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Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y XL (Extra Load)

Why
We all need tyres, and often we underestimate just how important these 4 small patches are.
I have ran these for 13k miles and Im just about to replace like for like , so I reckon a review was in order.  :smiley:

Considerations for tyres are varied but generally follow these lines :

1. Cost
2. Grip levels wet/dry  (which translates to stopping distance and safety!)
3. Availability
4. Brand name 'status'
5. Tread Wear Rate
6. Noise levels
7. Alloy lip protection
8. Speed rating
9. Quality
10. Progressive breakaway

These are all differently 'weighted' by all of us, for me I'm not a rich man, but for me grip (especially wet) ,breakway progression, quality and wear rate are my primary considerations. For each and every person on here I'm sure its different.

I will not discuss 'remoulds' here , but suffice to say I would hope no one on this forum is running them on a GTI, they are wholly inadequate for the car, probably don't have a sufficient speed rating and verge on the downright dangerous.......

Volkswagen fitted various makes of OE tyres to GTI's. some good some bad but all very different !
Michelin
Pirelli
Continental

My car (Edition 30) came from the factory fitted with 4 Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2's in 225/40/18 size.
Whilst not a 'bad tyre' the car suffered what I consider to be inappropriate levels of understeer.....

Due to certain circumstances the front tyres were damaged at  12k miles (even though they were barely worn at that mileage!), and replaced with Pilot Sport PS2's
At the same time the car was remapped to ~300bhp and the WALKit fitted.
The steering 'feel' , turn in and stability was transformed. I could attack corners with much more confidence.

These Pilot Sport PS2's have now lasted 13k miles (car now at 25k miles) and are now at the legal limit and are due to be replaced.

The rear original OE supplied exaltos are barely 50% worn after 25k miles !!

After much deliberation and discussion on the forum I narrowed it down to 2 choices based on my previous history with various makes and extensive web surfing.

1. Michelin Pilot Sport PS2            (a known quantity)
2. Goodyear Eagle F1 Assymetric (unknown for the GTI but won reviews and I have had VERY good experiences with GSD3 pattern F1's on previous cars)

In the end I bought option 1 which I'll explain why in the summary......
(To be fair I reckon you cant go wrong with either  :happy2:)

Heres some useful data

>> Golf GTI tyres reviewed
>> Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 data
>> Goodyear Eagle F1 Assymetric data
>> 2009 Test : Pirelli PZero wins !
>> Benchmark EVO tyre test 2007

Actual tyre specification (from >> here << )

Michelin® Pilot® Sport PS2™
Tire Size: 225/40ZR18/XL (MSPN: 93617)
Service Description 92Y
Model Number (MSPN) 93617
Tire Size 225/40ZR18/XL
Type of Tire Ultra-High Performance Sport
Rim Width Range 7.5" - 9"
Section Width on Measuring Rim Width 9.2" on 8"
Aspect Ratio 40
Overall Diameter 25.1"
Tread Depth 9.5/32"
Tire Revolutions per Mile 829 at 45mph
Speed Ratings Y
Load Index 92
Maximum Load 1389lbs.@50 psi
Treadwear Grade 220
Traction Grade AA
Temperature Grade A

heres a pic of new vs on the treadwear indicators (my car 2 weeks ago)




Sourcing

This time I have chosen to use a mobile fitting service called Event Tyres
Order the tyres online , select a date , they then phone you back (very quickly) and confirm the time/date etc.
No money is required until they are fitted.
So far the experience has been top notch.
Just make sure you order the CORRECT tyres  :signLOL:

(you dont want MO type , you do want XL rating)

I got a £10 voucher code from http://twitter.com/event_tyres as well.

(Of note I also referenced
http://www.camskill.co.uk/products.php?plid=m4b0s134p11466 which are generally cheapest at £128 each)

From event tyres it was £290 for 2 incl fitting (- £10) voucher = £280
Not the cheapest but suits me.

(Costco also do tyre deals which is definitely worth checking as they are much cheaper... eh SteveP  :P)


Fitting

Fitted today , phone call at 8.30 am to say it would be around 11am  :happy2:
Adam arrived 11:15  :surprised:
Very friendly top notch service. Huge van and air jack , viola all done (balanced weights stick on and only on inside  :happy2:) in 20 minutes! alloys confirmed prior to work so no disputes after . No marks made at all.
Absolutely faultless.
Event come highly recommended based on this experience.
10/10

funnily enough the TPS warning came on after a few miles because the rolling radius has changed so much.
The new tyre tread depth is huge.

