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      04-05-2006, 05:46 PM   #1
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Question Sport tires in rain?

I did a search, but didn't find anything....

I have the sport package, and I know the "summer" tires are terrible in the snow (I plan on swapping tires and wheels this winter), but nobody talks about how they are in the rain. It rains a lot here in the Spring and Summer, are the sport tires as bad in the rain as they are in the snow, or are they pretty good?

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the tires on the sport pack will be fine in the wet, I have the same 18" bridgestones as you on my Z4 and they're just fine in the wet

I think I read that even when wet you still have at least 80% of the dry grip

just drive sensibly and you'll be fine (i.e. if you feel the car start to hydroplane slow it down just a bit by easing off the gas NOT braking)

I don't drive hard in the rain, but I wouldn't call my tires dangerous or non confidence inspiring in the rain,

also bridgestone S-03 and michelin PS-2's are great in the wet too!
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my bridgestone sport tires do great in the rain.... its has been pouring all day down here.
even when i try to get them to break loose it can be somewhat difficult at times.... they're grrrrreat
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Rain is fine, the thing with the performance or summer or sport tires as you call them is that below a certain temperature they (the compounds) harden up affecting grip/performance/safety...
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Makes sense, just wanted to be sure. Thanks guys!

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Rain is fine, the thing with the performance or summer or sport tires as you call them is that below a certain temperature they (the compounds) harden up affecting grip/performance/safety...
That would be around 10°C.
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