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Old 09-08-2007, 12:51 PM   #176
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please answer these questions

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Continental ContiSportContact3 in 215/45x17

#2.) what is your geographic location
Houston, Texas

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
none - just head out to the Hill Country near Austin every chance I get to ride the twisties

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
70-30

#5.) your review and personal comments
Just changed from 225/45x17 Michelin PS2's. Too soon to make comparisons - will come back and update after 1k. However, just as when I switched from the 27 lb. RE070's to the 23 lb. PS2's, I can immediately notice the improvement in handling bumps and dips with the 19 lb. SC3's.
Well, after a few thousand miles I have decided that I really like these tires - especially the way the reduction in unsprung weight improves the suspension's ability to deal with Houston's many road imperfections. However, they are not quite as good in the rain as I was expecting - certainly no better than the PS2's in this regard - and they do lack the incredible steering response feel of the PS2's as well. On the other hand, dry grip is better than I thought it would be and road noise is reduced compared to the PS2's. They are also much less expensive than the Michelin's - but appear to be wearing much quicker. I doubt I will get anywhere near 25k out of these tires, but since I replace tires well before that it is not a problem for me personally. Running them @ 36 psi cold pressure on 17x7.5 '04 STI BBS wheels, -2F/-1R camber, 0 toe all around, Koni/Prodrive combo with lots of other goodies...

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Old 09-22-2007, 04:52 PM   #177
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please answer these questions

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Kumho AST in 215/45x17

#2.) what is your geographic location
Williamsburg, VA

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
None...but see below

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
70-30

#5.) your review and personal comments
Came out of the RE92's.
The good: Handle better in the dry & the wet. Had them for ~6600 miles so far and I like them. When pushed they grip better than the 92's. I run them at 38 psi.

The bad: Louder than the 92's by a good bit, no doubt due to the tread pattern. Went to the Subaru challenge, and they chunked up quite heavily after 3 runs, I would estimate they ate nearly a 1/5-1/4 of the tread off in that one event. They grip better than the RE-92's, but you can feel the sidewall flex.

So far, I would but these again, but I wouldn't use them for spirited events. Simply DD use. But for $270 shipped from DTD, they made me happy. I will update when they die.

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Old 10-02-2007, 09:43 AM   #178
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Goodyear Eagle F1 All-Season (205/55/16 stock wheels).

#2.) what is your geographic location
Northern VA

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
I would wager my 2 hour commute qualifies as an "event"

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
1/3 highway, 1/3 suburban driving, 1/3 city driving. I don't drive all that hard, as I got 52k miles out of my factory RE92s, and could have ridden them another 5k or more, but I really wanted something more aggressive in less than idea conditions--my new commute mandates it.

#5.) your review and personal comments
I've only got about 200 miles on the tires, but they are slightly quieter, the car feels much more "planted" to the road, there is greater stablity in turns at all speeds, and they saved the life of a squirrel this morning (i.e., emergency braking was real nice). In-line driving just "feels" better, but this is probably just "new tire syndrome." Overall, I'm pleased--and I got them for only $8/tire more than I would have paid for RE960s. I will check back in after 1000 miles with more info. Now I just have to keep my eye out for uneven or overly quick wear--which I don't expect to be a problem since I drive fairly conservatively.


UPDATE: After 2k miles, I'm still very pleased with the tires. Nothing more to add.


UPDATE #2: Be sure to see post #206 from this thread. These things got very, very loud.

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Old 10-02-2007, 07:40 PM   #179
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
BFGoodrich g-force T/A KDW2s (225/45ZR/17 90Y)

#2.) what is your geographic location
Southern MD

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
95% DD

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
About 50/50 (25mi one way work commute)

#5.) your review and personal comments
Just got these tires on Monday....haven't been able to REALLY test them yet, but have loved them so far. A few things I have noticed in the day and a half of driving: LOUD...if you have a stock/very quiet after market exhaust you will probably not like these tires. Turn in response is phenomenal...Can't wait to get an opportunity to really push these tires.
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Old 10-07-2007, 06:25 PM   #180
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#1.) What tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Pirelli PZero Nero M+S 205/55/16

#2.) What is your geographic location
MAIC, near Annapolis MD

#3.) What types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
None, dd and local twisties when I get the chance .

