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Old 11-10-2017, 08:38 AM
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Hi,

I have a 2012 A6 Quattro with 20" wheels. It's almost due for new tires. It currently has Pirelli P Zero tires. This is the second set of the P Zeroes. I've had decent life out of the tires, mostly. But they seem to wear unevenly on the individual tires (one side / middle / edges) and unevenly around the car (had to replace two of them with leftovers from the previous set that had similar tread left). Besides that, the second set are noisy, much louder than the first.

I'm looking at probably buying the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Plus tires (https://www.americastire.com/buy-tir...3-plus/p/26011). $241/ea. Opinions on this model? dealer said it should be a quieter tire than the Pirellis, although not by much because it's still a high performance tire.

As I've been looking around, though, the question of wider tire size came up. Would a wider tire of the same model be advisable? Such as this one: https://www.americastire.com/buy-tir...3-plus/p/25992. They end up being cheaper by a few bucks. $228/ea.

I don't have spacers, so outside rubbing shouldn't be an issue. Would inside rubbing? How about steering extremes (all the way right/left)? It's only 10mm on each side, although it will be a little taller.


Thanks for your input.


Brett

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Old 11-13-2017, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by brettgavin View Post
Hi,

I have a 2012 A6 Quattro with 20" wheels. It's almost due for new tires. It currently has Pirelli P Zero tires. This is the second set of the P Zeroes. I've had decent life out of the tires, mostly. But they seem to wear unevenly on the individual tires (one side / middle / edges) and unevenly around the car (had to replace two of them with leftovers from the previous set that had similar tread left). Besides that, the second set are noisy, much louder than the first.

I'm looking at probably buying the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Plus tires (https://www.americastire.com/buy-tir...3-plus/p/26011). $241/ea. Opinions on this model? dealer said it should be a quieter tire than the Pirellis, although not by much because it's still a high performance tire.

As I've been looking around, though, the question of wider tire size came up. Would a wider tire of the same model be advisable? Such as this one: https://www.americastire.com/buy-tir...3-plus/p/25992. They end up being cheaper by a few bucks. $228/ea.

I don't have spacers, so outside rubbing shouldn't be an issue. Would inside rubbing? How about steering extremes (all the way right/left)? It's only 10mm on each side, although it will be a little taller.


Thanks for your input.


Brett
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I am not sure if they make them in the size you need, but I'd give Sumitomo some serious consideration. They are as grippy as the MIchelin SS2 and 4S at more than half the price. Great is wet and dry.

The uneven wear is not a tire issue, most likely it is tire pressure and alignment.
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275/30R20 is as big as we recommend going, and that tire size requires a 9" wide wheel minimum.


In that size, our only option is the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 (275/35R20 is too tall);
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