On Wed, 14 Dec 2005 00:40:06 +0100 (CET), Nomen Nescio
>Consumer Reports Jan '06 Issue Proves My Point on Tire Profiles.
>Amazingly some of these utility type vehicles are being fitted with -55 and
>-50 tire profiles. For you out there who don't know what this
>specification means, I am referring to the new low profile tires, usually
>fitted to oversized wheels.
>When you see a car or truck that looks like its riding on its rims, it has
>those abdominal low profile tires installed. Its a pure gimmick on the
>part of the auto makers.
>A neat side effect is instead of $35 tires, your replacement is going to
>cost about $150 or more.
>How does C.R. prove my point? Easy. Every one of these cars rode "noisy".
>That's because the stiff sidewalls of low profile tires telegraph all the
>noise into the cabin. Also, because there's little air cushion, the rides
>Not to mention its impossible to wear a wide imprint tire evenly. Its also
>impossible to maintain alignment and avoid cupping, that's why cars which
>are perfectly aligned start pulling hard to the right after the tires wear
>into a pattern, then bounce like crazy. This NEVER happened when tires
>were -90, -80 or -75. When tires were -70 or less, that's when all Hell
>broke loose and cars no longer where the comfortable conveyences we had
>grown to love. They're all bastards now, one and all and its due 100% to
>low profile tires.
>Here's another proof and its an unrefutable foolproof proof. All airplane
>tires, from the littleist Piper Cubby to the great big Airbus Double Decker
>all have -90 to -100 tires. If low profile tires were so good, they'd put
>them on airplanes (and it would save them precious space in the wheel
>well). They don't, so that proves it, once and for all.
>Do not throw your money away by buying cars with those stupid tires.
>Boycott all makers until they get the point and start putting real rubber
>back on our cars.
They been doing stuff like that for years and years. The 91 GTA I had
came with Z rated Goodyear's. Then California passes a law which puts
liability on any tire shop who changes from the "originally installed
equipment". The tires, installed were over $200 each, and that does
not include the fact that to rotate them, they had to be taken off the
rims because of the different rim size between front and rear. And,
without tearing up the streets, the compound was so soft I got about
10 months out of each set. I finally found a place that was willing to
downgrade the rating and stayed with the replacements.
Kinda reminds me of buying a printer for $49 and then having to pay
$35 for each ink cartridge.
1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 2+2, Vintage Burgundy
w/Black Std Interior, A Code 289 C4 Trac-Lok;
Vintage 40 16" rims w/225/50ZR16 KDWS BF Goodrich
gForce Radial T/As, Cobra drop; surround sound
See my ride at....
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Feb 2004- http://22.214.171.124/albums/86810/005_May_21_2004.jpg
Jul 2005- http://126.96.36.199/albums/86810/d..._11_05_002.jpg
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