#4.) Percent of highway vs. city driving
50/50.

#5.) Your review and personal comments

I had the stock RE-92's on the car for a good while, and after completely losing faith in them after a close call I decided to upgrade. Since the Pirelli's scored well on the TireRack tests and user reviews I decided to go with these instead of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960A/S's.

After getting them mounted and alignment done... then inflating them to 32/30 instead of the 27 that the tire place put them at...... I decided to start putting miles on them. The initial feel was they were much more responsive then the re92's, and the car feels more solid if that's possible with stock suspension.

Then when I had about 300 or so Miles on these, I can say for sure the suspension is limiting the handling much more so then the tires, since I wasn't able to break these loose or make 'em squeal, with the stock suspension mind you. I don't know for sure how these will hold in the long run but initially they are an awesome for an Ultra-High Performance All-Season tire and work wonderfully.


...now time to upgrade my suspension.

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Old 10-14-2007, 09:01 PM   #181
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
re070's, re01r's, rt-615's
edit: all in 225/45/17
#2.) what is your geographic location
San Diego

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Track days monthly before

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
highway 30/70 street

#5.) your review and personal comments

lets see.. I started off with some re070 take off's and I loved those tires. For track use they were unbeatable in term of outright grip and turn in speed compared to the other two. i never really had any problems in the rain, although it doesnt rain much here. very very stiff side walls though, which i loved. although they were so stiff that i had a flat and i couldnt even tell by looking at the tire from the side. Would recommend re070's for anyone who doesnt mind the harsher ride and wants complete outright grip and handling feedback. (lasted~9k miles with 4 track days)

RT616's. Also an excellent tire, very grippy until they start to heat up, after which they become a bit greasy. Not as stiff of a side wall as the re070's but it makes the street ride a "little" bit better (read: does not absorb bumps, does not deaden any road noise either) decent turn in speeds, but the sidewall just wasnt stiff enough for my taste. not quite as much outright grip, overall still an excellent deal for the money.

RE01R's. Got these tires ~1k miles ago. good overall tire. not as much grip as re070's sidewall is terribly soft in comparison to the re070's. hmmm not sure what all the fuss is over these tires, they seem to be a middle of the pack contender that makes too many compromises to try to be street friendly, and forgets that its an "extreme performance summer" tire. let me say this again... soggy soggy side walls, turn in characteristics leave quite a bit to be desired... lower grip than the re070's and rt615's but easier to modulate through corners, and absorbs road noise a lot better than the rt615's or re070's. (probably a good choice for a DD where the person wants lots of grip without having to sacrifice driveability), however I will NOT be purchasing these again, as they are a bit of a dissapointment for the hardcore track junkies...
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Old 10-23-2007, 10:56 PM   #182
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Bridgestone RE-01R's in 225/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location
Maryland

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
track, some hwy

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
NA- 95% track

#5.) your review and personal comments

I'm pretty happy with these tires, contrary to the previous reviewer. I must qualify this by saying that I have not driven the RE070's, Advan Neovas, or any of the other tires that are supposed to challenge this one. I do have a set of Yokohama A032R's, which are even more track dedicated, but the only time I took those out was in the rain. Although the A032R's were surprisingly resistant to hydroplaning for having less than 4/32" left, I didn't have a chance to measure their dry grip.

Getting back to the RE-01R's, I will concur that the tires are very easy to modulate at the limit. They also sound great, and produce an interesting 'roaring' sound as they're breaking away at >80 mph. One thing I don't like is that in my 220 whp, 3000 lb WRX, I overheat these tires on the Shenandoah Circuit at SP and grip starts to really fall off at that point. Tread wear is ok, but suspect it could be better. I'm maybe 1/4th of the way through the tread after 2 track days plus 300 miles of spirited street driving. I will try something different next time purely to expand my experience.



