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  • OK it's going on a 86' Merkur XR4Ti. I know you can put a 205/40/17 on a 17x7 wheel but how about 215/40/17 or larger/wider?
  • Hi Conner, I have a 2005 C55 AMG with 5,500 miles on it and the car lately slides all over the road on wet pavement. The stock Pirellis are smooth in the back but still fine up front (car is rear wheel drive with 362 HP). I don't drive like a complete maniac, how is this possible? You have a suggestion for tires that will last awhile, have good performance, reasonable ride in that order? Wet traction is not much of a consideration as I live in the desert, but when it does rain now it is downright dangerous. And I should just replace all 4, right? Thanks!
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 845
    Could you tell us what kind of Pirelli tires you have on your C55 ?

    Krzys
  • Sure, on my C55 the fronts are: 225/40 ZR 18 92Y backs are: 245/35 ZR 18 92Y The backs say PZero Rosso MO on them. Is this enough information to answer your question, Krzys? The backs are down to the tread bar already. 5500 miles!!! #$%&!!!! Maybe I need to reevaluate my driving habits....
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 845
    I will be stealing show from Connor but you seem to need summer tires as snow is not an issue.
    With your car you need high performance tires and they usually do not last long but provide very good grip.
    Go to tirerack.com put your Mercedes-Benz C55 sedan and check the available tires. It seems there are 5 choices available (summer tires):

    Continental ContiSportContact 2
    Dunlop SP Sport Maxx
    Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3
    Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
    BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2

    Conner should know which one has best treadwear.

    Krzys

    PS If you expect any snow do not drive with this tires on.
  • gerstchgerstch Posts: 9
    Thanks for the info, Krzys. I plugged that info into Tirerack and got the same search results. So now if Conner can give me his opinions on treadwear and quality that would be great.
    So are those stock Pirellis just not long lasting, or is this my driving habits? Are these new ones going to wear better? I gotta say I'm a little annoyed that they only lasted 5500 miles. I have trouble believing that anyone with this type of car gets their tires replaced avery 6K....
  • turboshadowturboshadow Posts: 349
    I'm looking for good semi-performance tires for my 2002 Sentra GXE. I really liked Pirelli P6s when I used them back in the late 80s, however, they seem to be discontinued as a performance tire. What do you recommend as a good replacement. (I can't remember stock rubber size off the top of my head...sorry)

    Turboshadow
  • Gerstch,
    Krzyss is on the right track but some of the information is a little off.

    First- The original equipment Pirelli tires are summer only tires. Regrettably fast wearing tread is a common characteristic of most performance tires. Pirelli however is one of the worst for fast wearing tread compounds.

    Second- Almost all performance oriented vehicle that are rear wheel drive will go through two sets of rears to every one set of fronts. Because the vehicles have staggered fitments you cannot rotate them so they tend to wear faster. also, because of the rear wheel drive torque and the pushing action in the tire cause excessive wear in the rear. The added heat on the rear from living in the dessert will also cause the tires to wear a little faster due to the fact of over heating while driving. Regrettably there really is not a way around the last problem.

    Third- Due to the size requirements of the tire you have to use a summer only performance tire. If possible i would recommend using a high performance all season tire which would help a little with tread wear because of the tread compound.

    Krzyss was correct about the tires available for you fitment except that he left off the OE Pirelli's. Out of the tires available for you i would recommend using the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 which would be:

    225/40R18 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2-207.00 ea
    245/35R18 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2-265.00 ea

    They have an Asymetrical tread design which means they can be rotated from side to side (not front to back on your car) which will help the tires last a little longer.

    connor@tirerack.com
    Tire & Wheel Specialist
    The Tire Rack
    877-522-8473 ext 269
    When placing an order online or the phone, please reference Connor at ext 269
  • Actually the Pirelli P6 tires have been re released and are available. You model of Nissan Sentra could have one of two different sizes on it. You should have either 185/65/14 or 195/60/15. The Pirelli's are currently priced at,

