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    Tire wear & tire brand choice

    I'm sure this topic has been discussed before, but anyway I'm interested to collect some fresh opinions.
    My 987 S (factory collection 30 March 06) has been equipped with the Conti tires. General opinion seems to be that the Contis have a longer life than the Michelins but provide less grip on dry tarmac.
    My rear wheel tires show a profile of 3 mm (front wheel tires 5 mm) after 12,700 km. Legal requirement in Germany is 1.6 mm minimum, but everybody recommends 3 mm minimum for wide tires, so my rear tires are nearly gone...
    My 987 S is a "dual use tool" - 40% smooth commuting and 60% Walter-style driving
    My impression from some demo cars equipped with Michelin tires: better grip /higher speed in the corners, but some users report worse tire wear (compared to the Contis), more noise and a harsher ride. Any comments are highly appreciated
    Next tire question to the Rennteam winter drivers: I'm going to get the 18" Cayman S rims + winter tires for the winter season - any comment from our friends from Scandinavia or Canada what kind of winter tires are best ?
    Thanks in advance for your input

    Re: Tire wear & tire brand choice

    I was pleased to see mine on Michelins - i agee with all your comparisons to Conti above except for one - Michelins last longer than Contis.

    Contis might be OK for autobahn driving, but my experience says Michelins always last longer than any other tyre and wet weather grip falls off dramatically as the contis wear.

    I'm just back from 1350 miles and 6 days of hard driving around Scotland, including mountain passes. I fully expected my rear Michelins to be shot by the today (13k miles total), but they look the same as they did last week before the beating.

    Re: Tire wear & tire brand choice

    Thanks a lot for your input percymon
    If the Michelins really last longer than the Contis (and your experience seems to confirm this) this is another good reason to get them. Good to hear that you enjoyed your baby on these mountain roads in Scotland (so I can assume that your user profile is similar to mine - having fun with the P on twisties in the mountains). Just returned from an incredible Alpine holiday tour, which increased my love for the Boxster even more (if that's possible)

    Re: Tire wear & tire brand choice

    I had the Michelin Alpin winter tyres on mine last winter in anticipation of a harsh winter that never came.
    Better cold weather grip than the summer tyres, but I'd say only when the exterior temp is significantly and consistantly lower than the 8 degrees recommended. Above about 5 degrees, and lateral grip isn't too hot! Wear is pretty good though. I put about 8k on them, and they look pretty new. They are probably much better in heavy rain due to the tread profile. Straight line grip seemed better even higher up into the 8-10c range when tyres are cold. Comparison against warmed-up summer rubber at 5-10c is probably not quite so clear cut however. This is just my opinion based on my limited experience!

    Re: Tire wear & tire brand choice

    13000 miles on my michelins and another 1500 to go before they need to be replaced my experience is the same as percymon. Wet grip on michelins on all my cars has been awesome.

    Re: Tire wear & tire brand choice

    13k - 15k miles is pretty impressive IMO. I will definitely go for the Michelins next spring. Guess I keep the almost gone Contis for a final beating at the Porsche DE in Leipzig next yaer
    @ wtsnet: I know the dilemma It's the same over here: the weather gods sometimes are just indecisive
    Guess I'll get some 18" Cayman S wheels + wintertires for the upcoming winter season. I hate to shell out the money for the additional set of rims but I may talk myself into the idea of having two Boxeys (winter/summer) instead of just one

    Re: Tire wear & tire brand choice

    Quote:
    Porsche-Jeck said:I may talk myself into the idea of having two Boxeys (winter/summer) instead of just one


    Nah, you have a Cayman for the winter, a Boxey for the summer! Sorted.

     
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