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Re: Tire Opinions

On Tue, 19 Sep 1995 TMein@aol.com wrote:

> Yokohama AVS Intermediate: Best all around handling tire. Great in the dry,
> little body roll. Unfortunately, doesn't last that long. Treadwear was 160.

Dont do well in the snow with quattro's. They are really good in the dry 
and pretty damn good in the wet, but forget snow.

> Pirelli P7- a steal. You can still get them. Got 205/50/15's for 99$/piece.
> They are still the best looking tire. Handle well in most situations. Firm
> ride. I think mine had an over 200 treadwear, amazingly.
Decent in the dry, but tend to follow cracks in the road. Never had them 
in the snow, but in the wet, you might as well have slicks.

> Michelin MXL-terrible in the wet. Quiet and soft in the dry. Handle ok in the
> dry. Treadwear rating is something like 300 which sucks because you'll want
> to get rid of them!
They tend to dry rot real fast. Even though there is tread left, they 
crack prematurely. (tends to be common on michelins)

> Michelin XGT-another great looking tire. Phenom in dry but a little more
> sidewall flex than the AVS intermediate.
Never had one...

> Michelin XGTPlus-older all season version. Terrible tire. Very soft sidewall,
> lousy handling. Mediocre treadwear, too. Disappointment
> Treadwear was claimed at 220 but didn't deliver

Never had one...

> Continental CH51-great overall tire. Very quiet. Won best tire award many
> years ago in Car n Driver. Treadwear 160 or 180
> the "if your broke tire": Falken 050. Great value, COMPT/A rip off. Stiff
> sidewall, looks good, costs lots less and has a treadwear rating of 240!

Comp T/A's use an odd mold pattern that puts two halves together to get 
one tire instead of injection molding the whole thing. Tend to break 
sidewall belts in spinouts (ahem) but not bad in the dry. Not really a 
stable tire at high speeds, dont feel feedback.

my (probably worthless) .02


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