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Old 08-25-2005, 08:44 AM   #1
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Default New '05 Impreza 2.5 RS - worth upgrading RE92s right away?

I just bought an '05 Impreza 2.5 RS a couple of weeks ago, and after reading countless unfavorable reviews of the stock Potenza RE92s, and experiencing their poor grip, I'm really considering a tire upgrade. I'm 18, and I live in Las Vegas, so snow driving is not an issue at all. I'm looking for a high performance or better summer tire. I don't want to spend much more than $500 on a set of four (including mounting fees). Performance is my top priority. I only plan on autocrossing occasionally, and I'm mainly looking for a fun-to-drive street car, so steering response, overall stability, and breakaway predictability are more important to me than outright grip and cornering speed. Treadwear is my next biggest concern. I don't have any required minimum, but the longer they last, the better. Ride comfort and noise are my last priority - I can deal with a rough and noisy ride if it means good performance and treadwear for not a lot of money.

Now, my main concern is, is it worth it to upgrade the tires on a brand new car? The RE92s are virtually brand new, and I don't know what I'd do with them if I got new tires. My other concern is that getting performance tires might be a waste of money for me at this point. I'm not a great driver yet, and I've only got a month or so of manual transmission experience under my belt. However, I feel that the RE92s are limiting the car's performance, particularly its ability to drive in the rain and make panic stops, and upgrading to better tires can only make the car safer and more fun to drive. So, would it be better to learn how to drive the car on the RE92s, and upgrade later when they are getting worn out; or is it justifiable upgrade now, and learn how the car handles the way it really should?

Lastly, I have a few noobie questions about how differing tire sizes affect the car's performance. I know that having wider tires improves the car's grip and stability, and having a lower aspect ratio (shorter sidewalls) stiffens the handling, but what are the advantages of having 17-inch rims over 16-inch rims (besides the fact that you can fit bigger brakes without using wheel spacers)?

Thanks in advance to anyone who took the time to read such a long post and give me an answer.
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Old 08-25-2005, 09:09 AM   #2
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mine are 17x8 a-techs +46 with advan a046 tires 235/45...they weigh just as much as the stock wheels IMO...
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Old 08-25-2005, 09:29 AM   #3
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Those aren't bad-looking rims, but I can't see myself running wheels that big, at least not anytime soon.

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....blah.....blah-blah.....blah... I don't want to spend much more than $500 on a set of four (including mounting fees). Performance is my top priority......blah, blah, blah.

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...49&rd=16&ar=50

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Old 08-25-2005, 04:23 PM   #6
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Now, my main concern is, is it worth it to upgrade the tires on a brand new car? The RE92s are virtually brand new, and I don't know what I'd do with them if I got new tires. My other concern is that getting performance tires might be a waste of money for me at this point. I'm not a great driver yet, and I've only got a month or so of manual transmission experience under my belt. However, I feel that the RE92s are limiting the car's performance, particularly its ability to drive in the rain and make panic stops, and upgrading to better tires can only make the car safer and more fun to drive. So, would it be better to learn how to drive the car on the RE92s, and upgrade later when they are getting worn out; or is it justifiable upgrade now, and learn how the car handles the way it really should?
That's mainly what I needed input on. Thanks for the post, though; I had been doing most of my research on Tire Rack, and apparently they don't carry Falken tires. The GR Beta is looking like a good choice now, and it's $40 cheaper per tire than the KDWs I was originally considering.

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Old 08-25-2005, 05:31 PM   #8
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They've got a storehouse here in Nevada, so that's not even an issue. But yeah, I think I'm gonna stick with the RE92s for a while until I get a little better, and then I'll upgrade. Maybe by then, I'll be ready to upgrade the wheels too, so it's worth waiting.
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