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post #1 of 7 Old Aug 30th, 2005, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Question Wet Weather Tire Choices

Hi --

I'm new to the forum, but I have had my '01 4WD 5spd Pathfinder for about four years. It's a great little truck, and I really enjoy driving and owning it.

I'm down in rainy(!) Florida and my main concern is hydroplaning. I currently run Michelin 255 65 R16 LTX M/S tires, the stock Nissan sizing.

Consumer Reports gave very good ratings to the following tires on hydroplaning and wet braking:

- Pirelli Scorpion STR A
- Hankook DynaPro AS RH03

Does anyone out there have either of these tires? If so, do you like them?

Also, the Hankooks are only available in a 70 series. That means that the sidewall will be about 1/2" higher than on my current Michelins. Will I see a marked change in stability due to the higher sidewall? Any other concerns I should be thinking about?

Thanks much!

JG
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post #2 of 7 Old Aug 30th, 2005, 11:44 AM
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Hi --

I'm new to the forum, but I have had my '01 4WD 5spd Pathfinder for about four years. It's a great little truck, and I really enjoy driving and owning it.

I'm down in rainy(!) Florida and my main concern is hydroplaning. I currently run Michelin 255 65 R16 LTX M/S tires, the stock Nissan sizing.

Consumer Reports gave very good ratings to the following tires on hydroplaning and wet braking:

- Pirelli Scorpion STR A
- Hankook DynaPro AS RH03

Does anyone out there have either of these tires? If so, do you like them?

Also, the Hankooks are only available in a 70 series. That means that the sidewall will be about 1/2" higher than on my current Michelins. Will I see a marked change in stability due to the higher sidewall? Any other concerns I should be thinking about?

Thanks much!

I have a 97 se with the auto trans 220k and have yet to find a tire that doesnt make the truck ass end light and squirly in heavy rain or snow. 4wd does eliminate this behavior but one time it was too late on black ice. I will tell you the best wet or winter tire i have ever had on any car - dont know if they make one for the Path - is the Blizzak by Bridgestone. Something about the high silicon content in the rubber....

The best tire Ive had for the truck so far was a set of Michelin all season i got from tirerack.com

I would stay away from higher side walls personally. The Path is the most unstable vehicle ive ever had while in 2wd on wet or snow....I wouldnt do anything to worsen that. BTW 300lbs of sand or salt bags help if you live in Snowy areas.

Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part........
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Hey! I used to live in Edison! The Consumer Reports rating was not very positive regarding the Michelins, especially in wet weather performance.

I have somebody checking into the Pirelli's, and I'm hoping to get them.

Thanks to everyone for your advice.

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Hi --

I'm new to the forum, but I have had my '01 4WD 5spd Pathfinder for about four years. It's a great little truck, and I really enjoy driving and owning it.

I'm down in rainy(!) Florida and my main concern is hydroplaning. I currently run Michelin 255 65 R16 LTX M/S tires, the stock Nissan sizing.

Consumer Reports gave very good ratings to the following tires on hydroplaning and wet braking:

- Pirelli Scorpion STR A
- Hankook DynaPro AS RH03

Does anyone out there have either of these tires? If so, do you like them?

Also, the Hankooks are only available in a 70 series. That means that the sidewall will be about 1/2" higher than on my current Michelins. Will I see a marked change in stability due to the higher sidewall? Any other concerns I should be thinking about?

Thanks much!

You have to calculate the overall diameter of your wheel and tire and if it is within 3%, then it should be fine.

I thought Michelin makes the best tires, isn't it?
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... I thought Michelin makes the best tires, isn't it?
I'd say so. My experience with Michelins has been very good - I especially like the way they sing before breaking loose. They wear well and the only flat I ever had with them was from a big wood screw on the Ohio Turnpike (hardly the tires fault). I had the Michelin Cross Terrains on my '92, they were great on dry and wet surfaces, good in the snow, but rotten in the mud; just not enough bite so I'd recommend staying on the road with them. If I'd found a knobby enough Michelin, I'd have bought them instead of Yokohamas (which I am also happy with).
Two brands I have had bad experience with are Firestone and Uniroyal.

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yeah I've used the Cross Terrain's in the rain and they were superhuman

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