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PMcG

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Rear tire recommendations?
« on: 14 July 2020, 11:12 PM »
Seems I could use a better pair of tires in the rear to handle wet weather.  Front tires are Hankook Optimo H724s, which seem to handle the gig.  The no-namers in  the back-- not so much.  What would be a really good pair to handle the torque and not get slippery in the rain?  Based in Seattle here, so 'wet' is a thing.
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Re: Rear tire recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: 15 July 2020, 02:45 PM »
Hankook tires are a very low grade tire, and end up becoming too hard and slick in wet weather.  They'll last a long time, but the ride quality will suffer, they'll become hazardous in wet weather, and they're not a true (round) tire, which causes shaking on the highway.  They can not be balanced out, either.  In addition, and for safety, always replace all 4 tires at the same time.  Being that tires are not something I cheap out on, I can only recommend the Vredestein, AVON, or Michelin tires.  They're the safest, most true (round), don't become hard, and all offer long life. (provided the alignment is spot on) 
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PMcG

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Re: Rear tire recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: 15 July 2020, 09:59 PM »
Thanks very much for that, I did notice the ride is not terribly smooth.  And not doing well in wet is not acceptable either.  I just got the car, so you've got me convinced to make the swap.  Is there a particular size of Avon or Michelin tire you recommend?
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Re: Rear tire recommendations?
« Reply #3 on: 16 July 2020, 01:40 AM »
Not sure if you can get these in US, but in Ireland, which Seattle would share the rain with ;) I'm driving my daily cars on 2nd gen Goodyear Vector 4Season or Michelin CrossClimate.

My 450 drives on Dunlop Sport BluResponse, which also have great wet grip properties. But they're a summer-only tyre.

Neither is available in 14", only 15" upwards with best size choice in the 16" range.
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