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Old 08-31-2008, 11:24 PM   #201
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

TOYO Proxes 4 M+S 215/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location

Vancouver, BC, Canada

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

considering Rally-X, and Auto-X

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

60% City, 40% Highway

#5.) your review and personal comments

the tires were mounted on lightweight OZ rims and was a size bigger than my stockers 16". The difference was enormous. less tire squeal, sharper turn-in, more grip, and less intrusive road noise. wanted to go 225s but because of rubing issues with 225s on wagons, i went with 215s. turning now is much more involving and better following apexes. the car simply would not lose grip in rain either. no chance to test in snow yet.

mind you, i already had a 20mm rear sway with kartboy rear and front endlinks, so i could be describing the total setup, not just the tire itself.
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:03 AM   #202
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Falken ze912's 225/45/17


#2.) what is your geographic location
so-cal


#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
traffic with occational road trips

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

#5.) your review and personal comments
Just got these put on last week, and my initial impressions are favorable. People made it seem like A/S tires on my car would be the end of the world. Not true, maybe a bit less dry grip than the stock bridgestones, but the reduction in road noise alone is worth it to me. Plus I make a few trips to mammoth every year and I need something that will handle snow.

I was looking for more of a touring tire since I dont push the car that hard anymore. This tire is more civilized than the stockers for sure (softer side wall, less noise) no experience in rain or snow yet. My only negative observation is that for some reason they look skinnier than the stockers with no rim protection. But for 400 mounted and balanced the price was right.
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:18 PM   #203
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:10 AM   #204
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I have a 2005 Impreza RS Wagon and was wondering if upgrading to a 225/50R16 from the stock 205/55R16 would cause any concerns? I think the diameter is within .02 inch. Also, would I see any benefit? I live in the south, so I'm not worried about winter driving, just looking to increase handling and performance without too much modification. Are there any cons to upsizing on my Sub?
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:12 PM   #205
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I have a 2005 Impreza RS Wagon and was wondering if upgrading to a 225/50R16 from the stock 205/55R16 would cause any concerns? I think the diameter is within .02 inch. Also, would I see any benefit? I live in the south, so I'm not worried about winter driving, just looking to increase handling and performance without too much modification. Are there any cons to upsizing on my Sub?
not the right thread for this question, but no, you'll be fine. Slight speedo error and closer to rubbing, but not there yet. Definite increase in grip.
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Old 11-19-2008, 03:16 PM   #206
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Well, at 23k miles on my Goodyear Eagle F1 A/S, I think I may be going from to

I took the car in for rumbling/vibration at 15-20mph, and was told that the tires were badly cupped from bad alignment and because of my cars "sports car suspension" (bone stock '04 wrx). Funny thing is, they hadn't even checked my alignment.


EDIT: They tell me the toe was off by .21 degrees. I'd be curious how this happened after 23k miles of easy driving and no worn parts (so they say). Hence, the tires are very badly cupped. We'll see how things go for a while after the alignment. I wonder if taking the tires off the wheels and swapping them to the other side would help anything.

EDIT #2: Took them off the rims and had them swapped to the other side of the car, and the noise and vibration is pretty much gone. It's almost like having new tires.

EDIT #3: The honeymoon is over. The problem only went away for a little while. These things are ridiculously loud. I hate driving the car anywhere between 5 and 20mph because of the noise and vibration. There's still 5-10k mi of tread left on them, but I may ditch them sooner than later.

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Old 12-06-2008, 02:56 AM   #207
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Kumho MX 225/40/18 (used on 18x8 rota tarmac 3. they run a tad wide so running a 225 vs a 235 gives better turn in and is not a stretched fit at all)

#2.) what is your geographic location
Northern Michigan

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
autox, and daily on some of the best twisties i've ever seen

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
30% city, 10% highway, 60% rural roads.

