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update on my Michelin tire experience

FrankM

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I bought 4 Michelin Pilot tires awhile back, 275/40x17 and wanted to let the forum know how my experience has been with them.
As most realize the Michelin are usually a few dollars more. Is it worth the difference......you decide

Usuage: Due to my maturity :) I drive in a normal fashion. Never push the car on turns, no burnouts ever. Once and awhile I wind it up from a roll to about 110mph and slow right down, or I hit passing gear to 110mph and immediately down, close to speed limit again.

Maintence:I currently have 55,000 miles on the tires. I rotate front to back every so often, depending on how they are wearing. I try to avoid any cupping the front tires seem to be prone too if left on front to long. I also try to keep the wear evenly.


Noise: These tires have no cupping and are almost as quiet as the day I bought them.

Wear: I have 6/32 " left on all tires evenly all around and from one edge to the other. I am estimating getting at least another 10,000 miles out of them.

Traction: Both wet and dry pavement have been exceptional. I especially look for good wet traction as on the interstate a few years back I had rolled my first C4 a few times due to hydroplaning. The wet traction has been the best I have experienced in this type tire so far.

My expectations: Originally when I purchased the tires I had gone through many other brands On this car. I found most got noisy after 20,000 miles inspite of my maintenance. Prior to the Michelin the most mileage I ever got was on a set of Toyo's 40,000. I am a Michelin user from way back many year ago, however they did not have a road tire in this size until recently. When I purchased the tires I was hoping to get 45,000 miles and less noise until 30,000. These tires have out performed my expectations

here is a picture of one with 50,000 miles.

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Tom73

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Frank,
Thanks for the info. I am currently running BFG T/A radials (which are made by Michelin). May have to check out the Pilots if/when these wear out.

tom...
 

Gorgon

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Some very good info. I have always been impressed with Michelins on my other cars. Will definitely look at these when the time arrives.
 

rwd

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FWIW, I had them on an '85 Z51, and they seemed to lag behind the steering a bit. Don't know whether it was tread squirm or a construction issue. Otherwise, I'm sure they would have been great. But that was a completely different size and profile; I mention it only for people with that era car.

I had them removed and put SZ50's on, and they were better, but not perfect. The original Gatorbacks were the best. The handling and steering were unbelievable.
 
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jerrys96lt4

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I run Michelin Pilots on my roadster and for top down cruzing they cant be beat. almost no tire noise and great wear . worth every penny my .02
 

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