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Old 12-22-2005, 04:36 PM   #8
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2002 WRX 5MT Sedan
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Originally Posted by Takashi
Hey there, any updates on these tires... I'm going to need a replacement for the A046s next year, and am looking for something that will be a little quieter, and not lose too much performance.
I'm not familiar with the A046s, but I can say that the T1-R's are very quiet and relatively smooth riding for a summer tire.

I don't think CR has rated the A046s, but I'm not sure. I do know the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 was the top-rated performance tire in CR's testing, followed by the T1-R. To find out how the A046s compare you might check Tire Rack, or perhaps a car mag has done a comparo, although I always take any info from a commercial source with a couple grains of salt.

If I were buying tires today I would probably go back to the GS-D3's although the T1-R's have gotten significantly better as I've put some miles on them.

Still, IMO, a driver should not have to 'break-in' a tire or rub off mold release agent before getting the max. performance from them. My first two sets of summer tires required no 'break-in at all. They were Bridgestone Potenza RE 730's and Firestone SZ-50 EP's.
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Last edited by sajohnson; 12-23-2005 at 12:21 AM.
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