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I know that these rims are really light(about 15 lbs), but would this give a real world performance increase with some more street oriented tires?

I live in arizona so I almost never drive in rain and definitely dont drive in snow, so I dont need AT tires, and am possibly interested in getting some sportier and more gripping tires.

The car is leased, so I may do a cobb AP and some new tires/rims, but do you think the tires and rims would give a notable handling increase worth the money?
 

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Absolutely. If you are still rolling the stock wheels and tires (re92 for WRX), you will notice a much better acceleration, and cornering ability. The light rims would help as well because it would lead to less rotational force needed to get them moving. Plus those rims are the tits!

Go for it!
 

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Wow, thanks for the fast reply.

Sounds pretty good so far - Can you recommend any tires that are nice and sticky, and not as AT as the stock ones?

These look pretty good from my initial research - has anyone had any experience with either of these or are the max performance summer tires going to be pretty similar?

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Goodyear&tireModel=Eagle+F1+Asymmetric&partnum=235YR9F1AXL

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Bridgestone&tireModel=Potenza+RE050A+Pole+Position

I also understand that the more grip they have, generally, the faster I will need to replace them correct?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Wow, thanks for the fast reply.

Sounds pretty good so far - Can you recommend any tires that are nice and sticky, and not as AT as the stock ones?

These look pretty good from my initial research - has anyone had any experience with something like this?

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Goodyear&tireModel=Eagle+F1+Asymmetric&partnum=235YR9F1AXL

I also understand that the more grip they have, generally, the faster I will need to replace them correct?

Thanks in advance.
Look into the Falken Azenis tires....they grip WELL. With any tire that is more performance oriented, you wont get as much tread life out of it, but as the saying goes..."you have to pay to play".
 

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Thanks alot -

One last possible question -

Would there be a pretty decent benefit of throwing some of those on the stock rims? I have to decide if 2k is worth putting into rims/tires on a lease, just to have to take them off in 3 years.

Thanks much!
 

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Thanks alot -

One last possible question -

Would there be a pretty decent benefit of throwing some of those on the stock rims? I have to decide if 2k is worth putting into rims/tires on a lease, just to have to take them off in 3 years.

Thanks much!

stock 16" wheels weigh 16.5 lbs

I've got a set of Bronze Volk TE37's 16x8 with RE-01R's

can't wait to put them on in a few weeks

12.1lbs each, and I paid $1500 shipped

used deals are worth looking into
 

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Wow, thanks for the fast reply.

Sounds pretty good so far - Can you recommend any tires that are nice and sticky, and not as AT as the stock ones?

These look pretty good from my initial research - has anyone had any experience with either of these or are the max performance summer tires going to be pretty similar?

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Goodyear&tireModel=Eagle+F1+Asymmetric&partnum=235YR9F1AXL

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Bridgestone&tireModel=Potenza+RE050A+Pole+Position

I also understand that the more grip they have, generally, the faster I will need to replace them correct?

Thanks in advance.
I had those Re050A pp's on my wrx and again on my Z they are good tires.

Also take a look at Enkei RPf1's they are light and relatively affordable
 

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stock 16" wheels weigh 16.5 lbs

I've got a set of Bronze Volk TE37's 16x8 with RE-01R's

can't wait to put them on in a few weeks

12.1lbs each, and I paid $1500 shipped

used deals are worth looking into
Ya im definitely looking into used stuff where I can -

I thought the wheels on the 2008 wrx were 17"?

Im almost considering getting some max performance summer tires on the stock rims, as it is way less money.

Thanks.
 

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Ya im definitely looking into used stuff where I can -

I thought the wheels on the 2008 wrx were 17"?

Im almost considering getting some max performance summer tires on the stock rims, as it is way less money.

Thanks.
I have a 2002
 

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I would be careful of azenis, especially in AZ where it gets super hot during the summer. Azenis are known for their good handling, but once they get too hot, they become greasy and often slippery. Unless you plan on autox-ing a lot, I would say that a set of performance summer tires would be better. RE-01R's are a good choice, and there are a ton of other choices in this type of tire.

No matter your final choice, they will definitely grip better than re92's. I thought it was normal to handle like that until I got some real wheels and tires and what a difference they make.
 

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So I noticed you said wheels AND tires - Would getting some max performance summer tires on my STOCK wheels do nearly the same thing? Since it is a lease, I am now considering doing this instead of upgrading the wheels as well due to the sheer cost of it, and since I would have to replace the old wheels at the end of the lease anyways.

If so, I have some tires im thinking of putting on this weekend.
 

