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Bridgestone OEM vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport What a difference between tires. When ever I took a tight corner I could feel the Z just let its weight transfer outward

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Old 10-18-2011, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bridgestone OEM vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport

What a difference between tires.

When ever I took a tight corner I could feel the Z just let its weight transfer outward and just feel like it wouldn't take much to let go. Then when the corner was over the weight of the car would transfer back into the center. I always assumed this was the suspension. I just kind of figured it was to make a soft ride to appeal to the masses.

Then I had Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245/275 put on the car. Soon as I got into the car I felt like the car was tighter. I wasn't sure if I was my imagination at first. Then I was driving home on the highway and the tires are about 10% quieter. My girlfriend says the tires are 20% quieter. I don't believe there will be any tire that is super quiet but I have to say its a PLUS that these tires have less roar.

When I was driving to work the next day I have a few corners in a mountain I must pass to get there. Oh man no more weight transfer at all. These tires make the car for me. I can go through the corners about 10mph faster with ease and its STILL not pushing the car. I wont be attempting to push it but its nice to feel the car handle the way its supposed to. I believe the weight transfer I felt before was soft side walls on the OEM letting the car shift its weight. The new tires do not have this problem.

Because of these tires I don't want new suspension or sway bars. The tires fixed my craving for better handling. I definitely recommend them over stockers.
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yah, we really needed the RE050A PolePositions on our Z's than the standard RE050A's.

swapping tires alone can be major improvement since you got good tires. i am sure mr.onzedge will chime in his review too. (i think there was already another thread on these supersports btw)
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I have about 1200 miles on my Pilot Super Sports now. Last weekend I went for a mountain drive and decided to push the car in the corners to see how the tires felt at the limit. It was the first time I have ever felt the VDC kick in and actually bog the car a little like it was cutting fuel delivery. I didn't hear any tire squealing but maybe they were slipping just enough to trigger the VDC. I'll have to try again and switch the VDC off. They are a little quieter than the OEM's but I'm convinced that the noise is a combo of the tread pattern and road surface coupled with poor sound insulation. It's actually bearable on smooth asphalt but on grooved freeway surfaces which are the majority here it's still LOUD.
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Well my stock Advan Sports gave it up after 11k, so it was time for some new rubber. I was looking at Conti DW's but after reading about sidewall flex I went with some PSS in stock 18" sizes. The price was right at $800, installed with rebate. I had no problems with the Advans. I thought it was a great tire except for wet weather performance. The PSS are truly a performance upgrade. Less road noise, fantastic wet and dry, less tramlining, more stable at speed in corners! Amazing street tire! Let's see how long they last.

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