You see, earlier this week I noticed Karlino’s handling became unpredictable & worrisome. I then noticed my left rear tire losing air pressure. I concluded that the tire had a slow leak. So, after work I took Karlino to my local Discount Tire store.
In the course of reviewing my Miata’s tires they strongly suggested I needed to replace my front tires ASAP! Well, I already knew that…since last November…
The tire I had already considered had a special gift card offer – it worked out to almost 1 free tire out of the 4. The gift card promo was ending on May 1st, 2010. That & a favorable 0% Discount Tire card promo swayed me to go ahead & purchased my new tires.
The guys at the shop did a nice, quick & clean job of mounting, balancing & installing these new tires – these guys are ALWAYS hustling!
The tires I chose to purchase are Bridgestone Potenza RE960 Pole Position, in the 195/60-14 size, up from the original size of 185/60-14. I am now debating having gone to a slightly wider tire on the OEM 6″ rim width….
Driving Karlino is smoother & very quiet. I thought the slightly taller tire (but same 60 aspect ratio), along with the wider footprint, would grant me renewed confidence in daily driving & more autocross corner traction. Well, it’s not so! There is a slight delay when I make a quick steering input. Trying to hold the line in a constant radius corner is concerning. I feel as if I have to correct the steering angle multiple times through the corner. I also don’t know where the limit of traction adhesion is. I’m almost afraid to get there as I don’t know how this tire would react at the limit.
In addition, the more I look at Karlino, with the bigger tires… it sort of reminds me of one of the animated cars in the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”
After 3 days of driving with these new, unknown tires, & even raising the air pressure to 35 PSI (up from 28), I went back to the Discount Tire store. I discussed my concerns & was informed I had up to 30 days to make a decision to change them for full credit (just as long as the are in relatively, like new, condition).
Racing Ready is looking forward to better driving experiences…once I make the correct tire decision.
P.S. – I will have to temper my enthusiasm for autocrossing for a couple of months, as my work schedule has me now working on Saturdays & Sundays, when autocross & track events occur. Damn, how counter-productive for me!