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So I noticed you said wheels AND tires - Would getting some max performance summer tires on my STOCK wheels do nearly the same thing? Since it is a lease, I am now considering doing this instead of upgrading the wheels as well due to the sheer cost of it, and since I would have to replace the old wheels at the end of the lease anyways.

If so, I have some tires im thinking of putting on this weekend.
You can do that as well, and its certainly a cost effective option. The stock wheels are light compared to some aftermaket wheels, but their one major downfall is that they are skinny. This will limit you to wheel width. I'm not sure what year car you drive but most aftermaket wheels will be wider no matter what. If its your daily driver, and your looking for slightly more performance, putting a good tire on your stock rims is pretty good bang for the buck
 

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Yep, it is my daily driver and I drive a 2008 wrx - I need to do some research as far as what size tires will fit on these rims.

How much wider than the rim size can I go without consequence?
 

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well you are overlooking an important reason of lightweight wheels... take a dumbell in your hand say a meesly 5-10lbs, now wave your hand up and down as fast as you you can... not very very ehh? well drop the weight or pick up say a 1 pound weight and try it again. easier? well thats what your suspension thinks too. the lighter the wheel the faster your suspension can absorb bumps and the closer your tire can follow the road, and the better it can do that, the better handing your car will be.... as for the tires... im looking into dunlop sport Z1's they are in the same realm of tire as the advan nedovas, RE-01's, and such however cost about 30bucks less at least, and have just as much stick, and wear better than both.

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Yep, it is my daily driver and I drive a 2008 wrx - I need to do some research as far as what size tires will fit on these rims.

How much wider than the rim size can I go without consequence?
well if youve ever checked out stock class racing where the biggest possible tire goes on the smallest rim per rules. but in all seriousness for the street its not nessisarily the optimal set-up, i try to keep the tires pretty close to perpendicular to the wheel, if its a little bowed out thats cool, but contrary to common belif the bowed out tires actually dissolve the response of the tire, however going the opposite direction, "streching" drifter style increases response however i dont recomend that either. just my thoughts.
 

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if its your dd, and you want a little more grip get a wider tire. I think(correct me if I'm wrong) 08 wrx wheels are 17x7. On that size wheel a 225/45/17 would be a little flabby, but would give good grip, but poor response. I think a 215/45/17 would be best if you don't want anything too aggressive.
 

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if its your dd, and you want a little more grip get a wider tire. I think(correct me if I'm wrong) 08 wrx wheels are 17x7. On that size wheel a 225/45/17 would be a little flabby, but would give good grip, but poor response. I think a 215/45/17 would be best if you don't want anything too aggressive.
 
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You could get some falken fk452's which is what im [email protected] DTD the total was 404$ shipped, Rota rims are pretty light and are beautiful with all the styles they carry some are lighter than others. Oakos.com has free shipping id say for less than 1050$ you could have rims & tires shipped to your door like i did, so you could literally cut that price in half! and some torques for 650$ in bronze(http://www.oakos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=355&Product_Code=ROTTOR75BR&Category_Code=1390)
, or some slipstreams ! (( i like these, im ready to sell my tarmac 2's and get these in gun metal))http://www.oakos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=355&Product_Code=ROTSLIPBR&Category_Code=1356 in bronze, or some grids http://www.oakos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=355&Product_Code=ROTGRIDRB&Category_Code=1387 !or some revs 700$ http://www.oakos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=355&Product_Code=ROTREV178511RGM&Category_Code=1311
 

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I just purchased 17" Ultraleggeras and Continental ContiExtreme tires from the Tire Rack for my 04 WRX.
The steering feels light as a feather compared to the stock setup. They look great too :cool: but now I'm paranoid about damaging them on the street :mad: :)
 

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You could get some falken fk452's which is what im [email protected] DTD the total was 404$ shipped, Rota rims are pretty light and are beautiful with all the styles they carry some are lighter than others. Oakos.com has free shipping id say for less than 1050$ you could have rims & tires shipped to your door like i did, so you could literally cut that price in half! and some torques for 650$ in bronze(http://www.oakos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=355&Product_Code=ROTTOR75BR&Category_Code=1390)
, or some slipstreams ! (( i like these, im ready to sell my tarmac 2's and get these in gun metal))http://www.oakos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=355&Product_Code=ROTSLIPBR&Category_Code=1356 in bronze, or some grids http://www.oakos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=355&Product_Code=ROTGRIDRB&Category_Code=1387 !or some revs 700$ http://www.oakos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=355&Product_Code=ROTREV178511RGM&Category_Code=1311
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