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TYRE CHOICE / WHEEL ROTATION QUESTIONS

miw615 Apr 9, 2013

  1. miw615

    miw615 Member

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    Hi all

    Just recently taken delivery of my A3 2.0TDI sportback s-line and have some questions........

    1. I see in the handbook that Audi recommends wheel / tyre rotation - I have never been a fan of this, I would be interested in member's views

    2. I will need to replace the tyres in a few months time - 225 40 ZR18 - what are your recommendations taking into account
    road-noise (most important / handling / wear rate. I have always had Dunlop Sport tyres on my other cars (three Mercs) and rate them highly, but have no knowledge of Audi.


    Got my tyre selection down to two tyres - after a very long and helpful conversation with Dunlop / Goodyear technical department my choices are..........

    1. Goodyear Efficient Grip 225 / 40 R18 92W - this tyre is their best for road noise, but looses a little bit of steering feed back, not a problem for my style of driving. The only downside is that it doesn't have rim protection [​IMG]

    2.Dunlop SP Sport 01 225 / 40 ZR18 92W - Slightly more noise levels, but gives better steering feed back and has rim protection [​IMG]

    Hardly any difference in cost / tyre wear so am leaning to the Goodyear purely from the internal / external noise level issues - any thoughts ?


    I anticipate an annual mileage of around 6000 - 8000 miles

    Thanks in advance

    Malcolm
     
  2. miw615

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    Update.........

    Just had a phone call (literally) from Goodyear technical departmemt and they have advised me that as from April this year there will be available a newer version of the tyre mentioned above, in the sizes and spec I want - It's called................

    Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance and it comes WITH a rim protector and due to it's compound value runs slightly quieter than the Efficient Grip [​IMG]
     
  3. Persian

    Persian CEO Audi S3

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    In terms of the best tyres (Grip, Wear and noise), top ones i found out are Michelin Super Sport or PS3 and Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. If you haven't already take a look at this post here

    I'm going for the Eagle F1's in a few days time, as i have read really good reviews about them and literally as i drive sensibly i have read that they could last upto 25/30k miles.
     
  4. miw615

    miw615 Member

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    Thanks for the link - makes interesting reading, my main concern is to buy a set of tyres that reduce the road noise the most
     
  5. daz.h

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    needed tyres for my 1.9 and with been a bit short of cash bought 4 225/45/17 maxxis maz1
    wife is playing merry hell over the road noise :blahblah1:
     
  6. T-800

    T-800 Well-Known Member Team Mythos VCDS Map User Team Tornado Audi RS3 quattro DSG

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    I've had the Goodyear Eagle F1's put on last week, great tyre and great price !!!!
     
  7. Zak0123

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    Had the Goodyear Efficient Grip 225/40 R18 92W on my A3 about 2 weeks now. Very pleased!
     
  8. miw615

    miw615 Member

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    How is the road noise - what tyres did you have on before?
     
  9. miw615

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    These are the tyres I am leaning towards, where did you get them from - How is the road noise compared to the old tyres you have just replaced (what were they?)
     
  10. MrLapou

    MrLapou Well-Known Member

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    Efficient Grip's
    I've got them on my car and they seems good overall plus low wear rate and noise.
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2013
  11. smurfworth

    smurfworth Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    I've got those Dunlop sport tyres on the back of mine and my god are they noisy, got my Michelin pilot sport 3's on the front and they are probably 4x quieter, no road noise what so ever.

    Pilot sport 3's best tyre I've ever had, go buy them now, don't bother with the rest.

    Also camskill have an offer on where you buy 2 or more 17" Michelin tyres or above and you get a £50 fuel voucher free!!
     
  12. miw615

    miw615 Member

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    Thanks for the advise :sm4:
     
  13. smurfworth

    smurfworth Well-Known Member Audi S3

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  14. Zak0123

    Zak0123 Active Member

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    Got them from blackcircles.com for £485 including delivery and fitting (+ some clubcard points GET IN). Had the standard S3 Bridgestone Potenza's on before and road noise and handling is definitely better!
     
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  15. CJ92

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    Have just ordered 4xGY Eagle F1 Asy2's from here www.lovetyres.com and really pleased with price..:yes:
     
  16. MrLapou

    MrLapou Well-Known Member

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    Those 18"?


     
  17. CJ92

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    Oh yes-225/40/18..
     

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