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The Star Specs are not really for a daily driver, they won't last you but ~20K

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I daily drive my Star Specs in warm weather and rotate them every other oil change (~6k). I have just over 13k miles on them now and they're wearing pretty evenly with a fair amount of life left. Last I checked, I believe they've just passed the first of three wear marks, so your ~20k estimate is probably about right (+/- ~10k, depending how hard the car is driven).

Keep in mind that if you were to damage one tire beyond repair (it happens), it doesn't really matter how long the tires last since you'd have to replace all four at the same time. Freak accidents can happen any time... some crap in the road is just unavoidable.

When it comes down to it, I'd rather have good tires with good performance that have to be replaced more often instead of mediocre tires that last forever. Gotta pay to play, so they say.

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I am on the protenza re92 right now, but they don't give me that dry weather trip I am looking for. It doesn't rain much here in SoCal so I need something sticky for the roads. I might just go Star Spec since they're not to pricey right now. Shoukd I stick with the 215 sizing or go with the 225?
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225MAX/45/17 on the stock wheel

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How would the 225 size effect cornering compared to the 215? I have never maxed out the tire size on any car I have owned.

Also, do you think Nitto tires are any good? I have a slight hook up from someone at my work. Not sure if any one has ran any of their products before.

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on an all season tire? You'd be amazingly skilled and perceptive if you could tell the difference in grip (though if you measured it, the 225s would be slightly better). The 215's will be a little shorter though, which is easier to pick up on. They'll give better throttle response.

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Which Nitto's are you referring to ? The NT's, P-Zero's ?

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Thanks for the clarification mosc! @pzr I was looking at the Nitto Motivo. I saw you put P-Zero, aren't those Perrelis and are they worth the name brand price tag they come with?

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Doh, yes they are (early answer). I have no feedback on Motivo's.

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What do you think of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport or Ventus RS-3. The Michelin just took top honors in a latest Car and Driver review of top summer tires.
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The Pilot's are good tires but I think car and driver's priorities tend to be about comfort and durability, less about dry grip and price. The RS-3's are probably in a category above something like the Pilots you mentioned in terms of grip. They won't last as long and are less concerned with wet traction but they grip considerably more.

If you can afford the pilots though, I'd tell you to look at the Bridgestone RE-11. That tire's main negative is price and I'm not sure there are any others. There are tires with better grip maybe, but not by much. It's also a pretty easy tire to live with in terms of comfort and noise as well as wet traction. It's more in the category with the RS-3 than it is the Pilots in terms of dry grip (meaning second to none on the priorities list).

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Sweet, thanks man you have helped a ton!

I want to go a little bigger on tires than the stock set up. For the 06 would you recommend staying away from 18" by 8" wheels and sticking with 17" by 8"? Performance is more important than aesthetics.
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sorry I didn't reply for a month, hope this reaches you. 17" or 18" doesn't matter too much. The 18" will be more expensive on the tire by a good bit and the ride will be stiffer. You'll also be more likely to damage the wheel driving around town from potholes. In other words, there's no advantage to the 18" beyond looks and there are definite negatives if looks don't matter. 17x8" wheels would let you go with a wider tire like my personal favorite for the 02-07 WRX, 235/40R17. It's a setup I think every WRX owner should at least try. Combined with a grippy tire, it's a whole other world from stock and the slightly shorter tire suits the WRX's 5-speed very well. It also fits painlessly (on a sedan, not a wagon/5door), just make sure the offset is around +48. (say +45 to +55)

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^agreed
I run 18's, they look good to me, but every crack in the road is noticed.
When I get my new wrx, I will run 17's and see if I agree with what's said above. Pretty sure I will, even though they will be on a 3G.

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The fender wells on the 3G are huge though (except the 08 WRX which is a special case of stupid). If you can track down some high-offset, high-width wheels, you can run some staggeringly wide tires. Also, it's geared for tires an inch taller than in 07 so you don't have to drop as much sidewall. I would be tempted to do something crazy like 275/40R17 on 17x9.5" rota DPT +44's. Not that you'd need that much tire width for driving around town. No substitute for grip though, right? Just have to add some HP to spin em properly...

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