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Old 03-14-2010, 12:12 AM   #1
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I'm tired of my Bridgestone RE01-R's. It's either the wider tires (225/50/16), rounded shoulders, or a combination of both that tosses me left and right into the ruts on the freeway. Alignment is fine, wheel balance is fine, tire pressures are fine. The Dunlop Wintersport 3D's (205/55/16) that I just removed from my car had no issues like this so it must be the tires. I previously also had used the Bridgestone RE960AS in 205/55/16 and they also pulled me into ruts, but not quite as bad as the RE01-R's.

I'm looking for a good summer or UHPAS tire that is good in rain and won't be shoving me left and right on the freeway. I don't do any type of performance driving either, so maximum dry grip is not absolutely necessary. I have a 2001 2.5RS.
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:24 AM   #2
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What kind of budget are you looking at for new tires?

Do you want to stay with the 225/50/16's or go back to the 205/55/16's?
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:07 AM   #3
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What size wheels are you using? What offset?
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:21 PM   #4
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What size wheels are you using? What offset?
This.
Plus... what are your alignment specs that are "fine"?
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:39 PM   #5
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Budget I guess $500 or less. I'm assuming that the wider tires don't help the cause so I'll stick with 205/55/16. 16x7 RS 5-spokes is what I'm using.

I don't have my alignment spec sheet anymore, but I had the mechanic (friend of mine who works at the shop) max out the front negative camber which was around -0.9 or so and keep them even side to side. The rears are not adjustable so they stayed where they were which was around -1.4. I also had him zero out the toe all around. These are just rough specs from what I remember. Either way, I don't see the alignment as the issue because the Dunlops I took off a few weeks ago did not have these issues at all. The RE01-R's have been like this since the first day I put them on which was around this time last year.
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the sidewalls of the RE-01R's are very stiff, which might have contributed to pulling you into ruts. it's generally safe to say your snow tires have even softer sidewalls than your old all-seasons, so they can deflect more with the road surface.

given your intentions, I'd go with Kumho Ecsta SPT ($82 summers in your size at tire rack). I have never tried the dunlop SP sport 8000s, which are a $70 summer tire, but I have been happy with every dunlop I have ever used, from A/S to star specs. For all-seasons, I'd probably look at the Ecsta ASX's ($80) or the potenza 960s ($91), since those seem to be popular ones that people like. I can vouch that the SPT is a good street tire for the price.
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God, I just put back on my RE-01R's and you're right. They do follow the road. It's a great attribute though, I don't understand why you're complaining about it. Do you not like actual feedback from your tires?
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My Falken 452's are down to their last bit of life and I've been reading up on the Sumitomo HTR Z III, they seem like a pretty good summer tire for the price.
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God, I just put back on my RE-01R's and you're right. They do follow the road. It's a great attribute though, I don't understand why you're complaining about it. Do you not like actual feedback from your tires?
I do like the feedback, but some parts of the freeway that I ride on are just way too bad that I find myself firmly gripping the steering wheel with both hands in anticipation for the next rut to pull me left or right.

Don't get me wrong, these tires are the absolute best when taking long sweeping corners. I'm gonna play with the tire pressures for a while before I decide whether or not to replace them.
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If you don't like that attribute, perhaps you should not be looking at extreme performance summer tires.
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he isn't...he asked for summers or UHP all-seasons that can handle rain, and he'd rather have less tracking than ultimate dry grip.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:03 PM   #14
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If you don't like that attribute, perhaps you should not be looking at extreme performance summer tires.
I only ended up with the RE01-R's because last year Tire Rack had them on clearance for $58 a piece. I just could not let the deal pass by. Adjusted the tire pressures up a bit today, but it was real windy out so I couldn't tell if it made much of a difference.
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General UHP is probably right up your alley. Cushy and cheap yet still with a good bit more grip than any all season. If you consider treadlife, it's probably cheaper cost per mile than your $58 RE-01R's were.
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