Michael Heiming wrote:
> In alt.autos.ford.focus Tony Wesley <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> > Michael, I'd disagree with you. Especially on a FWD, the best tires
> > belong up front. They handle the steering, the acceleration, and 70%
> > of the braking.
> You can disagree as much as you like, still the better tires
> belong to the rear axle!
> Perhaps you believe Michelin more then me:
I do believe Michelin more than you. But will you indulge me stating
> If front tires lose street contact not a big problem, but if rear
> tires lose it, you are almost lost.
Perhaps it comes from growing up driving RWD in snow country, but I am
not "almost lost" if the rear wheel lose contact. Been there, done
that, come back for more.
And maybe for the average driver, having the better tires in back is
the preferred solution. For me, I'll continue to put the best tires in
front. In my driving, the situation that is the most demanding for
maintaining tire/street contact is the panic stop. In which case,
having the best tires up front decreases the stopping distance.
In my other car, a big 1991 Olds wagon that weighs 4,400 pounds and is
19 feet long, it's fairly easy to lock up the back tires while making a
hard stop. [An aside: my 1975 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe had
variable-proportionment braking, with progessively less braking to the
rear rotors when stopping harder. When is the Big 2 1/2 going to catch
up to this?] I am able to steer and keep the sliding back end of the
car behind me while stopping.
> Good luck
Thanks. The same to you.
P.S. I expect folks to pay more attention to Michelin than to me.