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Old 08-08-2019, 09:21 PM   #1
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So, I've been driving the Aura into the office this week. I've noticed an uncomfortable tendency for ridges in the pavement to drag the car along with them. I've done some research and the term "tramlining" is coming up, where the ridges in a road drag you along their path. The car has the same tires as original, Goodyear Eagle LS2, made in 2013. Is this typical of the tires or the car? Is there a tire that plays better with the car?
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So, I've been driving the Aura into the office this week. I've noticed an uncomfortable tendency for ridges in the pavement to drag the car along with them. I've done some research and the term "tramlining" is coming up, where the ridges in a road drag you along their path. The car has the same tires as original, Goodyear Eagle LS2, made in 2013. Is this typical of the tires or the car? Is there a tire that plays better with the car?

I also run my Aura XR on the factory-specified tires, and had a "better-than-average" experience with them, with respect to longevity.
  • ]1st set got 73,000 miles
  • 2nd set got 98,000 miles
  • 3rd set is in use; and the car has 207,xxx miles on it... They've STILL got good tread life.



Wet traction has been my only sufferage; however in Southern California, the car doesn't see much rain/snow. You probably see much much more wetness.
Tracking, on these LSēs seems about average..


If you elect to change to a different model (or brand) of tire, keep in mind that the car is designed to use a tire which turns 777 revolutions per mile.

Good luck. I wish you many miles of happy motoring in your Aura.
I hope this helps.

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For what its worth, I've put a set of Falken Sincera SN201 A/S on the car. It fixes my problem with the ruts and ridges of DC highways pulling the wheel out of my hands. It has a much more compliant ride through the Washington, DC canyons. It doesn't have as sharp a feel as the Goodyear's did, but that's a sacrifice I'll make. Oh and they will chirp if you have the wheel turned and think you can pull out in front of someone. I had forgotten how front wheel drive cars can do.

If there is a next time, I'll be looking at some higher speed rated tires, but for now these will be decent commuters.
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Hi again!

My Aura XR is now at 213,000 miles; and I somehow managed to damage a belt, internally, on one of the tires. (serious pothole on freeway)... Immediately afterwards, car began pulling to the right.... I cross-rotated the front tires, after which it started pulling to the left... I moved the questionable tire to the rear, and could feel a ride disturbance at 3-10 mph, and also at 105 mph.

I stuck with Goodyear Eagles, but INSTEAD of the original LSē, I got the Exhilarate...
They have a higher speed rating ("W", as opposed to "T") <168mph vs 118mph>; and I absolutely love them!
The factory speed-limiter of 117mph has been removed; and this was the perfect opportunity for getting a tire which would accommodate the higher speeds, attainable. (Admittedly, I was a bit perturbed because the tread-depth was still very good on the LSē's... but SAFETY FIRST!)

Now, at 125mph, the car feels solid, sure, and safe.
(I actually feel 40 yrs younger when driving this car, now)

I'd highly recommend the Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate.... They are assymetric, all-season tires with VERY GOOD ratings for driving in rain.

I hope this helps.

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