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Old 07-28-2012, 08:28 PM   #1
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Hey guys, whats a good replacement tire for the stocker Dunlop Sport Sp01 235/45/17's

I Currently have them on my '12 WRX. I Honestly liked these tires Good/Decent Wear, Decent ride comfort, And what i really did like i felt it easy to hold these tires to the limit, or should i say they were very predictable at the limit..

I Only will not buy these tires again because they are ridiculously overpriced as a OE tire, even on tirerack.com

Whats a good alternative as a similar tire, Summer only ( I have a set of dedicated winter's)
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:41 PM   #2
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did you even read ANY of the threads on the top page of the forum here???

did you even THINK to search this???


do we REALLY need another thread like this????


NO

NO

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NO...we have HUNDREDS here just like this already

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Old 07-28-2012, 10:18 PM   #3
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Trife, meet Uncle.
Use search or ask more detailed question.

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Old 07-29-2012, 07:08 AM   #4
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I have searched and I see tires that people suggest, but none I can find that are specifically similiar.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:36 AM   #5
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Define "specifically similiar", please.
What is your budget?

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Old 08-03-2012, 10:34 AM   #6
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$150/ea ... What I mean by similiar is good wear, doesnt have to be the best corner carver but would like a very predictable tire that you know the limits of ( and if happen to go over won't kill you )
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:26 AM   #7
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federal 595

oem dunlops were okay. They have good tread life and grip but they are horrible after road noise after 1 mile
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:14 PM   #8
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Kuhmo Ecsta LE Sport are on special for $96 bucks a pop on tirerack.com. 280 treadwear and supposed to be quiet/good in the wet.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:44 PM   #9
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federal 595

oem dunlops were okay. They have good tread life and grip but they are horrible after road noise after 1 mile
I hear a lot about those federals
Any benefit to going maybe 245/45/17 vs stock 235/45/17 I know more contact = more grip.. but does it throw off geometry somehow of the suspension? I plan to run the occasional HPDE. 90% street driving so I'm not looking for track tires
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:20 PM   #10
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I hear a lot about those federals
Any benefit to going maybe 245/45/17 vs stock 235/45/17 I know more contact = more grip.. but does it throw off geometry somehow of the suspension? I plan to run the occasional HPDE. 90% street driving so I'm not looking for track tires
are you sure about that???
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Hakook RS3 baby. I hear good things from heavy cars running it. good things
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:54 PM   #13
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Hakook RS3 baby. I hear good things from heavy cars running it. good things
i hear they dont like being cold or wet

and there are far better tires to use for dd
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:03 PM   #14
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i hear they dont like being cold or wet

and there are far better tires to use for dd
In my defense,

I doubt tires like being cold and wet in general, though some perform better than others in such situations.

It's the perfect tire for me. I get to drive home from a solo event, not have to swap wheels.

The whole idea is that a perfect DD for one person will be different to another. I, myself, never see snow; if ever. Why bother with all-season tires.

One you've narrowed down what kind of tires you need, budget comes into play and what was once the ideal tire for you may not be so ideal after all. starspecs *cough
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In my defense,

I doubt tires like being cold and wet in general, though some perform better than others in such situations.

It's the perfect tire for me. I get to drive home from a solo event, not have to swap wheels.

The whole idea is that a perfect DD for one person will be different to another. I, myself, never see snow; if ever. Why bother with all-season tires.

One you've narrowed down what kind of tires you need, budget comes into play and what was once the ideal tire for you may not be so ideal after all. starspecs *cough
there are MANY of us that dont want the tires to become deathtraps in a thunderstorm...or want them to be loud enough that we are driven insane on the road.....or want to have to park the car when temps get into the 60's because the tires are hard as rocks

there are PLENTY of MAX performance tires that DONT DO THAT

the rs-3's????

meh....just meh, for most of us....just like the kumho xs.....great if ya live where it dont rain much
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there are MANY of us that dont want the tires to become deathtraps in a thunderstorm...or want them to be loud enough that we are driven insane on the road.....or want to have to park the car when temps get into the 60's because the tires are hard as rocks

there are PLENTY of MAX performance tires that DONT DO THAT

the rs-3's????

meh....just meh, for most of us....just like the kumho xs.....great if ya live where it dont rain much
if i may reiterate. I was simply stating that the perfect tire should be chosen based on the individual's goals and needs. afterwards, financial practicality should be taken into consideration.

