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      04-07-2021, 09:23 AM   #1
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In particular the Bridgestone driveguard RFT on a 335GT - will it be a problem? Currently have Continental Conti pro ssr - after about 10k miles they are worn out.
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XL tires are typically used on trucks for the ability to handle higher load weights. My Conti ProContact SSR have 22k miles on them and still have some life left.
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XL tires are typically used on trucks for the ability to handle higher load weights. My Conti ProContact SSR have 22k miles on them and still have some life left.
Thanks. Will it be ok to replace them with the non XL brigestones?
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I see no reason why not. But if they wear out in 10k miles too it's not the tires.
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Do you carry a lot of thing in the back? If so, the XL might be a better option.
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Maybe, but XL tires are able to handle higher load weights because they can be inflated to higher pressure. Sometimes they're used for cars that track, because of that higher pressure capability. But higher pressure results in a harsher ride. If you don't inflate them to higher than normal pressure the ride won't suffer, but they won't handle extra load either. I can't see needing them on a GT. If you're going to a tire for other reasons and it happens to be XL that's OK, but I wouldn't buy a specific tire only because it's XL.
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Maybe, but XL tires are able to handle higher load weights because they can be inflated to higher pressure. Sometimes they're used for cars that track, because of that higher pressure capability. But higher pressure results in a harsher ride. If you don't inflate them to higher than normal pressure the ride won't suffer, but they won't handle extra load either. I can't see needing them on a GT. If you're going to a tire for other reasons and it happens to be XL that's OK, but I wouldn't buy a specific tire only because it's XL.
^^ That hits it on the head. I've used "XL" in situations for towing and once on my 4300lb Impala SS for stiffer sidewalls. But honestly I don't think the GT would need it, even in track situations
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Maybe, but XL tires are able to handle higher load weights because they can be inflated to higher pressure. Sometimes they're used for cars that track, because of that higher pressure capability. But higher pressure results in a harsher ride. If you don't inflate them to higher than normal pressure the ride won't suffer, but they won't handle extra load either. I can't see needing them on a GT. If you're going to a tire for other reasons and it happens to be XL that's OK, but I wouldn't buy a specific tire only because it's XL.
Thanks. I went with Bridgestone driveguard non XL. First impression was ok - no difference from the old continental XLs at all.
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