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19 - Inch "Foamed" Tire Searchers Rejoice

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by Camera-Cruiser, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. Camera-Cruiser

    Camera-Cruiser Fully Charged

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    Ok, the title is over the top, but it finally looks like you can actually order 19" Goodyear Eagle Touring tires with the sound deadening foam installed by the manufacturer! These were hard to find, and now they show up at Tirerack. It says TO Tesla, SoundComfort Tech right in the listing.

    https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?&tireMake=Goodyear&tireModel=Eagle+Touring&partnum=445WR9ETSCT&i1_Qty=4&i1_Qty=4&autoMake=Tesla&autoModel=Model+S&autoYear=2013&autoModClar=85&vehicleSearch=true

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    These have been available for those with 21" wheels from Continental (as ContiSilent) but there was no 19" equivalent until now.

    As many know, this is pretty much the last best thing you can do to lessen transmitted road noise to your cabin before ripping your car's interior apart to install Dynamat, or other types of mass loaded vinyl.

    Now I just have to wear out my current set.
     
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    I didn't even know they were special tires with sound deadening tech. No wonder it's so quiet. :)
     
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    One of the auto magazines just did a comparison of these sound deadening tires on a tesla and found they made no perceptible difference. Their test was quite thorough.
     
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    So maybe the car is so quiet bc it's electric huh. lol.
     
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    aren't those tires impossible to make repairs on?
     
  6. Camera-Cruiser

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    Which magazine? That would be a bummer, but save me some coin on tires to specifically reduce noise. Then onto mass loaded vinyl of some sort to kill road noise transmission.
     
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    No, from what I have read you just cut away the foam, do a regular patch, rebalance and you are good to go.

    I read this on the Internet, so it must be true. Same for the tires being quieter, or not quieter.

    Just like last nights debate.
     
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    Thanks for the link. Bummer about the results for the ContiSilent. It would be great to see/hear some more tests and comparisons.
     
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    Maybe this is right and there is no difference, but I'd like to see a spectrum analysis. The road noise is heavily weighted to lower frequencies, so perhaps these tires could improve the noise level at higher frequencies where the ear is more sensitive?
     
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    check out this thread I started. It has some good information. Best 19 tires replacement

    I am switching to the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus once my Goodyear wears out.

    Supposedly the best for most case uses except performance. But I am not a big performance guy anyways.
     
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    This tire is now the standard OEM tire that TM ships with new Model S and 19" wheels.
     
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    Do you think this is just the usual "marketing" then? Based on the test results and 'no perceptible difference'? Would be nice to hear the results of some real world testing by Tesla Owers to see if these really stack up.

    Ski
     
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    Hard to know until we get more info. If it's marketing, then they are doing a terrible job. I have not read to much about this, other than on these forums, and the manufactures are not rolling it out in any large media campaigns, at least none that I have seen.

    Who knows, I thought these were really going to offer some big improvement in transmitted noise. I'd buy them now if there was demonstrable proof of improvement.
     
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    I used a sound meter to check the difference between my 2012 MS P85 and 2017 MS 90D. The older vehicle was noisier with the Michelin tires. Both have 19" wheels.

    When the Michelin tires were recently replaced with the Goodyear Eagle Touring on the 2012 MS P85, the road noise at 65 mph on concrete freeways was improved. Both the 2012 and 2017 with the SoundComfort technology are now at similar sound readings on the freeway.
     
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    Nope. I had one repaired at a Goodyear tire shop. They just move the foam aside, patch the hole, move the foam back, and it's done.
     
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    I believe I paid about $8 more per tire when Tesla mobile service replaced them.

    The guy was super nice and only touched the wheels - no greasy fingerprints all over the car! They can have the extra $8 just for that...
     
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    I just had my local Goodyear shop try to fix a leak and they claim the tire is unfixable because of the foam lining. I asked about cutting away the foam at the source and they said they can't do that and wanted to sell me a new tire. I'll probably try Tesla service instead.
     
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    The Goodyear shop called me back and said they contacted corporate and got a service bulletin on how to fix the foam-filled tires. And I was silly enough to think a Goodyear tire center would already know how to fix a Goodyear tire. It's not rocket science. Me thinks they were doing the usual auto center ploy of taking advantage of a woman and trying to upsell me a tire I don't really need. I'll give them a little credit for admitting they could actually fix the tire, but I won't be going to that store ever again.
     
  20. ⚡️ELECTROMAN⚡️

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    I had the same issue over a year ago. I called the nearest Goodyear tire center and they had no idea what I was talking about. I guess the foam lined tires were Tesla's creation? I did end up getting it patched for free at one Less Schwab tires, but I must have called eight different tire centers before I found one that knew how to fix it.
     

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