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    OK, one of the things that needs attention on my "new" 01 is tires. I know that these came with Goodyear tires (I am not a fan of them at all). It has Kuhmo MX runflats, right now they are near the wear bar, which makes them noisy, rough riding, and they tend to track.

    My question is this. Which tires would you guys consider? Are these Kuhmos a decent tire (quiet, smooth, easy driving) when they have more tread? What about Michelin Pilot Sport A/S runflats? What others are available and what are the pros and cons of each?

    A four wheel alignment is a on the adjenda as well. I never put new tires on without an alignment.

    Oh, I think that I want to stick with runflat tires, and please don't suggest that I stick with Goodyears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toms01 View Post
    OK, one of the things that needs attention on my "new" 01 is tires. I know that these came with Goodyear tires (I am not a fan of them at all). It has Kuhmo MX runflats, right now they are near the wear bar, which makes them noisy, rough riding, and they tend to track.

    My question is this. Which tires would you guys consider? Are these Kuhmos a decent tire (quiet, smooth, easy driving) when they have more tread? What about Michelin Pilot Sport A/S runflats? What others are available and what are the pros and cons of each?

    A four wheel alignment is a on the adjenda as well. I never put new tires on without an alignment.

    Oh, I think that I want to stick with runflat tires, and please don't suggest that I stick with Goodyears.
    Tom I think you should choose whatever you want, but make sure they are run flats, you just don't want to be stranded. As you know, the run flats are noiser than the standard tire. I have heard good things about the Firestone Firehawks, but have not tried them. I still run the Goodyears on my 02 because they are repairable whereas the others are not. One very important thing to do is check the tire sensors if they are original installs. Since they are battery operated, if they have not been changed out, you need to replace them. The batteries are good for 6 to 10 years. I talked with Rik Noring (Corvette Center) two weeks ago and he told me that GM does not track the battery date on their sensors that they keep in stock, so one does not know when the sensor batteries were installed. He told me he can get them from a supplier that tracks the sensor battery installation date, and are guaranteed to be "fresh"; they are not GM but do work in the corvette. You could e-mail him to find out more information. You need to replace the sensors when you replace the tires. BTW, you have to take a great photo of the 01 and give us a new avatar. I will miss the 94, but kudos on the 01.
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    Tom01, Congrats on the C5, you are going to love it!! I replaced the Goodboots on my vert with the PS2s. I can't say enough about them in every respect. I'm getting ready to put tires on my Z06 and I'm looking long and hard at the Firehawks. The Goodboot tread wear sux... Good luck whichever you opt for!!
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    FWIW I put Kuhomo's on my 02 vert and love 'em.

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    Take a look at the Michelin AS ZP's. IMHO they are the best all around run flat tire availabel for the C5. (Softer, quieter, handle way better).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jistari View Post
    Take a look at the Michelin AS ZP's. IMHO they are the best all around run flat tire availabel for the C5. (Softer, quieter, handle way better).


    I'll second that opinion, they are just as quiet and comfortable as my non runflat Goodyears that were on my car previously.

    Any wide tire is going to tramline (track), runfalt or non runflat, just the nature of a wide tread surface area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LLC5 View Post
    I'll second that opinion, they are just as quiet and comfortable as my non runflat Goodyears that were on my car previously.

    Any wide tire is going to tramline (track), runfalt or non runflat, just the nature of a wide tread surface area.
    I am leaning toward the Michelins right now. My next problem is our local tire shop, says they aren't sure whether or not their machine will handle the runflat tires. I may have to go to the big city to find someone who can do them for me.

    You know, with my 94 I didn't have near the tracking issues that I am experiencing with the 01. And I had 275/40 at all four corners. I figure the issue would be better with the staggered sizes.

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    Wish I could have snuck this past "She Who Must Be Obeyed" ....

    but I didn't think of it at the time ...

    With all of the cash I saved on the Kumoh ... versus the fancy Michelin ..

    I could have put on some "gee whizz" goodies like a cold air ... a chip and ...

    Just a thought ... just a thought ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jistari View Post
    Take a look at the Michelin AS ZP's. IMHO they are the best all around run flat tire availabel for the C5. (Softer, quieter, handle way better).
    Me three!
    For the C5, the Michelin Pilot Sport AS ZP are a great choice and they last longer also. Work great in the rain too!

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    I have Firestone Firehawks on my 02 Vert....no problems....I don't know about snow or rain as I never drive in the rain or on dirt or gravel roads

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    Tom,

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    Bud, what is this "Shock Stuffer Issue" that you refer to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toms01 View Post
    Bud, what is this "Shock Stuffer Issue" that you refer to?
    Tom,
    New C5s were shipped with stuffers which apparently rendered the shocks inert until they were removed. They were supposed to have been removed by the dealer, prior to being put on the lot for sale.

    As Bud discovered after he took delivery of "Abby", not only had the original selling dealer not removed them, the two owners of vehicle previous to Bud had not done that either. (That would go a long way to explaining why a five year old car with only 24,000 miles on it would have already seen two owners.)

    Bud wrote about it in THIS THREAD.

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    Tom when I had my 98 and it needed tires, I replaced the runflats with a Non runflat Good Year GS D3. It was a much quieter tire and seemed to be an all around great tire.

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    I replaced the GY's with Kuhmo Ecsta run flats. I absolutly love them. They grip well and are SOOO much more quiet than the Gy's. Have only about 2K miles on them so I can't tell yet how they wear.

    Welcome to the C5 experience!! I hope it's as good and fun for you as it's been for me!!

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