[BiturboS4] S-03 tire noise and vibration

Marc A. Abernethy mabernethy at lotteryusa.com
Sat Apr 19 21:43:47 EDT 2003

I run with a high tire pressure 41-42 psi.  I carry a ton of crap in my trunk and
back seat.  This is what was suggested in the manual.  42k miles on my original
P6000 with no uneven tire wear.  I have a lot of bump steer as well.  I think
that is because of the stiff side wall, high pressure and weight.

I guess I can deal with the noise but it seems weird that there is so much
vibration also.  Are you guys getting the "cupping" also?  Run your hand over the
outer edge of the tire.  Does it feel cupped in some places?

Also, I was winding it out today and smelled a burn oil smell.  I figured that
can't be good.

While I am bitching.   Audi, listen up.  The Bose stereo sucks!!!!!  Sorry, I had
the windows down and stereo up today.  All I could hear was the sloppy base and
rattling trunk.


Ian McCloghrie wrote:

> On Apr 19, 2003 "Paul Andresen" wrote:
> > The thing that I found most odd is that everything I read and everyone I
> > spoke to had nothing but good things to say about the S03's.  Handling-wise
> > they seem great, but the road noise is horrible....
> S03s are way superior to RE040s in dry grip, wet grip, and tread life.
> They're also somewhat noisier.  The noise is a sacrifice that I'm
> willing to make to get the overall tire performance.
> It seems that diagonal grooves in the tire are the best for getting
> rid of water (look at an F1 rain tire sometime), but they also seem to
> create a lot more noise.
> --Ian
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