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I can't find any info on the Bridgestone RE070s that are said to be fitted to the STi. The Bridgestone site doesn't even have any info on it. Any help would be great. Thanks
 

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Yeah, I'll be looking for a set of summer rims with other tires as soon as those get about 5k on em.

GC-07s with Toyo TS-1s, anyone? ;)
 

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CloneGTS,
I'm with you on your choices there, but all can't be running around with one of the trickest setups for this car..hehe

JB,
Yeah, I don't think anyone on this board will have tons of money to spend shortly after buying the STi...that's ok. Someone else said it best. "The STi is so complete." <--my sentiments exactly.
 

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If you want tremendous dry tires at reasonable prices, look no further than Kumho Victoracer 700. I have used them on my Cobra on the treet and the track. The 275/40/17 I get cost about $145, I imagine the STi size would sell for less. They are DOT approved, but I would recommend very carefull and slow driving on the wet (they are almost slicks). Not exactly an STi kind of tire if you ask me, but they are amazing on dry road.
 

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You know, kg brings up an important point. With drag/competition rubber, how much wear and tear will we bring on the STi's drivetrain? I mean sure it can be used, but I wonder if you put serious competition Hoosier's on..will this cause a lot more wear?
 

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I think the scenario with the most strain to the drivetrain is accelerating hard from 0. Since the STi is 4WD even with regular tires there shouldn't be much wheel spin, if any, so there shouldn't be any extra strain. The sticky tires would give extra performance during hard cornering and braking, which shouldn't strain the drivetrain.
 

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kg said:
If you want tremendous dry tires at reasonable prices, look no further than Kumho Victoracer 700. I have used them on my Cobra on the treet and the track. The 275/40/17 I get cost about $145, I imagine the STi size would sell for less. They are DOT approved, but I would recommend very carefull and slow driving on the wet (they are almost slicks). Not exactly an STi kind of tire if you ask me, but they are amazing on dry road.
the Kumho V700 is not a viable street tire if you are going to do any large amount of mileage. they're going to wear out FAST. the RE-070's may be a near-track tyre, but they're going to last lots longer than V700's run ont the street. I also don't think it's even remotely safe to be driving an SVT Mustang (or STi for that matter) on the street at speeds where you're going to be using even 75% of the stick of R-compound tires. hit a patch of gravel & you're off in the ditch/on-coming traffic/trees/etc. driving that hard is for the track not the street.

I suspect that if you drive hard on the street the RE-070's will likely last 10-15k. driven easier, they might last to 20k, but very unlikely. saving the OE RE-070's for the track seems like a good idea, as long as you realize the car will be quicker reacting on the RE-070's than any other tyre you run.

initially I'll likely put on some old 225/45-17's I have from my previous car for messing around on the track - less stick = lower limits = better learning environment = less of pricey RE-070's scrubbed off on the track. also, I have a couple of friends who have extensive track time in WRX'es who will likely play with the car on track & I'd rather they burn up the cheap - hell, they're free since I've had them so long & have no use for them - tires instead of my fancy OE ones. I'll likely not track the car that much either, so maybe I'll use the RE-070's on the track & the street. we'll see.


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I drive reasonably on the street. My Cobra is a track animal. I do 3-4k/yr street driving and I am just lazy to get the Kumhos off, they are fine for a little street driving.
 

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kg said:
I think the scenario with the most strain to the drivetrain is accelerating hard from 0. Since the STi is 4WD even with regular tires there shouldn't be much wheel spin, if any, so there shouldn't be any extra strain. The sticky tires would give extra performance during hard cornering and braking, which shouldn't strain the drivetrain.
I guess I should be more detailed in my question/post. I agree that hard acceleration is going to bring the most wear on an AWD car, but highly aggressive cornering will also bring some (I would think). When you take the STi into a corner and the LSDs are working properly, with sticky tires wouldn't it create more wear on the limited slim diffs?
 

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For an all season tire, I couldn't be happier than I am with the Toyo FZ-4s. I had a set replace my OEM tires on my factory wheels and then I put them on my 18s. They are amazing tires in the dry and the wet, but they aren't what you would call a great auto tire.

But for $100 for 205/16s and $150 for 215/18s, they are a best buy IMO.
 

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91TB78, I don't think sticky tires would be that much harder on the diffs during cornering - pretty much the same diff operation would happen with regular tires. Sticky tires would give you a bit more speed in during and out of corners - I don't think the extra speed (5-10%?) adds that much strain. I think what you are thinking applies more to ultra sticky tires during the start of a 1/4 mile run when dropping the clutch from 4000rpm - if sticky tires will prevent what would otherwise be a lot of tire spin, then you do risk messing up the tranny or something else in the drivetrain. I am not sure this even applies to the STi - it probably can't spin its wheels even with regular tires so the stress would be the same. I think most of the stress would be on the brembos, and I am confident they can take it!!! I have Brembos and I love them!
 
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