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Old 08-31-2004, 18:07   #1 (permalink)
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Wet weather grip

As the title suggests, I'm having big problems with wet wether grip. With an e series brake pedal like clutch (yes the cable has beeen snapped and subseqeuntly replaced), its almost impossible to take off with any sort of accelleration with little weight in the arse end without the rears spinning it up. I know its not much to complain about getting wheelspin, but in trafic when you need to launch to get a gap, and only sit there spinning, its not only frustrating, but dangerous.

In addition to this, yesterday I was with a mate driving home in the rain taking a right turn into a single lane between 2 trafic islands both with trafic light poles, when at only a 1/4 throttle (I eased onto it too) in 2nd, the rear let go to about 45 degrees. I don't mind oversteer, but when your not inducing it and in a tight gap, it gets a bit hairy. Although a bit of almost opposite lock and throttle corrected it with ease, it could have ended with a large dent in my passenger rear quarter.

So without anymore dilly dallying, what is a good trye that performs in the wet, but is affordable to a uni student? At the moment I have a set of Kelly 215s that are about 80% tread, and IMO, they are worse then the 70 odd buck 195s on our XE at home. Should I go up to 225 on my next purchase, as by then I'll have a full exhaust, intake, plus possible cam?

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Old 08-31-2004, 18:18   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Wet weather grip

DO NOT GET FALKENS

thats all i gotta say
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Re: Wet weather grip

What size rims?

For 15" I loved the Pirelli Dragos, for 16" my Dunlop 3000a's are awesome. Now for 17" which I need to replace, I'm probably going to go back to the Dunlop 3000a's again, they are that good.
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Re: Wet weather grip

Sorry, they're the factory 5 spokers, 15".
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Re: Wet weather grip

Yokohama A509's on my 15's, they behave if I want them to in the wet.
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Re: Wet weather grip

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DO NOT GET FALKENS

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Agreed!!!!!

I was in a laser the other day with a set of bridgestone dounuts. Not sure what model, but damn they hung on the the wet. The only time the front end slipped (FWD) was flooring it on a hill with heavy rain falling. Very impressive.
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yeah for a cheapish tyre donuts are a great tyre, had them on the XF once, and was quite inpressed
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Re: Wet weather grip

Try Dunlop SP Sport 300E in 205/65R15
Silica compound tyre, quiet, good wet weather grip.
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Do you have a single wheeler?
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LSD for me :)
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