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Old 05-11-2007, 09:54 PM   #1
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hey so im finally ready to go ahead and buy 4 new tires for my 2001.

I've read on tirerack a ton of things on different tires. Ive narrowed it down to Bridgestone Potenza pole position...i think. Here'* my thing, i look for name brands and havent heard too much on bridgestone that'* bad with these tires. Are these a harder compound tire opposed to my BFG Traction TA'* It seems that these are good tires and wont give me a problem on winding roads that i drive on and cornering shouldnt be an issue.

The reason i wont go back to the Traction T/As is cause the corners are really taking a beating. Also, when im racing from a dead stop and my RPMs are around 4500...the car starts shaking like it cant handle the power. I need a tire that can handle the "throwing you in your seat" effect these cars seem to offer (and id have it no other way hah)

any imputs really appreciated. thanks in advance
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i don't think that the shakes would be caused by the tire... the pedal to the metal would really just cause the tire to break lose... you're looking for something with some grip to get that. the shake may be balance issues or possibly something else in the front end thats gone astray.
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Neither of your SE'* are going to break loose under those conditions with even the cheapest tire. Sounds like you have other issues.
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Neither of your SE'* are going to break loose under those conditions with even the cheapest tire. Sounds like you have other issues.
Not true, i could do a one wheel burn for a short bit with my 94 on Regatta 2'*

I got Potenza G009 245/45/17'* and i cant even chirp them, the tranny just gives way.

EDIT: unless you were referring to breaking loose at 4500rpm in gear... thats not very possible...
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Treadlife
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Most tires are good at two of those, the high end tires may be able to do 3, but you need to figure out what characteristics are important to you and go from there.
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I think the Potenza'* have all of the above attributes. I love mine.

Shaking that is rpm dependent and not speed dependent means something esle all together different.

If you are looking at handling, keep your tire section width about the same as your wheel width.
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Neither of your SE'* are going to break loose under those conditions with even the cheapest tire. Sounds like you have other issues.
Not true, i could do a one wheel burn for a short bit with my 94 on Regatta 2'*

I got Potenza G009 245/45/17'* and i cant even chirp them, the tranny just gives way.

EDIT: unless you were referring to breaking loose at 4500rpm in gear... thats not very possible...
One-wheel burn? A NEON will do that. And that'* the biggest contributor to differential damage you can possibly mention.

Bottom line is that his engine power is not a factor in his tire choice. He should be choosing tires based on what is posted above.
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thanks for the reality remindeer that im only driving the SE models. haha

I figured that my car cant possibly tear a tire apart at a high RPM, but they do chirp sometimes, not that i even care about that one, things are allowed to slip sometimes.

What'* been heard on the Goodyear selection? I like what i see on the triple tred assurance tire they have, however ive heard they wear quick due to a soft rubber used.
Im pretty sure im going with the potenza'*, but ill take whatever advice is thrown my direction and it will help me decide.

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I've had Good Year Assurance Tripletred'* on my car for almost 40000 miles now. No complaints, and barely any visible wear on the corners. These are excellent all season tires. I don't think you could go wrong with these.
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Neither of your SE'* are going to break loose under those conditions with even the cheapest tire. Sounds like you have other issues.
Not true, i could do a one wheel burn for a short bit with my 94 on Regatta 2'*

I got Potenza G009 245/45/17'* and i cant even chirp them, the tranny just gives way.

EDIT: unless you were referring to breaking loose at 4500rpm in gear... thats not very possible...
One-wheel burn? A NEON will do that. And that'* the biggest contributor to differential damage you can possibly mention.

Bottom line is that his engine power is not a factor in his tire choice. He should be choosing tires based on what is posted above.
I know I'm digging up an old topic but I was shopping for tires and did a search and came across this. My 98 SE (3.05 gears) can break tires loose from a standstill pretty easily, I can make it scream if I powerbrake it. And it leaves 2 strips. It has the stock Eagle LS tires. I look stupid trying to do a brakestand because once the tires catch after a second I just drag the locked rear wheels . I'll have to see what I can do with the new tires though.
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