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      09-27-2012, 08:00 AM   #1
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Confused on which tires to get - stock setup

Have a 09 E90 with Sports package - currently have the OEM Michelin PS2 that have worn very well - W rated. Currently have 35k miles on these original set with 4/32 in the front, 2/32 in the back.

It seems there's several different variations of the Michelin PS2 tire - W, Y, and (Y). My dealer has the W rated ones for front and back (at a premium though) while pricing on TireRack/Costco/Discount Tire has several different options here. What's the big difference other than speed rating on these variations? Will the Y and (Y) wear faster?

Not looking to do any modifications - just need a new set a tires that will last. Should I stick with the original Michelin's or something else? Would like to stick with the RFT's also.

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      09-27-2012, 01:10 PM   #2
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In the factory 18" sport package sizing there are just two versions, the 168mph W rated tire and the 186MPH Y rated tire. Michelin lists no difference in wear, handling, ride, etc. between the two different speed rated versions.

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After reading a lot of the threads here, it seems that a lot of people really like the Michelin Pilot Super Sport....does anyone regret going from RFTs to these non-RFTs? I'm concerned that it won't be as firm - but the reviews state either way. Plus, I would be saving $300 to $400.

Also, I have the Star Spoke 287's - doesn't seem there would be issues getting the PSS's, right?

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After reading a lot of the threads here, it seems that a lot of people really like the Michelin Pilot Super Sport....does anyone regret going from RFTs to these non-RFTs? I'm concerned that it won't be as firm - but the reviews state either way. Plus, I would be saving $300 to $400.

Also, I have the Star Spoke 287's - doesn't seem there would be issues getting the PSS's, right?

Thanks everyone for your help!
If you like the Nice stiff handling of the RFT's (as I do) Stick with the PS2's !

ETA: I'm facing the Same Dilemna.
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After reading a lot of the threads here, it seems that a lot of people really like the Michelin Pilot Super Sport....does anyone regret going from RFTs to these non-RFTs? I'm concerned that it won't be as firm - but the reviews state either way. Plus, I would be saving $300 to $400.

Also, I have the Star Spoke 287's - doesn't seem there would be issues getting the PSS's, right?

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I think the OP is talking about the Pilot Sport rft's.
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      09-28-2012, 07:13 AM   #7
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I think the OP is talking about the Pilot Sport rft's.
Yeah, I initially was - until I started reading about the Super Sports, which really threw a wrench in my logic. I know these aren't RFTs...but I think they would be excellent tires. Just seeing what others think.
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Too bad there's no 255/35/18 PSS as I've seen.
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We do carry the Pilot Super Sport in 255/35R18. The size they are missing for the E90 IMO is 255/40R17.

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We do carry the Pilot Super Sport in 255/35R18. The size they are missing for the E90 IMO is 255/40R17.

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Cool, but it's weird that's it's no listing of the PSS in 255/35/18 here in Europe that I've seen, only PS2 and PS3.
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Cool, but it's weird that's it's no listing of the PSS in 255/35/18 here in Europe that I've seen, only PS2 and PS3.
Yeah, I was confused by your statement because TireRack's site has them: Rear: 255/35ZR18.
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After reading a lot of the threads here, it seems that a lot of people really like the Michelin Pilot Super Sport....does anyone regret going from RFTs to these non-RFTs? I'm concerned that it won't be as firm - but the reviews state either way. Plus, I would be saving $300 to $400.

Also, I have the Star Spoke 287's - doesn't seem there would be issues getting the PSS's, right?

Thanks everyone for your help!
When I switched from rft's to regular PS2's, turn in repsonse slowed down and the struts/shocks felt underdamped. So I embarked on the slippery slope of modifying my suspension. . The E9x w/o rft's feels more planted but loses precision. If the PS2 rft's don't feel too hard or skip over small mid corner bumps, I'd stick with them.
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