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review of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S limited edition 255/35ZR19

 

I just had my snow tires (Michelin Alpin PA4 245/45R18) swapped for new summer tires.

 

My previous summer tires were BFGoodrich g-force ultra blah blah, which were horrible.  Job one for a tire:  BE ROUND!,  a heavy fail for the BFG's; they develop a flat spot while sitting overnight, and at first start they run rough for about 15 minutes; also the road noise is horrendously loud.

 

The noise floor on these is vanishingly low; the loud warble tone of the junk tires was replaced by a velvet blanket of silence (I attribute this to the velvet touch sidewall).

 

From a hard start, the extra traction from having a round tire is immediately noticeable; the wheel hop from the old BFG's was gone.

 

Also, I could sense the presence and air of the channels in the tread, which provided a wider and deeper sense of space.

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Update:

 

After a few more hours with these 16 channel brutes, the presence and air continues to improve; I can only attribute this to the sidewall break-in.  I'm hearing things I've never heard before on my daily drive to Starbucks

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20 hours ago, RichP714 said:

Update:

 

After a few more hours with these 16 channel brutes, the presence and air continues to improve; I can only attribute this to the sidewall break-in.  I'm hearing things I've never heard before on my daily drive to Starbucks

 

You now have me thinking..., I had the Michelin Pilots on my Taurus SHO (old body style with the Yamaha v6 that actually was a real car, before they screwed them up).  They were great on CA roads like the I-5 and the 101 up and down the coast..., that was the 90's.

 

Now, I have to pick up tires this summer for the Q7, and was going to stick with the OEM Pirelli Scorpion Verdi 295/35R21 107W XL. But for the price, I may have to reconsider these Michelin Pilots.  If I recall correctly, Michelin has a longer lived rubber formulation to get more miles..., a factor I like.  The Michelin's are about $50 a tire less cost.

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4 hours ago, AndrewJohn said:

If I recall correctly, Michelin has a longer lived rubber formulation to get more miles..., a factor I like.  The Michelin's are about $50 a tire less cost.

 

I don't have any personal pirelli experience, but on an m4 the

pilot sport 4s lasted just about 32k miles; there are longer lived compounds, but the grip is fantastic

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Crap, Rich.  

I got rid of a v-rated Goodyear on my Shelby Charger for a BFG Comp TA ZR.  It’s now been sitting in my garage stationary for about 6-7 years.  

Ya think you had flat spots?  

I was praying it wouldn’t be the case. 

We’ll see this spring.  

If this frickin snow ever stops.  

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35 minutes ago, Zoom said:

Crap, Rich.  

I got rid of a v-rated Goodyear on my Shelby Charger for a BFG Comp TA ZR.  It’s now been sitting in my garage stationary for about 6-7 years.  

Ya think you had flat spots?  

I was praying it wouldn’t be the case. 

We’ll see this spring.  

If this frickin snow ever stops.  

 

My lack of roundness didn't develop from storage; they were like that from the get go; mine were all season G-FORCE™ COMP-2™ A/S "Our best all season performance tire ever").  I was trying to get away with all season's vice switching to winter tires; it was a total bust (for me)

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9 minutes ago, mbskeam said:

OOOOHHHH..... shiny

 

is that a spray on and then buff out?

 

cquartz uk is the united kindom version of their ceramic coating; it's NOT spray on-wipe off.  The paint needs to be pristine, since any oxidation or swirls will be under the coating if you don't clean them up first.  I can do my own paint correction, but didn't get very aggressive with it (I idn't smooth out the factory paint's orange peel, for example, since that takes away too much clear coat).

 

After paint correction, you should de-grease and decontaminate the paint so that the ceramic coating bonds to the paint carpro's products for that are eraser and ironX.

 

After THAT, the coating goes on.  1 ounce will do my car twice; it's a very thin, but hard,  coating.  After a bit of cure time, another coat of cquartz; then after three days, I topped it with essence plus and reload

 

 

Essence plus is a topper for cquartz that can repair ceramic coatings, it buffs in by hand or machine, and wipes off very very very easily

Reload is the spray-on-wipe-off top coat for cquartz; kind of like a detailing spray, only for ceramic coatings

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Rod H said:

Too pretty for the roads I travel!

 

Looks fantastic Rich.

 

Too pretty for our roads here actually, right now anyway, the potholes and closed roads for pothole repair have gone out of control since the city switched to that liquid ice melt that corrodes the roadway

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This appeared when I stopped for fuel Saturday.

200001, an Old Odyssey. (My 2002 Honda Odyssey daily driver)

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Almost time for another timing belt & water pump replacement...

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The Isle of Mann TT race is absolutely nuts. There is a fatality almost yearly. 

I found this highlight reel on Facebook.  

Hang on tight   

 

 

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6 minutes ago, RichP714 said:

After decades, the new mid-engine corvette looks quite a lot like a Gundam eh?

