Any suggestions on a non-runflat tire for a C5?
I'm not thrilled with the feel and sound of the Goodyear runflats and would
like to change. I hear some good reports about the performance of the
Michelin's, but every Michelin I have owned has died of fatigue (sidewall
cracking) before the tread wore out. There must be something about
Michelin's rubber and UV's.
For anyone who has made this switch, do you pack an emergency "flat kit"
like the Z06 has, or deal with the towtruck?
The Michelins feel a lot better than the Goodyears. The tread isn't as
aggressive so you can cut sharp turns without the car skipping sideways.
(Backing out of driveways, parallel parking, etc) The inflator kits are nice
but I haven't had much luck getting a good connection from the compressor to
the valve stem. Maybe other compressors would attach better, but the one I
had from Sears was a P.O.S. Reminded me of my younger days when I was
trying to inflate bike tires and couldn't attach to the valve stem with out
a leak. At the time I felt it was operator malfunction, I know better now.
I put a set of Continental ContiExtremeContact on my 98 and then moved them
to the 04. Great tire, smooth, quiet, fair in water, good in snow, wore
smoothly, and didn't cup like the EMTs did. Did I mention quiet? Set
mounted was right at $600 at the time. Still have them on forged 2001
polished rims with the new sensors. Did I mention quiet? Ride was
outstanding and did I mention quiet? Set for sale if you're close to
OH-IN-MI intersection I'll help deliver them. $1,500, rims, sensors, and
I replaed my run-flats with Continental Extreme Contact All Weather. Looks
like I should get over 30K miles out of them. They are far quieter and have
much better traction than the run flats.
2001 Pewter Coupe
Not just quiet, they are ghostly. One drawback, if they sit very long they
will take a set. Takes a couple of miles for them to smooth out. Not hard to
get used to when you look at how great they make the car feel. One other
note, you're not running the stiff sidewall that the EMT's have so your tire
pressure has to go up to 34/35 PSI or they feel mushy. If you have any
misgivings about the tire at the current price you can throw them away in a
year and still make out. Also take a look at the cars they come on as new
equipment. My next set for the 05 will be Continentals, although the
Supercar EMTs are better the old EMTs they are starting to get noisy at
I agree completely. My Continentals are very quiet, even after 15K miles.
They are not showing significant wear. I also experience some setting after
not driving the car for a while, but it goes away after a few minutes.
2001 Pewter Coupe
How are the Continentals after they have sat for a long period? Will they
take a permanent set after a winter in the garage? I had a set of Goodrich
tires on my '65 take a set after storing it for a summer in FL. It felt
like I was riding on a set of square blocks. Needless to say, those tires
are permanently reserved for storage use only and the road tires are stored
on the rack.
I generally don't sore the car for winter. I drive the car all year long,
even here in New Hamphire. The Continentals have good traction on
snow-plowed roads, certainly better than the run-flats.
What's a long period of time? The most mine sit was 3 to 7 days and they
were ok after a couple of miles. Once I turned Bruce loose within 2 miles
and they bounced like they were out of balance, smoothed out in another 2
miles. If you need to store it take the load off the tire, not the
suspension. If you looked at the Continentals you can see they were all
season, that's one of the reasons why I got them so I could drive mine all
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"bad65" < email@example.com> wrote in message
The C5 will sit for 5 months in the winter. Not because I won't drive it,
but because I can't drive it. During those five months I'm driving my 65 in
Florida. It's a snowbird thing, you can't be in two places at one time.
I've yet to lift the C5 off the ground. When I get the new tires, I'll look
into storing it on it's suspension.
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