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Old 07-29-2005, 09:45 AM   #1
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Default Replacing Bridgestone RE070's.

Trying to choose between the new Toyo T1R's and Yokohama Neova AD07's on my '05 Sti. I'm also going to change the profile a bit and go with a 235/40/17 instead of the stock 225/45/17's. Any thoughts, suggestions?
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Old 07-29-2005, 10:55 AM   #2
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235/40's shorter than I'd go with... 235/45 is a better size, or 245/40 for the same diameter with a bit wider footprint.

Be sure to check actual measured diameter and width vs. nominal (TireRack has this info for most of its tires). Actual size varies quite a bit from nominal, and the OEM RE070 is wide for its size.
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Old 07-29-2005, 11:02 AM   #3
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Trying to choose between the new Toyo T1R's and Yokohama Neova AD07's on my '05 Sti. I'm also going to change the profile a bit and go with a 235/40/17 instead of the stock 225/45/17's. Any thoughts, suggestions?
I am sorry to not be directly replying to your post, but have you considered the Hanhooks? Those are one of the 'hot' summer tires, and they have performance comparable with the RE070s. That, and they are cheap as all getout and come in a variety of sizes.

As far as your sizing issue, I hope you have an installer that can properly install those tires as well. While it shout *not* be an issue, I know I had trouble locally with 'general' tire installation places as they could not install stiff sidewall RE070s or Azenis ST-215s.

Also, as long as you are not concerned about dinging the rim, ride compliance, trammling, or your speedo being slightly off, the 235s arent a bad choice. Personally, I would run 245s daily, but they are going to be slightly louder.

Once my RE070s are gone, I am going 245/40/17s (speedo be damned!)

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Old 07-29-2005, 11:14 AM   #4
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245/40/17 is only 1% off the stock size. 235/40/17 is 2.3% off.

use this to look at the differences in tire sizes and how it will affect your speedo / gearing http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
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Old 07-29-2005, 11:18 AM   #5
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Old 07-29-2005, 02:43 PM   #6
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I've got the Toyo's in 225/45- seems slightly softer than the RE070 sidewall. Not much. Haven't had a chance to try em in the rain yet, but seen a couple magazine reviews that put them 2nd for wet handling.

They are definitely narrower than the 070's, if you want to retain that stock width look i'd go one side wider like you were planning. If i had it to do over again, i'd buy one size wider.
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Old 07-29-2005, 03:06 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for your info. I will at least go with a 245/40/17 size. With just about an inch more tread width, will there be any problems keeping the added width within the fenderwells? I have the Cusco Zero 2R's lowered to just above the fenderwell now. It looks like I'll pick up about .2 of an inch more clearance over the stock 225/45/17 OEM tires to allow for the added section width.
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Old 07-29-2005, 03:39 PM   #8
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I just got home from getting my Advan Neova AD07s put on... and I LOVE them. Initial impression is awesome. Turn in is crisp, no slop, and they are sticky sticky sticky even brand spanking new. Granted I'm coming from AVS ES100s rather thatn the STi Re070s and I don't have a track times, etc. to lean on as an evaluative measure, BUT, on the road and for my uses they live up to the test results so far.

I noticed that they don't tramline like the tread pattern on the ES100s did, and they are quieter, although ride feels similar. Looks wise, the shoulders seem a little more rounded and they don't look as tall as the ES100s.

Well take it for what it's worth, but I like 'em. ^_^
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Old 07-29-2005, 09:26 PM   #9
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I just placed my order with the local America's Tire Center (after they matched The Tire Rack's quote). I'm getting a set of Yokohama Advan Neova's 245/40/17's. They should be here by Thursday. The reason I'm changing so soon (2000 miles) is because I picked up a screw in the driver side rear and I unknowingly drove on it low so that the inside shoulder was gouged. With slightly over $200.00 to replace it ($300.00 at my benevolent Subaru dealer) I decided to do the change now. Besides, when PDX Tuning gets through with it (GT35R Turbo Kit) I'll need that extra rubber! Thanks to all who helped me spend some more money!
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