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Old 10-07-2004, 10:49 AM   #1
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Default What tires to go to after stock STi's are done?

I am looking at maybe some Goodyear F1's or some BFG's. What are some opinions on good tires for the money. I wouldn't mind getting more then 15000 miles on a set either.
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Old 10-07-2004, 11:04 AM   #2
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well, for all out grip... you have BFG kd's, which is an amazing dry tire...KDW's if you want to handle wet-weather alittle better. Azenis (rt-215 sport?) or great grippy little tires but wear quickly. if i owned an sti it would be getting a set of Kumo MX's, which is another high performance summer tire.

Bridgestones s-03 is known to be a great tire albiet alittle pricey.

nothing wrong with f-1's.
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Old 10-07-2004, 02:45 PM   #3
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look into Toyo T1-S's. Awsome for wet weather and don't wear to fast.

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Old 10-07-2004, 03:44 PM   #4
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After about 2K miles (meaning they weren't worn out), I replaced my OEM STi tires with 235/45 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3s, and I'm glad I did. Even though the sidewalls are somewhat softer (making for a smoother ride and less noise), they handle remarkably well. There's a loss of the turn-in precision, but it's amazing how hard you can push them before they stop responding the way you want them to. And as far as I've seen, they're great in wet conditions, too. (I'm not going to try them on snow, however.) HPH
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Old 10-08-2004, 12:39 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I do like the F1's and my car doesn't see snow and usually doesn't see rain so I guess my options are pretty open.
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Old 10-08-2004, 01:22 PM   #6
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For the price, I would get the Kumho MX.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/max_perf.jsp
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Old 10-08-2004, 08:53 PM   #7
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Michelin Pilot Sport 2s, they are currently the best max performance summer tire on the market. The F1s are close behind though, and they do have a very compliant ride.

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Old 10-08-2004, 09:16 PM   #8
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Michelin PS2's Quiet, super traction, great in the wet.
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Old 10-08-2004, 11:14 PM   #9
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I just measured my buddy's WRX with stock 6.5 inch wheels and 225/50R16 Kumho MXs. He had as much treadwidth meeting the road as my RE070s on my STi. I think I may try to fit Kumho MX 245/40R17s on my STi next. Or maybe BFG KDs same size. Anyway though long term is going to be a widebody kit and 9 or 10 inch rims with 285s.
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Old 10-09-2004, 04:46 AM   #10
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I have run Yokohama AVS Sport on an '04 STi and HATED them...

I now run Falken Azenis Sport and LOVE them... They hold like slicks in the corners!
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i u dont see rain much i'd suggest u to get the Kumho MX. cheap and super traction!
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Old 10-09-2004, 04:28 PM   #12
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BFGs all the way.
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Old 10-10-2004, 01:38 PM   #13
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I was looking at the BFG's also. Maybe I will try the Kumho MX's seeings they are cheap. I just have to hope that my 91 Shadow aka THE SLUG makes it through the winter.
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Old 10-11-2004, 03:01 PM   #14
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I had MX's on my 02 WRX and was impressd by them. They went 20,000 miles plus a year of autocross with two drivers. Always good in the rain, excellent on the track. When the tires on the STi are gone, the MX's will be high on the 'hmmmm' list.
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Old 10-11-2004, 03:57 PM   #15
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i've got the S-03's good tire, but soft sidewall compaired to the RE070....I'm going back to the RE070 once these are done
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I had the MX's and have the 'Azenis'....and the MX's are a much better street tire, IMO...and they get better with some heat in them...unlike the 'Azenis'.

I found that the MX's like to be run a bit firmer than other tires on the street....I usually used ~41-42F/38-39R and they were
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Old 10-12-2004, 11:58 AM   #17
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i've got the S-03's good tire, but soft sidewall compaired to the RE070....I'm going back to the RE070 once these are done
Rich has a good point... the RE070s have done well on this car. They have been good at the autocross and good on the street with reasonable wear. But they are almost twice the cost of the MX's, no? Oh wait... TireRack has the 070's for $187 each. Only $60 more than the MX. Makes the choice a bit tougher, but my vote still goes to the MX.
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