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I have a tire purchase due in my near future. I currently have 225/40/18 fronts & 265/35 /18 rears. Both carry N-1 ratings.

It seems Bridgestone So2's get good reviews and carry the all important N-1 rating.

The newer line of So-3s get mixed wear reviews and as of yet have of yet not been tested / approved by porsche for an "N" rating.

Mailorder companies like tire-rack are hit-and-miss about a offering complete set of matching Porsche N-rated tires.

Do I risk installing a full set of SO-3s (not yet N-rated approved)to get all matching sizes? Do I perhaps consider stepping up from a up 265 to N1-rated 275/35 rears to match new N-1 rated 225/40 fronts just to be consistent and keep N-rated SO2s on all 4 wheels? Do I dare mix N2 or N3 rated front 225s with older 265/35 N1s to maintain a 265 width for the rear?

Lots of options, but based on reviews, Bridgestone seems the way to go.

Are there other mail order options I should look into? At present, Tire rack seems to have the best deals going.

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You don't want to mix N rated tires, as the compounds are different and it can screw up your handling. In addition to Bridgestone you may also want to consider Pirelli and Michelin N-rated tires.

Karl

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I have Perilles on my Porsche now and I can't stand them. No offence but the tires can't handle the torque of the car. I am for ever spinning out on the rear. It's no fun coming off a red light light only to do a 180 making a left. Don't tell me I'm driving my car to hard either. I expect more from my Porsche than my Jaguar.

I'm in the process of getting 18 and 18.5 on the Porsche and gonna go with the Bridgestones S-03's. If this is a mistake , let me know now. What othe rtires would be better?

Thanks Guys just a Porsche driver. :drive:

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I have Perilles on my Porsche now and I can't stand them. No offence but the tires can't handle the torque of the car. I am for ever spinning out on the rear. It's no fun coming off a red light light only to do a 180 making a left. Don't tell me I'm driving my car to hard either. I expect more from my Porsche than my Jaguar.

I'm in the process of getting 18 and 18.5 on the Porsche and gonna go with the Bridgestones S-03's. If this is a mistake , let me know now. What othe rtires would be better?

Thanks Guys just a Porsche driver.  :drive:

The new HOT tire in town is the Michelin PilotSport 2, a N2 rated tire. :thumbup:

:cheers:

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Karl has right, don't mix N-rated tires with None-rated even if the profile is the same!

Michelin PilotSport (Y) has the same profile like the (ZR) N0 but a bit cheaper.

Latest tire review by ADAC in Germany, both Michelin (PS2) and Goodyear (GSD-3) were really recommended.

And I found out in the latest GTP magazine, GrandTurisimo(Porsche), that Goodyear GSD-3 tires are certified tires for Porsche :thumbup:

Considering the price for Goodyear tires comparison the other brands like Michelins and Pirellis, probably you will get value for the money.

cheers,

Tony

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I could not stand my Pirelli's either. I took them off my car with plenty of life left. They had to be the loudest tire I have ever owned. I will never buy them again. I switched to Yokohama's. These are great tires for the price- ES100's. I'm very happy with their performance and noise.

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the N sign state that a certain rubber mixure and the number could be a sign of Generation or Profile, special developed for Porsche cars for known to need combination of high speed (ZR >240km) and performance and cost usually then a little bit more

but now lots of brands developed and certified their tires to be able to handle up to 300km (Y).

so I don't really see the point getting tires with the sign N on it but then if something happends my insurance could actually say "Oops" and I don't get fully refound cause of the tires weren't certified by Porsche.

well well, there is a bit more tricky here in Germany, you have to have certification/paper for everything, bureaucratic bull....

cheers,

Tony

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I thought the N rating was a porsche specific thing? meaning thr tyres had been submitted to porsche for approval for fitment to their cars? With the number after the N being the number of sucessive generations/approvals given by porsche to that tyre....? or is my local tyre guy telling me lies?

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I thought the N rating was a porsche specific thing?  meaning thr tyres had been submitted to porsche for approval for fitment to their cars?  With the number after the N being the number of sucessive generations/approvals given by porsche to that tyre....?  or is my local tyre guy telling me lies?

Exactly.

:cheers:

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So would a N2, being a second generation, be considered better by Porsche?

In the western culture, newer is almost always better. Same holds for tyres.

For a specific tyre, e.g. like PilotSport, from the same manufacturer, Michelin, PilotSport2,N2 is better, bc it is an improved version of the original PilotSport, N1.

Another good example is the Continental SportContac tyre, the N2 is definitely better than N1. But the point is, the SportContact N2 is not necessary better than e.g. the PilotSport N1. or the P-Zero N4 is better than all the N1, N2, N3 rated tyres from other tyre makers.

:cheers:

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http://www3.porsche.com/english/usa/news/c...003/wechsel.htm

http://www3.porsche.com/english/usa/news/c...blackbeauty.htm

http://www3.porsche.com/english/usa/news/c...regenmacher.htm

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/general/porsche.html

Guess you can say the N rating means nothing to me. ;) When the car is 20 years old you are not going to find them anyway. And you do not find it on track tires.

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