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PostPost by: Fred Talmadge » Wed May 22, 2013 5:50 pm

...back to tires... it looks like Firestone F590 are not available in the USA. All I can find in 155/80R13 is a winter tire. Which explains why this post spells tires with a Y

https://www.firestonetire.com/tires/win ... 80r13.html
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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Wed May 22, 2013 6:14 pm

Well there is this: http://www.uniroyaltires.com/tire-selector/size/pmetric/155/80/13/S/tiger-paw-awp-ii/tire-details ... It's shown as an all season tire. . . . or this: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSearchResults.jsp?skipOver=true&width=155%2F&ratio=80&diameter=13

I just bought a set of Uniroyal RainExperts for my S3 on this side of the Pond. I have them on my VW Polo and I'm really happy with their wet grip - a big consideration in Ireland. They have plenty of dry grip as well and I had them in a larger size on a Skoda Octavia a few years ago. I swear by them (that's "by" not "at"! :lol: ) and the only difficulty I've had is availability in the 13-inch diameter I need for both my cars. I can get them as long as I'm willing to wait. They only manufacture those sizes when they have a gap in the normal production runs (for the common larger diameter sizes). When I get the Elan back on the road I'll report on the feel of the tyres on that car.
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PostPost by: Fred Talmadge » Wed May 22, 2013 6:24 pm

or Kumho Solus KR21 P155/80R-13 79T BSW

http://tinyurl.com/oorbbyu
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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Wed May 22, 2013 6:43 pm

As a follow-up, The wear rating on my RainExperts is 280 vs a 640 rating on the US Uniroyal Tiger Paw in the same size. I would guess that equates to better grip over here as the compound must be softer so fewer miles of tread life. I'm glad I'm not stuck with the "wears like iron" (and grips like it too) compounds that they manufacture for tyres in the Americas. :D
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PostPost by: EnfoKen » Fri May 24, 2013 4:24 am

I'm pretty happy with my Verdestein 145's. I purchased them from Coker.
I debated for weeks on what to buy and considered the Michelins. I thought at $300 I could always
sell the Verdesteins on Craig's list if I hated them. Also, I am sure they are better than the 520. bias ply tires the car came with. I also wanted to keep the car original. The PO had 165 70 13 when I got it. I hated the looks.
I may try the Michelins later.

http://www.cokertire.com/145r13-vredestein-sprint.html

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PostPost by: theelanman » Fri May 24, 2013 6:27 am

Fred Talmadge wrote:or Kumho Solus KR21 P155/80R-13 79T BSW

http://tinyurl.com/oorbbyu



anyone tried these?
the write ups say they're great in the wet.....just wondered what they're like in the dry (as I don't tend to take e car out much in the wet....)

thanks
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PostPost by: msd1107 » Fri May 24, 2013 6:22 pm

With a tread wear rating of 640, the tyres will be dry, cracked, and dangerous long before they lose their tread.

People may complain about the cost of the Michelin XAS, but at the average mileage racked up by our cars, the cost is not a major factor over the years and you have the advantage of a superior tyre during all the time.

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