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    My 406 SV will be in need of new tyres in the relativily near future. It currently has Pirellie P6000s in the standard size (205, 65 R15?) which seem to work pretty well, but I am wondering what other people are using and why?

    On anther note, does anybody know why Tyres become more 'chirpy' when they are worn? They don't seem to be slipping at all but make a noise as if they are.

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    On my 1998 406 SV which I've had since new its tyre size is 205/60*15, it had V rated Michelins which were good then H rated Japanese made Michelins which were OK but were noisy when tread was low as you seemed to also experience. I now have fitted V rated Continental Eco-Contis which seem quite good and were $200 each as compared to $280 for equivalently specíd Michelins. Grip is good but they appear to be wearing quickly. Iím going to try Yokahama 509s or 539s next time, these are on my 505 and 504.
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    I'd recommend the BF Goodrich G-Force Sports. A performance touring tyre at a good price.

    Dunlop LM702s are also a nice touring tyre. They're a bit soft, but would be a bit sportier and better value than the P6000s.

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    I recently put a set of V rated Michelins back on my 98 v6. prior to that had German Dunlops which wore pretty quickly and were noisy. The Michelins are much quieter and ride very well, but yep they are expensive, I think $NZ275 each (the German Dunlops were about the same).

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    I enquired about tyres for my 405 SRI and was told that the P6000 and Michelins were old hat and was recommended Dunlop sport 300E, about $150 ea, which are made with new technology.??
    Apparently Pirelli and Michelin are about to change over
    This was one dealers opinion, true or sales hype???
    I await further replies on this thread from recent purchasers of new tyres
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    A bit of hype, the P6000 is an old tyre, but is still a decent performer. The 300E, however, is better value, and on similar performance level.

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    Johnp,

    I recently fitted BF-Goodrich G-Force sports to my 1998 406sv D8. These tyres were recommended to me by a Bob-Jane dealership in Essendon. They are great value for money, good ride, a little noisey in the wet, they don't take anything away from the cars handling, they look good (directional pattern) and I couldn't be happier with them for the price. I researched alot of tyre at the time and came to, I beleive, a very good conclusion and besides BF-Goodrich is owned by Michelin.

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    Thanks for the feedback, great to hear!

    FYI, they're made in Thailand along with the Michelin Pilot Preceda and MXV8. So they're not only owned by Michelin but made in the same very factory.

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    Interesting to hear that about the BF Goodriches. That tyre won one of Wheels magazine's tyre tests, and I think the Yoko 539 has in the past too... the next time I buy tyres for my 504 GTi it will be a toss-up between these two.

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    Approx price of the G Forces???

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    Prices, when I was looking (about 4 mths ago), ranged from $138.00 to $156.00 balanced plus allignment. I eventually went for the lower price as he gave me a four wheel allignment, factory balance (better than a normal balance so i'm told, don't ask what the difference is I can't remember) with hidden weights and filled the tyres with Helium. I had to drive to West Melbourne to get them but It was worth the drive.
    All up the total job drive away was $165.00 a tyre at Quick Fit in King Street Melbourne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 406svman
    Prices, when I was looking (about 4 mths ago), ranged from $138.00 to $156.00 balanced plus allignment. I eventually went for the lower price as he gave me a four wheel allignment, factory balance (better than a normal balance so i'm told, don't ask what the difference is I can't remember) with hidden weights and filled the tyres with Helium. I had to drive to West Melbourne to get them but It was worth the drive.
    All up the total job drive away was $165.00 a tyre at Quick Fit in King Street Melbourne.

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    Helium or Nitrogen? Thats a pretty good price for a decent tyre.

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    My mistake, yes Nitrogen thanks

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    I have had Michelin Pilot and Continental Eco on my 406 St and they were OK. The last set I fitted were Sumitomo (only about $120 each) and, considering the mileage covered since new, they performed as well as the others for much less cost[/FONT].undefined[/FONT]undefined
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    My 406 SV will be in need of new tyres in the relativily near future. It currently has Pirellie P6000s in the standard size (205, 65 R15?) which seem to work pretty well, but I am wondering what other people are using and why?

    On anther note, does anybody know why Tyres become more 'chirpy' when they are worn? They don't seem to be slipping at all but make a noise as if they are.[/QUOTE]

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    I drive a 406 HDI and have tried a number of different tyres. Had the michelins tried the goodyear and are now using the Toyo tyres. Not a very sexy name but a very good tyre. Handles well is quiet on the road is very good in the wet and doesn't go all spongy when loaded up. Im on the second set of those and I wouldn't change from them at this stage.

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    I drive a 2000 406SV since new and still have the original Michelin Pilot Primacy 205/60R15...tyres. Just clocked 90,000 kays. They are still a few millimetres off the markers so expect an easy 100,000 kays before replacing all four. Yes, they have gone a bit chirpy with age and are also sensitive to pressure (maybe the tyre compound gets less 'rubbery' with age ;o)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiggercl
    I drive a 2000 406SV since new and still have the original Michelin Pilot Primacy 205/60R15...tyres. Just clocked 90,000 kays. They are still a few millimetres off the markers so expect an easy 100,000 kays before replacing all four. Yes, they have gone a bit chirpy with age and are also sensitive to pressure (maybe the tyre compound gets less 'rubbery' with age ;o)

    Wow! That's some serious distance on the first set of tyres! I'd imagine the tyres have hardened with age and time in the sun... resulting in the chirping and lack of grip.
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    Re My July post....I eventually fitted Michies MV1 and have been happy with them. Immediately noticed softer, more comfortable riding compared to Goodyears they replaced. Handling is better too as old tyres appeared to be getting hard. Paid $140 each fitted and balanced at Pats Tyres in Queanbeyan.

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    I have just replaced Michelin Pilots with Simex 205/16/55 tyres & most impressed with the ride & quietness of them. (135$)each.

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    I have just put a set of Yokohama C-Drives on a mirage, I know its a different car, but they have improved the dynamics immensly. they were $115 per tyre at 185/60 R15 size. So far they seem very quiet, nice and grippy and give a very smooth ride. They are more of a "sport" touring tyre I think.

    I also have Dunlop Direzz's on my 306, a little more pricey($180) but an excellent performance tyre.

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