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Old 05-06-2010, 07:20 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Tofuman View Post
How is the traction on LRR tires?
There is a technology triangle for tread compounds involving rolling resistance, traction, especially wet traction, and treadwear. Improving one is done at the sacrifice of one (or both) of the others. That's why you will hear lots of complaint on OE tires - tires that came from the assembly plants on new vehicles). Traction and wear complaints on OE tires are common because vehicle manufacturers generally specify low rolling resistance as part of their design specifications.

So you won't find high treadwear ratings on LRR tires (unless the traction has been sacrificed!) - and vice versa. The key is to find a tire that suits your needs within that triangle.

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I think that the same could be said about *all* tires -- traction and tread wear are to a certain extent, mutually exclusive. And it may be that LRR may actually improve one or the other *or* both because LRR means less internal friction, which means less heat build up in the carcass. Less heat means more consistent traction over a range of conditions, and probably less wear, too.

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