cdarren
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Performance Tires and Stopping Distance

Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:15 pm

I just received my Leaf today and I love it. One thing I noticed in test drives and in performance reviews is that the stopping distance is a bit poor. On clean, dry, hot pavement the car goes instantly to ABS limit when standing on the brakes - which means it has capability left in the braking system, but the LRR tires lack the grip to make use of it. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge of the effect of high performance tires on the Leaf stopping performance? I found a Car and Driver article about the boost to lateral G performance with better tires, but in Florida I am more interested in being able to stop when someone does something stupid in front of me. Other than a loss of range, increased road noise, and reduced tread life are there any other issues associated with putting high performance rubber on a Leaf?

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cdarren
2013 Leaf SL - Silver

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TomT
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Re: Performance Tires and Stopping Distance

Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:38 pm

Mine improved appreciably when I changed to the MXV4s...

cdarren wrote:Does anyone have any first hand knowledge of the effect of high performance tires on the Leaf stopping performance?
59,991 miles/12 bars/289 Gids/68.54 AHr/101% SOH/101.64% Hx 7May15 w/ new Lizard (barely made the warranty).
71,770 miles/12 bars/256 Gids/59.04 AHr/88% SOH/87.92% Hx 3Mar16 at lease return.

Now driving a 2016 Volt Premier.

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Re: Performance Tires and Stopping Distance

Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:32 pm

Mine as well.

cdarren
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Re: Performance Tires and Stopping Distance

Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:56 am

Thanks for the input

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cdarren

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Re: Performance Tires and Stopping Distance

Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:10 am

TomT wrote:Mine improved appreciably when I changed to the MXV4s...



Did you change rims as well or just use the stock ones? I'm considering a tire upgrade for my 2013 Leaf and I'm wondering if the rims need to go too.

garsh
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Re: Performance Tires and Stopping Distance

Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:46 pm

When my Ecopias are used up, I'd like to replace them with a set of summer performance tires (I have Blizzaks already for winter). I've been keeping my eyes open for stories of people trying out non-all-season tires, but other than that Car & Driver article, I haven't seen anything. The Yokohama S.Drive from the article sounds intriguing, being fairly inexpensive.
2012 Black SV, 7 bars, 101,000 miles

garsh
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Re: Performance Tires and Stopping Distance

Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:44 am

I'm still looking at performance tires.

These look like a fairly inexpensive choice. I have Hankooks on my minivan and like them a lot.

Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 (Ultra High Performance All-Season), $89.00 ea.
2012 Black SV, 7 bars, 101,000 miles

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