Hi ! Tire Trouble: I bought a pretty well maintained 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer 1.6 petrol this spring.…

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Hi ! Tire Trouble: I bought a pretty well maintained 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer 1.6 petrol this spring. Tires were starting to come apart so I got rid of them and got new Summer Goodyear Ultragrip Performance. I was disappointed by the ride harshness even at very low speeds (I though rigid suspension) AND handling, as it felt floating and jerking in the bends (I thought soft rubber compounds). At about 120 km/h on some types of asphalt the tires would resonate and the noise would be terrible ( like a bad bearing ) I now got new Dunlop ( owned by Goodyear in EU ) winter -the ride is MUCH improved on smoothness, noise AND handling feels better too. The car is VERY noticeably transformed for the better, so my reasoning is that Goodyear tires are just that BAD - sidewall is so weak that it doesn’t absorb bumps and potholes but sends the shock straight to the suspension, and bad in the bends. Both Summer/Winter are 205/60/R16 92 H on OEM alloy wheels, pressure at 2.7 atm as per manufacturer specs.

I want to swap the summer with something else but I don't know what to go for.

Would a good brand all-season be better than a pure summer, since it's closer to a winter in construction ( which feels much better so far) ? I'm also considering getting higher weight rating tiers (XL 96 rating) as they have stiffer sidewalls and wouldn't wobble as much. What do you think is the best option and why ( same spec summer/ all season diff. brand ; XL rated summer/ all season) ?

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danburciu
danburciu

Hi Scotty,

Follow up:

Turns out the place where I had my winter tires fitted went with a lower pressure, about 2.2 atm. When I did the pressure for a longer drive it was lower than that, due to air escaping over approx. 3 weeks coupled with lower temps.

Went on the highway ( full of potholes )with 2.7 and it felt worse than before.

After talking to some "car guys" and a mechanic who's also into racing , they all under inflate due to crappy roads in Romania/ Easter Europe. The BMW guys also pointed out the poor handling even at low speeds when going closer to the manufacturer specs, not just the very harsh ride.

What are the risks of going with lower pressure ( let's say 2.2 -2.3 atm.) then the manufacturer specs (2.7), other than more tire wear ( don't do many km, don't care). Handling seems much better so I would reason it's safer.

Side note: Most European cars specify lower tire pressure, around 2.1-2.2

Thank's !

Scotty Kilmer
Scotty Kilmer

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I'd use an all season different brand