This is the second set of tires I've put on the car, no problem previously with the AD07, problem with new 25 inch tire. I also have a second set of rims with Kumho ECSTA V710s and they have no problem as they are normal sized tires.
I'm cross posting this from the Roadster 2.5 tire tread thread which I've been discussing this issue on as well since I think tire issues are pretty similar between the Roadster versions:
I put Michelin Pilot Super Sports on the rear a while back, so I figure it's time to give an update. Please see my previous posts in this thread regarding traction control so you'll understand what I have to say next. I'm still running the original Yokos on the front, so the rear tires are .1" larger than they should be. I ran the calculations to determine what amount of tread wear would be required to get to the point where the rear tire size was what the Roadster expected (again, read up on my previous posts regarding TC). According to my calculations, that point would be 20% tread wear. So I've been watching for the startup TC issue to go away, because it will be a decent indicator of 20% tread wear. So far I've put about 4500 miles on these tires and the startup TC issue is still present, but just marginally. So I am confident that I'm just starting to get closer to the 20% wear point. At this rate, I'm estimating these tires may last as long as 25,000 miles (5X the point where the TC issue totally disappears).
Overall I continue to be pleased with these tires. They are sticky enough to launch without TC in most reasonably flat dry pavement situations. I would NOT be willing to give that up! Where I notice the biggest difference is in cornering. The AD07s and AD08s rarely broke loose and even when they did, they didn't really squeal and tended to grab again fairly quickly. The Michelins will squeal on fairly aggressive cornering and definitely break out much sooner than the Yokos. Fortunately, after putting over 13K miles on the Roadster, my juvenile desires to push corners really hard have faded and I've settled down into a more reasonable driving manner. I still do full on launches regularly, but I just don't try to nail the corners... especially now that I'm not running the Yokos. I don't track the car, so I feel very comfortable with the new limits I have on cornering. It's a small sacrifice for not having to replace the rear tires every 6-7K miles and in the end, I may actually be safer than before. Now I know fairly well where the cornering limit is. With the Yokos, I tended to be way overconfident because it took so much to break them loose.
Then after posting this, I actually measured my tire tread and posted the following revised update:
Ok, I don't have a gauge yet but I did take a quick measurement of the tread depth which I think is about as accurate as I can get without having a gauge in hand at the moment. It turns out I'm at about the 50% point rather than the 20% wear point which I had hoped. I also checked my actual miles on these tires and it's 4,600 miles (I was only off by 100 miles).
So I would like to officially restate my estimate for the Michelin Pilot Super Sports to be around 9,200 miles. I'm sure I'll run them down until all wear bands are hit all the way across, so I'm now estimating I may be able to get somewhere around 10K miles. The warranty will help in that regard, so I'm still pleases with the tires overall.
Now.... Anyone have any theories on why I still have a slight startup (first few minutes of drive) TC issue??? The tires were supposed to be just .1" larger in diameter than the stock tires. With 1/4" of wear so far, the tires now have 1/2" trimmed off the original diameter. So these tires (in theory) are now 24.5" diameter vs the stock tires which start out at 24.9". Yet I still see a slight startup TC issue. Hmmmm.....
Thanks for the writeup! I've got 8,500 miles on my Rear AD07's and just getting ready to hit the wear band on the right rear tire. Contemplating about the AD08 vs. the Michelin Sports. Good to know about that stickiness on corners, makes sense since the wear is longer on the Sports. I think I'll be running the AD08's next, my commute is through twisty turns that go up and down a mountain where an accident can appear at any last second. One thing I know is that I feel the Tesla has the majority of its weigh in the back, once that back end breaks free its very difficult to return it. Similar issues with the Porsche 911 design, its like giant pendulum when the weight is focused in the back. I may move to the Sports after I wear the fronts out and do a full swap. I don't want my front to be sticky and my back to be less sticky. Would rather match the tires in terms of traction and have the front plow when I know I'm pushing it too hard.
Possibly someone can chime in on their experience when the backend has broken free.... if its recoverable and also how far it got away.
I also hope your TC blues go away!
I've spun my Roadster 2.0 a couple of times in autocross. Yeah, it can happen very quickly, and once it goes you're just along for the rides - get on the brakes!
Last year I was running Toyo T1Rs (not quite as sticky as AD07), TC off, and sway bars loose front, middle rear. Here's a newbie mistake caused by snap oversteer. I got distracted and momentarily lifted in a fast corner. Just for fun here's the video:
More recently I've been running A048's for autocross, and I've yet to spin it. Part of that might be that I'm more experienced, but the A048's are kick-ass. They just don't last very long.
For the street I run AD07 front and AD08 rear. The AD08 characteristics are very similar in to the AD07's so I don't think there is any greater risk of breaking the rear loose. Certainly if you've got the TC on then I wouldn't be concerned at all.
As it happens I've got Michelin Pilot Super Sports on my Infiniti. They're not quite as sticky as AD07 but pretty darn good, and are quite good in the rain. I haven't tried them on the Roadster but can give a general thumbs up based on their performance on my Infiniti. That said, I think AD07/AD08 is a great combination for the street, and I bet they'd work just as well on a 1.5.
Thanks Doug! Very helpful insight on the tires as well as the video. Great visualization seeing that backend break free, and like you said you're there just for the ride! Looks like lots of fun doing the autocross, a true way to test and see what your car can do!
Just put the MPSS on my rears (now 300 miles). Great price. So far it takes about 12 miles before the car learns them and the TC and regen return. Not happy about using the brakes to slow during a largely downhill 10 mile trip. I look forward to honing in on the "miles traveled" to wear point that everything is normal.
Can't Tesla widen the tire diameter tolerances on the car's software? Or add a learning feature like the 2.0'shave?
The world loves to be deceived.
Here's a thought on the rear tire diameter issue. If the tire diameter is too large, how about just lowering the pressure? Seems like that would reduce the effective diameter? And since the problem seems not to extist during acceleration, perhaps that is due to the car squating which should again reduce the rear tire diameter?
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