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Old 04-27-2003, 10:53 AM   #1
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Default Azenis + a day of heavy rain =

The biggest adrenaline rush I've ever had. Heading north on the south east expressway (boston) a large and deep pond had been accumulating throughout the day. Saw the splash from the car in front but had nowhere to go but through it. Front wheels definitely lost contact with the tarmac and became rudders. I let off the gas and did my best to keep it off the wall. I was slowly drifting toward the barrier until I made it though. Should I have kept on the throttle to pull through? Or maybe I should pay more attention to the warning with Azenis', " The tires are DOT highway certified but caution should be taken in wet weather." The rubber is only 2 weeks old for those wondering how much tread is left.



ps Roads in boston blow, how do you guys keep your 17's and 18's together?
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Old 04-27-2003, 12:07 PM   #2
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I never really had a problem with my Azenis until they were about half way worn. How fast were you going? They are fine in the rain but you just need to be careful when there is standing water.
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Old 04-27-2003, 01:06 PM   #3
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I have some P7000 all seasons for daily use. These tires are not the best, but good. The azenis (17") will be for track only for me.
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Old 04-27-2003, 03:51 PM   #4
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ps Roads in boston blow, how do you guys keep your 17's and 18's together?
Keep a lot of distance between yourself and the guys in front, and watch very closely at road surface.
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Old 04-27-2003, 07:28 PM   #5
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Once you hydroplane, there's not much you can do, except wait until you catch ground again. As long as the tires aren't touching the road, it doesn't really matter what your inputs are. If it's relatively minor, I normally just keep the wheel straight, and let off the throttle. If you're heading towards a solid obstacle, you're probably screwed...

Full tread Azenis aren't bad in the rain. But once they're worn, it's a different story. I got caught in a rain storm the other day, and my fronts have maybe 1/4 of the tread left, my rears are virtually bald. Not too surprisingly, they were horrendous. The rears were hydroplaning at 50mph. Good thing my new tires arrived, just need to get them mounted.
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Old 04-27-2003, 09:44 PM   #6
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Front wheels definitely lost contact with the tarmac
...... sounds just like my RE92's.

Actually, not true, the Azenis are fine if the road is just wet. If the road has standing water, different story. RE92' s stink in both.
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Old 04-27-2003, 09:52 PM   #7
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I would take a full biased tire over my stock RE92's. They blow worse than the roads here in UT.

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Old 04-27-2003, 09:55 PM   #8
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my azenis are MUCH better in the wet than the RE92's! sounds like you were going pretty fast when you hit the big puddle, at high speeds most tires will hydroplane when hitting standing water.
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Old 04-28-2003, 08:19 PM   #9
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Yes, very fast for the conditions 65ish. I was late, almost very late. I should've learned my lesson when I spun my accord on the highway in a similar situation. Bad habits die hard, my sube almost also did.
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Old 04-29-2003, 05:25 PM   #10
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most "max performance" tires are not so good in standing water at high speeds. I love driving in the rain on azenis though... driving looking out my passenger side window is much fun
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Old 04-30-2003, 01:52 AM   #11
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Do you guys all have 225/45/17 Azenis Sports? How much treadlife are you getting? I'm wanting to buy a set of Rota SDRs and I'm debating whether to wrap them in Azenis or even Parada Spec 2's.
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Old 04-30-2003, 02:41 AM   #12
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I had mine for almost a year and appx 15k miles with many auto xes and 3 lapping days on them. They still had plenty of tread left.

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Old 04-30-2003, 02:43 AM   #13
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I had mine for almost a year and appx 15k miles with many auto xes and 3 lapping days on them. They still had plenty of tread left.

ymmv
Wow...I guess my choice for summer tires on some SDRs is a no brainer.
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Old 04-30-2003, 09:54 PM   #14
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If you want sticky tires get the Azenis...from what I understand, the Prada's don't even come close.
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Old 04-30-2003, 11:07 PM   #15
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My kuhmo MX's hydroplaned some but it was like a 2" deep river across the interstate and I was doing 75 or so.
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Old 05-01-2003, 09:11 AM   #16
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I just put my 225/45/17 Azenis on... 200km on them, and this morning was the first drive in the rain. Having driven a few 'r' compound tires over the years here are my inital thoughts.

In the wet these tires really stick... wet, not standing water, but that is something you have to expect in an extreme performance tire with minimal tread. The wet drive reminded me of my old yoko 008rsII... good in the wet, but if you see a puddle, set the car up and skip across the surface of it.

I will have a better handle on the tires tomorrow as I am heading out for the first track day of the year!
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Old 05-01-2003, 10:56 AM   #17
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i have them in a 225/45/17 size on my SDRs and i have nothing but praise for them... on wet roads (not standing water), they are actually damn good. i mean, like dolphin overton said, you can drive them while staring out your passenger side window , which is fun and all, but for all intents and purposes they rock on wet roads.

in the dry... holy crap!! they stick like mad, have amazing steering response, and the most predictable breakaway of any 'high-performance' tire i've ever driven on. plus, they're affordable... there's abolutely no doubt in my mind what i'm replacing them with when they're worn out... another set of azenis.

the only downside is that they're a bit loud at first, but you get used to it.

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Old 05-01-2003, 11:49 AM   #18
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S03 dry and wet traction.
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