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Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2004 23:29:47 +0100
From: Paul Brownjohn <Paul-no-spam-nospamnjohn.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Front Brake rotors


Fred W. wrote: > "Kevin Rhodes" <krhodesnospamnospame.rr.com> wrote in message > news:yOShd.75863$l07.25468nospamter.nyroc.rr.com... > >>>Front Brake wise, I can get either Brembo ($46.29) or Zimmerman >>>($59.88) vs Genuine Saab ($92.80). I could really use the savings, >>>but I just spent $560 on new Michelin tires and wonder if I should >>>start being cheap and compromising at this point. Anyone here ever >>>used Brembo or Zimmerman??? >> >>Both actually - excellent quality in either case. Surely you don't think >>Saab >>makes their own brake rotors? They are probably ATE or Brembo in a Saab >>box. I >>would certainly go for the Brembos. > > > I thin you are right. ATE as I recall. I know the calipers are because > they are stamped ATE right on 'em. > > >>BTW, I am quite convinced that Michelins are reputation over substance... >>I'm >>a HUGE fan of Kuhmo tires, cheap and very good. > > > Here, I would differ with you. I have some Kumhos for my Jeep Wrangler and > also some low profiles for one of my other cars (a BMW 325i) which are > wearing poorly and blocking up, but I put some on a SAAB 9-3SE I had and > they drove like they were made from too hard of a compound. Damn things > would spin like crazy with just a moderate acceleration. I forget which > specific model they were, but they were Z rated, sop the compound should > have been pretty soft. > > Michelins *are* somewhat over-priced, but they are also consistently > excellent tires. You really can't go wrong with them except in the > pocketbook. > > Ya pays ya money and ya takes ya chances... > > -Fred W > Londonderry, NH > > On the question of tyres...if your wallet will stand Michelins might I suggest you spend those hard earnt $s on either Bridgestone or better yet Yokohama tyres. I have run on both (can't remember the types but they would have been premium tyres with a V or Z rating) and they are both superb. The Bridgestones wore a bit better but the Yokos were utterly superb in the wet...more or less like driving on a dry road. Michelin on the other hand (and i used to work for them many years ago) tend(ed) to wear extremely well but the were shit in the wet. I have not bought Michelin tyres since the 70s....maybe times have changed. The one thing you can say for Michelin however is that the quality of manufacture is probably the highest of any tyre company in the world. Aside from making tyres, they used to be the worlds No 1 supplier of the the steel reinforcing wire that is used in the manufacture of modern radial tyres. Tricky process ...making the wire...no one could ever make a product as good as Michelin made. Cheers Paul

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