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Old 04-16-2004, 12:04 PM   #41
mtb_dude
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Join Date: Nov 2001
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: LI, NY
Vehicle:
02 WRX Wagon
#47 SM w/RA gears

Default Re: NASIOC specific tire review (please respond)

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2's 225/45/17

#2.) what is your geographic location
New York Tristate area

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
So far two autocrosses and some spirited driving around my favorite roads


#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
about 80%hwy/20%city

#5.) your review and personal comments
When you see the tread it's hard to believe that they grip as well as they do since it looks like there's about 30% less tread than other performance tires, but these tires grip really well. I'm coming from Falken Azenis (225/45/17 also) and the PS2s don't grip as much, but they are pretty close! However the PSs are quiet and smooth. I also had to drive them through torrential rain the other day and they lose almost nothing in performance even in shallow standing water. On the autocross, I found pumping the pressure up did nothing, they seemed to run best at normal tire pressures. The only complaint I have is that the sidewall has a touch of give (remember I'm coming from Azenis which have practically solid sidewalls!). So the initial transition from straight to turn has a whisper of a delay, however any midturn correction after the tires set is instantaneous and amazing. Comparing these to Azenis is a little unfair, but I'm certain that this is the best tire out there right now that can handle dry,wet, has a life more than 10k miles, and is quiet and smooth.
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