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Old 05-01-2007, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default Yet another Tire Q, but i really need some help!

I am in the market for some new summer tires, but I have a few Qís before I buy. Yes, I did search and read about dif tires, but most talk about traction and not life. I know that this question is asked allot but I felt that I need more specific advice, so please donít hate on my thread, thanks. I am a newb when it comes to tires, I know a little bit, but not much.

I drive an 04 WRX Wagon and am moving to Vancouver soon. I do allot of driving and seem to blow through tires faster than I should be. A set of toyo proxy 4ís lasted only one year and less than 20,000 miles. Being that I will be living close to the mtns, there will be the odd mtn drive . I donít track my car (canít afford it). I am a good smart driver, but like to have fun from time to time. I am moving soon and my car sits on some Proxy4ís that have very little tread left. I am sure the tires will make the trip, but would like the extra assurance of new tires.

My first question..
Someone told me that if I drive a long trip (2000+miles) on brand new tired I will severely reduce their life expectancy. As in if I were to drive 2000 miles but in small intervals (not all at once) they would wear less. Is this true?

2nd would be a tire recommendation, being that Vancouver has allot of rain (from what I hear) what would be a good tire that has lots of grip but does not wear too much on longer trips (say driving across British Columbia 2 times per summer). Would a harder compound equal longer life?

Thank you for your knowledgeable input!
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:49 PM   #2
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I think someone is blowing smoke about the tires not last as long if you take a long trip...how does that make sense. I would think that there would be less wear and tear on a tire on a road trip....because you are not in stop and go traffic.
Harder compound tires do last longer but also harder ride, possibly more road noise, also for rain, they seem to have a little less traction. You have to find a middle ground.
I had the proxes on my sti and they lasted about 3 years, but I switched them in and out with the original summer tires.
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:57 PM   #3
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I have never heard of the life expectancy of the tire decreasing just because of how many miles are first driven on it. Honestly though, if you can get the car to run for 2000+ miles without cooling down, you must be hooked up directly to the tanker truck haha.

Nah, I would bet you would be fine no matter what distance you drive. The first 500-1000 miles are wearing off the protectant on the tire and allowing it's top layer to improve to 100% of it's driving charateristics. The life expectancy will decrease if you are driving extremely aggressive (auto-x, tracking, off-roading, etc.). But it sounds like this will be more normal wear and tear and probably majority of it Highway/Freeway driving which is relatively easy on your tires.

For your driving needs you would probably want to stay away from Max Performance / Extreme Performance Tires and go more towards an UHP type of tire (like the Falken FK452) or an All-Season tire (like the Bridgestone RE960AS).

If you are blowing through tires there are a few things you want to make sure to do:

1) Keep tires Properly Inflated

2) Perform Regular Alignments (1 every 20K is not going to be good enough, but having the alignment
checked every 5-10K might be fine)

3) Make sure to Rotate your tires (even though we are AWD, they will still wear down the Fronts quicker
than the Rears do to the weight of the engine and the Fronts do something like 70-90% of the braking
of your car).

4) Make sure you don't have any bent / broken / damaged suspension components.

Good luck with the tire selection and the new location.
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Old 05-02-2007, 06:41 PM   #4
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I'd like to second flukewrx above, as far as maint. goes. As for recommendations on tires: High Quality--> Michelin or Bridgestone (usually have decent milage, as well as excellent traction); Low Cost--> Falken, Sumitomo, or Kumho (though quality may not be as good). Also, if its possible for you, buy them in America. I've noticed a SIGNIFICANT price difference between US & Canada, as far as tires go.
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