Other options to consider

Goodyear Eagle F1 Assymetric
Pirelli PZero
Yokohama parada 2
Continental Sport Contact

Read the reviews , check the forums (for the exact tyre size you plan to fit) and decide yourself

Plus Points

hot weather : good strong grip , nice feel , progressive breakaway, easily recoverable, nice turn in feedback. no impression of weak sidewalls at all
cold weather :  as above + good stability , never once aquaplaned.

100% tread  : no 'bedding in' phase required , great from mile 0
50% tread    : still performing great, no change in wet or dry from 100% tread

10% tread (legal limit) : amazing for a nearly bald tyre! still manage to shift some water, in general driving seem normal, however once the (lower) limit is reached the progression is swift  into terminal understeer. To be fair I have taken these tyres way past the point of tread depth where I would normally change. But they perform so well.

limited road noise, probably got slightly worse once past 75% worn (25% remaining)

on the track : not tested so I cant comment in this scenario. Reckon they should perform well as long as they dont overheat and tyre pressures are kept stable
up the drag strip : rubbish driver on a cold day = poor results lol, not the tyres fault  :wink:

Minus Points
The biggest minus by far with these is the COST , at least 10% (often more) expensive than Goodyears.
not a big rim protector either

Summary

I chose these again because based on the mileage (13k) , the fact theres no scrubbing in mileage (500 miles for the F1's) , no massive reduction in performance at the legal tread depth (that F1's do tend to have) , these factors balance out the increased cost.
I just couldnt risk putting Goodyears on. Maybe next time I will, but for now nope...

As with all tyres , check and experiment with your tyre pressures , it can and does make a huge difference

As a rough guesstimate the tyres have worn 8mm (9.5mm - 1.5mm) in 13,000 miles = 0.6 mm per 1,000 miles wear rate
At a cost of £145 , they have cost just over 1p per mile (per tyre)

Exaltos are a good compromise if cost/wear rate comes above outright grip as a priority.

Choose you tyres carefully but check out the reviews and see how much the stopping distances vary between tyres!
They may just save your live one day , where a few extra horsepower from that air filter etc wont. dont scrimp  :drinking:

In summary I highly recommend these for the Golf GTI  :happy2:


Additional info

I did ask on the forum about changing the OE size but keeping the same rim.
>>  forum discussion about diff tyres <<
TT fitted 235/40 ZR18 to his GTI  :happy2:
In the end I didnt want a mismatch size f/r , but if I was changing all 4 I may have done ...

[Edit October 2010 :
The second front pair have now worn down and have been replaced for the MOT today.
This time around the front PS2's have done 19,000 miles  :surprised: , an incredible mileage beating the last sets mileage (13,000 miles) by a significant margin. I can only surmise that a less peaky remap (APR stg1 newer version file) + knackered engine mounts + a slowing ageing driver  :laugh: have contributed to a 50% improvement in mileage. (dont forget I also did a wet Oulton park in Dec 2009!)
These tyres are nothing short of superb wet and dry, and once again have proved consistent performance right up to the legal limit (1.6mm)  :surprised:
I did get a bulge in one tyre towards the end from a large pothole, but Im not sure any tyre would have withstood the impact so well.
A truly superb tyre that works well, if not a little pricey (and get more expensive by the minute!)

the story does however end there, as I have now decided to try something new, 4 new PS3's were fitted as the PS2/Exalto combos replacements.
review of PS3's to follow in a different thread
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Re: Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y Extra Load : Review
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2009, 10:20:07 PM »
thats a great review johno! I thought i was set with my Goodyear eagle F1s and Conti Sport contact 3s. Now you've just throw me into a quandry! haha!

great read! ;)

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Re: Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y Extra Load : Review
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2009, 10:31:36 PM »
I agree they were a fantastic tyre i had them and loved them, i however got a lot less mileage out of them than you did. i changed them after about 9K, although there was some serious track time in there.

I then went to vredestein ultrac sessantas which were absolutley outstanding at everything and way way cheaper. i then had a blowout on my front tyres and a nail in the other, so i swapped them for toyo proxes T1R which were horrendous for the first 500 miles and then not in the same league as the michelins and vredestein.

Had it not been for the price of the michelins, i would have undoubtably gone for them again. fantastic tyre.

have you thought of maybe putting 235 tyres on instead or 225s if thats possible

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Re: Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y Extra Load : Review
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2009, 11:11:18 PM »
cheers guys  :happy2:
simon , reminded me about my tyre size question , so Ive added it to the review  :happy2:
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Re: Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y Extra Load : Review
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2009, 12:19:52 AM »
....

Excellent and very detailed informative review as usual, johno :happy2:

I haven't tried the Michelins. I'm getting good mileage and good results from my Goodyear Assyms.