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Old 10-31-2007, 11:14 PM   #183
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#1.) What tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Pirelli PZero Nero M+S 205/55/16

#2.) What is your geographic location
Anaheim, CA

#3.) What types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
None, spirited drving

#4.) Percent of highway vs. city driving
50/50.

#5.) Your review and personal comments
I went through the stock RE92 after 40k with no issues, after reading reviews on the Neros I thought I'd give it a chance. These tires are much quiter and smoother than the stock re92 but when driving 75-90 mph they're a lil scary. The Neros feels very slick at those speeds. I have a stock suspension with a cusco rear sway bar. At 1500 miles with these neros I lost control when I hit an area with a lot of sand and gravel on the highway doing about 70. The car spun out and hit the guardrail head on. Could it be because of the tires or just bad luck that I lost traction... I'm not sure. But I personally wouldn't recommend these tires because of the safety issue I had.

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Old 12-03-2007, 02:30 PM   #184
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#1.) What tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season 225/45Z/17

#2.) What is your geographic location
Eastern North Carolina, and North Texas

#3.) What types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
None

#4.) Percent of highway vs. city driving
50/50

#5.) Your review and personal comments
Previous to purchasing my new tires I had Bridgestone Potenza RE070 and loved them on dry surfaces, however wet/sand/ice would always turn out to be a scary situation with them since they were a summer tire. The new Eagle F1 A/S are perfect for everything so far and I have put around 1,500 miles on them. On the highway they aren't quite as loud and are stable at all speeds (Ive done up to 130+ on them). On wet roads they are simply amazing, and I never thought any tire would grip that well on wet pavement and they are within to comparison to the Potenza RE070.
I have no review for ice/snow, etc. Also, dry pavement performance is very good too, and seem to compare about the same as my previous Potenza RE070 actually which is unbelievable. I paid $163/tire from Discount Tire Co.-
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Old 12-22-2007, 06:25 PM   #185
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Toyo Proxes 4 225/40ZR18

#2.) what is your geographic location

San Francisco / Boston

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

None

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

50 city / 50 highway

#5.) your review and personal comments

I bought these tires expecting them to need replacement after 15k miles like my old Toyo T1S'. I normally replace tires when they get obnoxiously loud, which seems to happen pretty fast usually. This set of tires lasted me almost 40k miles (39k and change) and never got noisy. I finally had to replace them when the cords started showing through and driving in the snow was like ice skating. Their dry and wet weather traction was otherwise fantastic, and I drive pretty hard too, so for a performance tire to hold up that long is really amazing. I replaced them with the same thing in 215/40ZR18. Both sets cost me about $750 including mounting and balancing.
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Old 12-27-2007, 09:19 PM   #186
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#1.) What tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Hankook Hankook Ventus R-S2. Running 235/40/17 on 17x8 rim.

#2.) What is your geographic location
Majority of use was in Los Angeles high desert

#3.) What types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
none

#4.) Percent of highway vs. city driving
70/30

#5.) Your review and personal comments

Love these tires...bought them with the full intention of possibly autox and knew these tires were not for the long term. I have about 35K on these and boy these things are screaming at me. The first 20K were an absolute blast...rarely saw rain and enjoyed the dry grip...very fun. Now i'm living in Seattle and these tires are getting a little scary. Got my money's worth and happy with the performance and how long they lasted. IF I still lived in a dry part of the planet this is all I would run. They were a bargin at 120/tire. Very happy.....just realize this is a full performance tire and not made to last long. Would highly recommend.
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Old 02-11-2008, 01:32 PM   #187
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
BFgoodrich G force sports 225-50 /16

#2.) what is your geographic location
Southern and Northern TX

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
about 4 autox's a year +

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
About 35/65

#5.) your review and personal comments
I've had these tires about 2 weeks, beforehand had asx's
I haven't taken these out to autox yet, but i can already tell a large difference in control while even moderately braking, and not a squeak out of them yet. They easily outperform the asx's by far for about the same money, they even do alright at near freezing temperatures, but i'm still careful when it's in the 40's on these.
Haven't driven with them in the rain or autox'd yet but i'll get back to that later
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:00 AM   #188
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review
225/50/16 stock 04 wrx rims

#2.) what is your geographic location
Boston MA

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Spirited street driving

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
50/50

#5.) your review and personal comments
The tire is amazing compared to the stock tires. More grip less noise.
I will be testing in the snow today 6-9 inches.
The tires have really good grip in the snow.
The longer i have these on the car the more i like them.

