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What is the deal with SO-2 Pole Positions??? (archive)

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Posted by Bassem on September 17, 2000 at 15:11:55:


based on recomendations from people on the board as well as that of my brother, I decided to go ahead and get Bridgestone SO2 PPs for my m3. I will say this first: they are the best tire in the rain that I've ever used.

However, I'm having strange handling problems with them in the dry. The tail is much more prone to stepping out, sometimes progressive, sometimes sudden. My confidence is not that high with them now, so I've stopped trying to push at all while cornering.

I played around with the pressures a lot, and it seems that they prefer low pressures (stock settings) in order for them to be more predictable. Turn in is more numb than the Dunlop 8080Es, and the way the car turns is as follows:
-Steering input
-split second pause
-a pronounced feeling of lifting on the inside of the car
-split second pause
-decrease in lift and a "hukering" down of the car
-a feeling of grip buildup as the turn progresses

i've heard people call them squirmy or squirelly before, but I did not expect this...I even inspected the suspension bushings to make sure they were not the culprit.

They now have 1500 miles on them too, and not a trace of silicone release on the tread or the sidewalls.

Suggestions from S02 owners on pressure, etc would be great. Do they get better as they wear? I'm counting on that as the only real reason to be patient with them...


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