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I'm sure this topic has been "beaten to death." However, when I try searching for it, it seems that I cannot find it. Has anyone had to replace their tires yet? What is the tC's stock brand of tires? I can't find anything online concerning costs.
 

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costs vary so much thats a hard one to answer right off. this topic has been discussed to great length in the wheel and tire forum, and there is even a sticky at the top discussing tire brands and people;s opinions.
 

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Bridgestone Potenza RE92 215/45ZR17

Try looking in Wheels & Tires.

BTW.. I need to replace one... sigh...
 

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Originally posted by TheOnlyPish@Oct 22 2005, 07:45 PM
I'm sure this topic has been "beaten to death." However, when I try searching for it, it seems that I cannot find it. Has anyone had to replace their tires yet? What is the tC's stock brand of tires? I can't find anything online concerning costs.
It's either Bridgestone Potenza RE92 or Yokohama S32A, either one in 215/45-17.

-Ed
 

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30k'ish miles... Depends on how you drive.
 

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actually that's conservative as the treadwear number is 160 for these tires.. for a rough mileage you take the treadwear number and multiply it by 150 to get the mileage.. 160 X 150 = 24,000 so i usually back off a little for driving hard.. i'd say around 20,000 or so..
 

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Read this. The numbers don't really mean a lot. Only a mileage guarantee means anything significant.
 

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yeah the old rule of thumb was multiply the treadwear number by 150 and it gives a rough estimate of how long they'll last.. I've used this for a couple years and it usually (not all the time, but most of the time) holds up..
 

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whats funny is you can get WAY better tires for CHEAPER than the stock tires!!

thats what it did! I have the Falken Ziex Ze-512s in a 225/45/17. They were around 400 or so for all four if I remember correctly, but my I could be wrong. Either way, when I looked at how much the Craptenzas were to replace, they were 150 per tire!

What I am saying is DONT GET THE STOCK TIRES AGAIN!!!

 

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Only 150 to replace? I got quoted $215 over the phone.... that's why I got all new tires - Avon Tech M550's - like Eddnog's
 

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are the Potenza's any good after they warm up? I was driving to work this morning, and someone pulled out in front of me and I had to stop suddenly, the pavement was cold, but dry... and the car damn near screeeeeeaaached to a stop. The anti-locks were working, but I really thought that I was going to nail this guy.

if I were looking for a tire of the same size, but better quality (grip, cornering etc)- would toyo's, yokohama, whatever be the better choice? I mean, I'm not going to blow 200 bucks on a tire...
 

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Originally posted by mikeyb3d@Oct 27 2005, 11:27 AM
are the Potenza's any good after they warm up? I was driving to work this morning, and someone pulled out in front of me and I had to stop suddenly, the pavement was cold, but dry... and the car damn near screeeeeeaaached to a stop. The anti-locks were working, but I really thought that I was going to nail this guy.

if I were looking for a tire of the same size, but better quality (grip, cornering etc)- would toyo's, yokohama, whatever be the better choice? I mean, I'm not going to blow 200 bucks on a tire...
are the potenzas any good?! lol compared to what?! maybe the good years I had on my matrix, but not much else!

as for good tire/price, of course i am going to recommend the Falkens as I have them and they were recommended to me by another owner. also like I said in another post, the Kuhmos are great for tire/price. the pirellis are great tires too, but they are where they start to get pricey, but they are the best all around all season tire.
 

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Uh, not quite there shrk. The Pirellis are listed twice. First and third, both links go to the exact same page. I think the Avon's are truely in the lead still.
 

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Error in their page then... Didn't notice... I still think the Avons are better
 

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I have been thinking about getting those Avons. To those of you who have them, what are your impressions?
 

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I love the Tech M550s; I've had them for a couple months now and I have to agree with the general points consistent through the Tire Rack reviews:

Very quiet

Good on-center feel

Moderate tramlining on certain bridges with metal grating/plates

In certain sizes/profiles, when left to sit in cold weather for 48 hours or more, a moderate flat spot will be experienced for the first several miles after driving for the first time. If you drive daily, you shouldn't experience this unless underinflated. With the stock size, this problem does not occur at all.

Quite good wet weather grip (particularly given tC's ridiculously short gearing)

Fairly soft ride at stock size and proper air pressure

-Ed
 

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Thanks for the info, Ed. If the handling is good and the ride is very quiet, these are the tires for me. How much did it cost you to have them installed?
 

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Originally posted by basilisk4@Oct 28 2005, 09:37 AM
Thanks for the info, Ed.  If the handling is good and the ride is very quiet, these are the tires for me.  How much did it cost you to have them installed?
I bought them premounted and balanced on/with my 17x7.0 Ace Mantas, so it was included in the price of the wheels+tires and necessary hardware, ~$1200 mounted to my car. The shop that did it for me was very quick, courteous and professional, with very detail and complete documentation and paperwork of the job (just tire mount/balance and wheel mount to car!) plus they threw in a free tool for bolting/unbolting the wheels (not too different from the one that comes with the tC, L-shape, but the head is for sport/race lugs, so no need for an adapter). The shop is Action Tire in Lodi, NJ. I was concerned with possible rubbing at first (due to the +35mm offset and additional positive offset of my big brake kit) so they offered to go on a quick road test with me immediately after mounting the wheels and if for any reason they rubbed at all, they would take them back. Luckily, not even close to rubbing.

I had 225/40ZR18 Tech M550s on my 18x8.5" wheels before I got these (the set of wheels that caused my front tires to rub at the outer sidewall) and those were a bit more prone to flatspotting after long periods of sitting at cold temp than the ones I have now; that may also have had to do with the fact that the shop I bought them from (different shop; Savage Auto Sports out in Long Island) chose, unwisely, to mount 225s on 8.5" rim. They were ridiculously heavy, too, and prone to torque steer, which the ones I have now do not suffer from one bit!

-Ed
 
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