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    Car tires and tropic climate

    I find it strange that I can drive 70-80000 Km with the same set of tires while back in Norway I was lucky to get 10-15000 Km out of them.
    Is it the sun that makes the tires harder or is it simply better quality?? The grip might not be the best in the world, but still good enough.

    Maybe the roads are rougher in Norway, but it shouldn't be that much of a difference..................And then, back to the relationship threads 555

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    I would expect far more than 10 - 15k kms out of a set of tyres if they were not super sticky toyos or other soft compound race rubber.

    I got about 40k kms out of my last set of budget but good enough maxxis brand.. Ball park what I expected.

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    Had toyos on an Audi S4 in norway and only got 8K kms out of them.........was a fun car tho....300 HP.
    My VW now have done 70k kms on some bf goodrich tires......and I can at least get another 10-15 out of them.

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    OK, make sense. Guess it's the heat then......And I guess the road surface is better than in Norway. (Even Thailand got way better roads than us).
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    Average I've got out my tyres on my Civic is around 20k KM, Bridgestone Turanza about 3600 baht per tyre

    This is in line with my experience of cars and high performance tyres in the UK

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geespot View Post
    Average I've got out my tyres on my Civic is around 20k KM, Bridgestone Turanza about 3600 baht per tyre

    This is in line with my experience of cars and high performance tyres in the UK
    That's strange, is your tires close to slicks by then??

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    Quote Originally Posted by geir View Post
    That's strange, is your tires close to slicks by then??
    Yes not far off it. I'm on my 6th set of tyres, the front wear a lot quicker than the rears so need rotated

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    when i had my business in AUS I used to have my cars on 3 year leases.....on average I'd say I did about 50K kilometres per car....never changed a set of tyres on any of them

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    My Vigo has done just over 60K. I replaced the front tyres at 58K but the rears still have a fair bit of meat on them though they are starting to crack between the tread pattern so I think I will stick new ones on soon. Bridgestone Duellers, 5K a tyre, not the stickiest but a good balance between performance and wear.

    Not sure why tyres should last longer here only that maybe the friction of the road surface may be higher in Western countries, better quality tarmac ???
    Last edited by soupdragon; 1st May 2013 at 18:43.

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    Reckon it must be inferior quality.......my Continental's are on 78 000 and still look good to go for another 30 000 at least.

    What was the brand in Norway?

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    The Toyos only last me 8k kms on a fast car.......otherwise I've tried most types of tires as I've had more than 50 cars in my life. Might be the rough roads that kills the tires in Norway. I never got more than 15k kms out of summer tires back there......winter tires last longer as we are driving on snow and ice most of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post
    Reckon it must be inferior quality.......my Continental's are on 78 000 and still look good to go for another 30 000 at least.

    What was the brand in Norway?
    We are talking Geir, Audi S4, 300 hp, I'm surprised they lasted two weeks......

    Generally tires for the Nordic countries have a lot softer rubber mix, try running Thai tires on a light frosting of ice one autumn morning, you could probably use the same set on eight or nine cars.......

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    Yeah but there's a whole bunch more meat on pickup tyres I would assume ??

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    I have managed to get 80,000 miles (120,000+ km) out of a set of rear tires (FWD car)

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    maybe the roads are softer due to melting/softer tar from the intense heat?

    my pickup has done 110k k`s on the original set of dunlop light truck tyres so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post
    Reckon it must be inferior quality.......my Continental's are on 78 000 and still look good to go for another 30 000 at least.

    What was the brand in Norway?
    i don't know shit about cars/tires but i had Continentals on my BMW and they were very nice

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    Used to get <5000 miles out of a pair of Toyo T1-Rs on the front, soft very grippy tyre, shit in the rain though.

    I would of thought the heat of LOS would perish rubber quicker.

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