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    I have recently bought a set of Bridgestone grid 3 tyres for my Mi. Before that I had Bridgestone RE711 and SO2's. Both those tyres were awesome and stuck to the road like glue but I'm a bit dissapointed in the Grid 3's. Unfortunatly the grid 3 is now the best road tyre that Bridgestone make in a 205/50/15,
    Does anyone have any suggestions or preferences with other brands?

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    Michelin Pilot Preceda...

    They are effectively Pilot Sports for smaller (15") wheels...

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    I had to do the same thing with my SP20 in 205/45/16. I had RE711's and loved them but had to settle for Grid III's when I had to replace the 711's. I felt the same as you INITIALLY but I've found as I've put more and more kms on them they seem to be getting better and better. I've now done quite a few kms on them and they are wearing much better than my 711's. Admittedly, I haven't done many "spirited" drives on them like the 711's copped but they still don't have an easy life.

    So give them a chance and I think you'll find that you will come to like them.

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    Just to clarify, you are talking about the Bridgestone Potenza GIIIs, correct?

    Yes, it is a shame that Australia is getting fewer and fewer quality tyres in 15". Dunlop, Yokohama and Michelin are probably the pick of the brands nowadays.

    Here's my thread on what is available in 195/55R15: The 195/55R15 Tyre Thread

    Mods, maybe the 195/55R15 thread should be moved out of Pug and into here now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mi16
    I have recently bought a set of Bridgestone grid 3 tyres for my Mi. Before that I had Bridgestone RE711 and SO2's. Both those tyres were awesome and stuck to the road like glue but I'm a bit dissapointed in the Grid 3's. Unfortunatly the grid 3 is now the best road tyre that Bridgestone make in a 205/50/15,
    Does anyone have any suggestions or preferences with other brands?
    I thought that size was a bit baggy on 6" rims. Too much side wall flex. I had the same on 15 x 6.75 and they were fine. Why not use Michelin Pilot MXV3A 195/55/15?

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    Yes, 205/50R15 is pretty baggy. I've driven a GTi6 with FM901s on 205s and it wasn't very nice.

    MXV3As are more of a touring tyre. Have you run these Peter? What did you think of them? I've heard they suit 306s very well, but I'm highly skeptical. What are your experiences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mi16
    I have recently bought a set of Bridgestone grid 3 tyres for my Mi. Before that I had Bridgestone RE711 and SO2's. Both those tyres were awesome and stuck to the road like glue but I'm a bit dissapointed in the Grid 3's. Unfortunatly the grid 3 is now the best road tyre that Bridgestone make in a 205/50/15,
    Does anyone have any suggestions or preferences with other brands?
    I stupidly took the advice of the "tyre specialist" at bridgestone who recommended using the 205/50/15. Shortly after i purchased the tyres i was told that they are a bit baggy on those rims. Thanks for the advice guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTI124
    Yes, 205/50R15 is pretty baggy. I've driven a GTi6 with FM901s on 205s and it wasn't very nice.

    MXV3As are more of a touring tyre. Have you run these Peter? What did you think of them? I've heard they suit 306s very well, but I'm highly skeptical. What are your experiences?
    The "Pilot" are great tyres. I've run them in the past and are just about to put some on my Xantia, in place of the nasty Michelin "Energy" MXV3A. Note, there is a huge difference in that name. Go out to Milperra Tyres. They sell 2nd hand tyres at a fraction of the cost of new.

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