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The only thing consistently available is the Michelin (le ick). Goodyear has evidently not even established a production date yet <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0"> , and the only other sporadically available tires are the Bridgestone Turdanza and Pirelli Scorpion, both of which are reportedly useless.<p>Giving serious thought to the BFG G-Force KDWS in 245/55-18. Actual section width is within a hair of the OEM Michelin and just 1/2" less diameter.<br>
 

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Re: Tire choices non-existent in 235/60-18 (TomW)

Go with 255/55-18, it is the very next size up, so called Zero Plus. the difference in diameter is a small fraction of one percent, 0.15%, I think.<p>There is a large variety of tires for XC90 in this size.<p>I have chosen Continental CrossContact LX - very decent tire for all conditions, including snow (M+S rated) and a real value. I've got mine at <p><A HREF="http://www.tirerack.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.tirerack.com</A> for $127 a piece.
 

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Re: Tire choices non-existent in 235/60-18 (Volvo6850)

The 255s are so heavy, though (some pushing 40 lbs). Seems like 30+% more tire weight is a bad thing.<br>
 

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Re: Tire choices non-existent in 235/60-18 (TomW)

Actually, it is not that bad<br>Stock 18" Michelin is 30 lbs, and Conti is 35 lbs. ~ 16%. The upside is much better snow and mud handling, double the wear index, etc.
 

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Re: Tire choices non-existent in 235/60-18 (TomW)

Can any comment on Goodyear Eagle ResponsEdge?<p><br><A HREF="http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/findTireDetail.do?rcz=55124&rc=MNMINT&c=2&cf=false&cs=235&pc=31787&rd=18&ar=60&ct=&rf=true" TARGET="_blank">http://www.discounttire.com/dt...=true</A><p>thanks<p>
 

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Wow! 30 lbs. for the Michelin, I would've never know. Reducing unsprung weight is probably the best way to improve a vehicle's performance.<p>The new Goodyear Eagle <A HREF="http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Goodyear&tireModel=Eagle+ResponsEdge" TARGET="_blank">ResponsEdge</A> looks like the best all season tire for the XC90, and it only weighs 22 lbs. Tire Rack only show size 255/55-18 but I've read somewhere that 235/60-18 will be available.
 

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No 18" ResponsEdge tires will be available until at least years' end. According to GY, they have not even come up with a production schedule yet. So, ordered the Dunlop SP5000 Asymmetrical all-season, in 255/55-18. I'm not a fan of this on such narrow wheels, but I'm out of options. <p>The Dunlops are 32 lbs, where many of the other 255 tires are 35-40 lbs.<br>
 

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Discounted Tire web site indicate the 235/60/18 is available within 1-2 days in MN area and currently have $50 rebate. My 2004 XC90 is 42k and due for tire replacement pretty soon. <p>This is where I got my info...<br><A HREF="http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/findTireDetail.do?rcz=55124&rc=MNMINT&c=2&cf=false&cs=235&pc=31787&rd=18&ar=60&ct=&rf=true" TARGET="_blank">http://www.discounttire.com/dt...=true</A>
 

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That's a standard claim for any tires they do not stock in the stores. I had a GY distributor contact them directly and they confirm the tires do not yet exist in that size.<br>
 

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Tom,<br>Are you looking for highway dry performance (cornering, braking, etc.) or for the overall real all-season use?<p>If this is the former - look for the summer tires.<p>And Conties have wear rate of 680, while ResponsEdge - 440, so I would expect much longer life for Conties.
 

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Need all-season. We go to the mountains a couple times a year, sometimes in snow, and the occasional light off-pavement stuff. If it was my car, I'd go for summer-only tires, but the wife is the primary pilot so we don't need all-out dry performance.<p>I expect the Dunlops will be a good compromise solution.<br>
 

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I bought Nokians in the OEM Size.<br>I ordered them online at: <A HREF="http://www.tirefactory.net" TARGET="_blank">http://www.tirefactory.net</A>/<br>They are on $219.00 each.<br>I like the look and thaey are all season.<br>I understand from other forum member they are good in the snow.<br>I like the tread pattern as well.<br>An Alernative to Michelins.<p>Hope this will give you another choice.<br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by fhpski at 11:32 AM 7-9-2006</i>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>civster</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Reducing unsprung weight is probably the best way to improve a vehicle's performance.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>If the XC90 was a performance vehicle then it might make a difference. Unless it is a race to the <br>shaded parking spot at soccer practice.
 

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The 255/55-18 Dunlops went on this morning. Same diameter as the OEM Michelins, and the extra section width looks a little chunky on the 7" wide Atlantis wheel, but the fit is otherwise great. No rubbing and they are just two pounds heavier than stock.<p>Car stays parked until Monday, when it goes in for the tie rod recall and alignment.<br>
 

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Re: Tire choices in 235/60-18

Resurrecting an old thread here...replacing tires again and I don't like the puffy look of the 255s on stock wheels, so staying with the OEM size this time, which (as always) severely limits one's options.<p>I wanted the Goodyear, back in 2006 and now, but the ResponsEdge is on perpetual national backorder <I>again</I> (do they make more than four sets a year, or what? I've never seen this tire actually available for purchase. Only ads that claim it exists).<p>Went with the Pirelli Scorpion Zero "ZZ" which has a newly redesigned tread and harder all-season compound. I hate Michelin and need a tire for the occasional mountain trip. We'll see how it goes.<br>
 

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Re: Tire choices in 235/60-18 (dachshund2)

20k thus far...there's probably a bit more left if I rotated once more and pushed it.<br>
 

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Re: Tire choices in 235/60-18 (TomW)

I opted for the Goodyear ResponsEdge (235/60/18) with 50,000 mile warranty after wearing my Michelin's out with only 21,000 miles. Tires are readily available in the Denver area (Goodyear store got them from warehouse and installed within 2 hours). We go to the mountains to ski every weekend and these tires perform great on dry road (performance driving), ice and deep snow. I've never lost grip or been stuck even in foot deep snow. These are the best tires I've ever owned and I will buy the same ones again. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Tire choices in 235/60-18 (atornquist)

Agreed. The ResponsEdges are quite good. There's much left to tell about how they will wear down the road (and how the noise level may change), but for now they're lightyears better than the Pirellis that we had.
 

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Re: Tire choices in 235/60-18 (nsany)

I got 50k out of the original Michelins (they were very thin at that point). I purchased Nokian WR SUV, and I am very happy with them.
 
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