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Old 03-08-2008, 10:43 AM   #189
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Hankook K106

#2.) what is your geographic location
Carolinas

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
none yet on these tires

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
50/50 split

#5.) your review and personal comments
I'll admit, I bought these tires because they were cheap. I wanted all-season tires with decent performance, long tread life, and a low price tag. I read some reviews on other sites and settled on the K106 radial.

I've been pleasantly surprised by these tires. I've put almost 30k miles on them so far and have only rotated them once- and they are holding up quite well. I'd say I've still got another 10-15k miles of life left in them.

Performance is very acceptable for an all-season tire. They get a little squirrelly when pushed to the limits, but for the price I really can't complain (I paid about $50 a pop). They feel great in the rain. Coupled with AWD they are fantastic. I drove them in some ice and snow last year, and they performed well... no drama at all.

I'd recommend these to anybody looking for a good all-season tire. If I lived 100 miles further north I would be buying another set next year; but I think I'll go with 3-season tires next go round (we rarely get snow/ice- maybe once a year).
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:56 PM   #190
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nokian hakkapeliitta 4 . Portland Maine USA. 205/55/16 I use these on my daily driver they go everywhere . street , highway, snow field whatever. these are the best snow tires i've ever owned or seen. i have the studded version of these. i can honestly say these perform like a million times better on ice then pavement. not to say they arent great on pavement. i live on a side road off a main road. they plow but dont really salt too hard. the road pretty much stays packed down ice and snow all winter. its a white road from say dec to feb. im just now starting to watch the snow melt away . these tires have been so awsome. they are only rated to 115mph. but whatever its icy out and speed limit is like 65 .

the grip on these tire is amazing. and they dont even wear to hard from pavement driving . they are environmentaly friendly made tires from norway. they know something about snow overthere. while other people were spining out ive made it down the road without even slipping.

temps above 45 and these tires provide zero grip in turns.also if its slushy like not real snow but slush they have a hard time for whatever reason. other downside is they cost $250 each just for the rubber. i have like 10 k on them though and they still look pretty much brand new. ive rotated them every 5k.

in winter these tires set the bar as far as im concerned. since i bought these in 06 , the 5 model has come out . i havent tried them but when these wear out i will try the top of the line nokians at that time.

here is a link for the tires http://www.nokiantires.com/en/tire_h...?season=winter

ohh did i say i liked the tires?
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:14 AM   #191
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Just wanted to add an update for the Goodyear Eagle F1 All-Season...

After 11k miles and one rotation, I have to say I'm still really pleased with these tires. The wear appears to be uniform, the tread doesn't seem to be wearing down too quickly (at this rate I expect 45-50k miles out of the tires). Performance is solid in wet and dry conditions.

On a side note, a 5/8" self-boring screw made its way into my tire, but never punctured the inner layers, so that might say something for the resillience of the tires?


20K mile update: So far, still happy... though I estimate closer to 40k life on these tires, not the 45-50k I originally estimated.

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Old 03-17-2008, 01:35 PM   #192
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1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
BFGoodrich G-Force Sport 215/45/17 (17x7 rim)

#2.) what is your geographic location
Olney, Maryland

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
These don't see track days, mainly spirited driving on backroads

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
Very little highway, mainly city.

#5.) your review and personal comments
These tires make a world of a difference on my car. My suspension set-up is as follows for those who want to know how well these tires work with a decent set-up:
-Tein SSP Coilovers
- Whiteline FSB
- Cusco RSB (adjustable)
- Perrin ALK
- Cobb F&R Endlinks
- Tein Front Strut Bar

Unfortunately I don't have any alignment info, I know I run very little negative camber, nearly stock in that respect.

