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Bridgestone RE11: After 12K Miles, theUndisputed KING of street tires. Review inside

Ryan@Forged and I have been preaching the greatness of the Bridgestone RE11 almost from the moment the tires were released. Based on the370z.com best tire pole, many of you agree.

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Old 09-01-2010, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Bridgestone RE11: After 12K Miles, theUndisputed KING of street tires. Review inside

Ryan@Forged and I have been preaching the greatness of the Bridgestone RE11 almost from the moment the tires were released. Based on the370z.com best tire pole, many of you agree.

I wanted to share you with my direct experience with the tire after 12,000 miles of street use, and 3 full track weekends on this tire. In addition to daily driving my Nismo 370Z, I also did a weekend at Sebring, and two weekends at Road Atlanta with the car. The only mods to the car are wheels, tires, Tein Mono Flex Coilovers, and a Stop Tech Trophy BBK. Everything else is stock.

Keeping in mind, my front camber is at -2.7 since I don't have adjustable arms on the car, the tire wear after all those miles is unbelievable. There is a hint of inside tread wear due to the camber, but the rest of the tire barely looks worn. With camber dialed in to spec, I would expect an easy 20K+ miles out of these tires. The rears look terrific as well.

From a track performance standpoint, the RE11 back to back with the R Compound Toyo R888 at Sebring, was only 1.2 seconds slower than the sticky R888. In addition to the same day test on the 370Z, we also did a same day test on a customer's GT-R and discovered the RE11 on the GT-R was also just 1.5 to 1.8 seconds slower than the Toyo R888 R Compound tire.

I've also had a chance to do some casual wet weather testing of the tire, and even 1-2 inches of standing water, and a torrential downpour doesn't disrupt the straight line stability of the RE11.

It's very rare to experience a tire that can "do it all". But this one does.

1) Awesome dry traction under breaking, cornering and acceleration: Near R compound levels of grip
2) Outstanding wet weather stability and control
3) Superior tread wear rates
4) Priced inline with most Ultra Performance Street Tires.

I think this makes the Bridgestone RE11 the tire of choice!


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WOW Looks like I found my New tires




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these tires are awesome. i used to work for firestone and they sent me to some thing to test some tires out. and one of the tires were the RE11. they were awesome!! all the runs were done with water on the ground and it was hard to tell if it was really wet. Also with the RE11's after u get down to half tread or 1/4 tread the compound becomes more sticky. thought that was kinda cool. Just my $.02
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That's pretty damn impressive for also including 3 track weekends. I was thinking about going with track dedicated 18" wheels/tires, but I might just replace my V12's with the RE-11's when the time comes.
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One reason a lot of people like the V12's is how quiet they are compared to stock. How do the RE11's sound compared to the RE050?
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JK man. Thanks for posting this up, it's good to know. I'll have to try them out on the Z next time. Right now I'm just using the RE050A's but in larger than OEM size to fit my Volks.
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One reason a lot of people like the V12's is how quiet they are compared to stock. How do the RE11's sound compared to the RE050?
They buy the V12s because they are cheap compare to the RE11.

RE11s are way quieter than the RE050 and Toyo R888, maybe not V12s
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nice review Sharif. Was already planning on getting these for the Nismo, just one more reason to do so now.

PS--are you running the stock tire sizes on your nismo or did you go wider?
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Just to get 12k out of the rears with that amount of track time also is saying something. I bearly got 10k with no track time on my KDW's.
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nice review Sharif. Was already planning on getting these for the Nismo, just one more reason to do so now.

PS--are you running the stock tire sizes on your nismo or did you go wider?
I have Volk RE30's 19X10 and 19X11 on my Nismo and running 265 fronts and 305 rears. I will go 275 or 285 fronts next time as the car pushes a bit more than I like.

We only recommend the best. We are sponsored by Toyo and Hoosier, but still recommend the Bridgestone for street, and no we aren't dealers nor do we get any special pricing from them. Much quieter than the re050 too.
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I only got 6K out of my RE-11's but I had more track time. Still wore better than other street tires I'd used in similar conditions in the past.
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Right edge of the tire looks like more than a hint of wear but what do i know
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The RE11s will be my next tire to throw on the car, nice to see them stacking up nicely after many miles and some track use.
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Right edge of the tire looks like more than a hint of wear but what do i know
It's definately worn more, but that's due to my extreme camber. If this was a set of T1R's you'd be looking at cords in 7000 miles.
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I just had RE11's installed and have around 1500 miles on them. Works well in both wet and dry conditions: Florida heave rain and standing water no hydro. Seems to make more tire noise then the DW's that replaced them but transmits less road noise. DW's were down to 3/32 in the rear and 7/32 on the fronts.

I did go up to 265/35 in the front and 305/30 in the rear. Steering is heaver but it's a lot more tire.

26" tall VS 26.7", some speedo error now confirmed by GPS.

All noise measurment were conducted at the same location, time of day and temp, with a cell phone app "something db meter".

All in all, the tires stick like glue as the traffic circle at work is almost a perfect skidpad test area. I have a phone app for G-force but it's hard to drive and watch.

DW's were good but the RE's are better.

THe only other tire that I looked at this time was the Pilot Super Sports.
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