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LawGT 08-28-2006 09:03 AM

Compendium of Tire Reviews: Please sticky

I think it's a good idea to have one thread with all tire reviews for our cars, like NASIOC does it. There are tons of reviews in here, but I think the information will be more useful for everyone if it is located in one thread.

Please Sticky so that folks may have all tire info along with Keefe's great Wheel/Tire FAQ. For all posts, please answer the following questions. (I'm still rocking the stockers, so I can't post any helpful info at this time). thanks

#1) What tire are you offering for review (size, model, type (summer, A/s, winter, race, etc), price paid, miles driven on tires, etc):

#2) What is your geographic location:

#3) What types of driving events if any (Track, AutoX, Commute ;), etc):

#4) Percent of highway vs. city driving:

#5) Tires used previously:

#6) Your review and personal comments (Dry, wet, and snow, if applicable. Also, please compare to other tires used):

rc0032 08-29-2006 01:53 PM

Lets keep this on track. Sticky :)

LawGT 08-29-2006 03:04 PM

THANKS!!!! :). Let's hope now peeps use it.

fweasel 08-29-2006 03:21 PM

#1) Bridgestone Potenza RE92
#2) Chicago, IL
#3) Highway, sh!tty city steets, snow
#4) 50/50
#5) N/A
#6) They Suck

KartRacerBoy 08-29-2006 03:57 PM

I have Yokohama AVS ES100s, 225/40/18 Z speed rated (I believe) on 8" wide rims. I paid about $96/tire at Tire Rack here in South Bend, Indiana. They are summer dry/wet tires, unidirectional with a similar tread pattern to Goodyear F1s. I rarely drive highway, mostly crowned two lane urban/rural roads and I use these from April to late October.

I had these tires on my old 1994 Volvo 850 Turbo wagon and on that car they tramlined horrendously, but they are relatively inexpensive high perf tires and I suspected it was the alignment on the Volvo that led to the tramlining. I was right. On the Volvo, they also hydroplaned in relatively small puddles, but not on the Subaru.

They have stiff sidewalls and give the steering a more responsive feel (compared to the stock RE92s, but they weren't too bad in THIS respect). I race karts, so I like quick, responsive steering, and these tires improved that aspect of steering. The stiff sidewalls and low profile do hurt ride quality, but not dramatically compared to the 17" RE92s on the stock suspension. However, on Swift lowering springs, these tires made the ride unbearable for my wife due to the combination of stiffer spring rate and stiff side walls. Secondary roads become a thing to avoid, even for me. Also, the tires do lose alot of grip below 55 degrees or so (espec. when wet) so switch them out to winter ro all season tires b4 too late in fall.

The tires have gotten louder over the first 10,000 miles, but I suspect I had an alignment issue because there is some feathering of the tread, so I suspect that's my fault.

I use the tires for relatively sedate road driving (few fun roads in farm country) but I also autocross them. I'm used to race slicks and lots of grip, and while they are sticky road tires (for the money), they are a lot greasier than I expected, but I haven't autox'd much b4 and don't have much to compare them to. It's easy to induce understeer with too much power (not used to that in karts!), but I can get the rear out, too, so it's all good!

Overall, a good extreme summer dry/wet tire, espec at 1/2 the price of the big boy tires like Goodyear F1, Pirellis, etc.

PS - The car looks like it's a steamroller when these tires are on 8 inch wide wheels! Stretching the tire out on these wheels is responsible for alot of the ride, turn-in characteristics, so if you put them on 7 inch wide wheels, you may loose some of the characteristics I refer to.

hal9e3 08-29-2006 05:19 PM

#1) Goodyear F1 GS-D3, 215/45-17 XL, Max Summer, $88 ea. + $40 gift card from T/R, ~5K miles so far.

#2) Cowtown, TX., where the West begins and the bu$^#&it ends:)

#3) Does pissing off a Carrera S count as a driving 'event'? If not then strictly non-competitive travels.

#4) At least 80/20, maybe more.

#5) RE92s and Toyo T1Rs.

