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I just got my oil changed at 9,000 miles and the mechanic confirmed what I already knew...my rear tires are worn to hell. The front ones are ok, but what gives? I bought the car with 4,000 miles and didnt really inspect the back tires (stupid, I know) so I guess they were worn down a bit, or does this car eat tires?
 

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Happens often. Which model, NA or S? How hard have you driven her (really)?

I'm 4500 miles in. Gotta start considering options. The Corsas are awesome, but quite a bit of change.
 

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I think the Corsa's are really sensitive to tire pressure and alignment in terms of wear. I had my pressures at 35/38 per Lotus' specs for the first 3K miles, and ended up with excessive wear in the centers of the rears. Dropped the pressures a little, and now the rears are wearing on the inside. At a little over 5K, I need to replace the tires, and will have an alignment done as well. Trying to decide about another set of Corsa's vs. Pilot Super Sports.

Anyone else notice that 3 of the first 6 threads on this page are about tire issues?
 

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+1 on the alignment.
But that wear is probably close to average. Mine were just replaced at 9.5K miles--yours were probably half gone when you bought the car.
The OEM tires have a relatively poor wear rating (because of the "soft" compound), and the rear tires are worked pretty hard on a mid-engine car, no matter how you drive it. :D
 

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Your tire wear is typical. Yes, the Evora eats rear tires. :tadts:
May the Feast Continue! :shift:
 

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Some folks prefer Michelins. Perhaps they taste better?

 

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The PSS's were my new tire choice, too--time will tell how they hold up. They are certainly nice and quiet, though.
 

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You want traction you get wear. Try putting some green tires on and see how much traction you have. seriously. It'll corner like the roads are wet
 

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Same here with my el cheapo V12's. I'm actually very impressed..Ride quality has been good, 10k miles on them already and they still have half their tread...

Yep, it really depends what you expect and how you drive..mine is a daily driver and the P zero's on the rear were shot at 9000 miles. PSS are holding up much better. I do drive spiritedly occasionally and don't really notice the difference. Horses for courses!
 

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i am using my second set of conti sport contact 3s in rear. i did not need to change fronts as they seemd pretty ok. i can suggest continental - at least for NA cars- it has amazing grip. but its the rule. if it grips, it not long lasting..

btw i drive evora real hard. i drift daily and go to trackdays like once in a month.
 

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What is the wear pattern?

Outside - you're driving hard or doing lots of twisties with low tire pressure
Inside - alignment, too much neg camber
Center - alignment again. Most likely too much toe-in (pretty common)
Cupping & feathering - check wheel/tire balance and or dampers

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What is the wear pattern?

Outside - you're driving hard or doing lots of twisties with low tire pressure
Inside - alignment, too much neg camber
Center - alignment again. Most likely too much toe-in (pretty common)
Cupping & feathering - check wheel/tire balance and or dampers

Cheers,
Kiyoshi
Great description except I disagree on the center wear. Too much toe-in will cause increased, but even wear. If the center of the tire is wearing more than the edges, tire pressure is too high.
 

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Great description except I disagree on the center wear. Too much toe-in will cause increased, but even wear. If the center of the tire is wearing more than the edges, tire pressure is too high.
That's the common rule. But, toe-in on the rear will show up as center wear.

Even the too much pressure rule has exceptions. The Esprit Turbos (80s) were exhibiting center wear on the rears. Toe-in was not the cause, but tire pressure was and everyone assumed that pressure was too high, but in fact the center wear was caused by the tire pressure being too low! The tire construction of the Goodyears had a folded radial belt where the sides of the belt were folded over so the shoulders of the tread were extra stiff. If you didn't inflate the tire properly (high-enough) the center of the tire tread expanded under centripedal force and caused the center of the tread to wear faster than the shoulders.

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+1

Apparently the stock tires aren't the longest lasting. Dealer just told me that my MY11 NA needs new rear tires.

I'm going to replace them, of course, after I research a bit on the right ones, and after a few spins in the country club parking lot at 2 am after a gig (nary a lamppost).




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Another way to look at tires is age. I have no problems replacing tires at 3 years on my sports cars because at that point the rubber is past its prime anyway. Based on that you can be happy you wore them out!
 

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