STS=autocross. Autocross=not caring about wet driving.dinu01 said:225 seems excessive - 205 is thre best for the 3, although you can make a case for the 215 too - but 225? As Lee said, way too wide for any type of wet driving
You should do more research. There are plenty of alternatives to the Tire Rack, including Discount Tire Direct and Vulcan Tires, both of which carry Azenis, and both of which ship via UPS, just like Tire Rack. DTD has them for $117ea in 225/45/17... cheaper than the Khumos from Tire Rack. I cannot vouch for their fit on the stock 17" 3 wheels, though.slipangle said:Tirerack doesn't sell Azenis. Other tire dealers charge an arm and a leg for shipping, so I'm stuck with only Kumho as an affordable performance tire choice.
While that's true, nowhere in this thread is there any mention of changing wheel size. This is about what will fit on the stock rimsLeeLee said:The stock wheel is 17x6.5. So going to an 18x7.5 is going to a rim that is a full inch wider.
Error on my part: I mean 215/50/17, not 215/50/15.Kirk said:FYI, stock tire size is 205/50/17... going to 215/50/15 would result in your speedo reading 1.6% too slow. Going to 225/45/17 would result in a speedo reading of 0.4% too fast, meaning it's a better match size-wise... as long as it fits.
No more morning beer for me.Kirk said:
Didn't know that. Isn't there a local tire store that carries Falkens? Maybe they'll price match. I believe Sears can get them, and I see there are some in Honolulu... Just offering ideas.slipangle said:KIRK...UPS shipping to Hawaii is horrendous.
Wet traction and hydroplaning are different. Wet traction is just how well the tire holds onto the road despite it being wet. Hydroplaning is the propensity for a tire to lose contact with the road at speed. When hydroplaning, the wet traction of the tire is zero. Just because a tire has good wet traction doesn't mean it is well desgined against hydroplaning.slipangle said:LEELEE...think Kirk is right about hydroplanning. I upgraded from 185/70/14 stock tire size (yeah, real old car that I'm attempting to autocross) to 205/60/14. With the ES100s in the fronts, my wet traction is actually better than whatever crappy tire I bought this car with. I even have bald 205/60/14 sumitomo HTR200s in the rears with no traction issues. Guess the ES100s in the front clear the contact patch for the rears to follow. This setup gives me good rotation for autocross style driving. Probably wouldn't recommend it for 'normal' drivers though.