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Bridgestone front, Michelin rear

Anyone used that combo?

350 has Bridge all round but rears need replacing.

Want to switch to Mich, but fronts have lots of tread.

So, wondering if anyone has used Bridge front with Mich rear?
Some combos don't work well.

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I have Continentals front/Michelin rear sorry Myk
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My SLK300 seems to go thru 2 rears for every one set in the front.

I have Michelin in front and
Riken RAPTOR ZR A/S in the back. Handles well.

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You can mix and match tires but handling will be affected.
Mixing soft front summer tires with harder rear all seasons for example with create a "dangerous" oversteer prone condition.

Just make them of a similar grip to minimize issues.
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Currently Pirelli P Zero's to front with Michelin Sport 4's to the rear.
Grip and handling improved noticeably since binning P Zero's from the rear [though in their defence, they were on the limit prior to change]. Just need to wear the Pirelli's out so I can run on Sport 4's all round.
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Currently Pirelli P Zero's to front with Michelin Sport 4's to the rear.
Grip and handling improved noticeably since binning P Zero's from the rear [though in their defence, they were on the limit prior to change]. Just need to wear the Pirelli's out so I can run on Sport 4's all round.
Therein lies the issue with the 350.
Front Bridge have at least another year in them, rears shot.

We had Mich all round on the 230 and the 55.
So a temporary switch to Mich rears ahead.

But, from my biking days I found some blends do not work.

I expect this will work, but no harm seeing if anyone has tried it and found it not good.

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Not a fan of Bridgestones personally. Limited experience but have previously found them to be 'hard' and unforgiving.


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Goodyear fronts and Mich rears, only had the Mich a couple of weeks and not quite sure yet.
Cornering is good, but the Mich seem a bit hard and loose in the wet
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Anyone used that combo?

350 has Bridge all round but rears need replacing.

Want to switch to Mich, but fronts have lots of tread.

So, wondering if anyone has used Bridge front with Mich rear?
Some combos don't work well.
Why not buy four Michelins and try to sell the still-useful Bridgestone fronts. My own car, purchased just six weeks ago, came with Goodyear Eagles on the front, and Kenda Komets on the rear. Tread on all tires is almost as new, as only about 6000 miles were driven in the eight years since they were installed. Sidewalls all in as new condition as well. I had never heard of Kenda before, but they seem fine for the kind of driving that I have been able to do so far. Slight shimmy at slightly illegal speeds, but this does not happen very often.
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Goodyear fronts and Mich rears, only had the Mich a couple of weeks and not quite sure yet.
Cornering is good, but the Mich seem a bit hard and loose in the wet

Interesting.
I think the same of Mich over Bridge.


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Why not buy four Michelins and try to sell the still-useful Bridgestone fronts. My own car, purchased just six weeks ago, came with Goodyear Eagles on the front, and Kenda Komets on the rear. Tread on all tires is almost as new, as only about 6000 miles were driven in the eight years since they were installed. Sidewalls all in as new condition as well. I had never heard of Kenda before, but they seem fine for the kind of driving that I have been able to do so far. Slight shimmy at slightly illegal speeds, but this does not happen very often.
Folks are not keen on buying tyres off the public.
Plus, someone who shall remain nameless, told the 350's owner to get Mich all round.

She wouldn't wait a couple of days for them to be in stock.


I spend enough time playing with the after effects of her car.

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At eight years I would be binning all four and putting new rubber on.


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Having the good tires on the back is the best way to go. If the old ones have less traction the car will just understeer in a corner. That is much more controllable than oversteer.
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[QUOTE=Bill Feliciano;4544510]My SLK300 seems to go thru 2 rears for every one set in the front.

I have Michelin in front and
Riken RAPTOR ZR A/S in the back. Handles well.

Same here, PS 3 on front, Raptors on rear. Rikon is made by Mich. SLK's eat rear tires. Fronts are like new. rears were like racing slicks.
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Going to go with the PS4 rears until fronts need doing.

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Different tires will handle differently. Only one way to find out how that combo does. Any more I prefer BFG or Contis to Michelin.


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So, Bridgestone front, Mich rear gave improved handling.

So much so that she has switched out fronts too.

Even before fronts are worn in (straight after fitting) the wife reckons she has improved handling
with PS4 all round.

With UK weather, all year driving we have two options.
Switch for summer and winter seasons.
However, a sudden out of season weather snap is an issue.

PS4 are not the stickiest rubber, but give year round driveability and decent longevity.

Typically 10K rear to roughly 20k front.

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At the rate I’m having issues with The Garbage Scow, I may never find out how long a set of tires last.

My 2009 350 usually got 1 set of front to .85 set of rears.

Currently running Conti DSW06 on the Scow. Ran Hankooks on the 350. Was very pleased with the Hankook.
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