Tire recommendations -- all-seasons's

Michael Riebs / Audi V8 AudiV8 at 1stchoicegranite.com
Fri Aug 9 12:32:12 EDT 2002

My standard recommendation:
Cooper Lifeliner Classic II
Inexpensive: Belle Tire price:
for the A6, w/ 205/55-16, mounted, balanced, valve stems, tax (6%): $307.19
($72.45ea. +tax)
for the V8: well, they don't actually make a Lifeliner II in 215/60-15, so I
go with the Cooper Cobra GTH, at $64.75ea +tax ($274.54 out the door, with
MI 6% tax)

Both are very good all-season tires, that wears well, AND handles well for
the average non-go-fast-performance-nut driver. I like throwing the cars
around a bit, and LOVE the Cooper. They last me about 40K - 50K miles or so.

I sure can't wait until my Fulda's are completely worn out so I can get the
Coopers again - which with the current condition of my shocks won't be long!

Michael L. Riebs
Grand Rapids, Michigan

'90 V8Q
'98 A6QA


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ice Cat ^. .^ ~" <iceisit at earthlink.net>
To: <quattro at audifans.com>
Sent: Friday, August 09, 2002 10:58 AM
Subject: Tire recommendations -- all-seasons's

> Ameer wrote:
> >If you want any kind of performance out of your car, summer tires ONLY.
If you
> >like going 70 mph in 50 mph corners, you need sticky tires, w/
> >stiffer sidewalls;
> >but if you mostly drive straight highway miles or are a stop and go
> >type of driver,
> >or added cost of a set of snows and/or steel wheels is too much, all
> >season's are
> >OK. (To save a few bucks, you could get a set of cheap 14" or 15"
> >steel rims or
> >alloys just for the snows.) All-seasons try to do everything, but in
doing so
> >perform only marginally in all areas compared to summer treads, except
snow of
> >course. The problem is snow and dry driving require completely different
> >characteristics. For snows, you want soft, higher-profile tires w/
> >very thick tread.
> >But the best for summer is a stiffer, low-profile tire w/ very thin,
> >flat tread, as in
> >the competition tires w/ almost no tread. I think one of the biggest
> >differences in
> >handling you can make on a car is the tires. Just compare some crappy
> >brand all-seasons to a pair of Bridgestone or Sumitomo summer's.
> >
> >The rule I go by is simple...snow's for winter, summer's for summer.
> >Just my opinion.
> Glad you posted this because when we get the mechanical fixed, next
> is tires.   Do I get wheels at the junk yard, for example ?
> I do not race my car, it is just for transportation, but I do drive
> much too fast sometimes.  My husband usually drive within the speed
> limit.     His tires are okay for now, but mine are trash.
> Where we are now in CT (I am from Minnesota where they get *real*
> snow falls) most of the winter problems besides some snow is freezing
> sleet.   There are hills here.   Studs are legal here now.  I need to
> consider economics as well.   Medium prices rather than top of the
> line is probably what we should go with for now.
> So for Spring, Winter and Fall what would you recommend for Audi 200
> with 15 inch wheels ?
> For winter where we can have snow or sleet, what would be good ?
> Thanks,   Fay
> Fay, the ice cat
> 89 Audi 200 Turbo non-Q
> 2.2 liter engine,
> engine code MC, two knock sensors
>     "Friends help ya move . . . real friends help ya move bodies."

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