[A4] Tire Size Debate

Brandon Rogers brogers at terrix.com
Fri Mar 9 10:57:38 EST 2007

Here's my thought-
I don't know how many of us truly _know_ the answer.  I for one am not
an engineer.  If anybody knows for certain - I'd love to hear the
answer.  So that said - what do you feel comfortable with?  For me - If
I had 4 tires that were, say, past half worn and needed to replace one
or two, I'd go ahead and replace all four - I'd bitch about spending the
money a little sooner than I wanted but before long it would be history.
If the tires were pretty new, I'd just go for the one or two new ones
and probably put them up front.

My .02...

'84 urquattro 20Vt
'01.5 S4
'98 A4 1.8Tq - sold

-----Original Message-----
From: a4-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:a4-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf
Of Richard Hurt
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2007 6:28 PM
To: A4 Mailing List
Subject: [A4] Tire Size Debate

  Where did we leave the the tire size debate when replacing tires?  On
one side we had people that said that you absolutely must have the same
age tires on all 4 corners.  If one tire failed for any reason you had
to purchase all 4 to make sure there were no size differences no matter
how small.  In the other camp we had people that said that as long as
you had the same original size replacements you were OK.  A little tire
wear was not going to make the Quattro system work any harder or damage
it in any way.

The reason I ask is that I had a tire self destruct today after losing
air pressure due to a nail.  Now I am faced with purchasing two new
tires or all four.  I am in the "a little wear wont hurt" camp but would
like to hear from others on the subject.  Also, what are the current
recommendations to replace a damaged Bridgestone Potenza RE950.  They
don't make them anymore and I didn't really like them in the first
place.  I generally like Bridgestone but the RE950s are really really
loud.  :(

I'm currently looking at the Potenza G 009 (recommended by my tire guy),
Dunlop SP Sport A2 Plus, Sumitomo HTR H4, Yokohama AVID V4S, Fuzion HRi,
and the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S.  Tirerack is my dealer of choice, but
I'm willing to look elsewhere.

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