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    general tires for cayenne???

    well, the kumho experiment is about to end. after 15k miles, they are doing well treadwise, but the noise has gotten so bad that the cayenne is starting to sound like a 4x4. looking at tire rack, i was thinking seriously about some michelin demaris, but when i went browsing, the General Grabber UHP High caught my attention. tire rack actually did some test track time with this one on a toureg. it scores consistently highest in the ratings, and the reviews have nothing but good things to say.

    i know it doesn't have a porsche rating, but the conni contacts were truely lousy tires. the kumhos probably would go another 15k, but they are sooooo nooooiiiiiiseeey.

    anybody running these?

    BTW, these are "W" rated.

    DT

    Re: general tires for cayenne???

    What was your complaint with the Continental Contacts? I don't have an opinion about these tires personally, I'm just curious what your priorities are.

    BTW, if noise and vibration are the main issues, I have been hearing positive things about the Michelin tires and the newer N spec Diamaris have a much longer tread life.

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    Diamaris N1, they even look great

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    my problem with the connies was that they made it to 17k with such little tread left as to be slicks. while it is true that they ran well, i have wondered if the cayenne electronics and suspension were the reason. the kumhos have not made the cayenne handle any differently (except in ponded water, where they do much better). to paraphrase dean wormer, expensive, poorly rated (10 of 11) AND short lived is no way to go through life.

    it also again makes me wonder how bad a tire you could put on the cayenne and still get the same performance. could you put on a set of PepBoys specials, and have it go around the block just fine and find them bald when you returned?

    probably will try the generals, because they are fully half the price of the diamaris, and because tire rack doesn't seem to have the N1 version of them in the 18inch (or for that matter, any of the porsche specific versions of the diamaris in 18).

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    If you got 17K out of the Contis, I don't think I'd complain. I'll be happy if anything lasts 15k or so.

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    I would agree with that. Anything over 15k is good. If you go with a non-"N" rated tire you may get better mileage because of harder rubber compounds, but 15k or less on "N" spec is typical.

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    well, as a data point on the generals, they are working fine, although i had some problems getting them to force balance out. my only real complaint is that in violent maneuvers they scream like a girl.

    DT

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    I have Potenza ER 30s on my Cayenne with the Turbo wheels. I love the way they perform, but everything I have read or been told is that 15K is the number with all the NO tires. One thing I have learned from my Audis is that if you want the balance done right take it to the dealer; they don't scratch your wheels, and they get it right the first time. My dealer offers a PCA discount so getting them done there is just another couple of bucks- but they give me a loaner and they give the car a once over while they have it.

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    have an '04 S with 80K miles and 19" wheels. have been through two sets each of perelli and michelins. michelin bought half of the second set b/c of such uneven wear (centers wore out much faster than edges. The toyo's on it now are much superior even if not quite as tight handling. Wear is excellent and wet weather very good.

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    Eddiemac,

    I assume you are talking about the Proxes S/Ts? Do you have any experience with mud, snow, or anything else more "interesting" than wet pavement? I am seriously considering these for my 19s.
    Thanks!

    Re: general tires for cayenne???

    yes i am talking about the proxy's and South Carolina doesn't give much snow opportunity but I also pull a 22' inboard ski boat and have had no trouble on algea covered boat ramps or muddy hillsides or crossing road side ditches

    Re: general tires for cayenne???

    well, i bought a set of take off 18" wheels with new connie contacts to burn up as spares, but i doubt they will see pavement on mine as it is currently in lemon law proceedings. the generals are still doing good, will probably be what i give back to porsche.

    DT

     
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