#5.) your review and personal comments

THE GOOD:
DRY-
These tire have amazing dry grip and in my opinion for the price they cant be beat. I have not tracked them but they are a very competitive street autox tire. since they run wide for an 8in wheel 225 is the perfect fit, i run mine at 38psi. Again these have very very good grip in the dry and the breakaway is very linear with the tires making a very minimal squeal only after breaking their limit. In my opinion you will not find a better dry tire for the price and would need to spend 200 or more per tire to find something even marginally better.
WET-
These are the best tires I have ever driven in the wet. I had just passed break in period on these when I got caught in the most torrential downpour I had ever experienced. I could hardly see with the wipers on full blast. The rain was litterally bouncing off the ground as high as the hood of my car! I thought i was in a hurricane lol. The splash from the water evacuation of the tires was above the door/window line of the car without hitting puddles driving about 40mph. I never once hydroplaned. In fact I felt so secure that i pushed the car pretty hard in the turns and it was very very stable. on just wet pavement (no standing water) they are difficult to break lose, better traction then some high performance all seasons on dry.

THE BAD:
SNOW- Do not touch snow ever on these for any reason at any time. You Will Die. seriously, if they touch the smallest amount of snow at 5mph you will have no control of the vehicle. I got caught in the first snowstorm on the way in to buy winter tires and I waited in line at the tire store for a couple hours because i knew i would not make it home without them.

These are also horribly loud. when i first got them they werent bad, not a luxury tire but not horrible for a performance tire. but the huge tread blocks that give them the awesome dry performance and large water chanels also make for poor wear characteristics. grip wise they have not changed with wear and the overal tread depth does not wear badly, but the edges of the tread blocks wear unevenly, especially on awd subarus and they are starting to sound like a monster truck tire lol. If you are looking for reasonably priced ultimate dry grip these are awesome. if you want a quiet tire perhaps the RE0-1R or the Pilot Sport is a better option. you will however pay 50-75 more per tire for those.

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Old 12-06-2008, 03:21 AM   #208
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General Tire's Altimax Arctic Winter tires 225/55/16 on stock wrx wheels

#2.) what is your geographic location

Northern Michigan

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
on these, mega 4wheel drifts in the blizzards!

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
in the winter 75% rural/highway 25% city

#5.) your review and personal comments
these tires are awesome. absolutely nothing bad to say about them. we just put a set off cooper winter tires on my wife's new neon and that thing is still scary in the snow although much much better than the all seasons that were on it (a bit of an apples to oranges comparison to the subaru i know, but the overal characteristics of the tires themselves are clearly inferior). but the Altimax Arctics on the rex are superb! they have made the winter commute fun as opposed to tedious and sometimes scary. acceleration/turning/and most importantly stopping are all very predictable and controled in even the worst conditions. on lightly packed fresh snow it may as well be dry pavement. even with the open dccd of my 6speed swap the rotation of the car on snow and ice is very very controlable. i can put the car in a drift and pull it out whenever i chose and constistantly find myself pulling up on other cars, even 4wd trucks and suvs while driving at what i feel are reasonably slow speeds. I highly reccomend these and they were in fact one of the cheaper winter tires i found. the dealer even reccomended them over some of the more expensive brands. i have heard the blizzacks are also a very good tire and i know some people who have them and totally agree. to anyone who buys the blizzaks im sure they are great and may be a little better (i dont know i havent driven them) but you will not be dissapointed and will save probably 200-250 on a set of 4 with the Altimax Arctics. I got mine for 500 w/warrantee mounted and balance at my local discount tire.

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Old 12-16-2008, 12:39 AM   #209
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Kuhmo ecsta spt 225/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location
So Cal

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

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

#5.) your review and personal comments
... Not bad! did about 12 laps on a 1.8 mile track. tires held up well.
tread is still there and tires still have about 4 more rotations to go through. tires did almost give up on me a couple of times, probably because tires were getting too hot? dunno the track day was cold soo... im guessing it wasnt hot enough. but i would recommend for someone who doesnt want to fork out a bunch of cash on tires. work well in the rain. havnt pushed it yet. but track tires not bad. not bad at all
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:20 PM   #210
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1. Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec 225/45-17

2. Southern Connecticut

3. TSD's

4. 70% City, 30% Highway.

5. I was surprised I didn't see another review of this tire in this thread, and although I'm not the best person to judge this tire (no real track experience) I'll give it a shot.