    P185/65R14 Pirelli P6 4 SEASONS - 97.00 ea
    P195/60R15 Pirelli P6 4 SEASONS - 65.00 ea


    connor@tirerack.com
    Tire & Wheel Specialist
    The Tire Rack
    877-522-8473 ext 269
    When placing an order online or the phone, please reference Connor at ext 269
  • gerstchgerstch Posts: 9
    Conner,
    Thanks for the advice on the C55. So if I get these Michelin P2's should I get the front replaced now as well? The stock Pirelli's up front are fine. It is not so much the desire to save the money (although of course that would be nice), but if I am fated to replace the back twice as often as the front anyway It would be nice to just get the PS2 now on the rear and and then when they wear out replace all four again with a new set of PS2's if I like them. What do you think? Is this a safety or performance problem? I could care less about looks. Thanks!
  • When you are dealing with performance vehicles and tires i would always recommend using a match set of tires. Inter mixing performance tires can cause handling problems and cause vibrations due to mismatched tread compounds, tread designs and internal construction. Obviously it is your vehicle so you will have to make the final call but if it were my car i would going with the match set. when you are ready just let me know.

    connor@tirerack.com
    Tire & Wheel Specialist
    The Tire Rack
    877-522-8473 ext 269
    When placing an order online or the phone, please reference Connor at ext 269
  • lobsenzalobsenza Posts: 619
    You could buy 2 more Pirellis and when they wear out replace all 4 tires with something else...
  • kauai215kauai215 Posts: 190
    Gerstch, post your Mercedes tire questions over in "Tires, Tires, Tires," here on Edmunds, if you'd like to read further ideas; I have some thoughts that might interest you, but I ought not post them here as they stray too far from the intended purpose of Connor's forum.

    -Kauai (who'd like to drive your AMG Mercedes! ;-)
  • lghong67lghong67 Posts: 29
    Dear Connor,

    I see that the Yokohama AVID TRZ is now available through tirerack. I'm looking to replace the stock Bridgestones on my 2005 Sienna XLE LTD. How soon before you can give some feedback about the AVID?

    Thanks, LH
  • cdicdi Posts: 1
    Connor,
    I live in the Northeast. Which tire would you recommend for my 01 Maxima SE? (17" wheels). The Bridgestone Turanza LS-V or the Avon Tech M550 A/S?
    Thanks,
    CDi
  • Given the apparent mania towards plussing wheels so that tires are 1.5" tall or so (the "rubberband" look"?);

    Can these tires and rims withstand potholes? We have lots of badly holed roads here in California, and I remember reading one consumer magazines' report that +2 or +3 wheels/tires were severely damaged when driving over such holes.

    A general answer would be appreciated.
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 845
    Krzys
  • sometimes that mag gets things wrong, which is why I posed the question to a tire expert.

    Also, what KIND of damage occurs? Do both the wheel and/or tire get hosed by nasty bumps?

    And can a _forged_ wheel take that kind of punishment?
  • I do currently have the P225/60R17 Yokohama Avid TRZ in stock for 95.00 each. It is hard to say when you will be able to see customer reviews. It is simply a matter of if and when customer respond to our request for their opinion. Some people are happy to offer the opinion other prefer not to participate.

    connor@tirerack.com
    Tire & Wheel Specialist
    The Tire Rack
    877-522-8473 ext 269
    When placing an order online or the phone, please reference Connor at ext 269
  • Between the Bridgestone Turanza LS-V or the Avon Tech M550 A/S i would recommend using the Bridgestone. They will offer a far better ride quality, better ice and snow traction and wear far better than the Avon.

    connor@tirerack.com
    Tire & Wheel Specialist
    The Tire Rack
    877-522-8473 ext 269
    When placing an order online or the phone, please reference Connor at ext 269
  • As a general answer - any wheel in any size can be damaged if hit hard enough or hit in the right way regardless of size.

