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Old 08-08-2006, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default potenza re050A PP question

are these tires directional?
i know they're asymetrical, but will they run both ways
i just ordered a set of 4 from luke, and i didn't see seperate order blanks on the site for left and right...
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Old 08-08-2006, 05:21 PM   #2
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they are not directional and can roll in either direction
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Old 08-08-2006, 05:50 PM   #3
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ha ha......troll....jk

btw could you tell me by chance why the potenza so-3 are close out. and is 245/40-18 in stock, in s.bend?
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Old 08-08-2006, 07:55 PM   #4
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S-03s are being replaced by the re050a pole position.
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Old 08-08-2006, 11:40 PM   #5
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Luke, is this the same for the RE050A (non PP)?
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:09 AM   #6
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there is no 050A non pp
the 050A is the PP
there is an 050 which is nowhere near the tire as the 050A PP it doesn't have any of bridgestone's flagship tech's

the 050A PP is currently bridgestone's flagship tire
it is the main banner on their website
and the top results in tire searches

it's also nearly half off on tire rack right now and apparently (from talking to my local bridgestone store) bridgestone's entire stock of the tire has been bought by luke, go luke.

my local bridgestone store couldn't believe the price i got from tire rack, saying that they couldn't even get them, and that if they could they couldn't even buy them for their own cost for anywhere close to what tirerack was SELLING them for.

they did have a set of them in the version marked 'for use on bmw Z4 ONLY' so i got a chance to see the tire in person
good lord is that a sticky rubber. MUCH stickier than the s0-3

i really think i'm going to enjoy this tire


luke, let me know when you have a giant sale on snow tires after oct 14
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:11 AM   #7
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Old 08-09-2006, 04:41 AM   #8
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so whats the differnece between the 050a and 050a pp?
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Old 08-09-2006, 09:37 AM   #9
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there is no 050A non pp
the 050A is the PP
there is an 050 which is nowhere near the tire as the 050A PP it doesn't have any of bridgestone's flagship tech's

the 050A PP is currently bridgestone's flagship tire
it is the main banner on their website
and the top results in tire searches

it's also nearly half off on tire rack right now and apparently (from talking to my local bridgestone store) bridgestone's entire stock of the tire has been bought by luke, go luke.

my local bridgestone store couldn't believe the price i got from tire rack, saying that they couldn't even get them, and that if they could they couldn't even buy them for their own cost for anywhere close to what tirerack was SELLING them for.

they did have a set of them in the version marked 'for use on bmw Z4 ONLY' so i got a chance to see the tire in person
good lord is that a sticky rubber. MUCH stickier than the s0-3

i really think i'm going to enjoy this tire


luke, let me know when you have a giant sale on snow tires after oct 14

There are 050's 050A's and 050A PP.

...The Z4 runs run-flat 050's (non A, non PP). The non-PP 050A, although not as stiff as the PP, stacks up quite well against other Max performance tire...(The new Yoks, PS2's, 615's, D3's, etc) Take a look at the C and D tire tire test results to see how they performed....

Personally, for the $79 per tire you can buy the 050A's for now...they are a much better bargain than the 050A PP's.

FYI: The F430 runs the 050A NON-PP...hardly a slouch of a tire...

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Old 08-09-2006, 09:39 AM   #10
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How do you like them...I've heard great things....pretty sure I'm picking up a set of 225 50's...

They perfromed well in the Car and Driver test, got booted down the order for price (they're on sale!!) and treadwear (which you can't compare across manufacturers anyway).

Couple guys at the last track day had them too...had great thing to say about them...

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Old 08-09-2006, 10:06 AM   #11
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the Bridgestone tire line up:


Extreme Performance Summer:
Potenza RE-01R = THE BIG DOG !!!

Max Performance Summer:
Potenza RE050 (Directional)
Potenza RE050A (Asymetric) = discontinued in several sizes
Potenza RE050A Pole Position (Asymetric) S-03 PP replacement
Potenza S-03 Pole Position (Directional) = discontinued entire line up
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Old 08-09-2006, 11:46 AM   #12
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How do you like them...I've heard great things....pretty sure I'm picking up a set of 225 50's...

They perfromed well in the Car and Driver test, got booted down the order for price (they're on sale!!) and treadwear (which you can't compare across manufacturers anyway).

Couple guys at the last track day had them too...had great thing to say about them...
I just got them mounted last week, so I am still in the breakin miles. I got 225/50/16 for stock sized wheels. Just the few corners that I have taken they feel pretty nice. Once they break in and I have had a chance to work out the tire pressure I'll let you know how they compare to the tires I've run in the past.

But at $79/ tire I think it's a darn good deal.
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:29 PM   #13
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I just got them mounted last week, so I am still in the breakin miles. I got 225/50/16 for stock sized wheels. Just the few corners that I have taken they feel pretty nice. Once they break in and I have had a chance to work out the tire pressure I'll let you know how they compare to the tires I've run in the past.

But at $79/ tire I think it's a darn good deal.
I'm running them on 16 x 7 RS wheels...hopefully that should be at least a little better on sidewall/turn-in issues.

My brother gets them for $70 per with his discount... ...too cheap to pass up. I've been on MX's, 215's, 712's, and a couple other summers....this will be my first "Blue Chip" tire. We'll see if they are really worth it (regular price) over the others...
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:44 PM   #14
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i should not have posted last night, the alcohol i had consumed prior to making that last post was severly affecting my judgement and accuracy of anything i posted...
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i should not have posted last night, the alcohol i had consumed prior to making that last post was severly affecting my judgement and accuracy of anything i posted...
Just let us know how you like the PP's. Hardly any WRX owners run Bridgestones...its good to get feedback...
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I know what you mean about turn in... that's why I have to play with tire pressure and hopefully it will help it out.
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Just let us know how you like the PP's. Hardly any WRX owners run Bridgestones...its good to get feedback...

lots of people do ... RE92.
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Old 08-09-2006, 01:04 PM   #18
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S-03's had such a nicer tread pattern (speaking on style alone) than the 050A's... sad to see them go.
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I used to use 225/40-18 SO-3's(love em) but I am going with a set of 255 RT-615's.....plumpness
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I just got them mounted last week, so I am still in the breakin miles. I got 225/50/16 for stock sized wheels. Just the few corners that I have taken they feel pretty nice. Once they break in and I have had a chance to work out the tire pressure I'll let you know how they compare to the tires I've run in the past.

But at $79/ tire I think it's a darn good deal.
Alright...I've put about a thousand on mine so far...

I've had them at low pressures...about 33 32...Big mistake...

They are comfortable, and offer a lot of grip...but 225's on 7" wheels aren't giving much for turn-in response or crispness. I'm thinking about try pressures up around 40 psi....

Let me know what you've found...
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Initially I ran 34F/32R. Now I am running 37F and 35R, they are much better. However I am on 6.5" not 7" so I suspect me turn in is even worse than yours.

I have yet to take it the higher limits due to waiting for brake pad from the Hawk GB. It's tough having new shoes and not being able to give it a good run.
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