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OK I need your opinions.....here's my dilemma...

I priced new tires for 007 yesterday. Michelin AS4 ZP and non RF Continental DWS06.....still torn between RF and non RF.....leaning toward the non. Still have lots of tread on the Firestones, but they are 11 years old. No weather-checking and look like new yet. One of the folks at the tire shop said they would go ahead and run them, but I'm leery about the age. I would hate to be on a trip and have one blow...at that point, I'm forced to buy whatever is available, possibly very limited choices. I guess that can happen with new tires too. WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK? Keep driving the Firestones? Ditch the Firestones and go RFs? Ditch the Firestones and go non-RFs? Only about $250 difference between the RFs and non-RFs.

Remember guys, I live out in VERY RURAL SW Kansas, not near big cities where tires are readily available.
 
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Opinion? Everybody's got one (or more).
First, ditch the Firestones - they're too old, even if they look great.
If you take road trips regularly, buy the A/S4 ZP and live in peace.
 
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Thank you Tuna for your insight.
 
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I ended up ordering a set of Michelin AS 3+ ZP tires. Mrs. was pushing for the RFs so that decision came into play as well. $1245 delivered to the house...then another $100 to have them mounted and balanced....
 

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OK I need your opinions.....here's my dilemma...

I priced new tires for 007 yesterday. Michelin AS4 ZP and non RF Continental DWS06.....still torn between RF and non RF.....leaning toward the non. Still have lots of tread on the Firestones, but they are 11 years old. No weather-checking and look like new yet. One of the folks at the tire shop said they would go ahead and run them, but I'm leery about the age. I would hate to be on a trip and have one blow...at that point, I'm forced to buy whatever is available, possibly very limited choices. I guess that can happen with new tires too. WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK? Keep driving the Firestones? Ditch the Firestones and go RFs? Ditch the Firestones and go non-RFs? Only about $250 difference between the RFs and non-RFs.

Remember guys, I live out in VERY RURAL SW Kansas, not near big cities where tires are readily available.
I may not know much about the cars condition or the roads and terrain etc. But I would get new ones rather than 11 year old ones. If you do get the 11 year old ones I would still get a spare set of tires, Maybe not a brand new spare tire set but something that will keep it sustainable on the road. If the fire stones are good currently I would ride them out more as much as I can. Like I said idk much.
 
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the tires I had on were 11 years old...I actually bought new Michelin AS 3+ ZP (ZP= zero pressure - run flat).
 

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I ended up ordering a set of Michelin AS 3+ ZP tires. Mrs. was pushing for the RFs so that decision came into play as well. $1245 delivered to the house...then another $100 to have them mounted and balanced....
Hi Toms007,
Thanks for asking my question. :) I'm at the same place with my 2012, original tires, 14,500 miles and like new, but timed out. I'll definitely do the RFs, yet wonder why the Michelins, and where did you buy? I'm just starting to look.
Thanks,
Paul,
2012 Torch Red Base Coupe
 
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Paul, several factors played into my decision.
1. I went with the Michelins for a couple reasons
a. I had the earlier versions of this tire on my C5 and liked them.
b. I wanted an "all Season" tire, and these Michelins were highly rated. Many of the RFs for Corvette
available are summer performance tires. I had Firestone RFs on, but driving them up to the mountains in
the fall got a bit sketchy a few times
2. My local tire place said they couldn't get the rear tires I wanted, so, I ordered them from TireRack (they
were delivered in 3 days) and then had my local place mount and balance them for me.

I will say, that these new tires ride way better, are more quiet and make me feel more confident than the old Firestones. If you have an other questions, just let me know.
 

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Paul, several factors played into my decision.
1. I went with the Michelins for a couple reasons
a. I had the earlier versions of this tire on my C5 and liked them.
b. I wanted an "all Season" tire, and these Michelins were highly rated. Many of the RFs for Corvette
available are summer performance tires. I had Firestone RFs on, but driving them up to the mountains in
the fall got a bit sketchy a few times
2. My local tire place said they couldn't get the rear tires I wanted, so, I ordered them from TireRack (they
were delivered in 3 days) and then had my local place mount and balance them for me.

I will say, that these new tires ride way better, are more quiet and make me feel more confident than the old Firestones. If you have an other questions, just let me know.
Good reasoning. I looked on Tire Rack but couldn't find the correct sizes for my car. It is a 1LT Coupe with the Competition Gray wheels. The tire sizes are front 245/40R18 and rear 285/35R19. Does your car have different size tires or am I missing something? I really like the idea of All Seasons.
Thanks for you help.
 
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Those are the sizes my 007 takes. I looked and they don't show up either. I'd give them a call and find out when they are expecting them to be in stock.
 
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Thanks Tom0007,
I forget to check Discount, I'm keyed to Tire Rack. Discount shows them as "Special Order" 7 day delivery. I'm going to call Tire Rack and see what they say. I was going to wait until next spring but may move that up.
I love this car,
Paul
 

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If Paul lets me drive it again he may need tires before spring.

Tom
 

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Tom got it loose for a brief time and wasted some of my tires. Even with that, I think I can make it to winter. :)
 

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