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    Michelin Pilot Super Sport or PS2 ?

    Anyone have any reason or thoughts about putting a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports on the rear of my Cayman S when I have PS2icon's on the front ? I can't think of a reason why I can not mix and match like this.

    Also, why are the SS's so much less in cost than the PS2's ?

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    Re: Michelin Pilot Super Sport or PS2 ?

    My track mentor said put the most sticky tires you can on the front and rear and the front and rear doesn't have to match and learn how to drive with it. But this is for the track.

    For the road I think PS2icon and PSS is close enough so you should be ok. But do prepare to replace the other set once you have the new tires on and the car feels unstable.
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    Re: Michelin Pilot Super Sport or PS2 ?

    I have that exact setup on my car currently. PS2icon in front, PSS on rears. (19s)

    Got unrepairable sidewall puncture on one of the rears recently and had to replace both rears. Bought a set of PSS for the rears instead of PS2. Had ~15,000 miles on the OEM PS2s before I got the puncture on the rear. Left the OEM PS2 on the fronts.

    Been about 2 months like that (daily driver), seems to be fine. Only problem I've encountered so far is I've been accelerating out of corners extra hard to try and put some extra wear into the rears to "even up" the treadwear with the fronts.

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    Re: Michelin Pilot Super Sport or PS2 ?

    I bought a set of four PSSs but only changed out the rear tires.(My fronts are PS2s and I could not bring myself to toss them out.They have about 25,000 miles on them and still have over half the tread depth left.) My TPMS sensors are shot and they are on back order at the dealer. I will probably put the new front tires on then since the tires have to be removed from the wheels for the install. That being said, I feel no difference what so ever in regards to the handling with PSSs on the rear and PS2s on the front. My car ia an 08 Cayman with 18" wheels.

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    Re: Michelin Pilot Super Sport or PS2 ?

    I want to thank everyone for some great information. I see that I am not alone in this question
    of mix and match. Mostly because I tend to burn off the rears about every 90 to 120 days
    because I go to track days as well as potentially strange activities while driving. I am sure
    you all have had a healthy buildup of melted rubber bits on the rear wheel wells. Well that
    would explain the tire wear right there.

    So my front Michelin Pilot PS2icon's are in great shape with another three months on them
    left. The rears need to go. I think Michelin Pilot Super Sports will work nicely given what
    all you fine folks are saying. Also, yes, I will burn off the first 300 km worth of tread in
    order to get to the good compound below. :-)

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    Re: Michelin Pilot Super Sport or PS2 ?

    Blooming heck - 90 to 120 days! That's an expensive drift habit you've got. FWIW the Porsche folks I know all agree with me that the PSS are far better than PS2icon and last longer too, maybe for you 130 days a set. I've been advised not to mix and match and yes that's a pain. I have a half worn set of 19" PS2 fronts if you're interested that you can have for not much money.

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    Re: Michelin Pilot Super Sport or PS2 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by scayden View Post
    I bought a set of four PSSs but only changed out the rear tires.(My fronts are PS2s and I could not bring myself to toss them out.They have about 25,000 miles on them and still have over half the tread depth left.) My TPMS sensors are shot and they are on back order at the dealer. I will probably put the new front tires on then since the tires have to be removed from the wheels for the install. That being said, I feel no difference what so ever in regards to the handling with PSSs on the rear and PS2s on the front. My car ia an 08 Cayman with 18" wheels.
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    Re: Michelin Pilot Super Sport or PS2 ?

    I go through a fair amount of tires and brakes and oil changes. I have had a number of odd and interesting cars over the past twenty years but I think my Cayman S is the most track ready. So yes, I have been through four sets of tires in the past 18 months or so, totally reasonable. I just have never mixed and matched and I wanted to have a try with Pirelli Trofeo's also. For now I will put the Super Sports on the rear and they should last me until end of October or maybe even November. I think part of the wear may be realted to the Eiback suspension and much larger sway bars combined with a camber setup. Not sure really.

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