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would like your opinion

is it true that the higher the tread wear rating the harder the tire rides and can feel more of the road imperfections?
 

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Usually higher the speed rating the harder the ride. Treadwear indicates how long the tire will last mileage wise, relative to another tire.
 

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Other than if you compare a runflat type tire with a standard tire, air pressure will make more difference in ride characteristics than speed rating or treadwear rating.

That being said, there are lots of other competing factors. High speed rated tires don't typically come in high aspect ratio sizes. This means that you won't commonly find a 225/60-16 tire with a Y speed rating, whereas if you drop down to a 50 aspect ratio, there are many 225/50-16 tires that are Y speed rated.

Treadwear also comes from a variety of means. Using the same tread compound, a tire molded with a greater tread depth will have a higher treadwear rating than one with a shallower tread depth. The greater tread depth tire will ride smoother because there's more rubber to absorb road imperfections.

Tires gain high speed ratings by using something known as a cap ply. This is an inelastic band that encircles the tire longitudinally and prevents the tread from bulging out at high speeds. Almost every tire above an H rating will use a cap ply, and many tires above even a T rating will use a cap ply. Depending on the material, a cap ply can create extra ride harshness to varying degrees.

Basically, if you want a tire of certain characteristics, the best bet would probably be to read the Tirerack owner reviews and tire tests, rather than to rely on speed rating or treadwear rating, and to generally stay away from runflat tires if you want a softer ride.
 

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Injuredagain.....you are the MAN. anything with tires or suspension etc. What else are you knowledgeable about on our cars?
by the way how did you get your "handle".....racing accident?
 

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Injuredagain.....you are the MAN. anything with tires or suspension etc. What else are you knowledgeable about on our cars?
by the way how did you get your "handle".....racing accident?
Knowledgeable about our cars? Not much compared to those here. I've only had ours for three months so I'm still trying to figure a lot of things out.

But I have thirty years of being spectacularly unsuccessful in pretending I'm the next coming of {insert name of famous race car driver}, and a lifelong auto enthusiast who has learned a lot from all of the mistakes I've made over those years in modding and fixing cars, and from wondering why.

InjuredAgain because I'm now in my middle 50's but keep trying to play sports like when I was in my 20's, and consequently have had four major surgeries all within the last 15 years to repair things I've broken or damaged, plus just the constant aches and pains of trying to break or damage body parts that haven't yet had surgery. My motto: what doesn't hurt, doesn't work.

I have the unhappy distinction of calling my wife **five** times either on my way to, or from within, the emergency room/hospital.

I'm going to hate it when I finally grow up, but that can wait for later!
 

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The last 5 or 6 years and all the bone headed stuff I did when I was younger and indestructible have caught up to me. Now I am paying for it all.....
 

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Yeah, I pay for it by getting really stiff if I'm still for too long, but after loosening up, I can do things most people my age aren't capable of. I'm definitely one of those who is not aging gracefully. I am fighting it tooth and nail the whole way, and as ugly as it already has been, I'm sure even worse is to come. But I think of it as the fun being the battle.


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Are you related to Evel Knievel.
Nah, not even close. I just like doing the things I've been doing for the past 40 years and don't want to stop doing them. Hopefully if I can keep going for another 40 years, they will have figured out how to transplant my head onto a Chippendale's model body and I'll be good again for another 80. . .
 
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