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  1. CB98

    CB98 New Member

    Sorry if this has been asked before but my front tyres are needing replaced and I've been looking at Michelin cross climates as they seem to get a good write up. However, my back tyres are just general summer tyres with 6mm of tread still on them.

    Would I be safe to put x-climate on the front and keep the summer ones on the back since they are still a decent condition?

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  3. Matt Titanium

    Matt Titanium Well-Known Member Team Navarra Audi S3 Manual

    Unless you like chucking it into corners to explore the car's limits you won't notice the difference.
  4. AlS3BE

    AlS3BE Well-Known Member

    I would be tempted to put the summers on the front and wear them down with the cross climates in the rear then get a matching set up front.
    It’s much easier to control understeer than over steer.
    When you have grippier tyre up front there will be a tendency to trust the grip till you turn and the back swings out cause there’s less grip behind. More so a problem in the winter colder months than in the warmer months.
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  5. S32B

    S32B Well-Known Member Audi A5 S tronic Coupe

    Check out 'Bridgestone weather control A005' all season tyres, they get good reviews as well.

    As for mixing!!! Do a few Google and YouTube searches on the subject. Personally I'd keep all 4 the same and sell the 6mm rears as part worns.

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  6. Goner

    Goner Guest

    That’s in interesting alternative way to describe driving like a d1ckhead..

    Very PC haha :wink:
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  7. Matt Titanium

    Matt Titanium Well-Known Member Team Navarra Audi S3 Manual

    The OP is asking about tyres for a 1.6 diesel, not a group B rally car.
    I would suspect he/she is more likely to drive to the prevailing weather conditions rather than sliding it around in the wet whenever possible. If this is the case I would suggest rear tyres with 2mm of wear wouldn't create any cause for alarm or result in handling maladies.
    But it is not my money so not my decision whether or not they spend an extra £200 to replace perfectly good tyres.
  8. sportback A3

    sportback A3 Member Team Daytona TDi Audi A3 Black Edition

    I Wouldnt mix all season with summer tyres, unless you like the rear of your car overtaking the front, under emergency braking on snow covered or icy road conditions.
    Yes crossclimates are very good tyres, in the dry summer days theyre close to pilotsport, its when the temperture drops that the compound still works on crosscliates, or any all season, but stops working on summer tyres. its not so much the tread pattern or sypes, is more te compound. you could have 2mm of tread left on an all season, they still grip far better than a new summer tyre in winter.
    Obviously people will have other opinions, and some will have been lucky enough to have got away with mixing their tyres this way.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2019
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  9. JohnM100

    JohnM100 Well-Known Member Gold Supporter VCDS Map User Team Navarra Audi S3 Black Edition


    Worst case: in the event if an accident and the insurance loss adjuster spots the different types of tyre. Whilst it may not be illegal, that’s going to be an awkward conversation if they think it’s a contributory factor.
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  10. S32B

    S32B Well-Known Member Audi A5 S tronic Coupe

    Any car doing any speed will react the same on mixed tyres. Hence why I said do Google search and make his own mind up!

    Yes this is in snow/ice, but it shows the effect of mixing tyres even at low speeds! Is it worth worth the risk in any slippy conditions?
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