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Old 06-20-2015, 05:29 PM   #1
jjjjeremy
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Does anyone have experience or thoughts on the Capitol Sport UHP tires? They came new with the 9-2x Aero I just bought. 215/45/17.

I got $500 off my initial offer on the car because I can't take them back and swap for tires I want. My initial instinct is that they're cheap tires, but the previous owner paid $125 each (have the receipt) which is more than I paid for the RE760s on my MX-5.

I'm used to driving my MX-5, so to me the steering on my 9-2x feels vague even though it has the 05 STI rack, and there's more body roll than I expect. Everything's stock on both cars. I briefly had **** tires between two sets of RE760s, and the difference was huge.

The car is also pulling to the right. Seller swears that it was perfect before he put the Capitols on, so I have less confidence in the tires' build quality.
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Old 06-20-2015, 06:17 PM   #2
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Those are cheapo tires. Use them till they wear out. Then get something better.

Going from an MX-5 to a 9-2x (WRX) is going to be night and day. You went from a great handling car that weighs considerably less to one that under steers like crazy and is a bit of a porker. You will never get the Saab to feel like the MX-5 but you can make changes to make it handle really quite well.

I'd recommend getting the alignment checked. While they are at it they can max out the front camber as far negative as they can while keeping both sides even. Then have them zero out the toe front and back.

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Old 06-20-2015, 07:31 PM   #3
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Thanks,

The thing is, I don't want to be driving around on cheap tires for 50k miles.....
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:24 PM   #4
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you shouldn't be getting 50k miles outta tires



and you likely need a better alignment and MUCH lower expectations out of the wrx
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