Car in question is my 05 STi, no handling mods.

I picked up a set of these in early summer 2008, I took a chance on them for two reasons, they were getting rave reviews, and more importantly they were cheaper than dirt ($126 per) so I figured what the heck, why not?

Wow. Did that bet pay off.

For street use, even with my style of shall we say "spirited" driving these things are absolute overkill. On warm dry clean pavement getting them to break free is an exercise of bravery to say the least. We all know how Subarus just loooooove to understeer like a pig, but to get my STi to show even a hint of understeer you basically had to panic-stop while cutting the wheel as hard as you could, and sometimes even then they would just grip grip grip until I was practically sitting in the passenger seat.

But having said that, what really impressed me about these tires is their performance in the wet. Mind blowing is a good phrase to use. They never once hydroplaned even in very heavy rain at 80+mph. On backroads I often found myself driving no different than I would if it were a sunny day out, even if it was raining so hard it was difficult to see the road.

Now on to driving feel. Now unfortunately since these were the first set of performance summer tires I've put on my car I don't have much to compare them to, but I can draw some conclusions from other Subarus I've driven and from my winter tires (Blizzak LM-25's).

When being driven hard they feel a little strange, I wouldn't call them numb or uncommunicative in the least, but you don't get the sharp turn in feeling that I get with my Blizzaks, and it's difficult to gauge the level of grip you have to work with. The best way I can describe it is as if the car is enveloped in a huge ball of soft but firm mechanical grip. You take a corner at speed, expecting to feel them start to break away, but the amount of grip available seems to overpower any sense you have of the limits of the car. Instead of feeling the tires bite in, then fade as the lateral force builds you find that not only have you already gone through the corner, but you could have done it 10mph faster. They allow you to simply muscle your way through any situation you might find yourself in. Take a corner way to hot? Just brake hard and turn in, and in... and in. To be honest I think that the reason they feel a little odd/overkill is more the fault of my car than the tires. I think these would go great on a stiffer, more communicative car that could really make use of that ability to put down massive amounts of grip while giving the driver much better feedback on what the tires are doing.

Although probably not important to most people looking at this tire, I would like to mention that they seem to have zero problem tackling dirt or gravel roads. But be warned: They are terrible in the snow (ask me how I know )

The downsides:

-These tires are loud to say the least. On the highway they make so much noise I've had more than one person ask me if I had a bad wheel bearing.

-Wear: I put about 15k miles on them over the summer/fall, and while the rears look brand spanking new, the fronts managed to get down to the sidewall wear markers (which are a very cool feature by the way). Most of this is my fault, I never rotated them, and I beat the crap out of them. And more importantly, even if both the front and rears were completely shot, I'd still feel like I got my moines worth out of them.

-They pick everything thats on the road up, and throw it back up into the wheel-wells, the sound they make when they're hot and you run over a patch of sand is enough to make you cringe for your paintjob. About a week after I bought them I got a set of mudflaps, money well spent if you ask me.



Well sorry for the novel of a post, hope it helps.
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Old 02-21-2009, 05:20 PM   #211
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review
Bridgestone RE760 Sport 215 45 17


#2.) what is your geographic location
Central Texas


#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. )
None

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
60/40

#5.) your review and personal comments
Comparing it to the RE92...the wet traction is close to the dry traction of the RE92's. The dry traction is much improved. You have to try to get the back end to step out unlike the RE92's which would step out any time you were going through a turn semi-quickly. Braking is also much better. With the current wear rate I'm expecting something a little over 30,000 miles
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Old 02-23-2009, 02:18 AM   #212
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

TOYO Proxes 4 M+S 215/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location

Vancouver, BC, Canada

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

considering Rally-X, and Auto-X

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

60% City, 40% Highway

#5.) your review and personal comments

the tires were mounted on lightweight OZ rims and was a size bigger than my stockers 16". The difference was enormous. less tire squeal, sharper turn-in, more grip, and less intrusive road noise. wanted to go 225s but because of rubbing issues with 225s on wagons, i went with 215s. turning now is much more involving and better following apexes. the car simply would not lose grip in rain either. no chance to test in snow yet.

