No, they actually test performance cars and supply 0-60 and 1/4 mile times
these days. Their road tests and reliability data are more credible than
they were in the past.
They must've moved all the old fogies to the tire test department.
Actually R&T (?) tested a Range Rover Sport, with a high HP v-8 and low
profile tires on like 20" wheels. They said handling was okay, and it
had a a nice ride. However, as soon as they took an offroad trail,
they ended up with 3 flat tires...
Saw a H2 a while back with those rubber band tires. What a moron.
$35?? You've got to be kidding. I haven't paid $35 for a tire since I reshod
my '69 Plymouth Satellite with bias plys from the local filling station in
I've got a 2006 Nissan Max with low profile Goodyear RSA's. It's quieter
than the '95 T-bird and 2005 PT Cruiser I drove during my Christmas
If the suspension is factory engineered for the low profile tires, there is
no difference in ride quality. The handling is a helluva lot better,
Ain't never heard of THAT before....
You mean, they don't wallow all over the road like some '50's or '60's land
I'll take a firmer suspension over some sloppy handling wallow-wagon any
day, thank you.
Some Piper Cubs have big balloon tires for takeoffs and landings on mud or
snow. The tires aren't used to make high speed sharp turns, unless the
owner is trying to ground loop the plane for the insurance money. Given the
small diameter of the wheels, and considering that the tires are not driven,
balloon tires roll over bumps and ruts more easily than lower profile tires.
Ever watched a jet land? Ever see the smoke when the tires hit the runway?
Aircraft tires are designed to go from 0 to 125 mph on landing, while
absorbing enormous impact loads. On the small jets I maintain, the tires are
12 ply or more, are inflated to 125 psi, and are heavier and stiffer than
See http://www.airmichelin.com/ for more info on aircraft tires.
Yeah, back in my day, by God, all tires were bias ply and skinny with
whitewalls. And we liked it, we loved it!!
And all wheels were painted, drop center stamped steel. They rusted like
hell, and we liked it, we loved it!!!
If it was good enough for my '59 Caddidliac, it's good enough for my bigass
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