Each tyre has a contact area with the road which is merely the size of a CD - Food for thought!

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Re: Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y Extra Load : Review
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2009, 07:13:06 AM »
Great review!!! thanks!

These tyres were a slow burner for me. When I got them in Oct / Nov last year, at first they did not seem as good as the Continental Eco Sport 2 that were on the car as original equipment from new - they seemed noisier and far more likely to lose grip in the wet.

Of course I didn't change to winter tyres over the course of the winter and we actually had a pretty crappy winter with low average temps. These kinds of tyres don't really work so well below 8c.... so what I may have just been feeling is less adaptability in the Michelins for colder temps.. because now the summer is here, they have been nothing short of fantastic as I've written else where. I'd also state that they seem to get better with a bit of wear. And pressures also play a huge part in getting a better feeling.
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Re: Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y Extra Load : Review
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2009, 09:27:46 AM »
As always a top review. I managed to get the costco 20% deal thanks to PG,   :innocent:  still made my  eyes water though when he came back with a price for all four in 19in  :sad:
I have found there is great rim protection on mine, not to sure whether i have the same spec as yours John_o i will have to check.
I went from 18in exalto's to 19 inch PS2 and i was expecting a harsher ride, but it was softer if anything and the road noise definitely dropped.
Just one quick point in your review you say you plumped for option 2 which was the goodyear F1 i believe in your choices.

Thanks again for taking time to write up this review.  :drinking:

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Re: Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y Extra Load : Review
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2009, 10:23:56 AM »
I would have to agree with Top Cat - I have these on my Audi A4 (Costco deal) and have found them to be a softer & quieter ride - which on the S line can be a little harsh – without any loss in performance

They have performed well and are lasting well - it’s the family bus, so it doesn’t get a lot of stick on the twisty bits – I will definitely put them on the GTI when they need swapping.

It’s probably been covered before, however, when the ‘deal’ is on at Costco (members only) must buy 4 to get the discount, but you can have say just 2 fitted and have the other 2 fitted at a later date, just take them with your original receipt.


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Re: Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y Extra Load : Review
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2009, 11:32:23 AM »
appreciate the positive feedback

@Simon : yeah given I have taken these way past my normal 'tread depth change point' , I reckon the 'normal' mileage for me on these would be just over 10k miles. I prefer to change whilst the tyre still performs 100% , this time circumstance has meant I havent.

@ RR : Yeah I reckon the Assymetric / PS2 are very closely matched, both really good tyres imho.

@TC : thanks adjusted  :happy2:




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Re: Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y Extra Load : Review
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2009, 09:39:19 PM »
new tyres fitted and event tyres review updated  :happy2:
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Re: Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y Extra Load : Review
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2009, 04:42:23 PM »
These tyres were a slow burner for me. When I got them in Oct / Nov last year, at first they did not seem as good as the Continental Eco Sport 2 that were on the car as original equipment from new - they seemed noisier and far more likely to lose grip in the wet.

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Re: Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y Extra Load : Review
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2009, 10:19:08 PM »
Apologies for bumping this thread.

I just had these fitted to the fronts. I previously had the Pilot Exaltos on all four rims. The back two still have over 6mm tread, whilst the front had gone down to less than 2mm.

Got KwikFit to fit them for £300 (only went in to ask about alignment!) but they're round the corner and it was quite convenient compared to the garage Blackcircles.com were using.

I've had them on the car for only two days but have found them to be a lot harsher. I don't know if this is because the Exaltos were worn down or whether they were softer etc but there's increased road noise and a bumpier ride.

Do tyres have to be 'broken in'? A recommended way to do it? Or just drive and let the tyres settle in?

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Re: Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y Extra Load : Review
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2009, 10:27:30 PM »
no probs , first point of call would be the pressures , and that they are fitted correctly...
compared to the exaltos they do have a stiffer sidewall. Al tyres benefit from a run in period
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Re: Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y Extra Load : Review
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2009, 10:32:21 PM »
Pressures were the first thing I checked. In fact, when I left Kwik Fit, I headed towards the local petrol station less than 200 yards away and checked the pressures. They had been inflated to 2.1 bar (dunno if this was deliberate by KwikFit) and I inflated them to 2.6 bar.

I've got a trip involving the motorway tomorrow, so I'll push the car a little and see what happens.

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Re: Michelin Pilot Sport (PS2) 225/40/18 92Y Extra Load : Review
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2009, 11:14:07 AM »
2.6 is a little higher than I run and may feel a tad firm???

Try 2.4 F & 2.5R unloaded.
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