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  1. Let's talk tires (Winter Tires)

    Handling Tech
    give Nokian a try- they wear like iron! I finally tossed mine last year- even though there was still decent tread as I had run them for five "winters" and was afraid the compound may be playing out. on the handling end- I chose the Nokian WRG2 this winter- a V-rated tire and while not in the...
  2. Let's talk tires (Winter Tires)

    Handling Tech
    two sets of tires (and wheels) is the only way top go if you live in a northern clime IMO, all seasons perform rather poorly in the snow and ice and perform rather poorly in the "summer"
  3. Rotor Face Off

    Handling Tech
    yes slotted rotors can be re-surfaced, just insure your still within the thickness limit of the rotors pm me on pads- I have a brand new set of Ferodo DS 2500's front and rear for the 4/2 pots- you won't find a better performance pad that is suitable for street use
  4. Rotor Face Off

    Handling Tech
    two schools of thought on rotors, school number one- find the absolutely cheapest rotor and discard them often, school number two- but good (but expensive) rotors and discard them less often I think both schools have merit, if your doing lots of track days you may have a good argument for...
  5. Swaybar settings, anyone? Me, 23mm front/rear.

    Handling Tech
    sway bar settings are going to very dependent on the other big contributor to roll stiffness- springs also going to be very dependent on what you like to do for fun- rally-x/gravel guys are going to want a thinner bar to maintain independence left/right, tarmac guys generally thicker bars I'm...
  6. get screwed or get coilovers?

    Handling Tech
    if you have an 04 (guessing from your screen name) then either the WRX "pinks" or STi takeoff springs- both offer moderate lowering (preserving correct geometry) while providing for firmer rates
  7. pillow mount

    Handling Tech
    you want your camber plates even- loosen up the one side and push it all the way in like the other one, THEN have your tech use the oe eccentric bolts to dial in your requested camber number and square away cross camber
  8. Opinions on brake pads, please

    Handling Tech
    I'd advise against getting them cut/machined unless your getting vibration while braking or they are severely grooved- no need to take material off a perfectly good rotor (do make sure they are within the accepted wear limits however). Just get a scotch brite attachment for a drill or die...
  9. Sumitomo HTR Zs

    Handling Tech
    sounds like they were worth the $ :) when they repair the tire have them follow this procedure (I got a nail in a hi po tire a couple of years ago and was concerned about running it again at the track) Goodyear: U.S. Government Sales - Police Tires
  10. 17" tires vs 18"

    Handling Tech
    no- the tire dictates the overall height, not the rim- the oe tire (on the 02-05) is 205/55/16 which is right at 25" in height, the 06/07 WRX uses 17" rims and a 205/50/17 tire which is also right at 25"
  11. 17" tires vs 18"

    Handling Tech
    agreed- there are plenty of heavy 17" and some light 18" rims- however there are MORE light 17" wheels than light 18" wheels- simply a function of an added 1" of diameter of wheel the best example is to compare same width wheels, in the same model line- 17" vs 18"- the 17 will always be lighter
  12. Pads and Rotors

    Handling Tech
    here's my review on the 2500 (3000 as well) Ferodo DS2500 and DS3000 pads - NASIOC they aren't cheap, but like a lot of things that aren't cheap they work pretty well :)
  13. 17" tires vs 18"

    Handling Tech
    that's correct, 06/07's (08's for that matter) are 17x7
  14. Pads and Rotors

    Handling Tech
    another pad to look at that handles both street and track duties is the Ferodo DS2500 you'll find that if the track bug bites that a race pad is going to be a better choice for the track, pretty tough duty for a street pad
  15. Sumitomo HTR Zs

    Handling Tech
    if you get another set might be worth considering shaving them- I'll bet it doesn't short longevity much and they'll grip even better :)
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