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Old 06-28-2004, 08:57 PM   #1
G.Subramaniam
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Default What is my best upgrade path

I currently have 195x60x15 OEM tire wheel combo

I am looking for improvement in hydro-planing, packed snow and all weather comfort, especially during long commutes on dry pavements

I am mainly looking at Bridgestone Turanza either 15 or 16 size

In the 15 inch size, I am limited to LS-H, -V and -T
The high performance -Z only comes in 16 inch size

What is the best tire size combo

Looking at wheels
At tire rack, I see
15 x7 , SSR comp-X, 11.9 lb and +42mm offset
16 x 7, SSR , 11.0 lb, +50mm offset
16x 7, BBS, 12.4 lb, +48 mm offset


How much weight improvement compared to stock wheels ?

Which gives the best upgrade path
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Old 06-28-2004, 09:15 PM   #2
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You must have a TS, judging by your tire size. I have one too, if you didn't notice.

I picked up a set of WRX stock 16" wheels with stock re-92's for $300. they had less than 3000 miles on them, perfect condition.

That was a good upgrade, especially considering the price. I would do the same if I were you. Just look in the Private Classifieds, there are a bunch of sets there now, or look in your areas regional forum so you don't have to pay shipping.

In my honest opinion, the RE-92's are ok, I would drive them for a while, then from what you say, get the Continental ContiExtremeContact tires. They get very high ratings on tirerack.com and supposedly perform very well in a variety of conditions.

The stock WRX wheels are light, strong, and look nice. You can't get a better deal.
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Old 06-28-2004, 09:55 PM   #3
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I have 1997 Impreza L wagon AWD
and 1995 Legacy LS wagon AWD

I have been replacing the tires with stock RE92

Last winter, I had 1 instance of hydroplaning and 2 instances of skidding on packed ice and 4-5 instances of partly losing control during turns in slushy melting snow

My tread is still OK
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Old 06-28-2004, 11:25 PM   #4
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Old 06-29-2004, 12:47 PM   #5
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Originally posted by G.Subramaniam
I have 1997 Impreza L wagon AWD
and 1995 Legacy LS wagon AWD

I have been replacing the tires with stock RE92

Last winter, I had 1 instance of hydroplaning and 2 instances of skidding on packed ice and 4-5 instances of partly losing control during turns in slushy melting snow

My tread is still OK

That's becasuse your tires are pure crap. I'm sorry you actually bought them.
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Old 06-29-2004, 02:10 PM   #6
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wow, buying RE92s is lots of $$ for what you get. VERY over priced tire.
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