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Offline CampoTurismo68

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Wheels and Tyres on Turismo
« on: October 18, 2021, 08:01:04 pm »
Was out on the country lanes today and suddenly there was a horrible noise coming from under the car. When I got home thought I've driven over something and it sounded like from the passenger rear wheelarch area. Went to get the jack in the full knowledge there is no spare but weirdly thought there may still be a jack! Anyway it was a small branch stuck under the car and I easily got it out. Although had the car since June never really thought about not having a jack so how do I lift up the car to maybe swap the wheels around....buy a jack?

On the subject of tyres, I've seen a recommendation for Michelin Pilots over the PZeros, has anyone tried other decent brands succesfully? As the roads around here mitigate against enthusiastic driving, I wondered if  there was another better tyre than the PZeros which sadly tramline like crazy?

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    Offline mj2k

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    Re: Wheels and Tyres on Turismo
    « Reply #1 on: October 18, 2021, 09:05:28 pm »
    Pilot Sport 4s are pretty much the 'go to' choice for larger performance cars at the moment, but if you can get Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetrics in the right size they're a good tyre too.

    I loved Hancook Ventus V12 Evos on a Pug 306 - cost effective, seem to suit smaller cars well, great tyres in the wet (which is useful in the UK) and in the dry were usually 3rd after the PS4s and Eagles, but that was a few years back so they might have fallen out of the 'top 10' by now.

    Offline biker55

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    Re: Wheels and Tyres on Turismo
    « Reply #2 on: October 19, 2021, 03:34:10 pm »
    look on page 2 on this site. Pirelli tramlining. comments seem to favour Michelin tyres. Why do Abarth put Pirellis on ??

    Offline Richard H

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    Re: Wheels and Tyres on Turismo
    « Reply #3 on: October 19, 2021, 06:26:45 pm »
    Comps used to be fitted with Michelins, don't know if they are now.

    Our Series 3 Tricoloure had Michelins, made it even better than the Pirelli shod other Abarths we had.

    Its worth fitting Michelins, they're more expensive, but last longer

    Offline CampoTurismo68

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    Re: Wheels and Tyres on Turismo
    « Reply #4 on: October 19, 2021, 06:38:23 pm »
    Thanks for the feedback, will bite the bullet for the Michelins then.No one else miss having a jack?

    Offline 124Abarthreplica

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    Re: Wheels and Tyres on Turismo
    « Reply #5 on: October 19, 2021, 07:10:51 pm »
    Thanks for the feedback, will bite the bullet for the Michelins then.No one else miss having a jack?

    Using the 'search' option would have found you

    https://www.abarthforum.co.uk/diyhow-to-section/abarth-500595-spacesaver-wheel-the-complete-solution-updated/

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    Offline mj2k

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    Re: Wheels and Tyres on Turismo
    « Reply #6 on: October 19, 2021, 07:28:24 pm »
    Thanks for the feedback, will bite the bullet for the Michelins then.No one else miss having a jack?

    Using the 'search' option would have found you

    https://www.abarthforum.co.uk/diyhow-to-section/abarth-500595-spacesaver-wheel-the-complete-solution-updated/

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    Time to start hunting those scrapyards then  :thumb:

    Sure I read somewhere about somebody having a subwoofer in the spare wheel well, but not sure if that's normal or not since I don't have an Abarth (quite) yet ;)

    Offline android_808

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    Re: Wheels and Tyres on Turismo
    « Reply #7 on: October 20, 2021, 04:24:47 pm »
    All 3 of my Abarths have come with Michelins, even if it had P-Zero on the spec sheet.  I think the original '09 Esseesse had some Pilot Exalto PE2 from new or something like that, but was listed in the Esseesse brochure as coming with PZero Neros.  I think the 180 Comp had a set of Pilot Sport 3 and the 70th Esseesse I think might be the same or PS4.  The reason I'm a bit rusty on what was/is on each is I haven't had to care until I go to get a replacement.  I've had no issues with any of them.

    This may vary depending on the wheel design, but one thing I do make sure I mention anytime I book it in to have tyres changed is to fit shorter valves.  I had to take the original Esseesse somewhere different for an emergency puncture repair.  They done the job but fitted valves that were longer than those from factory.  The Esseesse pack came with a basic tyre pressure monitoring system where the top of the dust cap changed colour, either red or white, to indicate if there was an issue.  Real PIA to get working correctly, had to be taken on/off with a special tool and then I found you had to push the cap down and then twist it back a little to get the indicator to stay on correctly or it would just straight away pop to the wrong colour.  With these caps and the length of the valve fitted, the tip of the dust cap protruded quite a way past the edge of the wheel, to the point you could catch it on a curb.  Took the car to the place I usually use and they swapped them for me.  Also had to make the same request when getting the a tyre for the Formula rims on the 180 Comp.

    Regaring the sub/wheel well (UK spec):
    The optional Beats speaker upgrade has a sub in the wheel well in the boot.  Came along with S4 transition from memory.

    S1&3 have the sub under the drivers seat if specced with the optional Interscope speaker upgrade.  There are at least two versions of that one from what I remember.  One is shorter height wise compared to the other, used when Sabelts are specced as there's less room to fit it under the seat.