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My Audi TT has Bridgestone Potenza RE040's (225/45-17)... I only have 400 miles on the car but have gone through some fast turns and must say that I'm disappointed with these tires. (just as Audi enthusiast Amulett was). They are not grippy and they are tricky at the limit. (exactly like the RE030's that came with my GS400) I'm sure the Goodyear GSD's are probably better. Anyways, when my tires start to wear down I'll get Bridgestone S02 Pole Positions the first chance I get...
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Originally posted by EricK:
My Audi TT has Bridgestone Potenza RE040's (225/45-17)... I only have 400 miles on the car but have gone through some fast turns and must say that I'm disappointed with these tires. (just as Audi enthusiast Amulett was). They are not grippy and they are tricky at the limit. (exactly like the RE030's that came with my GS400) I'm sure the Goodyear GSD's are probably better. Anyways, when my tires start to wear down I'll get Bridgestone S02 Pole Positions the first chance I get...
Eric....
You should spend more time on AudiWorld.com. They call them "Blowtenzas" over there, as they are subject to frequent sidewall buldges.
 

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Apparently the TT and IS300 are not heavy enough to cause the budges/bubbles in the tires.. Those bubbles show up in the much heavier Audi S4... I'm still very disappointed with the limited grip of these tires, just like those of the GS400 I had. They have very low treadwear ratings but very little grip...what gives? Do you guys have any complaints?
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Eric, my father hated the Potenzas on his GS 400; they were loud, had no tread life, and were not nearly as grippy as the Michelins.
 

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Brad,
Which tires are on your soon to be yours GS400 now? My E55 has Dunlop SP9000's, I haven't heard much about them but they are much better than the Potenzas from my experience.... ONE MORE DAY MAN!!! Then it's yours!!!
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Eric, I'm jacked. I fly out to Houston tomorrow morning and pick it up at noon. I've got about 10,000 miles of tread left on some Michelin Pilots. I've finally got a stinkin' GPS so you people can stop hearing me complain.
 

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Eric,
When I order my car, do you think I should request the Goodyear's. What model Goodyear are they exactly. I've been trying to research the RE040's but can find nothing worthwile on them.
 

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I wonder what the split is in how many IS300's have the Potenza RE040's and how many have the Goodyear tires... I'm sure the RE040's would effect the handling dynamics of the car because when I had my GS400 and switched to the S02 Pole Positions, it handled like a different car....
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[From TEG: I was told that it was 2/3 GS-D and 1/3 Potenza RE-040... ]


[This message has been edited by TEG (edited November 03, 2000).]
 

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Originally posted by hurricane:
Eric,
When I order my car, do you think I should request the Goodyear's. What model Goodyear are they exactly. I've been trying to research the RE040's but can find nothing worthwile on them.
Hurricane,
Definitely opt for the Goodyears... I'm upset with Audi for putting such a poor tire on their TT's....
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Definitely like the Goodyear GS-D's on my car over any Bridgestone tires I've ever had. Yuck. I went through two sets of Dunlop SP8000's on my Miata and they were great for a while, but maybe halfway (or less even) through the tread life, they'd start to get brittle and not grip so much anymore. The Miata currently has Toyo Proxies T1-S which are the best tires I've ever had. At a local autocross, I asked one of the best drivers to drive my car around once (with me in it) and he commented that those tires were the closest to race tires he's ever driven.


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Yeah and I'm stuck with them on my TT for 12K miles...
C'mon Lexus, if you're reading, you should only use the GSD Goodyears and not the REO40's...
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EricK,

Those S02's are awsome tires. They came on my car stock and they were very sticky. The downside to them is that they don't last to long...and I need tread to get me through rainy weather. The S02's in the rear was 4/5 gone in about 4,500 miles.

About what "webmaster" was saying about the Toyo Proxes T1-S...I feel the same way (I have 245/35/18 in the rear now). Those tires have a 280 UTG...and they stick to the road like glue. The sidewall of the tire feels very stiff and the tread design is good for water displacement. I highly recommend the T1-S.




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By the way, S02's UTG is like 180 or something. Best tire in my books if you don't mind buying new tires more frequently.

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I wonder whether they'll recall all IS300's with Potenzas to replace them with the Goodyears because of defects (bulges/bubbles)
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How do you guys feel about the Yokohama AVS Sport? I know some S4 owners replaced their RE040's for them, which I plan to do also when spring time comes around. I was looking for horror stories for these particular Yokohama's, but couldn't find any. Mabye someone can give me an insight on them.

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I have the RE040, and so far I have noticed that it squeak alot. I remember that the Potenza I had on my Eclipse before suck, but I would thought this tire is better. Anyway, my tires will probably be gone around 10K, which is probably 2 months away. At that time, I'll most likely go with the S02 or the Toyo tires you guys are talking about.
BTW, what is the maximum width I can put on this rim?
 

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Originally posted by Unicron:
About what "webmaster" was saying about the Toyo Proxes T1-S...I feel the same way (I have 245/35/18 in the rear now). Those tires have a 280 UTG...and they stick to the road like glue. The sidewall of the tire feels very stiff and the tread design is good for water displacement. I highly recommend the T1-S.
I didn't mention it before, but yes, the T1's are awesome in the wet. Before I would hydroplane on a little puddle with the SP8000's. The T1's could'nt care less about water. And they stick like crap when dry too.


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Here's another testimonial for the SO2s. Just got them for my 330i for the track this weekend. These things truly grip like monsters. They put the stock ContiSports to shame.
 
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