What a difference a tyre makes

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Wrightpayne
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Do Michelin make different varieties of Pilots? In the porsche world PS2 and PS4s are king!

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When I bought my VX Caterham, it had what looked like a brand new set of 16" Michelin Pileups fitted. A huge amount of tread and even some of the whispy rubbery things on the side wall. The very first time I drove the car in mildly moist conditions, it did it's utmost to chuck me in the hedge. On the advice of seasoned club members, I binned the 16" rims in favour of 13" and shod them with Yoko A048s 

Talk about chalk and cheese! When I looked at the Pileups, I finally understood how they got that moniker. Honestly, they were like wood. Despite their low mileage, I suspect their condition was brought about by years of UV exposure and very little use.

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Ditto for factory Pilots. Eventually threw them away despite the vast amount of remaining tread.

Jonathan

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The one advantage to tyres with limited grip is you are going a lot slower when you crash Wink

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Bought a one year old Jazz for the wife as a shopping trolley. (I know hackneyed Jazz jokes to follow).

First thing was to ditch the Japanese Dunlops replacing with Michelin 'Green' Primacy 3.

For a less than a 'performing' car in the handling department the ride & control has improved a lot. To the point that I get moaned at when driving trying to push the car to the limits of adhesion!

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We have a Jazz. It's an excellent tool for doing the jobs asked of it, including transporting the human-powered vehicles. And *currently our only car apart from the Seven.

Thanks for the tip about tyres.

Jonathan

* Probably going to be a Tesla Model Y.

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I think a major issue with tyres is the lack of mass in a Seven. Major players build tyres for the market, i.e. cars that have become heavier.

That extra mass works the tyre harder but Sevens struggle to get them working...my opinion obviously.

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In 1973 I had a 7 Series 3 with Goodyear G800s .In the dry it was fantastic, the only car including my present 7 which was 'like running on rails', but in the wet terrible. I ended up putting it up a curb and into a wall one morning when late on my way to work.

Do I win for worst tyres on a 7?

TC

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I had 15" Michelin Pileups on my first 7.  Driving to Dartford to pick up a small spare part, about a mile from the factory, in the wet I slammed sideways into the curb.  Limped along to the factory with horrible rear-end noises, and left it there for a new rear axle, 13" wheels and new tyres!

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My first , an ex  factory, motor show 1.4K SS had Michelin MXVs . They looked very sexy , and I  am sure they endowed the likes of Mercedes 300Es with decent grip . But on a very light sports car ...Jeez . On my first few trackdays I spun repeatedly , My fault , but complicit in my ineptitude was a  tyre which gripped  quite well - until it didn't . Breakaway was  sudden , un- heralded and often terminal. I knew I was no Senna - or even a hungover Gerry Marshall- but it was downright embarrassing . 

I bought a set of Yokohama AO32s and became a driving god overnight . Well, sort of - at least I never managed to spin on my local High Street again ....