Getting Fed Up with 17-in Low Profile Tires.....
rggpa1 at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 18 17:15:13 EDT 2007
First off, thanks for all the great input. Solid BTDT for options ranging from $79 (Sumitomo HTR+) to $200++++.
As others have mentioned, individual preferences result in differing "recommended" tire types. That's why I now desire a "performance" tire that will actually stay together for it's entire tread life. You guys have addressed my request very well. I have morphed (devolved?) from somewhat
of a tire snob to a tire cheapskate (altho Nokian will remain my only winter tire - my current WRs are so good it's silly!). Will I miss "ultra" handling atributes? Maybe but I have had enough of $200 tires going belly up with (seems like) increasing regularity.
With stock suspension setup and alignment, I have experienced
varialble wear patterns based on tire size and brand. (Yeah-there are other variables too.) At 225-45-17, the RE040s wore very evenly. At 235-40-17, the T1-S wore bably inside, had the "edge bevel" thejimrose mentioned, and structurally fell apart. At 205-55-16, the Nokian NRW wore slightly more on the inside than the outside; Nokian WR and Goodyear RS-A ("free tires mounted on 16-in C4 Avus wheels I bought last year - used them for about 5 months before mounting WRs for this past winter - RS-A great for big 4-wheel drifts on wet roads!) wore evenly. Now 225-45-17 SportContacts, but only a few hundred miles so no wear comments possible.
One more variable at 16-in: 16-in Avus are different offset than OEM (yes, they do fit the B5 S4 w/o spacers, as long as you have ~50% worn pads!). The NRWs were on Ronal R28s with OEM offset (I now own 6 R28s and 5 of them are bent - that's why I switched to C4 Avus - heavy but strong - for the winter). I now have dedicated winter pads! good thing pad changes on front calipers are so easy. Winter prep consists of wheel/tire change, brake pad change, and pull out pinch bolts and reapply massive amounts of anti-seize.
Tramlining also varied widely. With sizes noted above, RE040 tracked pretty straight; T1-S were horrible (wider than OEM and structural weakness didn't help here); both Nokians and RS-A tracked dead straight (helped by less width). Now SportContacts wander a bit.
I'm in SE PA, so bad or constantly under construction roads are normal, leading me to strong wheels ( = heavy) and tires (= less than ultra). And I'm OK with that.
Thanks again to all.
p.s. Anyone know why my emails (and others) don't word wrap within the visible screen, while others do? I hate having to scroll over. Mine didn't used to do this.
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