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Old 04-10-2008, 05:34 AM   #1
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Tire Question

Just picked up a 2002 Boxster; 17500 miles. Excellent condition; new clutch and RMS.

I got a bumper to bumper warranty, but what other issues could I expect with a 6 year old car? Also, a tire dealer recommended Michelein Riken Raptors as a good replacement tire (I plan on changing them within the next 3 months). Ever heard of these tires, and would you put them on your Box?

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Old 04-10-2008, 07:15 AM   #2
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If you can afford the Michellin PS2's, I would get them. They dont last long, but they are hard to beat.

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Never heard of those. Run a search here using the keyword Michellin and you'll find many pertinent threads on the current offering of tires for our cars.
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Also, a tire dealer recommended Michelein Riken Raptors as a good replacement tire (I plan on changing them within the next 3 months). Ever heard of these tires, and would you put them on your Box?
The commonly heard answer to this is that Riken is a Japanese company and Michelin is French, but if you want a little history :
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-60907759.html
I have heard some less than positive things about them on various boards, but usually in the same context as Kumho - good performance for the $, but there are better choices. I had Kumho Ecsta Supras on my Miata and they were but horrible in the rain (We are talking a 360 on a highway entrance ramp here ). From what I understand the less expensive tires must cut corners somewhere - make sure it is acceptable to you first.

You really want to go with them I believe Discount Tire has info.
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never heard of them.

tell us what kind of driving you do, the conditions, and what you want from a tire, we'll tell you what to buy.

also the reviews on tirerack are great!.

i love my bridgestone re01-R. but this car never sees the rain, even though this is a capable in the rain. but this is considered a summer only tire.
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Hi,

Ive stuck with Pirelli PZero Rosso

2nd set now, lasted about 35,000k(front) and 15,000 - 20,000k(rear)

Great grip in all conditions (except winter, using michelin alpine)
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Thanks for the replies.

Benny986, I plan on using it as my primary car. It will be an everyday car, driven year round, city and highway driving.
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They aren't for me. You get what you pay for and cheap tires ain't it (2 cents)
The tires are Japanese made under the Michelin name ( as I read it)
Who buys a premier sports car and puts cheap rubber underneath it? That makes no sense to me. You asked

OHTA, Japan--Okamoto Industries Ltd. has sold its minority stake in Michelin Okamoto Tire Corp. to Groupe Michelin, giving the French firm 100-percent control of the company.

Michelin Okamoto has been a joint venture of both companies since 1988.

Okamoto owned 10 percent of the venture, in which Michelin has increased its share steadily over the years. Michelin paid $45.8 million for the remaining share. The deal includes rights to the Riken brand.

Michelin Okamoto operates one tire plant in Ohta, where it produces Michelin, BFGoodrich and Riken passenger and light truck tires for the ...





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Also, a tire dealer recommended Michelein Riken Raptors as a good replacement tire (I plan on changing them within the next 3 months). Ever heard of these tires, and would you put them on your Box?
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Old 04-12-2008, 05:30 PM   #9
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Cool

Again, thanks for the replies. I'm staying with the Michelins.

Sputter, I never said I wanted to buy those tires, I said a tire dealer tried to push them at me, and having never heard of them before, I presented the question to the forum.
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ohh ok, then i guess i don't need to make any suggestions : ) heheh

the mich pilot A/s is good, but for the money, i'd prob take a kumho ast or spt. i forget which is which right now.

the neovas are good, but spendy. but if you are ever near snow, this is NOT your tire.

there is a pretty decent falken that is an A/S. i forget the name right now.

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