I switched from Blizzaks (RM02 I think?), so this is quite the difference. They are low in noise and seem to stick like glue in decent weather. In the rain they feel confident, and I have never driven them in the snow. Over hops in the midst of a turn (bumps in the road), they remain confident and never cause me to doubt them. They are barely used as of today, so I cannot comment on their longevity (although the treadwear rating is above 300). In warmer temperatures they are amazing, most people comment on the very high grip they provide. The tread blocks are huge and continuous all the way around, so there is little squirm at all. I love these things!

Pricewise, they are a steal, I could not have gotten a much better tire for this kind of money. Overall I am very satisfied with the tires and their performance!
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Old 03-26-2008, 05:31 PM   #193
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has anyone ever ran 255-45-18 . I just want to know if there going to be too wide.
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Old 04-26-2008, 04:40 PM   #194
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Bridgestone Potenza RE92A (stock)

#2.) what is your geographic location
Colorado Springs, CO

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
none

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
1/3 highway, 1/3 suburban driving, 1/3 city driving.

#5.) your review and personal comments
Bridgestone and Subaru should be ashamed of the M+S rating on the Potenza RE92A tires. On warm, dry pavement they were pretty responsive and fairly quiet, but… On early winter season (i.e. 30 degrees F), very light snow, they were just ok. When things got cold, 15 degrees or less, things got much worse. Ice handling and braking was dangerous. At 10 mph making a right turn up hill on Icy+dirt road (about zero degrees F), they lost all traction and it cost me a new bumper (cheap Subaru WRX Premium plastic). A week later, on a city steet, at 5 mph, at 5 degrees F, they lost all traction again. This time I knew better and didn’t hit anything but slid for 50 feet. Furthermore, some moderate snow on hills was a major (nearly impossible) challenge. They were so dangerous, that I got rid of them with only 1,500 miles. I now have a new set of Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season tires. These new ones show great promise, even through 4 inches of total slush and 2 to 3 inches of standing water. My Subi WRX is now doing what I expected.
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:47 PM   #195
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Falken FK452 225 45


#2.) what is your geographic location
south east near US129 (aka the gap)

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
none

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
70% city / 30% highway

#5.) your review and personal comments
Good tires for the money hold strong in the truns. All so not much road noise. Never had a problem with the tire in the rain. It is my third set very happy. Thay look great too.


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Old 06-02-2008, 05:50 PM   #196
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Firehawk gt 205/55/16

#2.) what is your geographic location
TX-->PA

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
None besides regular

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
70%Hwy, 30% City. Drive car 2-3 times a week for 2-5 miles each

Then long trips >1000 miles

#5.) your review and personal comments
I have had terrible, terrible luck with the treadwear on these tires. Worn out at 16,000 miles. I will update on how firestone deals with it later.

I do admit I drive aggressively, but I never make the tires squeal. They did stick well and performed fine, but definitely they were worse than previous tires. Unfortunately the previous tires had no warranty, but lasted as long or longer. Thus for me the Firehawk GT proved to be as expensive, lower performing, and shorter lasting than previous yokohomas and Good years.
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Old 06-12-2008, 11:59 AM   #197
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
goodyear eagle edge response.. 235/45/17
my wheels are 17x8 +48

#2.) what is your geographic location
los angeles

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
these tires will be solely used for daily driving/commuting

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
80/20 ratio of hwy vs streets

#5.) your review and personal comments
after only a couple hundred miles, there's some wobbling going on at hwy speeds<55+>even after i got my alignment.. but since my tires were so new, my alignment guy said that if i do a quick canyon run, that'd probably help get rid of the wobbliness.. he said something about a heat cycle to get the tires worn in a bit

plus i'm rubbing a little.. prior to my alignment, it was on the outside of the rears for sure at least.. so i had my rear fenders cut, and i may have to get them cut a bit more.. after my alignment, there was only one instance on the freeway driving back home from my alignment where it rubbed.. i couldn't really pinpoint it, but it seemed to be the inside rears.. i'm guessing, it went by too quickly for me to catch it and wasn't really paying attention.. i plan on getting the rear fenders cut more anyway, so i guess i'll try to catch where it rubs there.. my alignment now stands at 0toe, -.8front -1rear
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Old 07-23-2008, 11:50 PM   #198
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Pirelli P Zero Nero M&S.

