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    Hi everyone,

    Last Wednesday morning (a little drizzle but very damp roads) I went round a roundabout at the usual speed (not v fast at this one) and the car skidded a little too much for my liking. Anyways, I checked out a number of places for a set of Michelins for my diesel Megane (S II). Costco, Bob Jane and then Jax with every decreasing prices.
    Long and short is that I picked up a set of Pilot Sports 3s in each corner with a wheel alignment for under $800. I was really happy as the cheap and cheerful Chinese tyres were good in the dry only, then only in a straight line provided you weren't braking.
    The new shoes mean far better grip and handling has increased dramatically. Without taking him for a little trip through Galston Gorge I haven't really been able to test the tyres out other then a little sweep from James Ruse Dr onto the M4 last night, was able to go around without wallowing into the next lane with squeals of protest from the rubber.
    I had considered Conti's or Pirellis however they had the Pilots in stock and were on massive special this month.
    I had great customer service there and would happily recommend the Haberfield NSW store to anyone.

    Cheers,

    Mark

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    The easiest thing that one can do to improve the handling of a vehicle is play with tyre pressures (including front-rear balance). The second easiest thing is to put decent-tyres on (& the PS3s count as that, though lesser Michelins don't). I can't imagine you regretting the decision.

    cheers! Peter
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    Good choice.
    The Ps3 are great in the wet.
    They were my choice of tyre for the rear end of the car as I'll do anything to avoid over steer in emergency situations, wet or dry.
    I could not fault them in the wet, but on the front end I found them a little scary when pushed to their limits in the dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    Good choice.
    The Ps3 are great in the wet.
    They were my choice of tyre for the rear end of the car as I'll do anything to avoid over steer in emergency situations, wet or dry.
    I could not fault them in the wet, but on the front end I found them a little scary when pushed to their limits in the dry.

    Jo
    Hmmm, I haven't had the chance to push the car to the limit in the dry... yet!
    Am looking forward to an opportunity arising 😁😁😁
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    Pilot Sport 3 is actually made in China

    from Qingdao Unistar Industrial Co., Ltd.

    Attachment 61840

    $108 each if you buy 200

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    Quote Originally Posted by markb2501 View Post
    Hmmm, I haven't had the chance to push the car to the limit in the dry... yet!
    Am looking forward to an opportunity arising 
    Mark
    Just make sure you keep the front end pressures on the high side if you are pushing to the limit of adhesion.

    The tread will make promises the sidewalls cannot keep, and if that means heading towards an armco rail at high speed, You'll experience an 'Oh shit' moment like myself and a few others on the net have experienced.
    Like I said that only happens in the dry. In the wet they communicate very well and can be driven as hard as you like.

    Jo
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    I'm yet to experience that moment when the side wall gives way Jo.

    I think that's a good indication I don't drive "too fast", despite the passenger seat alarm going off.

    You're right about the wet though...

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    Well so far so good... am really happy with their grip, particularly as I can now go faster around the exit curves on the M4 into Parra Rd without braking, just dropping down from 6th to at least 3rd... Cornering is so much more fun now... though they're so much quieter I have to keep checking that I'm doing 110 on the freeway and Pepe hasn't crept up his speed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FedGrapes View Post
    I'm yet to experience that moment when the side wall gives way Jo.

    I think that's a good indication I don't drive "too fast", despite the passenger seat alarm going off.

    You're right about the wet though...
    Ah, a bit of excitement for Amelie?
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