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With the tires on the Z51 being so soft, I'm wondering if anyone has an opinion of what make and style tire you would suggest.
 

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I moved from 18/20 to z51 sized 19/20

Moved to Nitto Invo's- not a run flat - very happy, much quieter and priced nicely.
I think you mean 18/19's ;)


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With the tires on the Z51 being so soft, I'm wondering if anyone has an opinion of what make and style tire you would suggest.
Actually the Michelin's that come with the car have a remarkable life expectancy considering their capabilities and you would be foolish to replace them before they wear out unless you need all seasons for your climate. Understand too that any other tire that isn't in the same class will reduce the cars performance. If that's ok then simply search tirerack.com for your tire sizes and make your decision on what you can afford.


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with normal use...day to day..what is your opinion on how many miles the standard factory tires will last, mileage wise ???
Base model, guessing 25k or more.
 

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Base model, guessing 25k or more.
25k would be nice, but of course heavily dependent on the driver - I'm happy with the low wear I have (now approaching 5k), and I may be able to get 15k (if I stop spinning the tires so much).
 

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I was told 20k by Michelin for the z51. We'll see.
 

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The pilot super sports are great tires that is why with my new wider tire set up I am also getting PSS. Heard a lot of good things about the Invos as well.
 

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I cannot believe how soft these stock tires are. I thought I ran over a nail as I a saw a large flat object stuck in the tire... went to remove it and it was a rock about 1/4inch in diameter (like a piece of gravel) that was inserted into the rubber in the middle of solid rubber area. started to check the rest of my tires and there were several rocks embedded into the tire. flush mounted into solid rubber. CRAZY!
when I removed the rocks, they left small craters in the tires
 

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Yeah they are soft, I took all four tires off the car last week to detail the wheels and with 2000 miles in the car I see a lot of wear on the back tires. Not so much outside tread but the very middle of the tire. I don't track or race the car. I have tested the 0-60 timer about 10 times that's about it. Doubt I will get 20k. We shall see .....
 

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When my Z51 arrives, hopefully in mid November, I plan on putting on a set of aftermarket forged wheels, with some ultra high performance all season tires. Planning on going with the Continental ExtremeContact DWS tire. At Tirerack, they have a fairly good snow rating for an all season, which is good if I get caught in an unexpected snow flurry and have to make it back up my hill. The UTQG is 540 A A Jaguar uses them.
 
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Yeah they are soft, I took all four tires off the car last week to detail the wheels and with 2000 miles in the car I see a lot of wear on the back tires. Not so much outside tread but the very middle of the tire. I don't track or race the car. I have tested the 0-60 timer about 10 times that's about it. Doubt I will get 20k. We shall see .....
If you are getting excess wear only in the center, try lowering you tire pressure 1-2 psi. That may even out your tire wear. I used to run my C5 with 30 psi front and 29 rear for this reason.
 

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When my Z51 arrives, hopefully in mid November, I plan on putting on a set of aftermarket forged wheels, with some ultra high performance all season tires. Planning on going with the Continental ExtremeContact DWS tire. At Tirerack, they have a fairly good snow rating for an all season, which is good if I get caught in an unexpected snow flurry and have to make it back up my hill. The UTQG is 540 A A Jaguar uses them.
I'm running the Conti DWS on a Lexus IS-250. I don't recommend it for the C7. Try to test drive a car having those tires. My driving experience with these tire are that they have a very flexible side wall. It feels like the car is rolling off the wheel when going around a turn. The grip is fine and the car handles the turn. It's just the driving feel that takes some of the joy away. I'm thinking of going with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 or the Nitto's.
 

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What is the tire size on the IS-250?
 

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Lexus IS-250 front 225/40ZR18, rear 255/40ZR18. The change in tire/road feel was immediate. I thought I was going to spin off the road the first time I drove a Freeway entry curve with these tires. However, the grip is fine and it is just the very flexible sidewall that gives this sensation. There is very little tire noise, it gives a soft ride, and rain traction is fine. I only drove twice in cold weather (around 20F) with a light dusting of snow on the road in Lake Tahoe. The car handled OK. However, I have never been able to get use to the feel of the car swaying when entering a turn and I will not buy these tires again. I originally chose them because of the excellent reviews on Tire Rack. Try to test drive a car using these tire before purchasing them. Perhaps they are OEM on some new car that you can test drive at a dealership.
 
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