As some of you know my original front tyre were well fubar'd. So this morning I went to a local tyre supplier & spent €185 spent on 2 tyres. If left the Continental Sport Contact 2's on the front, just got them balanced. The new tyres i put onto the rear & got them balanced too
. I also got 4 wheel alignment for Alfenia ... cos they were badly "toe'd out".
The new tyres are made by Federal, S35, are V-rated & Directional with the extra wide rim protection on the side way, nice thread pattern
1st mile down the road Alfenia's steering felt much better, more accurate & the front felt more sure footed.
A few more miles later i approached a sharp right into a sharp left doing 55 mph but slowed to take it at 40'ish. The road was wet & there had been a long dry spell.
In mid right-hander the arse stepped out to the left
. I corrected & then she stepped out to the right
but she kept going sideways.
Luckily there was nothing coming against me & double luckily i had an escape road, in form of a Y junction to drive up. Skeeting to a sideways stop ......... I went PHEW
that was scary ....but a little bit fun
I drove off again watching the corners more closely. I found it was like skating on ice all the way home when coming to sharp bends..... maybe i was more shaken up than i had thought
Now I'm trying to figure out why:
1. Are any of the 4 wheels loose .......... nope all tight
2. Are the new tyres on backwards, as the are directional. Initially i thought the left rear was but i now know that its ok.
3. Tyre pressure: i felt the side wall of each tyre & each seem to be softer or harder than the other, so my plan is to go back now & get them to check pressures. I did phone them & this was their suggestion, so I'll take them up on it.
4. Been new tyres do they need to wear in ???........ I've heard this theory before but always assumed it was a crock
BTW the old fronts, the firestone, were well wore out on the edges, caused by bad tracking & low tyre pressures..... previous owner was a git