Posted by Warren on September 01, 1998 at 01:21:56:
In Reply to: Firestone SH-30's any good for 944 performance? posted by Craig on September 01, 1998 at 00:48:24:
I'm fascinated by the technology of Pirelli and Michelin in these tires that allows them to both roll easier, and provides a lighter casing that accelerates easier than some of the H rated tires from the consumer reports tests of old, which they reported as not being very appropriate for underpowered economy cars. Personally, I put the original low rolling resistance performance Pirelli P-8 on my '81 Rabbit diesel, and could immediately feel the difference over the sluggish and slow to accelerate Generals or something that it came with. These tires were lightweight, and had very thin sidewalls...supposedly to flex easier. Could all cars improve their feeling of power and acceleration by using these lighter tires? How much to expect? I haven't heard any figures or tests regarding this difference. My guess is that the Firestones aren't as easy to push as the other two, but they all would be better than what we had 5 years ago. I also think the silicon rubber helps reduce rolling resistance. I believe all 3 have it in their compounding. Why dont you try the Firestones...they have a 30 day return policy, and are the cheapest of the three.
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