What works for "many" people won't work for others. Some are willing compromise certain traits in order to meet their goals.

Now, if I may shed some light into the RS3's they're cheap tires with ridiculous summer grip. There's no street tire substitute for real r-comps though. They need to be hot in order for them to stick but we have heavy cars and they heat up pretty quickly.
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Do you mean dry by "summer"?
Some summer tires (tirerack calls them "Extreme Performance") are dry only tires, probably half step behind r-comps. If your daily driver does not see any wet roads then they may be for you, or as a track tires.
However, if I know US climate well enough, there are a few places with such weather and not all year long, maybe except Death Valley. Most of the country needs summer tires that can handle dry and wet, sometimes very wet.

I agree that my perfect tire may be mine only and terrible for everybody else.

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Do you mean dry by "summer"?
Some summer tires (tirerack calls them "Extreme Performance") are dry only tires, probably half step behind r-comps. If your daily driver does not see any wet roads then they may be for you, or as a track tires.
However, if I know US climate well enough, there are a few places with such weather and not all year long, maybe except Death Valley. Most of the country needs summer tires that can handle dry and wet, sometimes very wet.

I agree that my perfect tire may be mine only and terrible for everybody else.

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tire rack does not put tires into catagories....the manufacturer tells them where they want the tire

and the 595RS-R's are no possible doubt an 'EXTREME PERFORMANCE' tire that does just fine in tropical thunderstorms.....and down to the mid 40*'s
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Hakook RS3 baby. I hear good things from heavy cars running it. good things
so....you have JUST 'HEARD THINGS'

bloody wanker

i heard they suck for street tires....from people who ACTUALLY HAVE THEM ON THEIR CAR
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so....you have JUST 'HEARD THINGS'

bloody wanker

i heard they suck for street tires....from people who ACTUALLY HAVE THEM ON THEIR CAR
Why yes... it's what people do to find out about things they want to buy. I ask about the tires im interested in from people who ACTUALLY HAVE THEM ON THEIR CAR -.-. Do you think I ask questions about these things from people who don't actually run them?
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Why yes... it's what people do to find out about things they want to buy. I ask about the tires im interested in from people who ACTUALLY HAVE THEM ON THEIR CAR -.-. Do you think I ask questions about these things from people who don't actually run them?


i dont know what kind of idiot you are but.....that is beside the point
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i dont know what kind of idiot you are but.....that is beside the point

Dude, layoff. We get it, you know it all, you are the greatest. We are all kewwll kiddos. The dude said he asked around to people that had the tires he was looking at purchasing since they have the tire in question.

I got the Maxxis MA-Z1 Victra tires and am very please so far. I came from Bridestone RE01R that did autocross and DD use. Grassroots motorsports put them on their Mazdaspeed 3 and had good things to say. I did some searches of people that had them and saw quite a few that liked them. And for around $500 for a set mounted, balanced, and done. I like them, they seem grippy, and yes Scotty in most instances more contact patch of a given tire does mean more grip available, and are not loud and seem to do well in the rain. Overall, very impressed for the $$.

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Since I am the OP. Looking for something with decent wear as it is my DD will be driven in rain, that's why I suggested a comparable tire to stock (just happens it might see A track day) would going with 245/45/17s work? I know they fit but would it unbalance handling at all?

Leaning toward the federal tires ATM
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I don't think going up a size in tire should hurt. May check overall diameter to keep it close to stock for speedo calibration. But, I still say the Maxxis is worth a look. Meets your requirements, and with larger treadblocks, should do ok at a HPDE. Since I don't run any at this time, I didn't look for too many reviews of this tire in that aspect.

Good luck!

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I don't think going up a size in tire should hurt. May check overall diameter to keep it close to stock for speedo calibration. But, I still say the Maxxis is worth a look. Meets your requirements, and with larger treadblocks, should do ok at a HPDE. Since I don't run any at this time, I didn't look for too many reviews of this tire in that aspect.

Good luck!

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going up a size may not be a good idea if the tires you are buying run LARGE for their size

MOST of the MAX and UHP tires DO run 'large' for their given size

like one whole size larger

so ya dont wanna up size most of these as that can cause fitment issues
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