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Hi All,
I understand that the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 have some sort of rim protecting the alloys from damage...is this true?
How effective is it and, equally important, how does it look?
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IIRC, on the Asymmetric 1, there is a small circumferential ridge that is supposed to minimize minor incidents but these will not protect the rims if there is moderate force and the rubber flexes. They are of minor benefit IMHO. Best is to drive with care when parking or going around a curve to avoid the sidewalk cement (often called curb in the US).
 

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You havent said what size rims your on 16's and 17's are less prone to kerbs as the tyres bulge a bit but 18's and bigger are much more prone to kerbing as the tyre walls are much smaller. Some makes do offer better rim protection than others Have a run through a few tyre sites
 

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had my wheels replaced under warranty d/t imperfections in the clear coat - however these imperfections were nowhere near the curb rash that occurred on my wheels last summer so I got my rash taken care of at no additional cost

IIRC, on the Asymmetric 1, there is a small circumferential ridge that is supposed to minimize minor incidents but these will not protect the rims if there is moderate force and the rubber flexes. They are of minor benefit IMHO. Best is to drive with care when parking or going around a curve to avoid the sidewalk cement (often called curb in the US).
 

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Hi Animajazz

I have Goodyear Eagle F1 alround on our 55 & they have a curb/rim protection on them , The other thing with the rears i when up one size from 255 to 265 to give the rear rims abit of extra protection , on the 18" rims the 255 looks under size on the width & the 265 look just right & match the fronts offset from tire side wall to rim edge . Im on my 2rd set of F1's on the back the grip is good wet & dry .

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Andy

P.s. check prices at mytire.co.uk
 

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Hi Animajazz

I have Goodyear Eagle F1 alround on our 55 & they have a curb/rim protection on them , The other thing with the rears i when up one size from 255 to 265 to give the rear rims abit of extra protection , on the 18" rims the 255 looks under size on the width & the 265 look just right & match the fronts offset from tire side wall to rim edge . Im on my 2rd set of F1's on the back the grip is good wet & dry .

Cheers

Andy

P.s. check prices at mytire.co.uk
Whats the wear pattern like on those over width rears. My tyre bay told me that going up to 265 on low profiles will push the centre of the tyre up and cause it to wear faster than the rest of the tread width
 

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Hi JonB

Well you could see the steel belt over most of the width of the tire when they fitted the new ones LOL . No the wear rate looked very even across the tire , If anything the centre may have alittle(& i mean very little) more wear than the outer but that could be down too much air in the tires & i got about 16k mile out of them which is about average for the rears on a 55 .

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Andy
 

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According to my bloke the problem is that low profile walls dont bulge out over the rim so it tends to force the middle up. The more you go over the recommended tyre/rim width the worse it gets. 255 is about the max on 8.5 rims. I am planning on dropping back to 17's From talking to others and the way my car feels on 18's I think it will be better on 245/45 17's I dont think our roads are good enough for low profiles. Too many rough surfaces and pot holes
 

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Hi JonB

Pot holes are a nightmare , But the road i use normally in the 55 are ok But i do not do alot of around town driving in the 55 more weekend drives out , so maybe im lucky that way , But i just could not put 17" rims on our car , But if you need a better quality ride then its the way to go . I will post a picture of my rears & i think you will see they look like they fit better than the 255's & do not look over wide .

Happy pot-hole hunting

Andy
 

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To be honest I think big rims and wide tyres are more about looks than handling or performance. Having been on the sheep chase with cars on 16's 17's and 18's I didnt notice any of them struggling during the spirited driving. I think I was the only one that said they had a sideways moment and that was due to a sharp left over the brow of a hill on a loose surface that I probably hit too fast, but lets be honest how often can you drive an SLK on the limits in the UK regardless of what wheels and tyres your running on. Hopefully if my plans work out this weekend I will be able to do a proper comparison if I get my hands on the 17's I am after :)
 

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To be honest I think big rims and wide tyres are more about looks than handling or performance. Having been on the sheep chase with cars on 16's 17's and 18's I didnt notice any of them struggling during the spirited driving.
Those sheep must have had twin turbos on them!
 

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"i got about 16k mile out of them which is about average for the rears on a 55 ."

Thats incredible. I seem to wear them out at less than 10k. :mad:
 

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I just put a set of these on my 2006 R171 350, changed from the Bridgestone Protenza Run Flats I had on it from the original purchase ... had only changed the back prior to now 38000+ miles on the car now. Hoping to get better milage out of the Goodyears because they are rotatable unlike the directional ones I had on there. We'll see.
 
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