MICHELIN PILOT EXALTO Not to be used when freezing!!

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MICHELIN PILOT EXALTO Not to be used when freezing!!

Postby mikeydude » Tue 30.12.2008, 15:57

OK, I have Pilot exalto 2's fitted all round...I think they are great even on track!
Now, upon chatting to a mate of mine..he says that they should not be used near freezing temps!!

Costco never told me this when I had them fitted....

take a look at this link!

http://www.tyre-shopper.co.uk/article.asp?id=260

What do people think? ...I know you probably all know about it and I am ready for a piss take!!

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Re: MICHELIN PILOT EXALTO Not to be used when freezing!!

Postby GeoffSmith » Tue 30.12.2008, 17:54

mikeydude wrote:...I know you probably all know about it and I am ready for a piss take!!

Didn't you know that then!?! :lol:









































Me neither! :cry:
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Re: MICHELIN PILOT EXALTO Not to be used when freezing!!

Postby RayD » Tue 30.12.2008, 19:43

Don’t let it put you off Mike; there’ll be nothing special about Exaltos that make them worse than other high performance tyres on ice and snow. The near freezing temperature warning will be in case it freezes.

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Re: MICHELIN PILOT EXALTO Not to be used when freezing!!

Postby Sy V » Wed 31.12.2008, 08:04

"... however it is not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice... "

Because we [Michelin] would prefer you to buy one of our range of Winter tyres for that scenario. I can't see at as anything more than marketing blurb, mate.

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Re: MICHELIN PILOT EXALTO Not to be used when freezing!!

Postby Doug » Wed 31.12.2008, 08:52

Sy, you're just so cynical anymore . . .














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Re: MICHELIN PILOT EXALTO Not to be used when freezing!!

Postby discovery » Wed 31.12.2008, 09:01

Had these tyres on for approx 3 years , providing you make allowances for possible ice on the road you should have no problem.
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Re: MICHELIN PILOT EXALTO Not to be used when freezing!!

Postby nitroman » Wed 31.12.2008, 09:22

The concept of summer VS all-season rubber is a normal consideration of afficionados here inna da states: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/types/tiretype.jsp Winter tires are designed for snow use & are yet another category.
The soft summer compounds become quite stiff in the cold (normally stated as below 40F), and the traction decreases NOTICABLY! Really.
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Re: MICHELIN PILOT EXALTO Not to be used when freezing!!

Postby Rambo » Wed 31.12.2008, 12:21

I've got 2 on the back and I've not noticed any particular problems up in the Baltic north. But, then again, I'm not actually racing the car on slush, ice and snow.

I think most tyre's will be affected by extremes of temperature ?
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Re: MICHELIN PILOT EXALTO Not to be used when freezing!!

Postby theelanman » Wed 31.12.2008, 12:46

1000ft above sea level is a bit chilly today too.....
I'll use the other car :)
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Re: MICHELIN PILOT EXALTO Not to be used when freezing!!

Postby mikeydude » Wed 31.12.2008, 20:34

OK, ...can't afford a set just for the winter....can't be bothered to swap them either!
How much of a problem is it....They have seemed fine to me!

Anyone found themsleves upside down in a ditch due to this!??
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Re: MICHELIN PILOT EXALTO Not to be used when freezing!!

Postby JIMBO » Wed 31.12.2008, 21:32

Hi Mike,
Its allready been said "dont panick Mr mannering"
Michelin have thrown in their "get out of jail free" card on this one.

The tyre industry is hell bent on promoting winter tyres to boost a
difficult market place. There is a lot of disinformation (my personal belief)
being published by leading tyre manufacturers to change drivers buying pattern.
In many european countries it is law to change onto "winter" tyres at a given
time, and change back to standard tyres, again at a set time.
This of course means many legally treaded tyres are left with tyre distributors
to dispose off !! Guess which country imports the most "part worn tyres", yes,
thats right, good old Britain. And who has to deal with the scrap tyres ------

To bring this subject into focus, the critical temperature for concidering a tyre
change is aprox. 7^. However,on wet roads, braking distances are still greater
on winter tyres at this temperature.
At 5^ "summer" tyres on the same wet road take longer to stop than a winter tyre.

On snowy roads from 30mph the summer tyre takes 9 meters more road to stop on.
On icy roads from 20mph the summer tyre takes 11 meters more road to stop on.

Having tried several winter tyres on various BMW's I can honestly say that the only reason
I would concider changing would be long term snow ie; several weeks.

If any one is going abroad with their car, I have a set of 17" winter snow tyres for sale !!

Sorry if this has rambled on, but if any one wants more info on winter tyres , please email
me at Jimp@rhc.co.uk and I will try to help.
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Re: MICHELIN PILOT EXALTO Not to be used when freezing!!

Postby carryondentist » Sat 17.01.2009, 23:07

That being said there are a lot of the Elise / Exige boys that are wrecking their cars over this cold spell. Although they are on far more extreme summer / track tyres like A048s or T888s and lightweight MR cars are always a little more dicey.

I think you will be absolutely fine with the PE's as long as you don't do anything silly.
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Re: MICHELIN PILOT EXALTO Not to be used when freezing!!

Postby thewheelrestorer » Sun 18.01.2009, 12:35

there are a lot of the Elise / Exige boys that are wrecking their cars over this cold spell.


Sure, Lightweight cars can suffer from a lack of vertical loading or weight.

A vehicle's weight pushes the tyres down and gives it more traction.... Imagine sliding a rubber eraser across a table, and then push it downwards and slide it again, there is a lot more resistance and grip.

A048 's and Toyo R888's are asking for trouble on any roads that are not mostly dry!

My commercial Van has more grip on a greasy roundabout than an elise or elan in slippy slimey wet and cold conditions....... :lol:
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