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Performance Tires and Stopping Distance

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:15 pm
by cdarren
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?

Regards
cdarren
2013 Leaf SL - Silver

Re: Performance Tires and Stopping Distance

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:38 pm
by TomT
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?

Re: Performance Tires and Stopping Distance

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:32 pm
by EVDRIVER
Mine as well.

Re: Performance Tires and Stopping Distance

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:56 am
by cdarren
Thanks for the input

Regards
cdarren

Re: Performance Tires and Stopping Distance

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:10 am
by Foible
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.

Re: Performance Tires and Stopping Distance

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:46 pm
by garsh
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.

Re: Performance Tires and Stopping Distance

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:44 am
by garsh
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.