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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-01-2011, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Re-tiring question

I know some TBird riders have used the 200/55 Avon tire for the rear. Has anyone used the Avon Ultra 2 Storm 200/50 Z rated rear tire, and if so, what kind of mileage did you get out of your tire? The Metzelers have good grip on dry pavement and reasonably good grip in the rain, but the mileage off that back tire is pretty low. Specifically, are there any problems having the Metzeler on the front and the Avon 200/50 Z on the back with respect to handling and braking? I suspect that with increased demand, Avon will offer the front tire in the same tire line. In the interim, it is about time to re-tire. Comments welcomed.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-01-2011, 09:56 PM
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I think any avon is likely to do better mileage wise. Some i believe have used that one but there is not match for it in out front size. If you can hold out however, Avon is apparently tooling up for a set in our size because they saw the Tbird is selling well. I think the guy who posted this said they will be out this summer, tho i may be wrong on that you might wanna call them. I think i will as soon as i remember to because my rear is very low on tread at 3k ! And i don't want to put another metzeler on it. This kind of mileage is just nuts. I think the avon will be dual compound if i least i hope so. We should be getting 10k.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Same here, back tire only has about 3200 miles or so on it and it does not look that great. My thinking was it may well be okay to try the Avon in the 200/50 Ultra 2 Storm brand, but my mind also tells me I need a matched set and it is not a good idea to do experiments on various tire mixes. Hope I get to wait until Avon comes up with a pair. The mileage of Avon is generally good, and similar tires get about 9k or better on the average. That is a LOT better than 6k, on a good day.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 11:54 AM
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I was getting 7k, 8 if i wanted to push it. The i got the BB. That put an end to the 7-8k intervals. Now it looks like it will be 5k, 6 if I push it. Actually, i will be at 4k in 1000 miles and i'm not sure it will go past that ! I put a set of michelins on my car 30-40k ago and they are only about 50-60% gone, and they cost about the same as my front and rear plus mounting for the bird. In the time i've had them so far i would have spent lets see......(doing math).....about $2500 on tires for the bird, and thats with ME doing the removal and install, just mounting fees. Let them do it like I do with the car and we'd be looking at another $800-1000. yeah, hurry up Avon !
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-15-2011, 05:50 PM
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I have 8,900 on my original set of Metzlers. I like them, but I probably only have another 500-1,000 left on the rear. The front looks much better and will go another 1,500- 2,000 I think. I think if I can get 9,500 - 10,000 on that rear and around the same or more on the front, I plan on staying with the them.

Besides, if I just change the back one and wait to do the front later, I don't want any part of a mixed set of tires.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-16-2011, 06:44 AM
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I have just changed both my tyres and went with original equipment Metzelers. I had about 16000 kms (10000 miles) and thought this pretty good especially with the BB kit and other mods. I also changed front and rear pads as they were getting low.

I found that by running 40psi in the tyres it helps but think the Metzelers are a good choice.
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