too noisy for daily driving, and cost way too much to drive on them and wear them down when not in the snow.

At any rate, I'm going to look into:
Azeni 615
Hankook RS2
PZero Nero
Dunlop SPort SP 5000

Those are all decent tires, i wouldn't highly suggest the 615's for rain, they're grippy, but not the best at hydroplane resistance.
I've heard great reveiws about the hankook ventus v12 evo K110 and suprising grippy wet weather performance (and they're cheap!), however they're only available in 17" and up (they're fairly new, maybe they'll soon offer them in some more sizes)

This tire design is a couple years old, but when it came out it was one of the best rain/dry tires out there... And right now in 205/55-16 it's on special through tirerack for $65/tire!!! (originally $126)

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes

I had a set of those and loved em' and the rain traction was very very good. My only complaint was they had a little more road noise than i'd like, but not nearly as much as the snow tires I was running for the winter.
JRach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2009, 04:31 PM   #6
Atmosfear
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 222819
Join Date: Sep 2009
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Oly, WA
Vehicle:
2007 Sti
2002 WRX Wagon

Default

BFGoodrich KDW's (make sure to get the "new tread" design).

Hands down best wet weather tires I have ever owned, and they have substantial dry grip as well.
Atmosfear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2009, 04:48 PM   #7
old school
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 22647
Join Date: Aug 2002
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Emerald City
Vehicle:
91 Leg SUS
13 XV

Default

Appreciated. I ordered a set, I'll let you know at the end of the week whether I like them or not. . .
old school is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2009, 07:21 PM   #8
edrach
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 23970
Join Date: Sep 2002
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Bothell, WA
Vehicle:
2002 Impreza OBS
Green and Grey

Default

Too late,

but the Hankook K106 was more than decent in the wet and with an open tread design should have been quite resistant to aqua-planing. Also an excellent dry tire.

Also the Hankook iPike snows are not than noisy and are excellent in the rain.

Both of these comments are from personal experience.
edrach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2009, 08:27 PM   #9
dwf137
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 161333
Join Date: Oct 2007
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Seattle
Vehicle:
'09 wrx

Default

i get that you already have snows, but i personally swear by dunlop sp wintersport 3d's... they've got great hydroplane resistance, and are great in the snow too. i DD them in the winter time. Saves from having to switch every weekend.
dwf137 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2009, 03:05 AM   #10
Atmosfear
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 222819
Join Date: Sep 2009
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Oly, WA
Vehicle:
2007 Sti
2002 WRX Wagon

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by edrach View Post
Too late,

but the Hankook K106 was more than decent in the wet and with an open tread design should have been quite resistant to aqua-planing. Also an excellent dry tire.

Also the Hankook iPike snows are not than noisy and are excellent in the rain.

Both of these comments are from personal experience.
Hi Ed!
Atmosfear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 01:21 AM   #11
Chainsaw_Willie
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 211337
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Seattle
Vehicle:
2006 WRX
Silver

Default

I've been very impressed with the wet traction of my Federal SS595s. They're supposed to be a high performance summer tire but they do really well in the wet too, are lasting a long time, and are pretty danged cheap. Given that this is my daily driver and I don't intend to race or autocross it, I'll probably buy these again when this set wears out.
Chainsaw_Willie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2009, 07:22 AM   #12
chano
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 93762
Join Date: Aug 2005
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: 1000 miles away from 150,000
Vehicle:
04 sti
Surgeline tuned 424whp

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Atmosfear View Post
BFGoodrich KDW's (make sure to get the "new tread" design).

Hands down best wet weather tires I have ever owned, and they have substantial dry grip as well.
+1 Just put my set back on yesterday.
chano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2009, 10:38 AM   #13
meebs
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 3251
Join Date: Dec 2000
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Lake Tapps, WA
Vehicle:
2009 WRX Hatch
DGM

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Atmosfear View Post
BFGoodrich KDW's (make sure to get the "new tread" design).

