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Old 11-05-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Michelin MXV4's on my Focus

Hi all, well I've put 43,000 miles on my Ti and need new skins. I do 90% highway and want something quiet and comfortable yet still an M+S tire. A couple of friends really love their Michelin Primacy MXV4's in the same size 215/50R17. So I figured I'll try them. They come as 91H or 95V XL's. I understand these to be the load and speed rating , but cant figure out why the higher rated for speed and load are $20 a tire cheaper everywhere. Will the higher rating make much of a difference?
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They come as 91H or 95V XL's. I understand these to be the load and speed rating , but cant figure out why the higher rated for speed and load are $20 a tire cheaper everywhere.
Tire prices are strongly tied to production volumes. There may be larger market for the XL.
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Hi all, well I've put 43,000 miles on my Ti and need new skins.
You got 43K miles out of the stock Continentals?!

The V-rated versions will likely have stiffer sidewalls.
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Yeah I had noticed the tires were getting noisy but when I finally took a minute to look at them I was shocked how gone they were. Right to the wear strips. So I'm guessing there wont be a huge change in ride quality between the two?
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Hi all, well I've put 43,000 miles on my Ti and need new skins. I do 90% highway and want something quiet and comfortable yet still an M+S tire. A couple of friends really love their Michelin Primacy MXV4's in the same size 215/50R17. So I figured I'll try them. They come as 91H or 95V XL's. I understand these to be the load and speed rating , but cant figure out why the higher rated for speed and load are $20 a tire cheaper everywhere. Will the higher rating make much of a difference?
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check out tire racks ratings of the michelins against other brands.. i was surprised.... i eventually went for the conti dsw and am happy w/ them so far...
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You got 43K miles out of the stock Continentals?!
That is what I am saying. Mine have 15K on them and they are shot. Too much time sliding sideways up in the canyon, plus the Arizona heat is he11 on tires.

The MXV4's should be a good option. They were at the top of my list primarily due to good review/test at tire rack and the high treadwear rating. Although I am going to get the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. They will not last as long as the MXV4's but should be fun while they last, and Costco is offering $100 off on a set of Bridgestone's.
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I put the MXV4's on my Focus after 3000 miles since the LRR tires (dealer gave me the SFE package free to buy the car off the lot) the car came with were awful. The MXV4's are fantastic and fit the Focus well; they have just the right combination of comfort and sport in my mind.
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Every car I've driven in, and heard stories of with friends, MXV4s suck. They used to be standard on the Accords, and everyone hated them because they didn't wear well, or they were very slick in both dry and wet.

I am a Michelin man, but there are exceptions - get the Primacy, 100x better, sticky and quiet
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Hi all, well I've put 43,000 miles on my Ti and need new skins. I do 90% highway and want something quiet and comfortable yet still an M+S tire. A couple of friends really love their Michelin Primacy MXV4's in the same size 215/50R17. So I figured I'll try them. They come as 91H or 95V XL's. I understand these to be the load and speed rating , but cant figure out why the higher rated for speed and load are $20 a tire cheaper everywhere. Will the higher rating make much of a difference?
thanks
Hey soshoresig,

You should check out Ford's Tire Finder Tool: http://owner.ford.com/servlet/Conten...mo-position3.1. This is an excellent resource for locating the perfect tires for your ride. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to give me a shout over PM.

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