#6) These tire is GREAT! Much better cornering and braking than either of the other two. I haven't noticed any increase in tire noise as others have noted, but I usually have the tunes cranked so... It's been a real drought here since I bought them so I have almost NO miles in rain but on the rare occasion I did get out in the wet they seemed to be fine. I'll update when I have a chance to push them in the wet stuff. Please note that these are the XL versions so I don't know how much, if any, difference there is performance-wise between these and the SL versions that are currently on sale at T/R.

Wet update: excellent! It poured over the weekend so I went out to check my SS brake line install and do a wet traction test. Great braking performance - I had a hard time getting the ABS to engage. Pretty good hydroplaning performance. Standing water at edge of the road didn't pull the car that direction as badly as other tires, but puddles in the middle of the road tended to bump the car sideways. Great cornering performance. There's a constant radius curve on my test road and I went thru it several times in both directions. My speed was pretty close to my normal spirited pace thru there in the dry with no discernable loss of traction. Bottom line: BUY THESE TIRES!!!

sflegacy71 08-29-2006 08:37 PM

toyo T1Rs 235/40r17

Xenonk 08-30-2006 01:22 AM

Too many to list, just PM me for questions.

pdw 09-07-2006 11:16 AM

- Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 in 225/45-17 -

I purchased a set of used OZ SL's with Bridgestone S03's from my Subaru dealer to use for summer (stock wheels got Nokian WR's for winter). I purchased the set in the fall and got them at a great price. However, I didn't mount them until the spring. Once I did mount them, I got a rude awakening. The OZ's were pristine and the S03's had a lot of tread left but they were seriously LOUD and tramlined pretty bad. I drove on them from spring of '06 until early August and decided I couldn't stand them anymore.

To replace them I got the Michelins and what a world of difference. The Michelins are quiet, track well (no tramlining) and are great in the wet. They don't have the ultimate grip the S03's had but they're still a high performance tire. Also, the ride with the Michelins is much better. I'd buy them again.

GTTuner 09-14-2006 10:01 AM

This is a great sticky. Only if we can get some reviews on here. I am ready to purchase and am looking for recomendations.

derffred 09-17-2006 07:46 PM

1. Goodyear Ealge F1 GS-D3 (215/45 ZR17); $88each -; 10,000 Miles driven; Rotated every 5,000 miles.

2. Northern New Jersey.

3. No driving events.

4. 85% Highway/15% City

5. Bridgestone Potenza RE92

6. These tires are simply amazing! No increase in road noise; accelerating traction, braking traction, and cornering traction are dramatically increased in both wet and dry. I've almost lost control multiple times with the previous RE92s, but with these F1s, i can seriously drive around and take corners a lot harder with 5 times more confidence :) Plus before i got the amazing deal on these tires, i wanted to do a brake upgrade (SS Lines, pads, and fluid).. but with these tires, it turned the "need" into a "want". Probably one of the best modifications :)

hal9e3 09-21-2006 09:07 AM

Bump for update to my Goodyear F1 review, post #7.

TSi+WRX 09-21-2006 09:12 AM

^ hal9e3 -

Bro, what's your inflation pressure? hot or cold?

Thanks! :) I'm about 85% convinced, by your post and that of others, that these will be my next set of "summers."

speeding_gaijin 09-21-2006 02:41 PM

Bridgestone Potenza GIII


Commute, city, highways, mountain roads fun


Potenza 040 (stock) - very good tires

Amazing grip. Noisy and not too comfy. Looking for laternative

hal9e3 09-21-2006 03:19 PM


Originally Posted by TSi+WRX (Post 772996)
^ hal9e3 -

Bro, what's your inflation pressure? hot or cold?

Thanks! :) I'm about 85% convinced, by your post and that of others, that these will be my next set of "summers."

Uh, at the moment wrong:( Just rotated and forgot to fix the pressures. When they're correct I run 38/36 cold. Alas, it appears that Tire Rack has sold out of the $88 SLs. All they have left is the XLs at $135, which is still not a bad price. Unfortunately the current special is buy 4, get an El Lameo ESPN Prize Pack. If you wait maybe they'll rerun the gift card promo. Regardless I think you'll be very happy with these tires.

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