Originally posted by stant01
I still love the Pilot Sports. Never had an alignment done, though I followed the instructions elsewhere in these pages and did it myself just as a check. The key for me was that the original tires were only 30% worn at 23,000 miles, so clearly there was no problem with rapid wear.
I haven't posted again because I've only put about 2000 miles on the new tires. We did get a good rain (finally!), and they are very impressive; wet roads feel like dry. Oh, and they are generally immune to crosswinds; ditto for changes in road camber or the depressions where tires track in the highway. I had to "unlearn" my corrections to those, and just hold the wheel still.
Why did you go to 16 inch wheels?
Glad to hear you're still loving your Michies. Like I may have said, I've had them on my E38 7-Series and loved them....with the exception of the centers wearing out prematurely in 20k on the rears (and that was running only 32 psi in them). Still a great tire though.
I opted "down" to 16" rim because of a few reasons:
1. significant tire cost savings (the new PS A/S Plus in 225/60-16 was $146/each, but in size 225/55-17 was $195/each)
2. significantly more tire options than are available in 225/55-17 (for as many cars out there running this size, it is still not very common across many brands/model tires).
3. no real handling benefit of 55-series tire over a 60-series, and no real aesthetic difference IMO.
4. plenty of people with base model cars looking to 'upgrade' to OEM 17's (I sold my stock rims with tires within 10 minutes of posting my FS add)
5. plentiful availability of lightweight rims, like from the 2.5RS (16 lbs each) for cheap.
YMMV, but these were my reasons anyway.
Keep me posted on your tires....and go put some miles on them already, for cryin' out loud!! ;o)