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Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  Rheid on Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:03 am

scooby-kyle wrote:I wish Bridgestone did the RE070's in 18"...they'd sell millions Very Happy

They do! 245/40/18 developed for the Impreza R205 - sadly not available over here though.
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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  scooby-kyle on Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:10 am

I've seen that R205 report too Rhied,

But when you look on the Bridgestone website, there isn't an 18" option listed for the RE070 at all.. so is it definitely correct?

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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  Rheid on Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:03 am

scooby-kyle wrote:I've seen that R205 report too Rhied,

But when you look on the Bridgestone website, there isn't an 18" option listed for the RE070 at all.. so is it definitely correct?

Apparently so.

I spoke to Iain Litchfield about it a few weeks ago and he'd already looked into bringing them over but hasn't done so due to cost - IIRC he would have had to sell them at £250 - £300 each to make it worthwhile!

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New rubber...

Post  A on Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:47 am

After much considerations.... have ordered a set of Continental Sport Contact 3 for fitting next week when I get the BBS wheels refurbished.

Having had the extreme dry weather Dunlops (euro import) for 2 years they really need changing. Great in the dry BUT pretty useless in wet, damp, or slippery conditions.

So I didnt really want another ultimate dry weather tyre as I'd prefer something that will perform across the board.

Vetoed the F1 asy as now they are not being produced (although some garages ahve loads) I didnt want to pick up a bad puncture in 6 months and not be able to replace one tyre.

I will let you know how they feel after next week....


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PS What helped swing it was the new Porker Boxster i saw wearing them What a Face

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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  drumsterphil on Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:31 pm

I have Michelin Pilot Sport 2's fitted - imo there is not a better road tyre on the market in terms of grip, ride and feel (and I've tried most of them) - there's a reason why Porsche fit them as OE equipment imo.

However, the price can be truly eye-watering (unless you know someone in the trade... Wink )
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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  vulnax on Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:06 am

I was going to ask about best replacement tyres, but for a different reason.,...

The 330S has a wah wah was metallic noise between 20 mph and 60 mph, road speed based not engine revs etc.

Been into dealers 4 times, changed both front wheel bearings ..nochange. Last time they tried onb 17" wheels-tyres and stated all noise went, and apparently contavted Subaru - IM to see if this was a known issue on the 18"s... Subaru said no, not heard of. So no warranty problem, no dealer fix.


Posted on here and no one else had this problem, so am tuck until change tyres!

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Post  A on Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:55 pm

Today my confidence in 'wet grip' was totally restored as I drove through heavy rain, standing water, and very slippery surfaces. cheers


With the Dunlop SP 600 S extreme dry weather tyres replaced with the new Continental Sport Contact 3 with the harder sidewall (as recently tested in Evo) initial impressions are very positive.

drunken

Great feel / maybe improved steering feel (Yes diff tyres can certainly do that), superb ride, confident in the wet to push it a little, even tho these newies havent scrubbed in yet.

I think I'm gonna like these. i reckon these Conti's will be like the GSD3's of old that did so well in Evo - they became 'very big'. Must admit I went from them to Bridgestone REO 70's which were really great superb.

Anyhows - must say when you drive a £ xx,000 sports saloon - it really sends me gaga that peeps will fit medium quality / priced tyres when the car deserves more..... albino

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PS Wah wah tyres... buckled tyre or buckled wheel. You may be surprised.

Cheap test... swap front wheels for rears and see if its any different.
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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  vulnax on Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:22 am

A wrote:


PS Wah wah tyres... buckled tyre or buckled wheel. You may be surprised.

Cheap test... swap front wheels for rears and see if its any different.

Thanks for the vote of confidence in dodgy tyres / wheels ... I'll try that front to rear swap over ... would have thought Dealer would have tried that too!!!

Cheers

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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  Derek FKS 85 on Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:28 pm

I have exactly the same issue with original Dunlops on, new wheel bearings fitted too and still the same. Really noticable around 70mph and it annoys the living daylights out of me.
Looks like some Michelin Pilot sport 2's when the Dunlops wear is the only answer.

