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Old 08-30-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Bridgestone RE760 v Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Hey everyone. I just bought my new-to-me Subaru in January. I went the other day to get the alignment done because it was pulling to the right and they told me I have two nails in the front right tire So, I need to start looking at tires. My previous car was a 4Runner, so I am not too knowledgable on high performance tires. Currently the car has the Firestones on it. After doing some research I think I have narrrowed it down to these two.
What do you think? Or any other suggestions for around this price range?
I have not got into auto-x or anything like that yet, so they would be mainly for spiritied daily driving.

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Old 08-30-2012, 04:36 PM   #2
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Re760 perform better the Indy 500 rides nicer and lasts a bit longer
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:22 PM   #3
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:24 AM   #4
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Everyone raves about the federals here for a decent summer tire. The 760 tread design is definitely nice but a little pricey for what it is. I see your profile says you are from atlanta, I'm assuming you don't need a/s tires there? I do like how the 760 is mount specific though, helps with wear since you can cross axle rotate
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:45 AM   #5
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If you search you will find a lot of info about summer tires.
Tell us what you want from your summer tires:
treadwear
dry
wet
comfort
feedback
budget

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Old 08-31-2012, 10:45 AM   #6
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:52 AM   #7
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If you search you will find a lot of info about summer tires.
Tell us what you want from your summer tires:
treadwear
dry
wet
comfort
feedback
budget

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yeah, I have seen quite a few reviews of some (Michelin Pilot Super Sport, ect). Mainly looking for a good all around budget friendly set. I had Michelin's on my old car and LOVED them, but the price for this car is a little steep for me right now. Since I am not into auto x yet, tread life would be nice. I don't really need all season living in ATL.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:18 PM   #8
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If you need dd summer tires Hankook Evo V12 may be good enough but its treadwear was not that good. Still I think I got 20k miles from them.
Bridgestone re760, Continental ExtremeContact DW are safe bets too.

If you are brave follow Uncle's suggestion (if he did not post it here he posted it many times in other places) and buy Federal SS595 RS-R (all letters are important). They are the best cheap tires money can buy. They are more performance oriented than any tire mentioned earlier (probably except Super Sports) and cheaper too, if I am not mistaken. They seem to be in short supply so call the vendor and make sure they are in stock. They run wider than the same size from other vendors so check specs on www.federaltire.com - http://www.federaltire.com/en/produc...ts_detail_sn=5

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Old 08-31-2012, 01:23 PM   #9
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yeah, I saw the Hankooks is some other reviews, and was considering them, but I saw enough negative-ness to take them out of the running.
Thanks for the info! Whatever I finally decide on I am probably going to get them from Sears because I can get a discount. I don't think they carry Federals, I will have a look at them though!
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:36 PM   #10
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I had the RE760 on my STI and i even AutoXed on them.

Under DD situations, they are quite, smooth, and have good traction. During AutoX they are loud, dont grip too well, but i sure had fun still.

Honestly i would look towards some other tires then the ones you had listed. I think you really need to give us a little more information on what you are looking for. Ultra high performance? High performance all season? A good all season? etc.

If you are looking for a good high performance all season i would look at:
BFGoodrich G-Force Comp2
Michelin Pilot Super Sport AS
Hankook Evo V12

I have personally driven and AutoXed on the BFGs and absolutely love them. Very good dry performance and its reviewed that they really shine during wet performance. I personally have never driven them in the rain yet.

If you are looking for a Ultra High Performance Summer then i would suggest these:
Hankook Ventus R-S3
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:49 PM   #11
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If you search you will find a lot of info about summer tires.
Tell us what you want from your summer tires:
treadwear
dry
wet
comfort
feedback
budget

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Krzys is right. Browse through this thread. Probably best to start with the most recent posts and work backwards, as the thread started ~18 months ago and some tires have been introduced or discontinued since then. Plenty of discussion in there about getting good tires on a budget.

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Currently the car has the Firestones on it. After doing some research I think I have narrrowed it down to these two.
What do you think? Or any other suggestions for around this price range?
I assume you're looking at the stock 245/40-18s for the 2009 STI listed in your profile? And when you say you have "the Firestones" on it now, you're referring to the Wide Oval Indy 500s? If so, what do you like or not like about those (other than the 2 nails in one of them )?

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Mainly looking for a good all around budget friendly set. Since I am not into auto x yet, tread life would be nice. I don't really need all season living in ATL.
While you may not need the cold weather capability that an all-season would give you, one advantage of all-seasons is that they typically outlast summer tires, so the miles per $$ is better. There are a number of ultra high performance all-seasons that have excellent "summer" performance - way more than enough grip than you'll ever need for spirited street driving. So if budget and tread life are high on your list of priorities, I would not ignore the UHPAS tires, despite the stigma that some folks here want to attach to them.

For a budget friendly summer tire in the 245/40-18 size, I would suggest the Falken FK452, which I've run on both my CTS-V and my Subaru. No complaints in either application - quiet, very good dry and wet handling. I honestly didn't do a good job of tracking tread life with either set, so I'm not sure what sort of mileage I got out of them, but they didn't wear out quickly.

For a bit more you could get the Pirelli PZero Nero All Seasons, which I have as my "winter" tires on my CTS-V. (I don't think they've actually seen any winter weather, but their rubber doesn't get hard as hockey pucks when it's cold like my summer tires would.) Great performance, and they have a 45,000 mile tread wear warranty.

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Old 09-02-2012, 07:13 PM   #12
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I had the RE760 on my STI and i even AutoXed on them.

Under DD situations, they are quite, smooth, and have good traction. During AutoX they are loud, dont grip too well, but i sure had fun still.

Honestly i would look towards some other tires then the ones you had listed. I think you really need to give us a little more information on what you are looking for. Ultra high performance? High performance all season? A good all season? etc.

If you are looking for a good high performance all season i would look at:
BFGoodrich G-Force Comp2
Michelin Pilot Super Sport AS
Hankook Evo V12

I have personally driven and AutoXed on the BFGs and absolutely love them. Very good dry performance and its reviewed that they really shine during wet performance. I personally have never driven them in the rain yet.

If you are looking for a Ultra High Performance Summer then i would suggest these:
Hankook Ventus R-S3
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
V12 are summer tires, not all season.

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:02 PM   #13
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I assume you're looking at the stock 245/40-18s for the 2009 STI listed in your profile? And when you say you have "the Firestones" on it now, you're referring to the Wide Oval Indy 500s? If so, what do you like or not like about those (other than the 2 nails in one of them )?

Thanks for the info Patrick. I appreciate your honest informative feedback. As stated before, this is basically my first "performance" car since moving from a 4Runner. I have never owned a car where I had to pay attention to side wall feel, summer v winter performance, ect. As of now, there is nothing that I don't like about the Firestones (besides said nails ). After taking some corners that I know a bit faster and faster, I have not heard them make a noise yet. They have been through some wet weather with no problems IMO. I did not see them listed in any of the threads that I looked at, so I was just wondering what people might think. I will definitely take what you said into consideration as I am still looking at researching.
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