gpsman wrote:I put really grippy UHP Summer tires on my front.
I noticed less squeal (down to none) in fast corners, but the car will still spin the tires when accerating full throttle on a full charge. I agree with the article. Grippier tires are nice if you don’t mind a small hit in range.
My change in range was not as dramatic as the author’s. I think less than 10%. I could not tell if he used all 4 or only two in front. I wanted the UHP mostly for acceleration and it didn’t help much. I guess the car is too light in front. When they wear out (in something ridiculous like 20,000 miles) I will put the originals back on. I had LRR tires last 86,000 for me on other cars. Of course LRR cost more.
Thanks for sharing your experience. I wonder how much of the author's 10% hit is from the tires and how much is from his now-sportier driving style.
My plan is to ride out the next winter or two on the stock "all season" (really 3-season in snow country) tires. Once I buy proper snow tires, I will replace the all-seasons with proper sticky summer tires. Then I'll just keep those two sets. The Bolt is too much fun to drive to throw away performance on the crummy stock tires!
Efficiency does still matter, though. I need the Bolt to make my regular (semi-monthly) longish (250-300 miles one-way) trips. Yes, there are DCQCs along the route, but more efficient tires means less time spent charging.