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Old 04-12-2002, 11:46 AM   #1
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Angry Why I hate Pirelli P7000s. A 5-7-5 haiku by Calsonic.

Why, why Pirelli?
Make road noise so bloody loud.
Want my money back.



These are the worst tires since Karl Benz patented the tri-wheel motor carriage back in 1887. And the worst part was that I was going to get Kuhmos, but I figured since I was more familiar with Pirelli, I'd be better off with them.

Wrong. My sons and daughters, I have sinned, for I tried to keep it cheap with the rubber. And I have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Next time we go with Michelin pilots.

I bought the p7000s b/c the treadwear was rated at 320. But with rating that high, I should have known I would be riding on bricks.
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Old 04-12-2002, 11:57 AM   #2
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That was my same complaint with those tires. The hum made me feel like I was in an off-road truck with 44's. Don't worry though, as they get more worn they get even louder. LOL. They suck for traction too. Kumho's are much better on all accounts.
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Old 04-12-2002, 12:05 PM   #3
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They're that good, eh?
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Old 04-12-2002, 12:49 PM   #4
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I've realized that if you lower the tire pressure, you can decrease the noise somewhat. It's gotten to the point that I am riding on 27psi. I am about to bring down to 25 if things don't shape up.
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Old 04-12-2002, 12:51 PM   #5
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Quote:
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I've realized that if you lower the tire pressure, you can decrease the noise somewhat. It's gotten to the point that I am riding on 27psi. I am about to bring down to 25 if things don't shape up.
What size wheels do you have? Running such low tire pressure may lead to bent rims and uneven tire wear.
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Old 04-12-2002, 12:52 PM   #6
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I had them on my 18" Hamann's...

and they sucked big time. The noise was really annoying, I am glad that I went with Nitto's for my current 19" setup.
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Old 04-12-2002, 02:27 PM   #7
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What size wheels do you have? Running such low tire pressure may lead to bent rims and uneven tire wear.
I have the sport M68 wheels (328ci sport package). I have 225/45 17 in front and 255/40 17 in rear.

An interesting note, I thought this car is supposed to be 51/49 weight balanced. My psi is 27 all around, but my front tires seem much more deflated than the rear ones.

And with a treadwear of 320, I am not too concerned about uneven tire wear. :smile:

I am going to trade the car in next april. I was debating on getting a G35 coupe, but someone told me never to buy version 1.0 software, if you get my drift. But I do think the G35's has a nav system is much nicer and easier to use. And someone told me that Radio Shack sells some sort of upgrade for 50 bucks that allows you to play movies on the screen. Aside from the nav system and the horsepower, nothing else really moves me about that car.

But realistically, the G will never have the clout that the 3 has. BMW has been doing this for too long. There is something about a 3 series convertible designwise that no other sub 50K convertible has.

I love the design on the CS concept. And no, I'm not smoking. :tongue:
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Old 04-12-2002, 03:21 PM   #8
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My buddy got Kuhmo's for his M3....

very nice tire and good bang for the buck!
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Old 04-12-2002, 03:58 PM   #9
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I have been riding on my Kuhmos for about a week now... so far i LOVE them. They make less noise than my winter tires, and grip the road like they are on rails... not to mention the sweet ass tread pattern.
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Old 04-12-2002, 04:05 PM   #10
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The Pirelli P7000s are known to be loud. If there is anything good about them, it is that they have a long tread life rating (320) and they are also one of the lightest tires out there. (Probably 2-3 lbs lighter than a typical tire.)
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