#2.) what is your geographic location
Front Range, Colorado.

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

No events to date, only some spirited canyon carving.

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

30/70

#5.) your review and personal comments

These tires have been exceptional so far; roughly 15k miles. I went with this tire because I have dedicated snows but didn't want a purely summer tire for the rest of the year, just in case I am caught in heavy rain and cold up in the mountains where I spend a lot of time whenever possible.

Overall these tires have a good amount of grip, certainly worlds better than the original RE92s. They are less squirmy than the RE92 as well, offer way better wet and dry traction, and have more or less the same ride quality and NVH. I have been in a couple of emergency situations with these tires in which they performed flawlessly, allowing me to make some major steering changes while simultaneously locking up all four tires (ABS never saw what hit it! lol) without upsetting the balance or control of the vehicle. They perform flawlessly during spirited drives, where my 20mm roll bars on both ends require a lot of work from the tires to keep things together on hard corners. Steering feel and response is great.

At this time they are wearing a bit funny, which I'm not sure why. I have the alignment dialed in for zero toe and equal camber/caster all around but there is still some odd wear, perhaps it is just my spirited driving style. The only result is some humming on certain road surfaces and speeds. They also may be flat spotted from that recent lockup I mentioned. I also find that occasionally if the car sits for a couple of days, on a cold morning they feel extremely out of round until they warm up.

Will I buy them again? Perhaps, I hope to try out some other rubber next time for the sake of personal experience, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

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Old 07-24-2008, 01:14 PM   #199
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Nitto NT-01, 225/45R17

#2.) what is your geographic location

Portland, OR

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

HPDE

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

Very little highway use -- just 20 miles to/from track every 6-8 weeks.

#5.) your review and personal comments

This is my first R-Comp tire and it's been an excellent choice for me. It has tonnes of grip, but doesn't let go too progressively allowing me the confidence to push without fear that I'll loop it. The wear has been better than I expected (I'm projecting that they'll last about 8-10 track days for me). Certainly not the tire to use for daily driving, but seems pretty good for R-Comp tire.

In terms of performance, I picked up a full 4 seconds at PIR by running this tire. I expect that 3 seconds are due to the grip level of the tire and another 1 second is due to the confidence I gain with the tire; allowing me to push a bit harder in the left-to-right transitions.
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Old 08-12-2008, 11:17 PM   #200
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1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

BF Goodrich G-force T/A KDW2 225/40/18

#2.) what is your geographic location

Long Island, NY
#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

None on these

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

50-50

#5.) your review and personal comments

I was happy with the overall performance of these. They cand even be used in snow, if you drive carefull.
As they wore, they became noisier. There was always some noise from them, but with so many other drivetrain noises common to a WRX, this is not really a complaint.
The grip in nice weather was really impressive, under my opinion. With this aspect ratio, with my driving, I didn't expect to have any issues with tire wall flex and there were none.
A downside is that for my rims, 8" Rotas, the 225 were providing little protection, in this design for the rim, so I ended up with some curb marks.
A bumper would have been nice, considering that these tires are heavy anyway.
Which brings me to the weight issue: These are listed at 27 Lb, in this size on the Tire Rack page. Today, as they were replaced with Vredestein Ultrac, I have weighed them. They weighed between 20 and 21 Lb, 70% worn.
The reason for which I have replaced them at this stage is dry-rot.
The dry rot occured in the tread area and at the top of the sidewall. I'm not sure if silicone dressing protects against it, but the tires have had their fair share of that.
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