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post #1 of 16 Old 05-03-2015, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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new tires recommendation..

my back tires are looking a little tired. I want to purchase a wide tire not sure how wide I can go on a stock wheel with a low profile.I dont want a super sticky super high performance tire that last 5000 miles. I just dont drive my car in a manner that I can justify the extra $ I'm looking for a low profile all weather ( in case I get caught in the rain) low profile tire that will last awhile.

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Randy,

My 98 has Pilot Super Sport, OEM sizes. Unless those become unavailable, I have no plans to ever replace them with any other model or size.
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the Ps2 is a good tire looking online they are not really much more than any other high performance brand and cheaper than some...I am thinking I could go to a 295x35x18 safely.

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How do Hankook Ventus tires stack up?
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The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is the replacement for the PS2 and is better in just about all measures, including wear at 300 and price. Seems they are available in OEM F355 sizes, too, assuming you have the OEM Ferrari wheels.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSe...=54350&tab=All

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The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is the replacement for the PS2 and is better in just about all measures, including wear at 300 and price. Seems they are available in OEM F355 sizes, too, assuming you have the OEM Ferrari wheels.
Probably the best overall choice! We recommend and install them on 98% of our client cars. The other get the latest and greatest Bridgestone offerings.

Deviating from factory tire sizes whilst using the same size rims will do nothing other than upset the balance of the car. Performance in the rain will decrease...

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David- I run them, too. Not only do they outcorner and outbrake their rivals, but they also improve ride considerably, which is counter-intuitive.

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I agree! The ride quality for such a performance tire is somewhat baffling...I put them on our last Audi S4 4.2 and they rode better than the Continental Extreme Contacts which I think was a decent high performance tires, but nothing outstanding. Granted, the Michelin's were mysteriously showing metal cords at a mere 20K miles, but that might have had something to do with the driver, so my wife tells me.

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David I would think 20k out of a ultra high performance summer tire would be a pretty good run. Especially on a car like mine it will take 2-3
Years to get 20k rung up
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Yes, all kidding aside, 20K miles on the Pilot Sports on a (heavy) Audi Quattro is pretty impressive. Personally, I can't think of a better choice for your car.

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I have experience with Michelin performance tires as well. I currently have pilot sports on my 993TT and a set of PS2s waiting to be installed. I bought one of the last sets before they were discontinued (I am a stickler for "N" marked tires on the P-car).

Anyway point is the Michelin is a great tire but they are summer only. The OP asked for an all season.

Check out the Conti DWS. You'll, sacrifice some handling/cornering but you'll have a more comfortable ride and the tire will last longer.
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I have Pilot Super Sports on my M3 and 355, great tires. Out of all the things I have done to the 355, replacing the old dry tires with fresh rubber made the most noticeable change in driving.
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You do not want Conti DWS (dry, wet, snow) tires on a Ferrari year round. We have had owners with F355s and 360s with DWS tires and the handling is really squirrely because of the tread pattern. I think all season tires on a Ferrari is asking for trouble. Use summer tires and when it gets cold, drive slowly until the tires warm. If you need to drive in freezing rain or slush, have two sets of wheels and put on real winter tires for winter driving. All that salt, however, is not good for Ferraris with all the dissimilar metals in contact with each other.

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I think Randy was only concerned about getting caught in the rain per the first post. I've got caught a couple times in the rain and while I did not drive aggressively, I had no issues with Pilot super Sports.
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Dave- Affirmative, they work great in the rain. With 434 lb-ft of torque, almost as much as a 7 liter Corvette, best to step lightly in the rain with mine.

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How do Hankook Ventus tires stack up?


Has no one had any experience with these? I don't doubt that the Michelin Pilot Super Sports are a great tire, I was just wondering if these are worth considering.
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