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April 14, 2005

Got the new tires

Picked up my car this morning and drove the 70 miles back to work on highway. First impressions of the Michelin Pilot Sport 2s are that they look great on the rim. Nice decals, looks very tidy and there is a decent sized rim protector also so a car wash may be possible with these tires on the rims. Next, they are quiet. It's really noticeable coming from the Pirelli asymmetricos I had before.

My dealer charged 1650 us for the tires, mounting/balancing, alignment and replacing a damaged air dam on the right rear wheel. The alignment cost 200 and one wheel needed its toe in modified. So, the cost of the tire change is actually around 1300 which is about right plus the alignment (which I'd only trust to the dealer) and the air dam (

Besides that, can't say anymore at the moment.

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April 07, 2005

Back to 18" wheels again

So, it's been a couple of days now on my 18" rather than the 17" I use in winter. The 18s handle better clearly but for day to day driving I'm missing the 17s. The 18s are noticeably louder. When the roads are not perfect then the 18s tend to wander, hunting along the road rather than travel in a straight line when compared with the 17s.

The new PS2 tires may help with these gripes but after having slept in this morning, they won't be going on now till Tuesday.

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April 03, 2005

Switched back to summer tires and wear over the winter

So, I put my 18s back on with the P zeros from last year. I bringing the car to the garage on thursday to change the Pirellis to Michelin PS2s. The Bridgestone Blizzak LM22s are wearing remarkably well. I have two seasons on them now, about 10 months driving at 30 miles a day. Take a look at the photos

April 3, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0)

April 01, 2005

New tires

Ordered my tires at my dealer today, Michelin Pilot Sport 2s in normal 18 inch sizes. Dealer was worried about putting 280/30R18s on because it's a C4 and it's apparently picky about tire diameters. He was afraid my warranty company would use it as an excuse not to pay if anything went wrong so I reckon, screw it. I'm looking to track the car this year so the 280s would have been nice, a little extra insurance but it's not like the thing is short on grip anyway. So, Thursday I'll bring the car up and they'll do the tires and adjust suspension etc. Total cost is around 1500 dollars. Tirerack + 15% + mounting + balancing + suspension adjustments.

April 1, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0)