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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-26-2010, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions Wanted: Mixing Tires

So far on my LSC I've had Pirelli P-Zero Asimmetrico's and General Exclaim UHP's.

All 245 50 17's on 17 x 8’s.

I absolutely LOVE the Pirelli's except for their price ($310 ea) and treadwear (or lack there of)!! On the rear I can get about 8K - 10K miles out of them before they are knocking on the wear bars.

The Generals are a great tire and you can't beat the price ($117 ea) and their wet weather driving is better than the Pirelli's. The traction is very good, but it does not compare to the Pirelli's (which is to be expected)

I'm considering running the Generals on the front and the Pirelli's on the rear, but I'm not sure how that will balance or unbalance the handling.

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Simple. If its about money then go cheap. If its not then get what you want and what will please you when driving the car.

Or here is a concept, try a tire that is comparible to the Pirelli with respect to performnce for a lil less. Then again the size you are running is not exactly the most common and plentiful with choices.


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According to Tire Rack as well as a few people here, the Firestone Firehawk Wide Ovals are very grippy both dry and wet. I have yet to drive on them and I doubt they'll last much more than 15k, but they're half the price of the Pirellis.

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My own personal preference is that I would NEVER mix different tires on my car, not even different tires from the same manufacturer! The reason for that is that different tires have different handling characteristics and, in an emergency situation, could cause major problems. Now, I'm sure you probably wouldn't ever die from doing this, but you never know - why take chances?!!

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i have done this....i am doing it now....the only reason i would ever run different tires would be for financial reasons...money is tight and i got a great deal...but it can be fine in my opinion if the tires are similar

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I have mixed tires many times. Typically I buy 2 tires at a time, so if I am changing brands there is a mismatch until I get 2 more. I rarely can tell the difference.

I just went 15k with 2-Falken 512s an 2-Kuhmo ASXs on my Trans Am. It drove fine, both are W rated A/S tires in the same size. I just put 2 more Kuhmo ASXs on the Trans Am, so all 4 are now the same.

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I've mixed tires before with no problems.

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I am running with different tires on the front and back on the factory wheels. 2 different companies with smaller side wall up front and taller on the back. Plus I'm running wider in the back and I have uni treads up front and a weird tread pattern in the back. I had the tires like the fronts all around but after some engine mods the burnouts kinda made em bald. So I threw on some BFG's I had laying around and I can't get the back end to slide out like I used to with the other tires on the back. So I have more grip and the car handles better with this setup. So I guess its just personal opinions.

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it is totally a money deal, you wouldn't pay retail for a car with mismatched tires,
but for a good deal you would live with it. i know of no tire manufacturer that recommends mixing tires of different brands, it is a liability thing, you couls still walk with 2 different shoes, but if you could afford it you would certainly want them to match.
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I'm running nitto invo's on the back of my car right now with riken raptor's up front, the only reason my fronts haven't been mounted is because I literally don't have the time. Another couple of weeks and I'm sure I'll get around to it.

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