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Old 09-25-2012, 03:26 PM   #3
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Mixing tires can affect handling. It's primarily due to sidewall flex. Some tires are just stiffer than others. Mixing them can result in a looser front or rear end. The Conti's are known to have somewhat softer sidewalls than most other high performance all season tires (possibly their only flaw), but this softer sidewall also is partially responsible for their good performance in poor conditions. I remember when I was young (and dumb) I threw some new fangled radials on the rear end of my 70 Barracuda. It still had some Goodyear wide oval (biased ply) tires up front. The car was almost unmanageable over 40mph. It was scary with the rear end was swaying all over the place. This is the extreme example of mixing tires. On the other hand, I had a blow out in my Miata some years ago and I didn't want to drive on the donut spare and the blown tire was unfixable. I ended up gettingt a cheap replacement tire as the other three were in very good condition. That was a mistake as well as it changed the cars handling quite a bit whether it was on the front or rear. My advise, it's not worth doing unless you absolutely have no other choice.

And by the way, if your rear tires are truly "cupping" (a scalloped appearance on the edge of the tire) you have a tire balance or worn shock absorber problem (usually the latter). Alignment issues generally result in an evenly worn and smooth tire shoulder.
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