mind you, i already had a 20mm rear sway with kartboy rear and front endlinks, so i could be describing the total setup, not just the tire itself.
so now since i put about 5000+kms on the tires, i'll just comment further on these tires.

i recently went back to my RE92s and theres a huge difference between the stockers and the Toyo Proxes 4s. the proxes are a much quieter tire on the highways and doesn't squeal as much in 'spirited turns'

in snow, the toyo proxes 4 all seasons are about the same as the re92s, braking and going are better though, turning is great, and i had no problems in the snow even with the biggest snow storm in vancouver in 50 years.

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Old 02-24-2009, 09:19 PM   #213
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#1 Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Positions 205/65R15

#2 Wareham MA, USA

#3 None at the moment.

#4 70/30

#5 Very good tire that almost feel like your in dry conditions when it's pouring out. Some noise ( I don't care I enjoy any road noise!) Much better than the bald no names that were on the car when I purchased it 2 years ago and much better in the snow. I have recently put on 10,000+ miles on the tires and they still grip like new. Since I do a lot of highway my enjoyment comes through on/off ramps and they have not yet begun to get the usual left side markings associated with such spirited driving.
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Old 03-21-2009, 05:02 PM   #214
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so now since i put about 5000+kms on the tires, i'll just comment further on these tires.

i recently went back to my RE92s and theres a huge difference between the stockers and the Toyo Proxes 4s. the proxes are a much quieter tire on the highways and doesn't squeal as much in 'spirited turns'

in snow, the toyo proxes 4 all seasons are about the same as the re92s, braking and going are better though, turning is great, and i had no problems in the snow even with the biggest snow storm in vancouver in 50 years.
another review, it turns out that there was valve stem leak on the two passenger side tires. so that would explain my crappy mileage.

i used to be able to run 540~kms (335miles for your american folks) on the stock RE92s on my NA scooby for an entire tank before the light came on. the best i have ever done on my toyo's was 500km (310 miles). i think after the leak has been fixed i can do much better than the proxes.
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:37 AM   #215
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After reading about 80% of the posts in this thread, it is apparent that the reviews and surveying done by the various posts suffer from the same problem as Tirerack's survey system. Mostly all of the reviews in this thread lend to positive opinions. Very few have negative comments. It's just human nature, I think...after buying something your mind has been set on long before signing the receipt.

After reading this thread...EVERY tire is GREAT!

Tirerack's survey system is quick and easy however, as numbers indicate what excels in a given category. I'll just stick with Tirerack's real-world tests. That makes for accurate comparisons.
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:59 AM   #216
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After reading about 80% of the posts in this thread, it is apparent that the reviews and surveying done by the various posts suffer from the same problem as Tirerack's survey system. Mostly all of the reviews in this thread lend to positive opinions. Very few have negative comments. It's just human nature, I think...after buying something your mind has been set on long before signing the receipt.

After reading this thread...EVERY tire is GREAT!

Tirerack's survey system is quick and easy however, as numbers indicate what excels in a given category. I'll just stick with Tirerack's real-world tests. That makes for accurate comparisons.
au contraire...all my reviews are full of negatives, but balanced. Here's one for my new Kumho's on my DD:

#1.) what tire are you offering for review
Kumho ASX in 225/50/16

#2.) what is your geographic location
Maryland

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. )
street only

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

#5.) your review and personal comments

Bought these as economical replacements to the Pilot A/S's I had on the car. Roughly 1/2 the price of the Michelins. I now have around 5-7k miles on them. For being in the same class, I don't find these tires very similar in performance or feel. The michelin's had very stiff sidewalls, amazing snow traction, reasonably good wet traction, and poor dry road traction. The Kumho's have soft sidewalls, unknown snow traction, poor wet traction, and fairly good dry traction. When I say good or bad, I mean for a tire in this class. One could say that the Kumho's ride much more like a normal passenger car tire. They are pretty quiet and reasonably grippy, but the tread squirms when pushed and the sidewalls flex too much for an "ultra performance all season". But my big disappointment was in their wet grip. Not just resistance to hydroplaning, which hasn't been that good for a new tire, but plain old grip. Just felt slippery. Still, they gripped better than the michelin's in the dry.

