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    Quote Originally Posted by texanbrit View Post
    The Michelin Pilot Sports last much better than most. It's worth the extra in my mind, they have grip levels that match anything but the extreme-performance tires especially in the wet. Plus they'll last for 2 or 3 tire cycles compared to the cheaper tires. If I factor in my time making extra trips to swap tires it's a false economy to run cheap tires.
    That what I replaced my Continentals with. The traction and handing, is excellent in wet/dry condition. Bought them though the Tire Rack. $$$$. Worth every penny.
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    I recently replaced the Pirelli's with Federal tires for less than half what I would have paid for another set of expensive Pirelli's. So far so good. In fact, the Federal tires are much quieter at highway speeds, and do better in the rain.

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    one way to help pick out tires is to look at the UTQG grade (explained here: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret...g&gclsrc=aw.ds The key thing to know is that these ratings are self-reported by the manufacturer, so they're not 100% valuable, more of a guide, but, I think better than comparing tires that might list 40,000 miles, 70,000 miles, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texanbrit View Post
    The Michelin Pilot Sports last much better than most. It's worth the extra in my mind, they have grip levels that match anything but the extreme-performance tires especially in the wet. Plus they'll last for 2 or 3 tire cycles compared to the cheaper tires. If I factor in my time making extra trips to swap tires it's a false economy to run cheap tires.
    Lol, I think everything they make is a “Pilot Sport” of some form or another.

    For all seasons, the General G-max AS-05, made by Continental, is very good. And pretty cheap. Their only downside is they flat spot mildly if they sit, but it goes away in a mike or so.
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    what about Michelin newest tire the Cross Climate Plus?
    they call it an all weather tire. I saw a YouTube video that said in the next 2-3 years you will see a whole new class of tires. The guy in the tire shop told me there really is 2 kinds of gran touring all season tires. 1 that is all about comfort and 2 is about the sport but stays within the class. But I think for most of us buying a HP AS tire or a GT AS tires are the way to go. I am from now on staying away from standard touring all season.

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    There are some interesting articles on the new class of AS tires on TireRack. There were 2 mfgrs (when I looked last winter) who had AS with superior performance. They approach a winter tire's performance w/o melting away in summer; won't perform quite as well as winter tires on ice. IIRC one mfgr has 2 bands (treads) of summer performance and 2 bands of winter. I think that was the Michelin, and would be a directional tire, since the winter compound goes towards the center.

    I think it was around 2004 when the touring class tires started splitting off into the two types. Both are fairly comfortable, but the belt/sidewall construction optimizes comfort or max performance. Back then the max performance tire used a softer compound, so tread life was fairly short.

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    well, where I live there aren't many people who buy winter tires. I talk to the tire shop and told me not many people buy winter tires. But company policy tells them they must carry some, because there are mountains near by and some people buy them for those places. Also my wife couldn't believe how a better tire, make such a big difference.

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    I see what you saying.... a guy my brother knows crashed into a tree due to tire rot. you know when a tire excessive cracks.

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    Michelin Pilot Sports are the only tires I've ever put on my Fiat. I just put a set on this month. One of the days I ran the Dragon it was raining and they held their grip. They held great on the dry roads of Twisted Sisters also.

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