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Old 11-24-2004, 05:06 PM   #1
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Default Which of these Bridgestone's is the better tire?

Mainly dry pavement driving..performance minded, 2-3 track days a year, some canyon driving.

225/45/17 only

1) Potenza S-03 (had these before and loved them)
2) Potenza RE070 (stock STI tire)
3) Potenza RE050
4) Potenza RE050A

which is the best one...and what is the diff between the RE050 and RE050A?
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Old 11-24-2004, 05:51 PM   #2
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the RE050A is an assymetrical tread design that supposedly is able to put more rubber on the ground when cornering. The RE050 is a basic high performance tire very much like the RE070 (but with more wet/rain capability and a more composed ride, less cornering response and less total grip). The RE050A Scuderia is similar to the RE050A except it has fewer breaks in the tread block so it will have more corning response and grip (however it only comes in super huge sizes because it's meant for the Enzo).

The S-03 is by far the most high tech tire in your list. It has tons of proprietary technologies built in to make sure it handles like no other tire in the rain. It is a 4 year old tire design and has JUST in the past summer been eclipsed in performance by the Pilot Sport 2 (according to tests by Tirerack).

The S03 doesn't handle the dry quite as well as the RE070 but it definitely handles the wet like you can't believe.

It doesn't rain much in CA, right? You might wanna stick with RE070 or RE050.
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Old 11-25-2004, 03:11 PM   #3
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I don't know about the RE050, but keep in mind that the RE070 is a very soft tire that will not last for very long even without track days. Max. treadlife = 30,000mi., ave. treadlife = 20,000mi., most of us on this board = 15,000mi. Having said this, I just bought another set of them, because THEY ROCK!!!!

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Old 11-25-2004, 05:14 PM   #4
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i've run the re040s this year pretty, they're pretty good. Luke said Tirerack may do a comparision of the Bridgestone high performance tyres next year. I hope so.
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Old 11-25-2004, 05:53 PM   #5
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Why are Bridgestones so expensive? Are they really that good?
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Old 11-25-2004, 08:26 PM   #6
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Yes, they are really that good.

People get hung up on tire weight and really it has so little to do with street-driven performance, it's the last thing you should look at when buying new tires.
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Old 11-25-2004, 11:05 PM   #7
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I would seriously consider the Michelin Pilot Sport 2s, they are serious $$$ but when my dad picked up a set for his Dinan S2 M5 to replace his S03s he picked up 3 tenths at Gingerman Raceway. The only complaint we had about them was a bit of a soft sidewall.


PS: He sold the car though, so I am a sad sad kid.
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