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Old 09 Feb 2011, 01:15 am
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Default tire noise on textured concrete

My 2008 convertible has had annoyingly loud tire noise since new when traveling on textured concrete. The (factory original) tires are quiet enough on asphalt and some concrete surfaces, but sometimes the buzzing drives me bonkers. Has anyone else had this problem? Is it an issue only in the convertible? Does anyone have experience on a type of replacement tire that might be quieter?

I had a similar problem with my last car -- a 1996 Sebring convertible, which was bought used. It had Pirelli tires on it which were quiet but when I replaced them with new Michelins, the noise started bothering me.

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Old 09 Feb 2011, 10:05 am
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Default Re: tire noise on textured concrete

These companies, especially Michelin, spend lots of money developing tread
patterns. Many cheapie tires simply copy Goodyear and Michelin, as do truck
tire recappers, (with one feature excepted) exactly.

FWD cars suffer(?) from very low/no rear tread wear. This leads to irregular wear, and noise.
Goodyear made the Arriva in the early 80's, the rears simply wouldn't wear, however
they got chop, and would actually rot before they were even close to worn.
To put it simply, ensure the rears are rotated regularly.

Bald tires, not matter the design, are very quiet/silent relative new tires, no matter the design.
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Old 09 Feb 2011, 09:55 pm
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Cool Re: tire noise on textured concrete

All tires make more noise on "grooved" or textured concrete.
We have lots of grooved concrete here around OKCity.
The 17 inch Badyear OEMs weren't all that bad on my 06 vert.
The higher air pressure low-profile tires on soonercruiser are much worst!
That's done for grip in heavy rain or light ice.
So, I guess I feel like..... why complain?
Be thankful.

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Old 10 Feb 2011, 12:43 pm
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Default Re: tire noise on textured concrete

When the OEM tires were replaced on out 06 Vert at 24k, We put General Exclaim UHP 205-50-ZR17 tires on and they seem much better then the Originals. Tire Rack has them, as I'm sure do other companys that sell tires.

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