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Old 06-22-2004, 10:24 PM   #1
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Default Kuhmo vs Pirelli vs Yokohama Vs Falken

Bought new rims and need some new tires...
Every tire place in town is special order so gotta hit Tirerack or something similar.
Does anyone in town run the mx's, zero,avs1000 or azenis?
I keep hearing about some issues with cold weather, being that there are only 2 seasons up here winter and construction.


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Old 06-22-2004, 10:40 PM   #2
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Go with Tirerack, their shipping prices are awesome!

I have the Kumho Ectsa MX's, and they are nice tires, but I would not consider running them in winter. You gotta have two sets of tires in Alaska if you drive spirited at all.

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Old 06-22-2004, 10:46 PM   #3
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I've got the Azenis's. They hydroplane really easy, definitely wouldn't drive on them in the winter without some sort of death wish. They grip well in the dry. Bunch of racers use them in the autocrosses down here.

Haven't tried any of the other tires on your list.
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Old 06-22-2004, 10:47 PM   #4
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Gonna put blizzaks on the stock rims for the winter, mostly looking for tires that will last a summer or 2, grip good and handle a few autox and autocross races.


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Old 06-22-2004, 10:49 PM   #5
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Kinda off topic, but does anyone run just lowered springs in the winter? How does it drive with winter tires on the stock rims if the car were to be lowered?
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Old 06-22-2004, 10:56 PM   #6
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I got SO3's on my P7's and thay work great.
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Old 06-22-2004, 11:24 PM   #7
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I have no experience with tires on WRX's (but I hopefully will by this weekend, if not next weekend), but I had both Toyo Proxes T1-S and Kumho Ecsta Supra 712's on my 95 Civic. I will tell you that for normal, everyday driving, or even "spirited driving", there isn't much difference between the two (even though the Toyo's are about $200 more per set), but when they're seriously taxed (i.e. autocross, drag, road race), the difference is HUGE. You should figure out how serious you want to be in autocross, since the season is relatively short, and there isn't much headroom for expansion (i mean that it is unlikely for you to enter an event in the lower 48, so you probably won't be in any Regional-level competition), so it might be wise to find a nice grippy summer tire that has good treadwear (Bridestone S03's ROCK for this purpose, I'm told). But if/when you do decide to get tires, check around with local tire places. Many of them can special-order them, and that can save you the $200+ for shipping. Sears sells Falkens (that's where I ordered my Azenis Sports through).
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Old 06-22-2004, 11:36 PM   #8
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Shipping from Tire Rack is usually under $100 for a set of four, so it is usually quicker and cheaper to order from them, but you may be able to find them a little cheaper locally w/o shipping, but I am lazy.
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Old 06-23-2004, 12:02 AM   #9
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I have Pirelli p-zeros on my p-7's. They work great. They handle predictably through the corners and can break loose on demand for that quick drift


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Old 06-23-2004, 01:14 AM   #10
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Shipping from Tire Rack is usually under $100 for a set of four, so it is usually quicker and cheaper to order from them, but you may be able to find them a little cheaper locally w/o shipping, but I am lazy.
That's a really good deal...too bad they don't sell Azenis tires. Discount tire wanted $86/each, and $240 for shipping on a set, so I went to Sears, and they were only $92/each out the door.
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Old 06-23-2004, 02:35 AM   #11
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Gonna put blizzaks on the stock rims for the winter, mostly looking for tires that will last a summer or 2, grip good and handle a few autox and autocross races.


Evan
for auto-x u should run 16s...with 712s!
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Old 06-23-2004, 03:09 AM   #12
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Tell ya what I'll pay your ticket in exchange for the rims and tires


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Old 06-23-2004, 05:03 AM   #13
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kumho ecsta MX and the 712s are really good. most of the bridgestone potenza series..except RE92s are good. BFGoodrich is good. i have the Comp T/As on mine. and i've got the car sideways when pushing it really hard, but they grip great, but are expensive.
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