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Old 08-03-2005, 01:06 AM   #1
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Hey guys i just picked up some 18' prodrive p1s they look amazing now i need to wrap in some rubber what are ur guys suggestions on size of the tire as well as the brand. I was looking at some Falken azenis wat do u guys think.
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Old 08-03-2005, 01:54 AM   #2
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the new Falken Azenis Sport ST-615's come in 225/40x18 and that size will fit on your 18x7.5 P1's. With the P1's ET53 offset, you can even run that size on a wagon without rubbing - unless you've dropped the wagon really low on some Tein S springs. I know you have an '04 WRX - not sure if it's a sedan or a wagon

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...10&rd=18&ar=40

their dry performance is about the best there is for the street, and many have reported that their wet performance is vastly improved over the older Azenis Sport ST-215's - which never came in 18's. since you didn't post where you live I don't know if wet performance is an issue to you - the ST-615's are supposedly not good in standing water.

if you want unreal wet performance/great dry, consider the Falken FK451. If you want a quieter tire that still has good wet and dry performance, there is the Falken ST115. Since they are also labeled Azenis - without the Sport - some people have confused them with the much higher performance 215's and 615's. But the ST115's are very popular and get good reviews on this board - never seen them tested, however. They will likely wear a lot longer than any other tire mentioned here.

Both the FK451's and ST115's are also lot less expensive than the ST615's - about $110 each in this size vs. $167. Another option that is getting rave reviews recently is the Hankook Ventus RS2 Z212 @ $139 each in this size. Supposed to offer similar dry performance to the ST615 - just a bit slower in a test of shaved street tires run by Grassroots Motorsports Magazine at TireRack's facility. All these prices are from Discount Tire Direct and they include shipping.

I personally like the Yokohama Neova AD07's - but they're pricey @ $217 each in this size - TireRack's price plus shipping. Best dry street tire that TireRack has ever tested - and apparently not bad in the wet either.

so, you have to decide what's important to you:

ultimate dry performance: ST615
close to the best dry performance for less: RS2 Z212
killer wet/great dry- best bang for the buck: FK451
quieter, longer lasting, still good wet and dry: ST115
maybe the best all around - but pricey: Neova
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Old 08-03-2005, 05:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for your help man im out in chicago and i have a sedan 04 so i think im going to go with the fk451s does anyone know where i can get them for cheap?
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...im out in chicago and i have a sedan 04 so i think im going to go with the fk451s does anyone know where i can get them for cheap?
the usual suspects:

http://www.edgeracing.com/tire/724/

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...23&rd=18&ar=40

http://www.vulcantire.com/451_t.htm

looks like discount tire direct @ $111 each shipped has the best price right now...
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Old 08-04-2005, 12:11 AM   #5
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what size do u reccommend running 225/40 or 235/40 or 225/45 or 235/45 what are ur recommendations
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Old 08-04-2005, 12:48 AM   #6
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what size do u reccommend running 225/40 or 235/40 or 225/45 or 235/45 what are ur recommendations
for a WRX:
18x7.5, 18x8: 225/40x18
17x7.5: 225/45x17
17x8: 235/40x17 (fits on a sedan without rubbing, need to roll fenders on a wagon to make it fit)

235/40x17 is a great tire size IMO for the WRX because it is 2% underdriven compared to stock 205/55x16, as well as 225/45x17 and 225/40x18 tires. that means you will get quicker acceleraton in all gears, wider contact patch and lower profile for better dry cornering, and the tire itself is often lighter than equivalent 225/45x17.

taller 235/45x17 may be a better choice for STI based on gearing of the 6-speed. best tire IMO for the STI is 255/40x17 running on 17x8.5 wheels - 17x9 even better if you can find them and roll the fenders to fit them

I'm running 225/45x17 FK451's on 17x7.5 ET45 wheels on my wagon. if I had a chance to do it all over again, I'd roll the fenders and run 17x8.5 with 235/40x17. may still do it, although for the street it's mostly just an exercise for the ego. not many places that I can drive legally that will exceed the capabilities of my current wheel/tire choice - but it's fun looking for them...
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Old 08-04-2005, 10:00 AM   #7
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Thanks just bought my tires chose the fk451's in the 225/40/18 size ill take some pics when i get my wheels and tires all together and put em on my car. Thanks for ur help dude you know ur stuff.
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Just bought a set of Toyo T1-Rs for my Rota Formula Mesh 18x8s. Best price I could find on locally and online was at:

http://www.liteswap.com/merchant2/me...ode=toyosummer
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Hey guys i just picked up some 18' prodrive p1s they look amazing now i need to wrap in some rubber what are ur guys suggestions on size of the tire as well as the brand. I was looking at some Falken azenis wat do u guys think.

WOW 18 foot rims? I wanna see! Did that require any modification to fit?





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