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Thetoad 01-02-2013 03:41 PM

Why Low Profile Tires
 
My 06 B came with Bridgestone Potenza's .They were summer performance tires that did nothing except rear end a woman's VW,when mine did not even make an attempt to stop on the rain soaked GW Bridge.

I have no clue why they would sell a car in the north east with summer performance tires when we certainly deal with all 4 seasons.

My car was only about three months old and had just assumed these tires excelled on dry pavement,,,,,,but to be absolutely worthless in rain,,,,never entered my mind.My speed was only about 30 MPH,I gave ample room to stop....however when I attempted to stop,,,all that happenened was I hydroplanned into her.The Stones did squat.The only positive was that the airbags did not deploy,no injuries.

I've always detested low profile tires,,and after the accident and repairs( hood,bumpers,lights radiator) I wondered if any standard tires would fit my 10 spoke 18" wheels.No was the answer.

What's the reason for the low profile tires,,they are uncomfortable,noisy,and transmit every nuance in the road with interest on to you.

Why sell a car,,with such a limited performance tire,,,only suitable in Arizona ,,maybe to a north east dealership,,,,,without even a warning about how incapable summer performance tires are in the real world.

laff79 01-02-2013 03:46 PM

one time this person sued McDonald's because he spilled coffee on himself and it was "too hot." You related?

Gire 01-02-2013 03:51 PM

Welcome to the forum, best to put on your flame suit now.

You own a 'performance sedan', and a hopped up verson of the model to boot. Yes, it's a Subaru, which are favored by the granola and rainbow crowd for their all season reliability, but that crowd didn't buy the Spec B.

The Spec B crowd wanted serious performance, and summer tires help wring out all that performance.

Best to keep the summer rubber for 2.5 seasons, and buy a set of dedicated winter rubber for the other 1.5 seasons.

This is what the Subaru engineers and marketing team figured the Spec B customer would do. Same with the STi crowd.

Can you imagine how much worse the performance specs of the STi would be if the magazines tested it with average all-seasons on it? Goodbye slalom speed, G-force score, 1/4 mile time and braking distance.

If you wanted big cushy sidewall tires like on a Buick or Camry, you likely bought the wrong car. Low profile tires also help immensely with overall performance but I figure you know that.

lingling1337 01-02-2013 03:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by laff79 (Post 4228043)
one time this person sued McDonald's because he spilled coffee on himself and it was "too hot." You related?

It was a woman and that lawsuit really wasn't that frivolous.

EDIT: To answer your question OP you really should have looked into what kind of tires you're driving on... I'm sure plenty of people in the northeast use summer performance tires and switch tires/adjust their driving depending on conditions.

DeltaSniper 01-02-2013 03:57 PM

I dont think they are THAT terrible in the rain.... I suppose its because we are in a season called winter.... and you are driving on summer tires.....

Summer tires in the winter + rain = fail.

underground000 01-02-2013 03:58 PM

2 things i dont get from the post
you bought the car new in 06 and you are now posting about this in 2013
or
you bought the car recently with 6 year old tires that are worn and complaining about hydroplaning...

so you can sue the seller for selling a car with summer tires without desecration that you live in a winter climate making the car very unsafe:rolleyes:

I got about 1 year on my cheap summer tires before they were down to the wear bars

laff79 01-02-2013 03:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lingling1337 (Post 4228050)
It was a woman and that lawsuit really wasn't that frivolous.

EDIT: To answer your question OP you really should have looked into what kind of tires you're driving on... I'm sure plenty of people in the northeast use summer performance tires and switch tires/adjust their driving depending on conditions.


obviously it went over your head, Nebraska

.:Catalyst:. 01-02-2013 03:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gire (Post 4228048)
Low profile tires also help immensely with overall performance but I figure you know that.

You know what they say about "assuming"... reading between the lines my guess is OP does not know that based on what was stated in his post.

OP - clearly you did not "give ample room to stop" given the conditions and the current state of your vehicle's installed equipment. I have an 06 spec.B and can drive on low profile summer performance tires in the warm months (and squeeze out my suspensions greatness using high performance rubber), and I can get around in snow, ice, and rain with my dedicated low profile winter tires.

lingling1337 01-02-2013 04:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by laff79 (Post 4228056)
obviously it went over your head, Nebraska

I know what you're trying to say, that was just a bad reference to make. BTW if you want to call me dumb, make fun of my Texas heritage instead :lol:

laff79 01-02-2013 04:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lingling1337 (Post 4228063)
I know what you're trying to say, that was just a bad reference to make. BTW if you want to call me dumb, make fun of my Texas heritage instead :lol:

he's blaming tires for an accident just like that woman blamed McDonald's coffee for her getting burnt.

see now, partner? :lol:

lingling1337 01-02-2013 04:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by laff79 (Post 4228067)
he's blaming tires for an accident just like that woman blamed McDonald's coffee for her getting burnt.

see now, partner? :lol:

Quote:

I know what you're trying to say, that was just a bad reference to make.

JoeB820 01-02-2013 04:24 PM

low profile? im guessing your tread was also low...

charlie_sheen 01-02-2013 04:43 PM

looks like we've got a Stella award nominee right here.

wpmarky 01-02-2013 04:52 PM

+1 to low tread depth I'm betting, especially if they are the original tires from an 06 spec.b. 6 year old tire compound in the cold = no good will come of this.

sry to hear about your accident.

Thetoad 01-02-2013 06:18 PM

Whoa......
 
I am relaying an incident 3 months after I bought the car..from Town Motors in N.J.This car was in the showroom,it's list was around $34K.They said it can be had for mid 27K plus.I traded in my Forrester,and 10 K in cash....May the gods strike me dead if I speak with tonque ,,forked.


Such vitriol.....

Now some say it's a performance car...recently it was categorized as an overblown mid sedan by more than one.

I care not,however ,,,I was new to a concept of "summer tires"not to mention those ...."OH.....!! So LOW Profiles.....They were all new to me.

People speak of phase 2 modifications,,as if it's part of normal speech ..I'll admit that ignorance is NO Excuse in some situations but this Attack is unwarranted .

Hang me if you must,,but I had no clue.......


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