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Old 12-11-2006, 10:31 PM   #1
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Q for Gary: Mixing front/rear tires

Gary, I'm planning on replacing the front 2 tires with Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position and keeping the rear tires (Michelin Pilot HX MXM). Do you see any problems with this setup? Do you have any other recommendation for my front tire replacement? I live in TX, so cold weather concern is minimal, but still happens once in awhile. Thanks.
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:35 PM   #2
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I know its usually not recommended to do so but if its temporarily i dont c it being a big deal
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Do you know the reason why it's not recommended?

I'm only replacing the front 2 for now is because I got in an accident that slashed my front right tire and I thought it'd be good to replace both front tires. Do you think I need to go replace all 4?
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Mixing tires......

, http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...jsp?techid=136
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Not recommended in this case even though the mix is not too extreme. The RE960A/S will have better dry grip, handling and a stiffer sidewall. When the front has more grip then the rear, your car is much more likely to oversteer. Another issue is that the RE960A/S at full tread depth will far outperform the MXM4 in wet, make the rear end feel very 'loose' in wet conditions. If you must do it for a short period of time just be aware of these issues and adjust your driving accordlingly.

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It's no big deal if you mix, as long as you run the same front tires (same left and right).

Be aware, tires have different handling characteristics, so a stickier tire in front and a harder compound in the rear will increase the tendency to oversteer, and the opposite, to understeer.
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