    The rule of thumb is that the shorter the sidewall, the easier it is to damage a wheel. Sometimes the impact only damages the tire in the form of a blister or bubble on the sidewall. In the worst case scenario the impact blows the tire completely. If you do see a blister on any of your tires you should replace the tires ASAP. It will fail soon if you don't. If you are lucky the tire will absorb all of the impact and not damage the wheel.

    The only way to keep a wheel in perfect shape....... don't hit anything. Regrettably potholes are common everywhere and accident's happen.

    connor@tirerack.com
    Tire & Wheel Specialist
    The Tire Rack
    877-522-8473 ext 269
    When placing an order online or the phone, please reference Connor at ext 269
  • Thanks, Connor.

    Incidently, are RunFlats better wrt this sort of abuse? I understand they have thicker sidewalls and/or interior supports.
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 845
    Run Flats might be worse in this particular case (maybe except Michelin system with internal synthetic wheel, the tire is not weight bearing when deflated).
    It is question of how fast you will hit the pothole, are edges sharp enough, is it deep enough. Run Flats might not get destroyed but they will let more energy pass to the wheel and suspension. Tires are the cheapest part to replace.
    Destroy Run Flat tire and you cannot continue your travel because you have no spare tire.

    Krzys
  • Krzyss is incorrect. Run flat tires will absorb the impact better than a standard tire due to the thicker material in the sidewall. There are some down sides to run flats though.

    1) they are a stiffer tire and the ride quality will reflect that
    2)You have to use a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with the tires. If you don't have one you would need to purchase one.
    3)If you are in a situation where you need a replacement right away they are harder to find at your local tire stores.

    The Michelin PAX system that Krzyss referred to would not handle a hard impact very well at all. in fact more than likely in the event that you hit an obstacle hard enough to compress the tire you would probably shatter the support ring that is in the tire. this type of hit would more than likely puncture the tire when it was pinched between the obstacle and the support ring rendering it useless.

    connor@tirerack.com
    Tire & Wheel Specialist
    The Tire Rack
    877-522-8473 ext 269
    When placing an order online or the phone, please reference Connor at ext 269
  • With all due respect, I agree with Krzyss. Due to more rigid construction, Run Flats will WITHSTAND impact better, but ABSORB the impact less than regular tire, i.e. transfer more energy to the rim.

    As an involuntary user of Run Flats (came with new minivan), let me throw several additional real life drawbacks:

    1. Run Flats are more prone to punctures. Yes it is easier to puncture more rigid and less pliable tire, than softer and more pliable regular tire (I had four punctures per 42,000 miles)

    2. Run Flats are real bad under low temperature slippery conditions (pliability of the tire compound)

    3. They tend to be more prone to leak air than regular tires (pliability - good seal issue)

    4. I estimate that the cost per mile driven is 5 to 6 times higher than premium passenger tires.

    I replaced my Run Flats at 42,000 miles (5/32 of tread left) with Yokohama Avid TRZ and can not be happier.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 50,625
    Please continue this thread in the Run-flat, self-sealing, PAX tires for Minivans discussion. Thanks,

    Steve, Host

    Moderator - Buying questions? Please include city or zip code and trim you are shopping, FWD or AWD, etc.

  • ddecker5ddecker5 Posts: 20
    I was looking at Tirerack.com, and saw some tires that I've never heard of, Like Kumho. Are these tires ok, or is it best to stick with a familiar name, like Goodyear?

    Thanks
  • I purchased a firebird trans Am 1998. It has good year eagles. (fine for the summer) What would you recommend as a winter tire for this vehicle. I would be willing to change wheels if necessary
  • Kumho is a Korean tire manufacturer and is the 7th largest tire manufacturer in the world. As with any manufacturer some of there products are good and some are not all that great. I really couldn't give a comparison unless i new the sizes and models you are looking at. If you would like to give me a call or email me your information i would be happy to look into what is available in the specs that you need.

    connor@tirerack.com
    Tire & Wheel Specialist
    The Tire Rack
    877-522-8473 ext 269
    When placing an order online or the phone, please reference Connor at ext 269
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