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Is this tyre is directional?
They are Directional tyres, their construction have a tread designed to rotate in only one direction and can't be mounted in any other way. They are also called "unidirectional" tyres. Directional tyres will have an arrow with the word "rotation" on the sidewall (which these have) showing the proper rotation direction. The function of directional tyres is that they have lateral grooves in the tread that form a V-shaped tread pattern. The tread design is intended to channel water from the center of the tyre outward as the tyre rotates. That is about what directional tyres are and they can be rotated!
hey guys.. i am planning to change tyres on my camry 215/65/16. i m confused whether should i go for michelin xm2 or primacy lc? i m getting 4set of xm2, $55 cheaper than LC. Any suggestions?
Hi there I'm after some advice, ill soon have to change the tyres on my 2012 mitsubushi lancer LX, its still got the standard yokohama's that came on it. Im torn between Yokohama AE50 ($159 pet tyre), Michelin XM2 ($125), or a sale i found for goodyear assurance fuel max ($99)
I have read individual reviews, but i still just am not sure where to go here. the yoko's i currently have, have seemed great? all 4 tyres in good condition and served me well yet I'm a single mother so if its not absolutely necessary to pay that much thats great HOWEVER if I'm loosing safety in my car for price Id go more expensive
any help greatly appreciated
Hey there, I'm no tyre expert but my Michelin MX2 tyres got a good 65000km on them before eventually needing a change from wear. I drove from Hawkesbury, to Wollongong and to the city. I've been on various stretches of road as you can imagine if you've ever drive to any of those locations. Handled great in the rain and not much cabin noise. I noticed his instantly after I got Pirelli tyres. Loud and one busted after less then 10km. Not happy. I bought them because the place I went to had a sale on and the sales guy recommended. I'll never stray from what I'm happy with next time.
You can read the reviews for the tyres on sale but personally it's just a hassle. I'd rather pay that little bit extra to know that I don't have to back and change tyres so soon. That in itself is the better saving. Michelin all the way from now on. But call around because some places will try and rip you off. Tyres plus in Campbelltown had the best price for me. I can't remember exactly but much less then the other places. The price you have sounds great so I would go with; just check if that also includes an alignment and balance.
Hope that helps :)
The XM2 are amazing for the price. If you drive aggressively they do break traction when pushed but in a predictable fashion that is easy to correct. A tiny bit louder compared with some others but given the price vs performance you won't go wrong.
hey guys sorry about the delayed response! i appreciate both your help and comments!
i ended up going with the Yokohama AE-01 or something like that, a step below the AE50's- made this decision based on the km i do every year and price. they have been great so far and just did our first big trip on them interstate and so far, can't fault them
i appreciate all your advice
Hey guys - I'm currently running worn out and "illegal" tyres according to Toyota - Factory Bridgestone Ecopia EP25s - they've only lasted 40,000kms and are exactly $201 each to replace plus a $70-odd fitment feed so obviously $870+ for 4 tyres on a Yaris is simply a bad joke as these tyres are not even 2 years old yet.
I'm caught between going for Yokohama's Bluearth AE01's and Michelins Energy EM2s.
How many kms have you guys gotten out of Michelin's Energy EM2s and what kind of vehicle are they fitted to? Ps don't reply if you're running the old XM1's as these are a completely different defunct tyre (I've noticed some people reviewing discontinued tyres on here! lol)
Go for the Michelins. I had XM2s fitted to my V6 Camry and got 55,000. I also had them fitted to my Subaru Liberty and got 75,000 out of them and never rotated with the spare. They still performed well to the end whereas got 35,000 out of Yokies (Camry) and 42,000 out of Bridgestone RE92's (twice) before discovering Michelin. Currently running Conti's because they had a cheap 4 for 3 deal and regretting it. They are crap compared to Michelin. Soft side walls and feel worse than the Michelins with 50K on them
40000KM for small car pretty good. because small tyres rolling more per same KM when you compare with big tyres.
Thanks for replies guys.
Went with Yokohama Bluearth AE01s instead as they were $70 cheaper per tyre and scored better in wet braking, wet cornering & 10% better fuel efficiency than the Michelin XM2's. Can happily confirm i got 45,000kms out of the front tyres on a front-wheel-drive vehicle without a single tyre rotation! So I expect to get over 60,000 kms out of all the Bluearths with rotations and balancing every 10,000kms.