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Old 04-21-2009, 05:28 PM   #217
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size).
Kumho Ecsta XS 225/45/R17.

#2.) what is your geographic location.
Northern California, USA.

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX).
Daily driving and weekend two-lane craziness.

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving.
20% City, 30% Freeway, 50% Highway.

#5.) your review and personal comments.
Drove three sets of MXs previously and upgraded to the XS. Only $20 more at Tire Rack for the set of four at 225/45R17. I'm always reserved driving EP summer tires in the rain. Ecsta MX or XS are perfectly fine for safe everyday rain driving but dry grip is the priority with this performance category.

I run light rims. The XS is slightly heavier than MX but it's still a light tire. I didn't notice any performance difference with the additional weight, including MPG. At 225/45/R17 the XS is 23.5 lbs. and MX is 21.6. It's only a 9% difference.

Overall, the Kumho Ecsta XS is big improvement over MX. Here are the MX/XS differences I've noticed with 3,500 miles on the tires.
-XS has a lot more dry grip and warms faster.
-XS is stiffer in cornering.
-XS is much less affected by tramlining. It seems to ignore Bott's reflectors and expansion joints.
-XS seems to resist hydroplaning better than MX.
-MX had slightly better wet grip than XS, overall.
-XS is just as noisy as MX but the sound is not as harsh and doesn't oscillate between corners. My optimal tire pressure for XS is about the same as MX at 39F/35R PSI. A little higher in dead of winter. That's 40-50 degrees around here.
-Tire wear at 3,500 miles is hard to figure. Zero front toe on my WRX. Tire wear with the XS seems about the same as with the MX so far. The softer compound of XS shows more superficial scratches and tiny road gouges on the tread. That's to be expected. Keep in mind that these tires act like softer compound at higher running temperatures.
-Steering with the XS is more responsive. More stability in turning with XS and less prone to straight-line wandering.

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Old 04-27-2009, 12:53 PM   #218
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
- Toyo proxes R1R 215-45-17 Car set at 40 lbs all 4, -1.8 front camber, -1.1 rear camber, 0.00 toe all around. (relevant information)
Just changed camber to -2.5 front, -1.5 rear, 0.00 toe (4 corner total toe=0.02) MUCH better hard corner grip. 5/12
#2.) what is your geographic location
- Portland Oregon


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


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
- 60/40


#5.) your review and personal comments
- Grip, lots of it, the tire is wider than the 225's I took off. I bought these tires on the recommendation of my tuner who uses R1R's and R888's on his vehicles, the sponsorship may give him free tires but it doesn't make him like them. The ride is actually smooth and quiet for an extreme performance tire. Turn in is crisp, responsive, predictable, and consistent. The sidewall is stiff, and the tire construction is purpose oriented. On the dry I have yet to find the absolute limit of these tires, (no track day yet). In the wet they have superb traction, however the car was pleasantly tail happy on torque in turn, the suspension settings lent to this more than the tire itself. These tires cannot deal with near freezing temperatures, not even in storage, they will crack and be ruined. I will update this as I get more miles, and other driving conditions, events, etc. UPDATE: I did a morning auto-x in the wet on 5-3. The tire handled the rough pavement in the wet very well, I did nothing with the pressure for this event. The breaking point was smooth and the tire communicated the changes very well. I was pleasantly surprised by it's grip and predictability in the wet. In the afternoon I did a time only session in the dry on the same course. It would have helped to lower the pressure but I didn't. The tire did all that it could to hang on, and when it could no longer find traction the breakaway was smooth and even. Throttle off brought the tire right back into play with a crisp response. I pushed the car way too hard for a 215 to deal with at stock weight. I am impressed enough with the tire itself given the conditions it handled better than most of the tires I have used. I noticed that not one person had reviewed these tires and I see that a lot of the tires reviewed, suggested, and recommended on NASIOC are more budget oriented. There is nothing wrong with a decent tire that doesn't cost very much, and there is nothing wrong with a good tire that costs more and doesn't last for long either. If money were not an issue the picture would look different I am sure.
I have been doing more events, and pushing the car harder. These tires like more pressure than you would think, I ran 45 lbs front, 42 lbs rear (cold) and they were right close to perfect. I may actually bump up 2 lbs and work back down from there. 70 degree day, overcast but no wet to speak of. These tires also do not require as much negative camber as some other tires I've used, they get the same turn-in response and steady tread in-corner with less camber. Toyo states this in their advertising, but I took it with a grain of salt...... it's true.

