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      08-15-2012, 03:53 AM   #1
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Running different tyre brands

Is there an issue / problem with running different tyre brands on the front/back?

Eg. Front has runflats
Back has MPSS

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      08-15-2012, 07:02 AM   #2
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Not a good idea. Most tyre shops will not even install this on a car due to liability issues. Rubber should be exactly the same on all 4 corners.
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      08-15-2012, 07:29 AM   #3
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I had Bridgestone RE050A RFTs on but needed to get the front's replaced and I went with Pirelli P-Zero RFTs whilst keeping the Bridgestone's on in the back.

The Pirelli's are a much softer compound and I ended up having a lot more grip in the front end. Result was that the car was much less understeery and ended up being quite tail happy.

I now have Pirelli's all around I can now feel there is more grip at the back but otherwise there's not a huge difference.

As the above poster said, I'm sure that having the same tyres on front and back is the best option but if you don't it's not going to kill you. The car will just behave differently based on the properties/performance of the combination of tyres you have on.


Edit: I just saw your post in the other FS thread. With the Bridgestone's on the front and MPSS's on the back you'll probably find that you'll end up having a crapload of understeer which won't be too fun.

If you want RFTs, I would highly recommend getting the Pirelli P-Zero RFTs. Much much cheaper, better grip and not as harsh a ride. Better all round. When I replaced my rears initially, they didn't have any other brand other than Bridgestone. Cheapest I could get was $695/rear tyre.... Fronts were about $500/tyre. I just replaced my rears recently with the Pirelli's and they were only $380/tyre I think.

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      08-15-2012, 07:33 AM   #4
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Be a man and run a different brand on each corner. My recommendations are Nankangs, Maxxis, Bob Janes and Kumho.
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      08-15-2012, 08:05 AM   #5
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Be a man and run a different brand on each corner. My recommendations are Nankangs, Maxxis, Bob Janes and Kumho.
Lol...and Hankook in the boot?

I wouldn't mix run flats with non-run flats. Running different tyres between front & rear axles is not necessarily an issue, so long as you run similar grade of tyres. In certain circumstances it can actually be better setup.
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      08-15-2012, 07:15 PM   #6
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If you want RFTs, I would highly recommend getting the Pirelli P-Zero RFTs. Much much cheaper, better grip and not as harsh a ride. Better all round. ...
I'll second that - if you need/want to stay RFT, the Pirelli P-Zero RFTs are a great option. I've replaced the 2nd awful set of Pirelli Eufori@s with P-Zero RFT earlier this year, and they're much better - wet/dry grip, ride and noise. Downside is they tend to thump on rough surfaces, and have a rounded tread/sidewall shoulder that can make them appear skinny (225s look like 205s). Cheaper than B'stones as well. Got mine from Gill@tirerack.
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      08-15-2012, 07:28 PM   #7
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I thought it was quite common to mix the tyre types between front and rear axle as one way to get the handling you're after. Eg: grippier tyres at the back to increase oversteer
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      08-15-2012, 08:24 PM   #8
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Be a man and run a different brand on each corner. My recommendations are Nankangs, Maxxis, Bob Janes and Kumho.
pfft, I looked at a 2nd hand Mk6 GTI at a dealer a couple of months ago that had tyres branded as "GoodWindy" on it..... needless to say I backed away slowly.
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pfft, I looked at a 2nd hand Mk6 GTI at a dealer a couple of months ago that had tyres branded as "GoodWindy" on it..... needless to say I backed away slowly.
LMFAO dont want to get stuck in a lift with his brother badwindy
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      08-15-2012, 09:26 PM   #10
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You will find, most people will recommend the same tires on all 4 corners be used.
Reason being is the tread patterns when in motion follow a certain path across the dry and wet ground - pretty logical.. If you run different tires, then you may aqua plain in an unplanned way for example..

p.s. I hope you arent planning to run rotational tires the wrong way!

IN fact, whilst i remember, on CSI NZ (or something similar to that).. that cop show investigating the extreme car crashes in NZ, they covered this topic where a r34 skyline was running 3 different types of tires and crashed.. this gave the cops reason to believe tires may have been a contributing factor.

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      08-15-2012, 11:09 PM   #11
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Cheers guys! Glad I asked I won't be straying to new tyres now
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      08-16-2012, 01:42 AM   #12
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I thought it was quite common to mix the tyre types between front and rear axle as one way to get the handling you're after. Eg: grippier tyres at the back to increase oversteer
ITYM decrease oversteer.
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There is no liability in running a different set of tread/tyres/brand front to rear in NSW as long as there are a matching pair on the same axle. Anything else is fallacy.
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Is there an issue / problem with running different tyre brands on the front/back?

Eg. Front has runflats
Back has MPSS

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I'm running this combo. All good so far. I'll put MPSS on the front when the front RFTs wear a bit more.
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      08-17-2012, 08:09 PM   #15
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Be a man and run a different brand on each corner. My recommendations are Nankangs, Maxxis, Bob Janes and Kumho.
why'd you put decent enough (kumho) tyres in with the crappy nankangs etc. they might accidentally purchase KU36's and actually have some grip :P
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