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Old 08-23-2005, 01:46 PM   #1
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Hey,

I read many bad things about the tires that are on my new car. Actually horrible things to be honest.

Should I keep them for a few thousand miles or just dump them as quick as possible?

Thanks for the comments

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Old 09-12-2005, 03:51 PM   #2
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What's wrong with the tires? The bridgestone tires that came with my '05OBS are really good actually. By the way, what tire pressures do you guys put on ? 30LBS front/30LBS rear?
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Old 09-12-2005, 07:35 PM   #3
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The RE92's get just about every bad rap you can think of. Some of the things I have reviewed from Tire Rack, here and other sources point to "GET RID OF THEM QUICK"

You have the same car I have, 32 in front, 29 in rear according to the placard on the door sill, however, I hear running them a little harder can get good.
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Old 09-13-2005, 02:56 PM   #4
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I wouldn't base your decision on what other people say about them; instead, see how they perform for you considering your driving style. I read all the scare-mongering comments about the RE92s when I got my '04 OBS two years ago. Turned out to be a big hullaballoo about nothing for me--I'm not an aggressive driver and I had no complaints with the tires at all, even went through a snowy winter with them (although winters would certainly have been better).

I did ultimately replace the RE92s last year but only because I wanted something with a more aggressive bite for winter since I run the same tires year-round, not because the RE92s were "horrible".

As far as tire pressures go I find 3 psi above what Subaru recommends works well for me. Slightly sharper turn-in with no real effect on ride, and it doesn't hurt fuel economy either to lower your rolling resistance.
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Old 09-13-2005, 07:37 PM   #5
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Bmorton,

Since I have only had my OBS for 700+ miles thus far I can't really say they are bad but you can't 100% ignore what others say about the wet driving problems.

Some people have had major accidents due to these tires. We don't know for sure if excess speed was involved but OEM tires are never the best choice for any car.

I will keep my for a while then change at the first hint of skidding in wet weather.

I don't drive agressive but neither do I drive like a sissy either.

Only time will tell I guess
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Old 09-13-2005, 09:37 PM   #6
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RE92 tires were crap in wet and snow conditions on the Acura Integra I had in the '90's. They were fine on the dry, but the instant the pavement got wet, the car felt very nervous.

On my '05 RS wagon though, the RE92s seem fine for driving at normal speeds (i.e. flowing with the rest of traffic) for both dry and wet conditions. I wonder if the formulation changed from when I had then the first time on the other car? I haven't tried them in the snow yet. Unless they give me trouble in the snow, I'm planning on keeping this set until they wear off. I'm much happier with the RE92s this time around.
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Old 09-14-2005, 10:37 AM   #7
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No, you shouldn't ignore what other people say about the tires but you should use your own judgement first. I certainly was alert when I went out in the wet the first few times with the RE92s, but I quickly discovered that there was no reason to be concerned, the tires were fine. What we do know for sure about anyone having a "major accident" and blaming the tires is that they were overdriving the tires given the conditions. Could be that's easy to do if you're a racer boy in a WRX, but for average driving in a humble OBS I had zero issues, wet or dry.
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Old 09-14-2005, 09:14 PM   #8
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I am happy to see more and more OBS owners here as time goes on. I still think WRX and STI's way out number us but I hope to join that clan eventually
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