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Old 08-17-2005, 02:22 PM   #1
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I just ran over a beer bottle and needlees to say I need new tires. Which tires do you guys think I should get? Any favorites you guys have? I'm looking to buy new tires within the week so any input would be great. My stock tires lasted up untill now which is 25,000 miles. Which tires last longer than that? I'm not sure which tires I should get so guys please help me out. Thanks.
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Old 08-17-2005, 02:37 PM   #2
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Falken RT-615
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Old 08-17-2005, 03:08 PM   #3
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Favorites? I really like the Pirelli P-Zero Corsa. They definitely won't beat your stock tire for lifespan though.
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Old 08-17-2005, 07:15 PM   #4
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I think the only tires that will give you similar grip levels in the dry are the RE070's, the Bridgestone RE050A, the Falken RT-615, or race tires like the RA-1, PZero Corsa, etc. None of these will give you more tire life, and some would be quite a bit less.

You need to give more info on what your priorities are if you want useful answers. Do you care about cost? Do you want all-seasons? Do you want them quiet? Do you want great summer traction? Long treadlife (at the expense of grip)? Good rain performance? Snow? I can't begin to suggest tires as I don't even know if you're looking for all-seasons or a max performance summer tire. Like NF, my "favorites" tend to run to competition tires, which is unlikely to be what you want.

The Tire Rack has a lot of good info if you have a few hours to surf around their site.
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Old 08-17-2005, 09:18 PM   #5
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looking for something close to the stock tires but with better grip and long treadlife. I don't mind spending top dollar for a nice set of tires.
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Old 08-17-2005, 09:36 PM   #6
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I vote for Falken RT615 for tire replacement.
A friend of mine has them on his EVO and they are stupid sticky.
The older RT215 has lasted on his Integra for 20000 miles!

I got 21000 miles out of my stock RE070 and replaced them recently with Michelin PS2 in size 235/45/17. They are certainly more comfortable and 10xs more quiet to drive on. They also rule in the rain. They are almost as sticky at the limit, but the difference is getting to the limit. The PS2 has, shall we say, a 'relaxed' sidewall compared to the RE070. If I had to do it again, I would have sacrificed all of those old fart qualities for something like the Falken RT615 or the Pirelli PZero Corsa.
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Old 08-17-2005, 11:08 PM   #7
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Before I drop some $$$$$ on a set of falken rt615's does anyone else have any other opinions or suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 08-17-2005, 11:55 PM   #8
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Kumho ecsta MX's or Kumho Ecsta SPT's..both excellent tires for the money...
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Old 08-18-2005, 12:03 AM   #9
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i would look at the kuhmos that erexxx recommended. They are pretty cheap and very lightweight compared to many other tires.
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Old 08-18-2005, 12:26 AM   #10
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....it may be, that for a heavier car like the STi, that a stiff sidewall tire may be more rewarding.....
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Old 08-18-2005, 12:37 AM   #11
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i know I just recommended the MXs, but how do their sidewalls compare to the RE070s'? They look pretty stiff.
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Old 08-18-2005, 12:53 AM   #12
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i know I just recommended the MXs, but how do their sidewalls compare to the RE070s'? They look pretty stiff.


....well.....like butter is one comparison.....but the re070 does have one of the stiffest sidewalls of any known tire
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Old 08-18-2005, 10:12 AM   #13
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If you want STi stock-like performance..forget the MX..the RT-615 has equal, or better, dry grip..slightly better wet grip and is cheaper than the RE-070s..As far as RT-615 treadlife, it's up in the air because I don't think anyone's put the max on them, yet.
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The RT-615 has a 200 treadwear vs. the RE070's 140 treadwear. The RT-615 comes with 8/32" whereas the RE070's come with 9/32".
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Old 08-18-2005, 12:48 PM   #15
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So it looks like the Falken RT615's are the way to go. Any last suggestions before I buy these tires? Thanks everyone for all the help!
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Old 08-18-2005, 01:02 PM   #16
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I haven't yet tried the RT-615, but it'll be what I get to replace this set of RE070's after they've worn out. With 22k miles on the car I've gone through my OEM RE070's, some Falken Azenis (RT-215), and am on a set of RE070 takeoffs. I use a set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S during the winter. Doesn't count the 5 sets of race tires that the car's been through.

The RT-615 is one of the few true street tires that ought to compare favorably with the RE070's. They won GRM's autocross street tire shootout (all tires shaved to 4/32s, dry track). The price doesn't seem too bad ($584+shipping from Vulcan Tire for 225/45-17). They'll be offering a 235/40-17 by next year which would further improve handling.
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Old 08-18-2005, 01:21 PM   #17
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$600 doesn't seem that bad, a local tire shop wanted around $1,000 for a new set of re 070's!
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Old 08-18-2005, 01:57 PM   #18
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Another tire to consider is the Hankook Ventus R-S2.

I'd also recommend doing some searches on this forum for STi tires...you'll turn up quite a few previous discussions on good replacement STi tires.

With that said, if I had to replace my STi tires today I'd either stick with a set of the OEM STi Bridgestones or I'd go with the Falken RT-615's.
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The RT-615 has a 200 treadwear vs. the RE070's 140 treadwear. The RT-615 comes with 8/32" whereas the RE070's come with 9/32".
Unfortunately, it's difficult to compare directly across manufacturers.

A lot of people say that the Azenis treadwear ratings are fudged, especially the new 615's, so that they can be use in stock class.
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$600 doesn't seem that bad, a local tire shop wanted around $1,000 for a new set of re 070's!
Have you considered RE070 take-offs? A lot of n00bs don't like the noise, etc. and ditch them ASAP. I got a set of just-scrubbed in (500 mile) RE070s for $400.
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Treadwear ratings in this class of tire don't mean JACK!!!!!!

Wake up, people.....really.......


The god damned puke assed re92's have a damned 140 treadwear.....

Anybody looking at treadwear ratings is just blowing sunshine up somewhere
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The RE-92's also have a way softer sidewall, they are skinnier, they have a less aggresive tread pattern, they have tall 55 series sidewalls that flex like crazy under cornering.

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I did some tirerack research and I was really liking the BFG KDW2...anyone have experience with these? My concern is dry and some wet performance. No snow, don't care about noise, would like them to last 1o,000 miles with aggressive street driving, and maybe a couple auto-x's.
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go for the 615's.

the kdw2's are sweet tires, but their price point kills it. they aren't worth the extra money over the 615, and offer no real gain in perofrmance IMO either.

while i'm still on the stock tire on the 05 sti, i've driven 4 sets of the older 215s, and have whipped a buddies car with with the 615s. Falken really knows what their doing, at a price that can't be touched by similar companies.

if only tire rack sold falken....
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ok so it looks like falken is the way to go. again thanks everyone for the help!
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