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Old 05-05-2009, 07:06 PM   #219
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Nitto NeoGen 215/45/17


#2.) what is your geographic location
Mesa, AZ
2 years / 25k miles - this includes 6 months of +110F summer, 6 months of 32F winter nights. One week of 10F Grand Canyon Trip, and occasion very light offroading (flat gravel roads).

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
AutoX for less than 50 1-min runs in the last 6 months of the tire lives.

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
75% vs 25%

#5.) your review and personal comments
I replaced the OEM Bridgestone tires with these NeoGen when the 07 wrx wagon had 5k miles. So basically I started learning how to "drive" with these tires and with a stock ECU for a year, stage 1 for 1/2 year and stage 2 for another 1/2 year. I replaced these tires when they had 3/32" thread left. (Band new has 9.8/32" thread depth)

Overall I loved these tires - good, predictable grip even when the road is wet. However, maybe I had started to drive more and more aggressively, I found the amount of grip was not as good when there's about 5/32" thread left, especially on wet roads! There was a couple times I understeered real bad cornering in the rain with these tires.

Haven't tried them on snow, so no comment on that.

I used 40 psi front, 38 psi rear for AutoX and OEM pressures for street. Even wear pattern with a little sign of over stressed on the outer edges (because of hard cornering )

By the way, the amount of grip definitely improved a great deal with these tires after I had changed the front camber from stock (0 deg) to -1.1 deg (max'd out without use of camber bolts). I had it done 2 months before replacing these tires... and should have done it since day one I had the car.

Well, I just got these old Nittos replaced with Falken Azenis RT-615 (dedicated for AutoX ) today. I also have another set of all weather BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S's just to try them out for street. So... more reviews to come in the future
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:48 AM   #220
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
yokohama advan neova ad07 224/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location
Indianapolis, IN

#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
Replaced the OEM (Re92) with these 225/45/17 on the V7 sti rims. They handle great (grip, response) however they are very loud. Initially they were quite but now they have gotten very loud (15,000).
Tramlineing is quite a problem with these in that they follow any irregularity in the road.
Wear is poor, They really wear poorly on the inside (-0.8* camber have had the car aligned twice with as close as 0 toe as possible at a very reputable shop around here northwest frame and alignment). I try to push them harder but on the streets and the type of driving I do the only chance i get to exercise them is on the on ramps.

In conclusion: Probably too much tire for me.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:43 PM   #221
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S

#2.) what is your geographic location
Los Angeles, CA

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

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
60-50

#5.) your review and personal comments
Love these! I don't see much snow here in LA, although they're great otherwise on dry or wet conditions.

Except one of the downsides is probably the short thread life.
Might try out Bridgestone SO-3 next time around.
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:20 PM   #222
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Falken Azenis RT-615, 235/40-18

#2.) what is your geographic location
Colorado with a trip to Florida and back on these tires.

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
1 auto-x event, 41 quartermile passes, 3 road course track days on these tires

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
75% city normally vs. highway, but when i do highway it seems to be in chunks of over 4400 miles.

