Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Bridgestone Potenza RE-11Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Chesterfield, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2013

I used these tires for 2.5 autocross seasons and they exceeded my expectations. I initially had them installed on a 2005 Subaru WRX with no suspension modifications, and the outside shoulders paid the price. Once I started running enough negative camber and added some stiffer sway bars, the tires performed much better and held up nicely. Very predictable at the limit and excellent feedback. They can get a little greasy on really hot summer days, but most of the time they are fine. I got to run 2 events in the rain and that's where these tires really shine compared to some of the other tires in this category. Other competitors with AWD cars, who weren't running RE-11s, seemed to have less traction in the wet compared to myself. I'll be buying another set of these for the 2013 season, and with the added suspension modifications they should perform even better.

Enkei Racing Series RPF1 for Subaru, Honda, Mazda and More

Friday, September 21, 2012 by Gary Stanley
If you're an automotive enthusiast, you likely know the name Enkei for their outstanding high quality aluminum alloy wheels. Enkei has been producing lightweight, strong and reliable wheels in Japan since 1950 for everything from Original Equipment options to Formula One and WRC rally racing. The Enkei Racing Series is their highest level of aftermarket wheels and incorporates their MAT process and extensive testing that exceeds JWL and VIA strength standards.
 
MAT stands for "Most Advanced Technology" and is a process that combines Enkei's MAP (Most Advanced Production) and flow-forming forging technology. The complete MAT process has a drastic impact on the microstructure of aluminum and results in outstanding improvement of the mechanical property of the material. With wheels and tires becoming larger, use of the MAT process to manufacture wheels becomes even more important. In order to reduce weight under a vehicle's suspension, larger wheels must remain light. Enkei Racing Series' newer generation of 10% - 15% lighter weight, forged MAT wheels are stronger and retain optimum anti-flex properties.
 
One of Enkei Racing Series most popular wheels is the RPF1. The RPF1 is available in a variety of bolt patterns in diameters from 14" up to 18" to fit a large number of vehicle applications from a 1990 Mazda Miata to a 2012 Nissan 370Z. Some of the most popular vehicle applications are Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, Subaru Impreza WRX, Mazda MX-5 and Honda S2000 cars. It's also available in many different finishes including black painted and bright silver paint.
 
Check out this photo of a 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX with the Enkei Racing Series RPF1 wheels in a black painted finish.


To check to see if this wheel is available for your vehicle, shop by vehicle. Our site will show you the complete list of wheels that fit your car and let you view them on the vehicle. You can also pair up your wheels with high performance tires to create a Tire & Wheel Package that's ready to install upon arriving to your home or installer. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Peabody, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
July 10, 2012

This tire has HUGH amounts of grip,extremely predictable,stable and very quiet in the dry.Wet conditions posed no prob w/stability that I could discern,other than total downpours.Highway handling is superb,in all aspects.I entered autocross competition, grip and directional stablity/feedback gave losts of pleasure, had fun just driving! My car has had substantial suspension mods. Fully adj ISC N1 coilovers, lowered 30mm, 22mm frt/rr adj sways/links,anti liftkit. U will like these,no doubt!!!!!!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Bridgestone Potenza RE-11Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38

2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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Miles driven on tires: 2,200
Location: Knoxville, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,200 Miles on Tires
May 05, 2012

Driving a stk motor STI with coilovers, exhaust, pro-tune and suspension upgrades. Car is predominately driven agressively on backroads and in the mountains but no track or autox. Tire grips very similar to the oem RE070 in the dry and much better in the rain. Ride quality and noise level is much improved...car should have come from factory with these tires, they are that good! The only tradeoff I've found is a marginally less aggressive feel on turn in, but high speed corner grip is as good or better. The only thing that annoys me is that the side rim protection rubber is nearly flush w/rim and offers no real protection, unlike RE070s. I would absolutely buy these again and for "real world driving" they are a great choice and more flexible than the RE070. I went one size wider (235) and dropped to 40 profile on stk wheels to aid in cornering and exit grip...and they do a wonderful job!!!!

Suspension Upgrade 101

Thursday, June 3, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
When upgrading your car's suspension, it is important to remember that you're going to be the person doing the driving and will have to deal with the ride quality on a daily basis. Whether it is MINI Cooper Suspension, Corvette Suspension, Mustang Suspension or WRX Suspension there is usually a trade-off in ride quality for performance.

Personally when I upgraded the suspension on my 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero (essentially a WRX) I wanted a good balance of ride quality and improved handling. I used the H&R Sport Springs which gave an excellent improvement in cornering and steering response and a more aggressive look, but still retained a decent ride quality. It lowered the car slightly more then an inch in my case which was just perfect for me. Many people go more aggressive, but remember you're driving down the road casually much more often then when your cornering and will have to deal with the ride quality on a permamenent basis.

Have fun!


WRX Tires and Wheels

Thursday, February 25, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Have you checked out our special offers lately? A number of WRX tires qualify for rebates and more. That means now is most certainly the time to buy that set you've been looking at for a while now.

Or maybe you've been looking, but haven't quite landed on a specific WRX tire or wheel. No worries, Tire Rack can help.

Just enter our Upgrade Garage and we'll do the rest (even recommend WRX suspension products, just in case you're looking for the total upgrade). Entering the vehicle specifications of the WRX above, we were able to put together Goodyear Eagle tires with Enkei wheels. More specifically, the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 and the Enkei Performance T-Fork. A sporty package for an equally sporty vehicle.

Will these WRX tires and wheels work for you? Enter your vehicle specifications and find out.




What can you do to update your WRX suspension system?

Monday, November 16, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Give it an "Altitude and Attitude Adjustment."

Start with shock absorbers. They maximize the ability of your tires to perform. And, of course, they give you a comfortable ride whenever potholes or speed bumps come into play. If you've been feeling it in your tailbone as of late, you may need to seek out some new shock absorbers.

Next, consider the effect that lowering your WRX will have. You'll increase its spring rate and give it a more aggressive look with reduced fenderwell gap. You'll need properly engineered aftermarket sport springs that are designed to fit your WRX suspension system. Take a look at lowering to see the effect lowering springs have.

There are many products available for tweaking your WRX suspension system. Check out Suspension Tech for the "low" down on suspension, then shop by vehicle for our list of suitable WRX suspension products.