Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Re: What tires should I get for my Z06?
I have been buying tires for many years. I have purchased tires using the SAE (e.g., 6.70/15)' US (F70x14), and metric (295/75R-16). I have bought wide and narrow white walls, red letter, and blackwall tires. I have raced on Good Year and Hoosier tires. With all of this purchasing and usage experience, I STILL have questions along with testimonials and opinions.
I have had more good fortune than bad. Blowouts seem to have avoided me since the long ago switch from bias ply to radial ply tire design. I have never had a wreck caused by a failed tire. Although I regard some tires as better than others, I have never removed a tire from a vehicle simply because of its branding.
The bad: I would not hang a Firestone/Bridgestone tire from a tree limb. I think more highly of my family's safety. IMHO, Bridgestones are the roughest riding tire I have ever encountered and are horrible in the wet. My only experience with Falken was that, although a decent tire, they seemed to wear rather quickly.
Both my truck and my wife's '04 Coupe wear Michelins. My Z oh six uses Goodrich's on the street and are a good street tire. I cannot attest to their ability on the track. They are noisy but less so than F1's and quite good in the wet. (NOTE: Goodrich is a wholly owned subsidiary of Michelin.). For either track or autocross use, I am a devoted fan of Hoosier Race Tire and maintain both A6 and R6 compounds.
I cannot (and will not) state that my tire choices are the best tires in the world. That would imply that Pirelli is not a good tire and, despite my lack of first hand knowledge, I know they are very good tires. My tire choices have not failed me and I believe they are quality tires and competitively priced.