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Old 01-18-2004, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Stock RE92s in rain/snow?

I just got my '04 WRX like a week ago, and went on a little road trip to Pittsburgh this weekend. Snowed a bit on the way out, and I was sliding all over the place, even when going considerably slower than most everyone else on the highway. Are the RE92s really that bad, or could it be something else?
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Old 01-18-2004, 04:49 PM   #2
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No...the RE92's SUCK.
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Old 01-18-2004, 05:47 PM   #3
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The RE92s are not worse than everyone else's tires, unless everyone else has snow tires. I pass 90% of people driving in the snow without sliding or being dangerious. I'm driving on 40% used RE92s for the winter. The tires do like to spin, though, if you give the car too much go pedal. Very easy on gas and brakes does fine. For what it's worth, I'll probably go with some winter tires next year.
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Old 01-18-2004, 05:54 PM   #4
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You're not imagining things, nor it is your lack of driving skill. Experienced the EXACT same squirrly sensation. Wait until you get 20-30K miles on 'em...then the real fun begins.
One night, with the car full w/passengers, a heavy rain caught us (now this was after several nights of rain, so no oil lifting was occuring) and it was downright embarrasing how my big,bad WRX was flinching even at the very thought of speed. It was scary. Anyway, got some Falken ZIEX 512's, far superior in snow and rain!
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Old 01-18-2004, 06:34 PM   #5
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Uh Yeah they suck!!! I hit a curb and a telephone pull and have 1600 d's worth of damage!! Partially my fault though!
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Old 01-18-2004, 06:40 PM   #6
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RE-92 are decent when new (as good as any other all-season tire) but they suck once they start to wear down.

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Old 01-18-2004, 10:14 PM   #7
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Remember also that *brand new* tires probably still have some mold release compound etc and need a few hundred miles to wear in. Otherwise, they're fine in rain, and OK on light snow, but have problems like all non-winter tires on ice and deeper snow.
I was happy with mine (10k wear) driving over the high mountain passes near Aspen & Denver during a snow/rainstorm.
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Old 01-18-2004, 11:50 PM   #8
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Tire Rack recently tested the RE-92's against some other high-performance all-seaon tires. They did ok in the dry in this test, but against Tire Rack's standard comparison tire - the Goodyear Eagle GS-A - the RE-92's were a second slower around the wet track, had poor wet skidpad results and poor wet braking results.


To put things in perspective, those same Eagle GS-A's which stomped the RE-92's in the wet finished over 2 seconds behind really good rain tires when tested against the Goodyear F1 GS-D3 and Michelin PS2.


In other words, the RE-92's are not particularly good in the rain when new and just get worse as the mileage goes up.
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Old 01-19-2004, 12:22 PM   #9
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Dats the truth...well put.
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Old 01-19-2004, 01:07 PM   #10
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Mine are OK in snowy conditions as long as I'm taking it easy with gas and brake. You wouldn't confuse them with actual winter tires, but they do the job for me even in heavier going. I've had the car in snow up to the bottom of the front bumper and the RE92s handled it adequately. The tires are still quite new, so by next winter I'll probably pop for a new set of a more aggressive all-season tire.
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Old 01-19-2004, 02:38 PM   #11
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You owe it to yourself to replace the re92's with good tires.

With pilot sport a/s - my rex is a totally different car, with 92's, it is SO limited by the tires.

Anyone who thinks the 92's are decent either drives like a grandma, or hasn't driven 'quality' tires.

There is NO comparison. GET BETTER TIRES
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Old 01-19-2004, 03:16 PM   #12
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Originally posted by Zman
There is NO comparison. GET BETTER TIRES
Totally agree... When I put on my snowies, I had the random luck of driving in the snow to the shop on the REs and then driving in the same snow with Michelin Artic Alpins. "Night and day" doesn't even do it justice. Its more like a "solar eclipse and nuke air strike" difference.

One other thing worth mentioning -- generally, the cheapest winter tire is going to be ALOT better with snow and ice traction (when combined with the AWD). Braking in snow should be (and probably is) better than the RE92s, but the AWD does nothing to enhance that. So don't think you need to go out and get a $170 winter tire! I love my $79 snowies.
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