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Tyre choices! Audi A4 & 255/35/19

Discussion in 'Motors' started by AsaTDi, 5 Dec 2014.

  1. AsaTDi

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Oct 2007

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    Location: South Yorkshire

    Afternoon Gents! :D

    My Audi 2013 A4 2.0 Black Edition is due some more tyres!! :eek::eek:

    Its now on approx. 28k and is due ANOTHER set of fronts and its first set of rears!

    The car originally came with Continental Sport Contact 3, to which the car tramlines BADLY! So i put some Sport Contact 5P's on the front and it still tramlines!! :rolleyes:

    So, what to put on next?!

    Here is the list, what would you guys recommend?

    1) Pirelli P Zero
    2) Pirelli P Zero Rosso
    3) Dunlop SP Sport MAXX
    4) Michelin Pilot Sport 3
    5) Continental Sport Contact 5P (Currently fitted to the front... car still tramlines!)

    I have to stick with these brands as my work purchases the tyres through kwikfit.... :rolleyes:

    Thanks!
     
  2. Howard

    Capodecina

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    Location: South East

    Wow, that's a mental tyre size for a regular Audi! :eek:
     
  3. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    I would go for the Conti, its the best tyre in that list.

    Of course it tramlines, you have hardly any sidewall!
     
  4. AsaTDi

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Oct 2007

    Posts: 198

    Location: South Yorkshire

    Yeah, its not a bad tyre to be honest.

    I fully expected it to tramline, but not to the extent it does! Its borderline dangerous!

    Ive driven other cars with even '30' profile tyres and didnt experience tramlining as bad as this car. From my limited search on various Audi owners club, it appears to be a 'characteristic' of this car and its 'electromechanical steering system'

    A few people have recommended the Michelin's and that they reduce the tramlining, but wanted the views of the good people of OCUK :D
     
  5. Duke

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    The conti on a set of 17 or 18s.
     
  6. zain

    Mobster

    Joined: 4 Jun 2005

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    Hmm no Eagle F1s, Conti's don't seem as good for me though I'm stuck with them now.

    The Eagle F1s I had before were quite superior!
     
  7. hawker1986

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Mar 2009

    Posts: 1,590

    Location: Leicester

    Michelin Pilot Super Sports, best tyre out for my money and comes in that size :), you said same brand and Michelin seems to be on the list, see if they can get those, otherwise as others have said the Contis.

    Hawker
     
  8. blueboy2001

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,889

    I've got Conti SC 5 on my Mazda at the moment, 205/50/17 and I've been distinctly unimpressed. I replaced Nexen N6000 and Linglong GreenMax ditchfinders (on when I bought it) at a cost of nearly £500 plus the cost of a 4 wheel alignment. They give a very poor ride, even on a 50 profile and they're no quieter or give no better feel than the cheapo tyres they replaced.

    I've bought Michelin Pilot Sport 2 and 3 in the past and they have been faultless - good grip, good feel, quiet and excellent wear rates. I'll be buying them again next time I need tyres.

    Increase the pressures a bit will often help with tramlining, although 35 profile tyres on 19" inch wheels on an Audi A4 sound like a recipe for being shaken to death as it is!
     
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  9. DeanT77

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    I have these on my S3 and found them to be excellent
     
  10. xs2man

    Mobster

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    4) Michelin Pilot Sport 3 for me...
     
  11. [TW]Fox

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    Why? It's a lesser tyre, replaced the Pilot Exalto. The Super Sport is the good one.
     
  12. xs2man

    Mobster

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    Perhaps because he has said the Conti's are still tram-lining for him, so why put another set on?

    Not a fan of Pirelli really. Haven't been for a long time. I'll maybe try them again in the future, but not for me just now.

    And while I don't mind Dunlops personally (I have run their winter tyres on my last 2 sets for example), I think the Michelin would probably be better.

    So it's a lesser tyre than what out of the options the OP has given? Bearing in mind he is already complaining about the Conti's in that list, that you are recommending.
     
  13. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    So fit the Super Sport if he wants a Michelin then?
     
  14. Destination

    Capodecina

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    Ride quality was part of the reason I went for 17s on the Audi instead of the 19s, not sure how much of a difference it makes but I think it does.
     
  15. DXP55

    Soldato

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    I have the Dunlops on 225/40/18 and they tramline occasionally - Just fitted winter wheels - 205/50/16 and it's transformed the ride - smooth and nice feel to steering.

    Dave
     
  16. hawker1986

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Leicester

    I have pilot sport 3s on my civic in the summer, theyre a fine tyre but theyre no super sport.

    Hawker
     
  17. xs2man

    Mobster

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    Not in the original list.
     
  18. Housey

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    It tramlines because Audi's mundane cars have **** damping and set up. The tyres have little effect, sadly.
     
  19. DeanT77

    Wise Guy

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    Kwik Fit can supply the super sports, I had to buy one when I was in dire need once :(
     
  20. hawker1986

    Wise Guy

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    To be fair he said he had to stick to the brands in the post, Michelin is one of those brands on the list even if that specific tyre isn't...