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Old 03-28-2004, 01:06 AM   #1
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Default Goodyear F1 GS-D3 vs. Bridgestone S-03 Pole Position

I am shopping for summer-only tires for my 2002 WRX sedan, and have narrowed my selection to the Goodyear F1 GS-D3 and the Bridgestone S-03 Pole Position.
I have 17" wheels, and will get 225-45-17's.

The general comments I have seen are that the Bridgestones handle better, but are very darty on rough roads. Also, they are noisier. The Goodyears have more flexible sidewalls and don't turn in as crisply, but increasing tire PSI helps.

I think they are both good tires; the Goodyears are a little cheaper.

Your opinions???

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Old 03-28-2004, 01:18 AM   #2
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Having been a diehard fan of S03s for years, I have been converted to GS-D3s. Had them on my ex-350Z. Check out tirerack.com for a good camparison article. S03s are very heavy by comparison as well.
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Old 03-28-2004, 04:53 PM   #3
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I just replaced 215/45-17 S0-3s (33,000 miles) with F1 GS-D3's. The new F1 GS-D3's at 100 miles feel a little squirmier in tight turns up and down mountain roads. On the other hand, the S0-3s liked to follow the wear tracks on some country roads, but that never bothered me because I accepted it as "road feel."

I have the pressures set at 45/42 F/R, whereas on the S0-3s I kept the pressures at 37/35 F/R.
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Old 03-29-2004, 04:18 AM   #4
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I m using Eagles F1 coming from Yokos AVS sport. Huge difference. Very soft and confortable tires, very predictable and easy to drive. Not as crisp or responsive as the yokos. Not better, nor worst, just a different style.
Very well balanced for a High performance tyre for a daily driver.

Note: don't go for 225s! The car will feel sllugish. 215s are perfect for the nature of the beast. (bigger tires looks good but don't go better)
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