At this point, when I change shocks, I’ll probably go with the KYB - the
recommendation of Autosport Seattle.
Just don’t be surprised when they are very harsh. They will be.
It may sound like heresy, but switching to an SR-rated minivan tire will
also improve the ride at substantially less cost than the Pirellis.
tires are cheap, have plenty of load capacity, and are the same size as
Jaguar tires. Despite the propaganda to the contrary, there isn’t anything
unsafe about running an XJ6 on regular touring tires -
Umm, I would hardly call the manufacturer’s specifications and the learned
advice of professionals propaganda.
You wanna put 'em on your car fine, but bear in mind that by law here in
Pennsylvania that I could bounce your car for state safety inspection if you
And personally, I think the cars handle like sh*t with S-rated tires. The
way the cars wallow and the tires roll under is just downtight unnerving to
it just means that
you’ll get better ride at some sacrifice in ultimate handling. Few use the
handling anyway and fewer yet are able to run at sustained speeds that
would even require an SR rating.
You know, that’s not entirely the point. These cars are very heavy and the
A,merican car industry has always horribly under-tired their cars. It’s not
just about sustained speeds. It’s also about basic turn-in and load
It’s this whole uneducated opinions like this that got us in that trouble
with the exploding tires on SUVs…if they would have put load range C
tires and 44psi in them as they should for a truck, that whole thing never
would have happened, Yet by your standards, that tire was fine.
Costco carries a nice selection and you can outfit all four wheels for
You have one of the finest big touring cars on the planet and you want to
put cheap tires on it? Why?
Myself, I’m probably stuck with the Pirelli P4000 as a replacement until I
find that cheap set of 16X7" wheels and a way to transport them. Perhaps a
You better not buy 16" wheels if you want cheap tires. I’m not even sure if
you can get cheap 16" tires. Even Detroit has figured out that tires are a
way to improve the handling and safety of real tires. they have a ton of
cars coming out now with H, V, and Z rated, low profile tires.
So do what you likse for your car, just do it in an informed manner and
don’t tell me that my way is propaganda when you’re not speaking from a
I can support my point by my own state’s laws on safety inspection. And of
course, the manufacturer’s spec.
JebFrom: “Steve Averill”
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