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Re: Hehe, shows how important individual preference is
Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Wed, 2 May 2018 05:59:49

In Reply to: Re: Hehe, shows how important individual preference is, TG, Tue, 1 May 2018 12:09:40
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Yup, but ecopias are not winter tires, so no big surprise there.

I have run Bridgestone RE970's (partly on Noel's advice) on a 9-5 225/45R17, and they were great. I would say the general gmax is comparable, and a bit less expensive.

I have run numerous Michelin tires also, though I tend to steer clear of symmetric non directionals as I have generally found performance lacking. Before the RE970's I ran Michelin Pilot Super Sports. way overkill for a 9-5, but great tires - great handling dry and wet. They do wear fast (and I don't generally care about tire wear, but these *really* wore fast). That's because they are super high performance (more than required for a 9-5).... but the main issue I have with Michelins in general is the rubber seems to dry up faster than some brands and spider line crack. I have noticed this on every Michelin pair I've owned (maybe not a winter set I had briefly - probably saw less uv)... Even the PSS started to show it in 2 years, and these are absolute top notch Michelins.

Other brands also crack and that is why the 6 year age limit is given, but to be honest, I've had Nokian tires last for more than 10 years with no sign of spider lines... so I think there are better rubber compounds out there.
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