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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  StanS on Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:04 pm

Good topic to read.
You've probably seen this site -
http://ssl.delti.com/cgi-bin/rshop.pl?details=Ordern&cart_id=11492692.110.12140&typ=R-153583&ranzahl=4&Breite=245&Herst=Dunlop&Quer=40&Felge=18&Speed=W&weiter=0&kategorie=6&Ang_pro_Seite=15&Transport=P&F_F=1&dsco=110

I use it for the "tyretest.com" results to help see which are the "best" performing tyres. The prices are quite good but not best for on-line tyres.
This is a bit cheaper
http://www.tyretraders.com/tyreInformation.aspx?ItemID=DUN24540R1893YSPMAXXGTAO

Ended up with Michelin PS2 from an old tyre mate @ £159 each all in.
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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  Derek FKS 85 on Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:38 pm

Hi Stan.
Are the Michelins as good as they say?

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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  StanS on Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:03 pm

I had the original Dunlop Sport 600 all round, then due to a slight tracking problem I had a bald strip on the nearside inside part of the tread, and the offside tyre was getting fairly bad so needed 2 new tyres. Rears still have a fair amount of tread left. So decided to put Michelins on the front (and rear when the Dunlops have had it), Only done 20 miles so still driving fairly sensibly to "run" the tyres in a bit, so can't say much at present. Could be interesting in the wet with good Michelins on the front and half worn Dunnies on the back !
Its interesting comparing the test results of the tyres on the website in my last post.

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2 weeks later....

Post  A on Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:02 pm



Well..... after 2 weeks with the new Continental Sport Contact 3's fitted all round I'm impressed. Cool

As an all round high performance road tyre its hard to fault them.

Great in dry, incredible in the wet, quieter, a tad more comfortable, and 'more feel' at the wheel Smile

All in all well worth the £ 650 odd quid.



Whilst having the new rubber I got Lepsons @ Gillingham to refurbish the BBS forged alloys which had been subject to wife abuse for 2 years ... (and she prob only drove it a dozen times lol)

How did they do ? ... TBH I must say they are outstanding, possibly better than new.


I thought about black, or matt black, anthracite, maybe even kermit green or renault red, but finally went oem to keep the standard 'euro spec' look. Understated but that suits me just fine Wink


At £70 a corner not too bad at all. All work guaranteed for a year.


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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  urban on Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:33 am

Derek FKS 85 wrote:Hi Stan.
Are the Michelins as good as they say?


I tried the PS2 tyres on my last 05 STI.
It ate them in no time at all.
Too soft in my opinion, and the hatch is probably heavier again.
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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  Derek FKS 85 on Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:49 am

Michelin PS3's fitted now, the car didn't move on a known slippy roundabout in torrential rain the other day and much much quieter than the Dunlops, the car feels more planted already and should be even better after 4 wheel alignment tomorrow.
Very impressed so far.
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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  peterwbaker on Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:44 am

Have to agree on the PS3's My car came with some nasty Nexen 245/35 ZR19 tyres (if you want to make me an offer, although maybe not!) just replaced them with with some Michelin Pilot Sport 3s 255/35 ZR19 - I can't call them cheap but they do fit the wheel arches and grip even after a couple of hundred miles is amazing... Peter
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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  Derek FKS 85 on Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:56 am

After being caught in all this snow we have here yesterday I have to say that I am really impressed with both the car and the Michelins.
I had the diff locked, VDC off and did nearly 200 miles in dreadful conditions on a mixture of motorways and B roads without an problem.
The tyres are much better than I expected them to be and i'm now abandoning thoughts of buying winter tyres.

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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  urban on Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:26 am

Be really keen to see how we'll the PS3's wear Derek.

How long did you Dunlops last?
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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  Derek FKS 85 on Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:59 am

Had to change them at 14,000. Hated them and wished I'd binned them earlier!
Michelins should last well, I don't give the car a hard time really.
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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  Abx on Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:04 am

My Dunlops have started making that noise again on full lock when they are cold, the walls must freeze up really easily!

I was convinced I was hitting something as I reversed off a mates drive then remembered!!
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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  Derek FKS 85 on Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:08 am

I had no confidence in the Dunlops and I had 2 wheel bearings replace because I thought they were goosed, new tyres on and the noise is gone, if I still had them on yesterday I would be stuck somewhere in the snow!

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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  urban on Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:26 am

Abz wrote:My Dunlops have started making that noise again on full lock when they are cold, the walls must freeze up really easily!

I was convinced I was hitting something as I reversed off a mates drive then remembered!!

What noise was that?
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Re: Which tyres suit the STi hatch?

Post  Abx on Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:45 am

Like a cracking noise, similar to the noise that you get when you walk on fresh snow if you know what I mean.

I think it's the tyre walls that freeze up and on full lock you bend the wall, hence the noise.

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