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    Extending the life of tires? Any suggestions

    Anyone found a way to extend the life of their tires? Anyone tried to rotate them side to side (left front to right front and left rear to right rear). Now this is if the tire can be rotated.

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    stop burning rubber off every light!

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    I have had 3 sets in 9000 miles so I am definitely not one to give advice.

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    Go around corners slow..... That's it. You cannot rotate them, they are directionally-exclusive.

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    Yea, keep them inflated to not quite max and a level that is comfortable for you. Tires that are underinflated tend to wear excessively on the outside. I've got 7,700 miles and they look like they've still got a lot of meat on them. That's with some aggressive driving too

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    You can spray that rubber conditioner for tires on them to slow their drying out; do this if you plan to own the car in ten years with only 5000 miles on the odometer.

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    bstew said:
    Anyone found a way to extend the life of their tires? Anyone tried to rotate them side to side (left front to right front and left rear to right rear). Now this is if the tire can be rotated.



    I think they are too wide to consider swapping from side to side. Such swapping can cause problems because the tyre will not contact evenly afterwards. In any case, I think most of these tyres are labelled for inside/outside rather than direction of rotation.

    Alignment can make a big difference to tyre wear. Camber makes a difference. Toe setting can be even more critical.

    Running them at the specified pressure helps also. Some Americans will run them at a low pressure for comfort but that's a bad idea.

    Then running them down until the cord shows (even though this is illegal) will increase mileage. But be careful, the under-surface isn't always flat so if the tyre wears evenly it is possible to actually wear through the tyre before any cord shows. If this happens you might not know it until you try to go around a corner as the sidewalls are really stiff and you don't get the usual feel for a low pressure tyre.

    And to state the obvious, wide bald tyres are extremely dangerous in the rain.

    I think most people's attitudes are that if you have an expensive performance car then you should expect to pay a lot of money for tyres.

    Stephen

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    bstew said:
    Anyone found a way to extend the life of their tires? Anyone tried to rotate them side to side (left front to right front and left rear to right rear). Now this is if the tire can be rotated.



    Should you really be driving a Porsche if you worry THAT much about tire wear?

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    I think so. Just because I drive a Porsche doesn't mean I shouldn't care about extending the life of my tires. I have no problem with replacing my tires when they run out but I don't want to replace them at 9000 miles if I could do something to extend them to 12000 miles.

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    get Michelin on the next set. My first set were Pirellis and had tire noise by 8000 miles and could not stand it anymore by 10000 miles. Put Michelin Pilots on the second set and got rid of the car before I needed tires and there were 15000 miles on that set.

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    A car magazine says 997 19" rim makes life of tire longer than 996 18". Bigger the rim longer the life? Or is it just depending on circumference of tire?

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    larger overall circumference. rims hv little to do with tire life.

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    Purchase harder tyres, but then you will loose performance.

    My advice: have fun with it and don't worry about your tires. You can't buy a Porshce and drive around like an old lady because you're worried about your tyres.

    Re: Extending the life of tires? Any suggestions

    Come on guys, if you got a Porsche, specially go fast in the corner and care less about the tires. That is absolutly the least of my concern. More worried about rear end than anything else.

     
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