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Old 06-08-2004, 12:03 PM   #1
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Default Good daily driver tires for an STI.

My stock tires are going to soon come to an end I think, so I'm starting to look at replacements.

I did some poking around the forums and it seems some people like the Kumho Ecsta MX's alot, which are $127 each on tire rack.

I've had Kumho's before on my old car (Galant GTZ) and they seemed pretty good. They had really nice wet traction at least. Of course I know my current car is much different overall.

Another one I saw was the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW-2 . I probably wouldn't want to spend more than this on a tire. It's $147 each on tire rack.

I'm trying to find a set with descent traction(wet and dry) and one that will last longer than the stock Potenza's. I know I won't get as much performance as the stock tires unless I spend that much but I'm willing to sacrifice some of that.

Just wondering what tires STI owners prefer. Keep in mind I'm in florida so I don't really have to worry about things like snow, just rain and hot summers.

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[edit] if this is the wrong spot for this thread let me know. I posted it here because I mainly wanted opinions of people who live in this area/climate.
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Old 06-08-2004, 12:08 PM   #2
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You bought an STi but yet don't want to spend more than $147 on the part that keeps it planted on the road?

OK, the Kumho MX is a great tire for the price, it as well as the BFG would be a good choice. Another tire to consider is the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3, if it's availible in the STi size, it's an awesome tire.
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Old 06-08-2004, 12:16 PM   #3
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falken azenis, MX's, or buy the bridgestones that come with the car
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Old 06-08-2004, 12:23 PM   #4
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You bought an STi but yet don't want to spend more than $147 on the part that keeps it planted on the road?

I got the STI cause it's a great car for the price and I've never had the opportunity to own a "sports" car.

Thing is I have other expenses BESIDES the car and I don't really want to shell out 800 bucks on a tires that only last 10,000 miles. With the amount I drive I'd be replacing them like every 6-8 months.

So I'm looking for a more conservative tire is all. Granted if there's an expensive tire that will last like 30k miles with moderatley "fun" driving then I'd gladly go for that.

But from my limited understanding of tires , it seems the more towards racing a tire is , the quicker it wears, am I wrong?
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Old 06-08-2004, 12:35 PM   #5
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So I'm looking for a more conservative tire is all. Granted if there's an expensive tire that will last like 30k miles with moderatley "fun" driving then I'd gladly go for that.

But from my limited understanding of tires , it seems the more towards racing a tire is , the quicker it wears, am I wrong?
Your right, the more "racing" based a tire is generally means the quicker it will wear.

If your looking for a serious tire with good wear characteristics definitly check out the Goodyear, I've had mine for over a year and they still have 75-80% tread left...mine are 215/45ZR17 and were around $125 each
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Old 06-08-2004, 12:36 PM   #6
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Falken Azenis ST-115's or Falken Ziex 512's or the Continental ContiExtremes. Those would be my recommendations since they're all good in the rain and they all have pretty high treadwear ratings.

(I've run the 1st two. the ST-115's didn't last as long as I would have liked, but I think the two auto-x's I ran on them were harder than normal)
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Old 06-08-2004, 12:42 PM   #7
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Gotta also give props to the Goodyear F1 GS-D3s. They are available in 225/45R17, we've got a set sitting on the rack right here. They're schweet.

If you're looking for a hi-po all season, look to the Toyo Proxes4 (not the FZ4!) or the Pirelli Pzero Nero M&S. I have the Pirellis and they're very decent. I'd do the Toyos if I had it to do over again, based on price/performance.

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Old 06-08-2004, 12:54 PM   #8
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I've had mine for over a year and they still have 75-80% tread left...
How much of that year did your car spend in the garage? Be honest now.
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Old 06-08-2004, 01:11 PM   #9
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How much of that year did your car spend in the garage? Be honest now.
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Old 06-08-2004, 01:14 PM   #10
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How much of that year did your car spend in the garage? Be honest now.
OK, here's a better decription, for over 12,000 miles
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Old 06-08-2004, 01:16 PM   #11
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I'm running Azenis for autoX and daily driving for now. Next Monday they'll come off and I'll go back to Continental Extremes to get me through the frequent summer T-storms. The Conti's are an excellent wet/winter tire and also happen to do well in the dry/heat.
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Old 06-08-2004, 01:19 PM   #12
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Haha, yea I won't be garaging my car at all down here.

Thanks for the input guys. I think I might b e leaning towards the Eagle's, I've had some people here recommend them as well.
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