#5.) your review and personal comments
This was the first performance tire i bought after my stockers bit the dust. i originally bought them after comparing them to the offerings from Bridgestone and Goodyear through reviews on this site and others. what swayed me though was the price. these tires were much cheaper than it competitors while nearly matching scores in dry weather and wet weather grip.
So i decided to get them and i was very impressed with them. i was also just off my winter tires, so anything would have been better. i had great response from this tire and it was very predictable. i found it very easy to approach the limit of grip in the dry and the wet. they hooked very well at the strip at my stage 2 power level. out on the open highway they weren't that loud even when they wore down.
For those of you who are familiar with the Tail of the Dragon (Deal's Gap/Rt. 129) i drove that road after a big storm when it was wet and covered with leaves and sticks. what i got in return was nothing but grip. i was driving it quite hard (again, very easy to find the limit) but i had total confidence in the tires. i drove them extensively in heavy rain showers on the highway. We had all slowed down to about 50 in the rain, i never felt like i was hydroplaning, but i don't think it has the ability to pump as much water away from the road as something like the GS-D3 with it's big water channels.

Overall the tire lived up to my expectations very well in the dry and surprised me in the wet. i got around 12k miles on my set, which is what i expected with the usage they got. They are good value, and i could see myself ordering another set.

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Old 06-29-2009, 09:09 PM   #223
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Continental ContiExtremeContact DWS 225/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location
Central Virginia

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

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
65% highway, 35% city.

#5.) your review and personal comments
Amazing in the rain. Feel planted and secure. Obviously have more grip than the stock RE92s. Worlds better on gravel vs. the stock RE92s. Steering response is a little slower than the Fuzion ZRi, but I'm running them at a lower PSI than I usually run tires AND the Fuzions rode like they were filled with concrete. These tires ride amazingly well.

My only word of advice is that the sidewalls are a little on the squishy side when the tires are around 33 psi. Air them up to 40 and it'd probably help a little. I'm enjoying the smooth ride for a little while.
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:46 PM   #224
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#1.) Dunlop Direzza DZ1 Star Spec 245/45/17 on 17x9" rims. Pretty stock 05 STi. Big rear bar, redone alignment, exhaust, performance friction pads.

#2.) Texas, have only used in summer so far

#3.) Trackday. 8 sessions so far. 2 at Motorsports ranch, 6 at barber motorsports park in alabama. Both days have been BRUTALLY hot. Barber had 130+degree track temps.

#4.) 10% highway, 90% track.

#5.) For what its worth, this so far Ive had Hoosier R6's, Proxes R888s, toyo T1-Rs, and my street tires (squishy sidewall general exclaim UHPs) on track in my car, plus a few other tires on my dads 996 GT2. I have NEVER used a tire that was as consistant or impressive as these. The consistency was mind blowing. Just when I thought they were getting greasy, they just kept on sticking, despite the unbearably hot conditons of the track. The feel changed a tiny bit as the session went, but the grip was always there. No radical changes like in a greasy slick or the R888s.
Obviously they dont stick like a hoosier or quite as well as an R888 (although damned close), but I have never been so happy with a tire in my life. The price is right (132 on tirerack), the sidewall never waffled, rolled, or even felt like it waivered. Slip angle dependence was much more on par with a slick or R comp than a street tire. They stick 95% of an R-comp without the cost, and many times the life. The cold-temp grip is also equally impressive. No warmup laps needed really, outside of getting the pressures up. They didnt seem terribly finnicky about pressure either.
I hear theyre great in the rain too, but I have no experience with it. Wouldnt surprise me based on the amount of cold temp grip.
have about 4 hours of highway use, and theyre not too terrible. No singing was the big plus. I could see these as daily use tires without issue.
The only downside to these as a performance tire really is that theyre heavy tires, likely due to the mega thick sidewall and having much more tread than im used to (11/32s on a 45 sidewall weighs much more than a near bald R888 with 40 sidewall which I took off).

basically: These are the best tires in the history of everything ever. You get your cake, eat it too, lose weight in the process, all after a naked supermodel popped out of said cake and asked you to ravish her. Seriously killer performance tires. Will buy again and again (if I ever manage to wear these out, not that it looks like itll happen for another year or more)
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:56 PM   #225
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#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Pirelli PZero Corsa 235/45 18 (came standard with the car)

#2.) what is your geographic location
mixed.. (malaysia, wut do u expect)

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

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

#5.) your review and personal comments
The best ever tire ive used..
Dry - grip like slicks..
wet - grip like ur driving on a dry surface..

In conclusion: the best tire for me but it costs a bomb!.. ard USD2k for 4 pieces
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