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Old 23rd March 2001, 18:38   #1
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Post Pirelli vs. Michelin vs. Bridgestone vs. Yokohama vs ???

This topic has come up before, but I'm interested in the CURRENT collective thinking of the board's members, especially now that some time has passed, and those of you who have changed have had more time and mileage to compare.

For those who have changed tires, please comment on what you HAD on the car, and what you changed to. What made you decide on what you selected? Are you satisfied with the results? Could you compare ride, handling, dry and wet traction, noise, etc.

I'm pretty happy with the Michelin Pilot sports that came on the car, and will most likely replace them with the same, but am open to suggestions.

WRT the Pirelli P-Zero Rosso. Which is preferred - the Asimmetrico or Direzionale?

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while at the dealer today I was talking with one of the service folks who told me his friend has had both on his M5 and they (he and his friend) much prefer the dunlops...

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I am not wildly happy with the Dunlop SP8080s on mine, though I've been happy with other SP8000s/SP2000s on other cars, maybe it's just the higher limits of the car are beyond the limits of the tires.

The Asimmetricos would be the right Pirellis, but I would not use them because they're asymmetrical, it prevents tire rotation (swapping side-to-side.) I've had PZeros on a couple other cars, and have been happy with their grip, surprisingly happy with their ride and lack of noise, not particularly happy with their longevity.

We've got S-02s on the spousal 540i, and I've been very, very happy with them; they'd be my first choice for replacing the SP8080s.

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I think it comes down to the Michelins vs. Bridgestone. Not sure which, actually. With all of the rave reviews, I would've said Bridgestone, but the guy at America's Tires here who races his Camaro (525bhp), said that while the Birdgstones had great soft compound, it wore out and suddenly all hell broke loose.

If your tires make it that far, I'd go with Michelin. Otherwise, if you tend to have to switch them up every 6 months like me (******* nails), go with Bridgestone.

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bobafett, how many miles are you getting on your pilot sports (since you are replacing them every 6 months)?
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I have the Dunlops and have been pleased thus far. I have over 18,000 miles and a track event on them so far and they still look good for another 10,000 miles or so. While some may claim other brands handle better, for my use the Dunlops work just fine. I had Michelins on both my 1995 M3 and 1998 Viper which wore out in around 10,000 miles or so. That's too soon IMHO for a car I'm driving every day. I would have to put new tires on the M5 almost 3 times a year at that rate. I'll most likely go with the Dunlops again but am interested in the Yokohomas too. They look so cool. I wonder how they handle and wear ?

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I have the Dunlops and have been pleased thus far. I have over 18,000 miles and a track event on them so far and they still look good for another 10,000 miles or so. While some may claim other brands handle better, for my use the Dunlops work just fine. I had Michelins on both my 1995 M3 and 1998 Viper which wore out in around 10,000 miles or so. That's too soon IMHO for a car I'm driving every day. I would have to put new tires on the M5 almost 3 times a year at that rate. I'll most likely go with the Dunlops again but am interested in the Yokohomas too. They look so cool. I wonder how they handle and wear ?

PS: I had Pirellis on my 1985 328 GTS and they wore out even quicker than the Michelins. 8,000 miles is all I got if I remeber correcty.
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I replaced the front Dunlaps (with new 8080E's) today @ 22k miles. the rears will be replaced @ about 23K miles. The tires have been running @ 39/43 pressure. the center treads f&r, were/are much more worn out than the tread ribs to either side, the fronts had worn smooth on the outside edges, the rears are more worn on the inside edge, I am now trying a 37/41 pressure set up to see if it gives a more even wear pattern. The alignment play's a big part in tire wear I have had three (3) four wheel alignments looking for the correct set up for maximum tire life .oo toe in on the front seems to improve turn-in and wear. I choose the Dunlaps again because I am happy with the way they drive on the road and they offer better tire life than the other tires in the same performance category. The Tire Rack tests show them to be on par with the others in there class.IMHO///DG

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The Dunlops on my car are done at 9k. Outer edges on front are history and the rears have even wear and a bit more time on them but better to change out the entire set, I think.

Have a hunch there may be a camber issue in front but still thought they might last a little longer than 9k (no track but a twisty route to work).

Anyone have a chance to try both Dunlops and Pilots on their M5? I would assume grip/performance to be similar in a street application, curious how they compare in terms of longevity, though.
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I just asked a Hartge specialist in Switzerland yesterday what is the best between Michelin P Sport and Bridgestone S02 : he said none of them, the Pirelli P Zero Asymetrical are way better (and do not make noise like other Pirellis he insisted). He tested all these tires on the M5, so that an advice for the M5 characterisitcs and not for all cars generally. Porsche do fit Pirellis Asymetrical at factory.

The only bad point for Pirelli in my point of view : they have an ugly look, Michelin P Sport and the Bridgestone SO2 look better.

I've actually new Bridgestone SO2 : they're very silent and good. But I've already had one set and I can tell you that they are finished quickly (<10000 miles for sporty drivers and max 20000 for normal).

So if you want to try real performance, try Pirelli, maybe you'll not want any other tire after. I don't know because I had never Pirelli on my M5.
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