 

 

The first rumors of this was with a DOHC V6, but the released version is a pushrod V8, and surprisingly priced, "C8’s implied MSRP of $59,999."

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/videos/2020-chevy-corvette-first-look-at-the-mid-engined-wonder/

 

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1 hour ago, RichP714 said:

After decades, the new mid-engine corvette looks quite a lot like a Gundam eh?

 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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Indeed a stunning car. 

GM engineering has stepped it up for the last decade.  

Lets see what happens when this chassis gets some horsepower.   It should be excellent.  

 

The Dodge Boys sent the ACR around the ‘ring in 7:01.  

 

We’ll see .....

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Knowing that GM is aware that electric power plants are the future..., (reading about their recent business strategy shift...)

 

...imagine what this Corvette will do when the replace the aspirated petroleum-based power-plant with the torque and acceleration of electric...

 

I'm amazed at the track performance of Tesla..., and it's going to continue to get better, as electric drive-train and battery technology improves with much of current innovation on the electric transportation platform(s)...

 

(..., OK be gentle when you pile on here..., I'm just reading the "tea leaves," as I see them.  I have no expectations that gov't will help innovation, but the auto-industry can't afford to continue on their current path..., will NASCAR figure it out?  Hard to say... - Think carefully, and draw your own conclusions as Ford already dropped cars, and GM more recently did..., and they are focusing on selling big trucks in the current 6 year industry cycle..., in the back room, the engineers are either working on electric, or getting laid off...)

 

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Oh, and the pressure to go electric on the pick up truck industry is mounting.  My favorite picture of the Tesla pickup is the one with the hood open..., That's really "recovered space."  As in, the pickup truck now has a "trunk" or "boot" that's under the front hood.  Luggage? Work tools?  What-ever you want to put there?  No engine releases a lot of extra space.  The volume (in cu ft) of load capacity just jumped for the pick-up platform - by going electric.  Consider that most pickup trucks in industry (contractors, laborers, commuters) don't drive but back and forth to the job..., 500 mile daily on a charge is perfectly doable - in today's market..., this is serious competition..., either Ford and GM will respond, or Tesla will recover (or get acquired)…, Things be a changing.

 

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Needless to say, I just put a new muffler on my 2002 F150..., hoping to drive the heck out of it for the next 3 years..., And, new brakes all the way around on my 2006 Audi A6.  I'm going to avoid a big car note payment for as long as I can, as the future shakes out.

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Got to ride this today what a sweet ride is a 2019 BMW S1000 RR.   207 hp about 435 lb, was way to short a ride but what a bike. As a comparison I ride a 2013 Ducati 848 Superbike a little over 150 hp and the same 400+ lb's.  The BMW was allot of fun ............. way to much money at 20 grand cdn  but that's what dreams are for right

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5 hours ago, 4RUNNER said:

Got to ride this today what a sweet ride is a 2019 BMW S1000 RR.   207 hp about 435 lb, was way to short a ride but what a bike. As a comparison I ride a 2013 Ducati 848 Superbike a little over 150 hp and the same 400+ lb's.  The BMW was allot of fun ............. way to much money at 20 grand cdn  but that's what dreams are for right

 

 

Have you seen some of the new Electric custom rockets that are at the track?  Crazy what they are getting out of Tesla's and others' battery innovation.  Silent Speed, perfect left-right balance symmetry, no muffler, no vibration but the road under the tires.  These new entrepreneurs are accidentally, inventing "The Perfect Get-away Vehicle!"  I wonder what BMW has on the drawing board with electric power?

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11 hours ago, AndrewJohn said:

These new entrepreneurs are accidentally, inventing "The Perfect Get-away Vehicle!"  I wonder what BMW has on the drawing board with electric power?

 

Hmmm, is that giving us some insight into the inner plotting of @AndrewJohn?  Can't say I'd ever have thought of it that way...  😉

 

17 hours ago, 4RUNNER said:

way to much money at 20 grand cdn  but that's what dreams are for right

 

If you don't dream it, you'll never achieve it - just don't let it become all consuming.  😁  Glad you got to take it for a spin.  Give them a couple of years on the electric bikes, as Andrew suggests - you might find yourself being able to afford something that will make the BMW look like something with training wheels.  

 

(I, however, would probably need the training wheels.  🙀)

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I looked at getting a crashed electric bike from insurance salvage a few weeks ago so did a small amount of research I think it was a 2017 Zero forget the model everything looks great untill you look at the range even with an extra battery pack it was only good for about 150 miles highway  I put that on almost every time I get on my bike. Just looked at that 1 bike I am sure the range will increase and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for something with better range.  Not looking for a new bike am very happy with the 2 I have.  Unless I win the lotto and a brand new beemer ends up in my garage ha ha 

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Yes, range is still the big problem in all electric vehicles, and the longevity of the batteries still has a way to go.  Besides, there are only so many AA and 9-volt batteries you can fit in your saddle bags.

 

Soon, though - you'll have another chance a short way down the road.  2 bikes aren't nearly enough!  :--D

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