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Old 12-05-2001, 09:46 PM
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Exclamation My car eats tires...

Hey i have a 1987 300E and this car eats through tires very fast, the ones i have on there right now are slicks in the back due to fast acceleration and fast turning (which i just can't give up) so i need a good lowprofile tire thats long lasting and wont cost too much more/less than $550 for 4.

Please tell me someone does the same thing and found a good tire

Thank You everyone
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Old 12-05-2001, 10:16 PM
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ummm... well... I seriosly don't think you need slicks on the back of your car. You have a 177hp Inline 6 for crying out loud, you shouldn't be chewing up tires, and if you are, its cause you are running slicks, which wear down a whole lot faster than regular rubber. And, if you do manage to peal out... please share the method... I wanna know how to do it on my 300E :-) As far as everything else (acceleration and cornering) is concerned, just get any normal tire. Like I said, its almost impossible to break out the rear end on a 300E. The only way I can do it on mine 92 300E with ram air modification, is to hit a 30mph turn at 60mph... and then floor it so I hit the kickdown switch, wait for the engine to kick up to 5-6k rpm, all while turning, and I can get the rear to break out in a nice powerslide. My car has some H rated michelins on it, Pilots I belive, all weather, not great traction, but like I said, its impossible to break them out under straight-line acceleration, and if you are continuously bringing out your rear end in city driving... you are putting your neck on the line... (I don't mean to come across in a negative sense here... im just jealous cause you can use fast acceleration and 300E in the same sentence... I couldn't without feeling like a big fat liar, whats the secret?!)
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Old 12-05-2001, 10:58 PM
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no no

hahaha, no im not running on slicks, it's just there so worn out there are not tred left... Oh yeah the older 300E's have a faster acceleration rate the the newer ones, not the new new ones but the ones from the early 90's.

oh yeah, i had a 1989 Mercury Sable and i pelled out in that car all the time (but then i blew the transmission on the highway ), so my dad gave me his old 300E, hopefully it can take what i give it.

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Old 12-05-2001, 11:18 PM
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hehe... ok... its all making sense now Well then, as far as good tires go, im at a loss. Mine have lasted me a while, despite the usual donuts and stuff you just have to do when your 16, but they aren't low profile.... and they aren't very sticky....
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Old 12-06-2001, 10:08 AM
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Has the suspension been lowered in any way? If so, the alignment parameters are different from the factory settings.

If not, you may still need a rear wheel alignment anyway...improper rear suspension setup can cause you to go through rear tires in a hurry!

Aggressive driving habits are helping the cause as well, and that may well be why you need to be on top of the alignment thing. Nobody makes a tire that can take extended shalom-like punishment for very long...sticky tires leave a lot of tread on the road, which is why pros change tires so often.

You can go with Dunlops or Contis, as I find they go a bit longer than Michelins, and are less expensive, but the tradeoff is that handling is compromised a bit.

But until you tone down your driving techniques, expect to replace tires often...
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Old 12-06-2001, 10:34 AM
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if the wear was uneven then there could be an alignment problem. if you have soft compound tire those can go in as little as 15k miles. checkout the UTQG treadwear rating on your next set...
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Old 12-06-2001, 10:39 AM
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Throw on some touring tires. If you are using pilot sports or other high performance tires then you will need some deep pockets if you are a hard driver. Gbenz is right also, it sounds like your car has been lowered. Get your self the camber correction kit from delsingmotorsport or some other manufacturer. They cost around $300. But you're spending about that each time you change your tires right? So why don't you fix it right.
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Old 12-06-2001, 11:22 AM
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Try Pirelli P3000 tires - 620 wear rating, very good wet traction, not expensive. I have had them for a year, and am very satisfied.
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