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Old 05-23-2019, 05:18 AM
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I have been driving over 40 years raced and road street motorcycles and attended many DE courses with practice track time but have never experienced worse hydroplaning since the days of bias ply tires. And yes I have driven in the rain a lot in my Q7, but this morning in heavy rain and standing water it was real bad. I was not going fast and every time I hit a spot with standing water it seemed the tires could not handle the water. I canít wait to get these things off. They really are horrible. What are people replacing them with? I have the 20Ē on my truck and there does not seem to be a lot to choose from. But anything has to be better then these.
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I too have the same experience. I have about 20K on my tires and really have to slow down, even in moderate rain. From threads on the subject I agree there are not many choices unless you opt out of run flats from what I've read.
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I agree that GY RFTs aren't the greatest - during a bad rainstorm in NYC 3? weeks ago, I also experienced some hydroplaning on the highway. Once it is time, I will replace them with Continental DWS - have these on my other car and they have always done well in wet, dry and very light snow (need dedicated winters for proper winter traction though). The they are a bit wider than OEM at 295, but others are running this size on the forum with no problems.
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Thanks dohturdima I was looking at the Conti DWS I think thatís What Iím going to go with. This morning was the worst, almost scary.
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Thanks dohturdima I was looking at the Conti DWS I think that’s What I’m going to go with. This morning was the worst, almost scary.
No problem! Share your experience with the new tires once you get them. I will probably wait until my GYs have more mileage on them before replacing.
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I have been driving over 40 years raced and road street motorcycles and attended many DE courses with practice track time but have never experienced worse hydroplaning since the days of bias ply tires. And yes I have driven in the rain a lot in my Q7, but this morning in heavy rain and standing water it was real bad. I was not going fast and every time I hit a spot with standing water it seemed the tires could not handle the water. I canít wait to get these things off. They really are horrible. What are people replacing them with? I have the 20Ē on my truck and there does not seem to be a lot to choose from. But anything has to be better then these.
I have the GY runflats and can't stand them primarily due to how stiff they ride. But to be honest, now with close to 20K miles I haven't experienced any hydroplaning and again I can't stand these tires.. How many miles are on yours?
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I have the GY runflats and can't stand them primarily due to how stiff they ride. But to be honest, now with close to 20K miles I haven't experienced any hydroplaning and again I can't stand these tires.. How many miles are on yours?
19k It seems it always happened but yesterday was the worst...same roads same speeds.
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I see you're on LI, any chance the road you're talking about is the Northern State?

Yeah I know the feeling.. Years ago I experienced hydroplaning on another vehicle that had Bridgestones and it wasn't a good feeling at all.. I replaced those first chance I had..

If the Q7 had a place to store a spare I would have switched to conventional tires shortly after we picked it up two years ago.
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Check your tire pressure. It can have a significant impact.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret...e.jsp?techid=3
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Originally Posted by RadDrew View Post
Check your tire pressure. It can have a significant impact.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret...e.jsp?techid=3
Good article. The TR is an excellent info source for anything tire-related!

I am on GY RF as well. I am not impressed with these tires either, but I've no complaints about them being prone to hydroplaning. I've been driving through really heavy rains quite a number of times and not slowing down much (which most people will consider not very safe) but had no issues. A single case of hydroplaning (and a bad one) I recall was when I hit a standing puddle of water ~2-3 inched deep and maybe 50 feet across on the highway within the city limits driving at about 60 MPH, but that would have been the same with any tires on...
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