Need Advice

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by Bart, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. Bart

    Bart Formula 3

    Nov 1, 2003
    Orange County, Calif
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    I just got back from my dealer. I need two tires in the rear. The dealer told me I should get four tires as a set rather than just two. Does this ring true?

    Also, I am have the rear wheels adligned not to factory requirements but to have them set for straight driving, not twisties. I am a freeway driver. Makes senses????

    I get to drive to San Francisco next Friday up I-5 and Sunday I will be coming home on 1. Fun - Fun - Fun!!!!
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  3. Tyler

    Tyler F1 Rookie

    Dec 19, 2001
    dusty old farm town
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    Bart, I usually replace four tires at a time. Sounds reasonable to me.
  4. wax

    wax Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Jul 20, 2003
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    Dirty Harry
    Yes, all 4 - there was a bit of a horror story on the old board about a 2-tire replacement. Best to consult with actual owners on best recommendations for replacements. Get an alignment while you're at it.

    Aside: Widely available are tires that are fantastic for Porsche, but not Ferrari, as this excellent topic and reply from Mitch Alsup can attest

    Can you post what your rim/current tire set-up is on your 550?
  5. PSk

    PSk F1 World Champ

    Nov 20, 2002
    Tauranga, NZ
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    Hang on a minute why do you need to replace all 4? No other car needs to have perfectly good front tyres binned just because the rear has worn out!

    You should always replace in pairs so that that end of the car is even (grip level and ride height, etc. including diff effort), but I can really not see any reason whatsoever for having to replace ALL 4 tyres.

    Please explain, because quite honestly I think you guys have been sold a con to rip you off.

    I used to track a lot and replacing 2 tyres was an extremely common thing to do ... no matter what vehicle right up to ex-Le Mans Porsches, infact if you simply flat spotted a new slick then replacing one was also common ... but I am getting off the subject. A road tyre should wear similar to the other side and thus you should replace in pairs.

    I'll be watching and waiting ... :)

  6. Brian C. Stradale

    Brian C. Stradale F1 Rookie
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    Mar 17, 2002
    Dallas, TX, USA
    What kind of tires do you have?
    Are they still made?

    Do you drive on the track?

    If you don't drive on the track and your tires are still made, then there is absolutely no reason to replace all four... I would replace both on an axle, though.

    If you do drive on the track OR your tires are no longer made, then the question will require more detail.
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  8. Alxlee

    Alxlee F1 Rookie

    Apr 8, 2002
    Wilmington, DE
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    Alex Lee
    Agree, absolutely no need to do all four at the same time. Check them before you replace them. Also, make sure you're not getting ripped off for the tires. A lot of dealers put an obscene markup on tires. If your profile is correct and you have stock tire sizes on the 550 then your options would be (for matching 255/40-18 fronts and 295/35-18 rears) prices are what a retail price IMHO would be:

    Bridgestone Potenza S-02s ($220/$280)
    Michelin Pilot Sport ($305/$350 for Z rated, $280/$350 for Y rated)
    Pirelli PZero Rosso's ($230/$300)

    The Bridgestone rear and Pilot Sport rears are backordered right now from my source so there's always the possibility that the dealer is trying to sway you to do all four because he can't get just the rear two.

    Definitely check the tire for yourself before you buy all four.
  9. Alxlee

    Alxlee F1 Rookie

    Apr 8, 2002
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    Alex Lee
    I should have said Pilot Sport Z rated are backordered, the Y rated are not.
  10. jimpo1

    jimpo1 Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Jul 30, 2001
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