Q: Greg, I read your answer to a person who had a muscle car or pony car that "tire hopped" under acceleration in the winter, but not in the summer. You said his problem was due to the coldness of the rubber and roads in the wintertime.
I have a beautiful Firebird Formula LT1 that tire hopped all the time, and it started doing so when I put on a new set of tires that weren't as good as the ones I took off. When I switched back to the better, more expensive brand (Goodyear), with proper speed rating, the tire hop stopped. Just wanted to let you know. Steve from Michigan.
A: Thanks Steve. You have experienced the importance of quality tires, and I've had the same situation with my cars over the years. Recently, I had a similar problem with my son's Z28 that was tire hopping.
We switched from the rubber that came on the car when we bought it, (the tire was not a real good one similar to your situation) and put on four new 275/40R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport tires.
What a difference! Gone are all the problems previously encountered and traction is great.
I want to emphasize to my readers there are many quality tires to choose from companies like Firestone, Cooper, Bridgestone, Goodyear, Toyo, Michelin, Pirelli, Dunlop and on and on, but the bottom line is to spend money where immediate results can be felt, and never skimp when it comes to what puts you and your family on the road, be it performance or safety.
Buy quality tires at all times.