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Replaced the OEM supplied P215/50R18 Yokohama Avid S34s with Michelin Pilot Sport AS3 P225/45R18s. Quieter, more dry an wet grip and overall worth the investment. My local tire shop gave me $75 each trade-in for the Yokos and the shop was running a $100 rebate on the Michelins. I also use AS3s on my Miata during the cooler months as the Pilot Super Sport summer tires turn into traction losing hockey pucks below 50 degrees. Probably the best initial change one can make... Get good tires!
 

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Replaced the OEM supplied P215/50R18 Yokohama Avid S34s with Michelin Pilot Sport AS3 P225/45R18s. Quieter, more dry an wet grip and overall worth the investment. My local tire shop gave me $75 each trade-in for the Yokos and the shop was running a $100 rebate on the Michelins. I also use AS3s on my Miata during the cooler months as the Pilot Super Sport summer tires turn into traction losing hockey pucks below 50 degrees. Probably the best initial change one can make... Get good tires!
You know......I was just thinking about the tires on the GT model. The stock Yokohamas don't get very good reviews.
 

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The Yokos are average at best. Once I completed the tire change the car just felt more composed. Hard cornering was more confident. I'm not plugging Michelin. Tires are a personal choice and there are many very good brands. In my experience, replacing the OEM tires with a highly-rated performance-oriented all-season tire is money well spent.
 

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The Yokos are average at best. Once I completed the tire change the car just felt more composed. Hard cornering was more confident. I'm not plugging Michelin. Tires are a personal choice and there are many very good brands. In my experience, replacing the OEM tires with a highly-rated performance-oriented all-season tire is money well spent.
The Michelins are a great tire. Why not bump to 235/45r18?
Less speedometer error. Read 64.66 at 65actual as opposed to 63.79 at 65 actual, and fill those big wheel wells a little better.

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If the stock rim is 7x18" the widest recommended size is 215.
7" is really narrow for 18" rim.
 

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I will keep my OEM tire since they came with the car.
I will consider other brand when it will be time for them to be changed.
 
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