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Re: Shocks and tires Aero SportCombi
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Posted by Doug W [Email] (#2371) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Doug W) on Sat, 12 Sep 2020 22:21:49 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Shocks and tires Aero SportCombi, Rob Randall, Sat, 12 Sep 2020 13:12:32
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For the money I like the Riken Raptor ZX. They’re a Michelin company. The tires are relatively quiet and handle well, and you can’t beat the price. So what if they wear out in 18,000 miles. We had a set of the Michelin A/S 3+ and they were great when new but wore out in 12,000 miles. Too much money for too little wear. Michelin makes great tires but my experience is that they wear out too fast. I have a set of Pilot SuperSports on a BMW and they are great, but again don’t expect more than 20,000 miles out of them if you drive the car with any sort of gusto. As for grip, handling, and road feel they’re tough to beat.

IMO there is no such thing as an all season tire. All weather tires come close but nothing beats a good snow tire in the winter. We have dedicated snows on dedicated winter alloys. We run General Altimax Arctic snow tires and they’ve been good. Decent wear and good performance in snow and ice. As others have posted we run narrow and tall in the winter. 205/55R16 winter size and 225/45R17 in summer. A set of dedicated winter tires and wheels will set you back about $800 but it’s money well spent. Look for a set of used Saab 16 x 7 inch winter rims.

I like the feel of new Koni shocks, but they wear and by 75,000 miles need replacement. Bilstein on the other hand don’t wear as fast but to me are a little more damped and harsher. We have Koni FSDs on the front of our ‘04 Sport Kombi and Bilstein HDs out back. Those are the only brands I’d use. There are many less expensive choices.

_______________________________________ '04 Aero Sport Kombi, BSR '03 Aero 5Spd, Krona, 290 bhp Sold: '03 Linear 5 spd. Krona Mods, 350 bhp


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