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My 2009 Sky Redline has accumulated only 5200 miles since new. As you can imagine, I am still running the OEM tires. Recently, I've noticed these tires have become very slippery (lacking grip) and the car is considerably more "loose" to drive. I've checked the inflation on all four tires and am right at the recommended pressure. Do these tires harden over time on their own? I live in South Texas so when I do drive the car, the asphalt can be quite hot. I'm thinking the rubber compound has hardened due to a combination of heat and age. Anyone have any experience with this? I can certainly replace the tires but it seems odd to do so when I have lots of remaining tread life.

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You are exactly right. Replace them right away. The rubber ages, grip worsens, ride worsens and the tendency for blowouts and/or tread separation increases.

It's not (just) a mileage thing, it's an age thing.
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Yes, at 8 years of age your tires are probably done. Your experience with them lacking grip confirms this. It is time to replace them and depending on what you want out of them, there are a lot of choices. Living in South Texas if you're not seeing a lot of rain...and absolutely no snow...you can go with a more aggressive Summer tire. I'm assuming since you have only 5000 miles on it that you only drive it in summer, in good weather, and just for pleasure. As such all season radials would not be a good choice.
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Thanks everyone for the comments and advice. Time for new tires!

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What were the OEM tires on a 2008 Redline? Trying to determine if my tires are still the originals. Goodyear Eagle F1s?

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Yup. You got it
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What were the OEM tires on a 2008 Redline? Trying to determine if my tires are still the originals. Goodyear Eagle F1s?
Check the date code on the side of the tire. If the original owner bought the same crappy tires to replace his original tires you'll not be able to tell if the tires are original by looking at the make of the tire. Those tires are so bad I'm surprised that the original owner lived long enough to be able to sell the car.
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Check the date code on the side of the tire. If the original owner bought the same crappy tires to replace his original tires you'll not be able to tell if the tires are original by looking at the make of the tire. Those tires are so bad I'm surprised that the original owner lived long enough to be able to sell the car.
That is good advice. But one of the things I have always been good at is adjusting my driving style to fit within the parameters of the patch of rubber that is in contact with the road, regardless of the design of that patch.

The main problem with the original tires (Goodyear RS-A) is that they were designed for a heavier car than the Solstice and Sky.

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If I remember correctly the RS-As were on the non-turbo cars.
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What were the OEM tires on a 2008 Redline? Trying to determine if my tires are still the originals. Goodyear Eagle F1s?
Goodyear F1 - GS-2. They never did like to be cold, as they get older they really, really don't like the cold mid-western weather.



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This is how to read a date code on your tires for those that are unfamiliar with the means to do so.

https://www.tirebuyer.com/education/...-of-your-tires
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Good! I finally have a way to get a date!
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Seems like while I used to wear out tires or swap them due to damage, I replace them more now from age. Either I am driving like a grown up, double-wishbones are easier on tires, or the tires are better.
Maybe all of the above.
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I could have sworn I had the Goodyears. Maybe that was the Redline I test drove before I got this one.

Anyway I have Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3, fronts from 2012 and rears 2014. I'm glad as I did not want to have to buy tires for the stock rims if I end up getting different rims. Now I have time.

I looked them up on Tirerack and they are rated so so, but really only in weather conditions the car is not driven in. The A/S3 Plus are rated a lot better. Anyway, they will work for now


Would You Recommend? 6.4 - Fair
Wet Performance 8.7 - Excellent
Dry Performance 9.0 - Excellent
Winter/Snow Performance 4.8 - Fair
Comfort Performance 8.0 - Good
Treadwear Performance 6.5 - Fair

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