Hands down best wet weather tires I have ever owned, and they have substantial dry grip as well.
The "new" tread is the ovid design, right?
meebs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2009, 12:56 PM   #14
jojotherider
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 70730
Join Date: Sep 2004
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Snoqualmie, WA
Vehicle:
2006 WRX ltd AW
02 WRX, 00RS - sold :(

Default

i've got eagle f1 allseasons and so far they seem to be great in the wet. they're kinda loud though. they weren't very loud in the beginning but they certainly are loud now.

-joel
jojotherider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2009, 01:18 PM   #15
Atmosfear
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 222819
Join Date: Sep 2009
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Oly, WA
Vehicle:
2007 Sti
2002 WRX Wagon

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by meebs View Post
The "new" tread is the ovid design, right?
Im not sure what you mean by ovid?

This is the "new" tread, some places refer to them as KDW 2's, and some refer to them as new tread, depends on where you get them.



This is the "traditional" tread. I was talking to a friend at Discount tire, and he says they dont even sell the "traditional" tread design anymore, but I cannot confirm that.

Atmosfear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2009, 01:34 PM   #16
subarutrent07
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 193186
Join Date: Nov 2008
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Bellevue WA
Vehicle:
2006 WRX
Black

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Atmosfear View Post
BFGoodrich KDW's (make sure to get the "new tread" design).

Hands down best wet weather tires I have ever owned, and they have substantial dry grip as well.
I just ordered these last week should be getting them in the next couple days! So excited to see this! ha
subarutrent07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2009, 02:29 PM   #17
pdx Nick 05 LGT
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 179490
Join Date: May 2008
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Portland
Vehicle:
2005 Volvo S40 T5
Flint Gray

Default

Also too late but for others that are interested. I've been running nitto invos and its astounding how much wet grip I have. I have nothing but good things to say about these tires. Dry performance is just as good and road noise is kept to a minimum.
pdx Nick 05 LGT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2009, 06:24 PM   #18
old school
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 22647
Join Date: Aug 2002
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Emerald City
Vehicle:
91 Leg SUS
13 XV

Default

Well, after a few days of driving on them, I'm stoked. I got the older style, but am happy as hell! Just plain WOW! compared to the old tires.

Thanks for the tip JRach. Much obliged.
old school is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2009, 08:53 PM   #19
JRach
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 78075
Join Date: Dec 2004
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: North Seattle, WA
Vehicle:
98' SF5 STI
93' GF8 (rally)

Default

Glad to hear... the only complaints I heard about the 'old' style versus the update was regarding road noise. But either way they're great tires
JRach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2009, 10:39 PM   #20
Ruff
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 32131
Join Date: Jan 2003
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Oregon City, OR
Vehicle:
2006 Nissan 350Z
Was 01 2.5 RS

Default

Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Specs

/end
Ruff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2009, 12:28 AM   #21
gaguilarsti
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 213354
Join Date: Jun 2009
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Seattle, WA
Vehicle:
2013 BRZ
Black

Default

I got the BF Goodrich TDA KDW G-Forces (new tread) and so far so good.
gaguilarsti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2009, 02:19 AM   #22
old school
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 22647
Join Date: Aug 2002
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Emerald City
Vehicle:
91 Leg SUS
13 XV

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JRach View Post
Glad to hear... the only complaints I heard about the 'old' style versus the update was regarding road noise. But either way they're great tires
Loud stereos cure road noise just-like-that.
old school is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
rainy day in PA=rainy pics in PA subaru0276 Member's Car Gallery 47 11-02-2009 02:09 AM
Which Tire This Rainy Weekend ? makofoto Motorsports 6 02-18-2005 02:24 AM
Should different tire pressures be used for rainy autoxes? Zoinks Motorsports 11 01-11-2005 12:55 AM
Tires for the rainy NW Dionysos911 North West Impreza Club Forum -- NWIC 23 11-12-2004 08:13 AM
rainy season here need tires rich728 Tire & Wheel 22 06-14-2004 12:53 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.