Can I use a 5-tyre rotation if I rotate them every 10,000 kms ?
The simple answer is yes. Ive been an advocate of five tyre rotation for most of my driving life because I never end up with a spare tyre thats passed its safe use by age. There is an opinion however that we should treat all tyres as though they are "diectional" thus giving us a quieter ride. Personally I'll stick to five tyre rotation but with closer intervals eg 5000km. I find it hard to make a decisio whenever im due for new tyres because there are so many good tyres on the market. Im running Pirelli P1's on my Aurion at the moment and except for a slightly harder ride im very happy with them, especially in the wet but next time I think ill be returning to the Michelins just for the extra comfort.
I Purchased set of 4 michilin xm2 175R13 tyres for my maruti eeco 5 seater A/C. I have completed 35000 km with it. Now my right side front tyre is slightly worn from inside and my wheel alignment guy is telling me to flip the tyre side inside out and shift the tyres from front to back.I want to ask u is that it is clearly written on the tyre side wall OUTSIDE . It is possible to to flip the tyre inside out, or it will damage the tyre more
pls help me
It is better you 'do not' flip the tyres inside out, this will cause a slight imbalance when that tyre turns - especially at 100km!
Your best bet is to replace the 2 back tyres you have on now, with 2 new XM2's .
You can even just replace the 1 worn tyre at the back, with 1 brand new XM2.
This way, all 4 tyres will roughly have the same 'tread shape/wear' to them, apart from the new(though the new tyre has the same tread shape, but more tread.
Your car will feel alot better on the road, by replacing the 1 worn tyre, with a brand new XM2 tyre.
I purchaced set of 4 michilin energy xm2 175/r13 tyres for my maruti eeco 5 seater AC. Now one of the front right side tyre is worn from inside .My wheel alignment guy is telling me to shift the tyres from front to back and also flip the tyres inside out and out side in . I want to ask u is that possible because it is clearly writen on the tyre [outside] This fliping will damage the tyre more.Pls help
You never ever flip these unidirectional tyres ever, they will be dangerous if you do as the tread will run differently on one tyre to another at each corner. I would most certainly shift the front to the back and the back to the front but with the same tyres of each side only because this has to be done as a standard service procedure on most cars with tyres (I swapped the back with the fronts after 25,000kms) so that you get even wear. But to me your problem with the "front right side tyre is worn from inside" seems to me like it is a wheel alignment problem and/or a suspension problem in the right front end or both ends, could be shocks, springs, bushings or anything and any part of some bolts that might be lose, have that checked because your Maruti Suzuki Eeco 5 Seater AC is a rear wheel drive and those are the problems that you get with RWD cars if a tyre is wearing from the inside out.
I have a 2005 peugeot 307 hdi xs youring wagon. I have to replace the 2 front tyres - they are making a humming noise....
Any suggestions as to what is the best tyre for my car?
I am very happy with the Michelin XM2's. I also think any of the Bridgestones would be good as well.
Hope this helps.
Q1: prices for XM2 and Perilli er tyre?
Q2: difference between XM2 vs Perilli 195:60:15?
Q3: performance, roadholding & durability?
You'd need to check with your local tyre dealer on price, but when I had mine fitted they were about the same price as the Pirellis. Smoother ride for me on XM2 and quieter, performance and roadholding no difference noticed, just as good. Durability - they are still going strong after 30k on FWD car. Still good tread on fronts, rears have heaps as expected.
Good quiet riding tyre but found aquaplaining on very wet roads. I have a Ford FG Falcon with 16inch
rims. Has anyone else had same problem? thanks Len.
These are not a performance tyre, the Energy XM2 are an all round economy hard wearing tyre that are designed for a front wheel drive car that yours isn't, I've had these tyres on my Citroen C4 for 51,000km and I did experience hydroplaning in torrential and very heavy rain where the road had 2-3 cm water cover on it, I've never had hydroplaning problems on normal wet roads and that is even at reasonable high speeds. Just remember that these tyres are not made as a performance sports/wet tyre, if you want that then you would have to go for the Michelin Pilot Sports, Primacy HP. or the Pilot Super Sport which will give you that sports/wet high performance grip that you might want for your Ford FG Falcon.
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