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Old 04-19-17, 02:18 AM   #1
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Looking for tire suggestions on 2017 STi with stock wheels using Bilstein/RCE black. Current choices are:

Michelin Pilot Super sport

Bridgestone Potenza RE760

Hankook Ventus V12 Evo2

Any experienced opinions or recommendations would be appreciated.

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Old 04-19-17, 03:29 AM   #2
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If you are going to daily drive the car with occasional spirited/agressive driving then i would go for the Michelin Pilot Super Sports. They are excellent summer tires. If you are tracking the car, then i would look into other tires for track use.
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Old 04-19-17, 09:05 AM   #3
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If daily, also consider the newer Michelin Pilot Sport 4S that's the successor to the PSS and retails for about the same price. Same performance of the PSS with improved wet traction. I noticed a slight initial corner lean with the softer sidewall compared to the stock Dunlops, but overall traction, ride quality, road noise, treadwear... pretty much everything else is vastly superior.

Plus even on the stock wheels with stock suspension, they look frickin' meaty. Would probably look perfect on your suspension.


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Old 04-19-17, 10:42 AM   #4
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If daily, also consider the newer Michelin Pilot Sport 4S that's the successor to the PSS and retails for about the same price. Same performance of the PSS with improved wet traction. I noticed a slight initial corner lean with the softer sidewall compared to the stock Dunlops, but overall traction, ride quality, road noise, treadwear... pretty much everything else is vastly superior.

Plus even on the stock wheels with stock suspension, they look frickin' meaty. Would probably look perfect on your suspension.

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PSS should never be used for snow right ?? I'm planning on going snowboarding once in a while and sometimes in Mammoth there is snow on the way up the mountain ... however, mountain high usually never has snow on the way up ) .. debating if I should purchase winter tires at all ..

Do you have any recommendations for winter tires? on stock wheel
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PSS should never be used for snow right ?? I'm planning on going snowboarding once in a while and sometimes in Mammoth there is snow on the way up the mountain ... however, mountain high usually never has snow on the way up ) .. debating if I should purchase winter tires at all ..

Do you have any recommendations for winter tires? on stock wheel
I was in the exact predicament as you... I purchased a set of high performance all seasons and put them on the stock wheels. I just bought a new set of wheels which have dedicated high perf summers (yoko ad08r) on them. My plan is to use the all seasons during winter time (trips to mammoth or big bear) and for longer road trips. I'm dailying my summers for now because I plan to do a few track events in the future/ and many canyon runs.
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Old 04-19-17, 12:11 PM   #6
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The tires you mention are in very different price brackets. That being said, I would get the PSS, since they are the best overall street tire in terms of tread wear and dry grip. I don't have experience with the re760, but my best friend got 30k miles on them on his gti. The v12's suck. I would strongly advise you not get them.
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PSS should never be used for snow right ?? I'm planning on going snowboarding once in a while and sometimes in Mammoth there is snow on the way up the mountain ... however, mountain high usually never has snow on the way up ) .. debating if I should purchase winter tires at all ..

Do you have any recommendations for winter tires? on stock wheel
MPSS are summer tires and should not be used at and around freezing temps. MPSS should not be used in the winter and definitely not used in snow.
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^one hundred percent this. Even the stock Dunlops are summer tires and should not be used in the snow. Depending on where you live and how deep the snow is, I would look at the Michelin PA Alpin 4 for a snow tire for the stock rim size. I'm replacing my Hankook Evo snow tires with those this upcoming winter.
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I plan on getting Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R when I get through the OEM tires (but that could change as I should have plenty of miles left on these). I don't want the softer sidewall that the Michelins have.

EDIT: I may have second thoughts considering the 71R performance in rain, unsure at this point.

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re71r have insane grip, but tend to get greasy after a few track sessions and there's no way they are 200 treadwear. wear much too quickly for that. I had them on my m3...
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