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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Traction Problems

Just bought 2006 GTO M6, pure stock, 18" factory wheels and tires. Not my first experience with high HP car. I can not make it hook at any speed or RPM in 1st or second gear. Plus, when car is started it should have traction control on. Mine is opposite. Starts with it off but when I press the button the "traction control off" light goes off. Very discouraged and will sell if I can't make improvements with traction. I couldn't beat a tractor from 0-60 the way it is. By the way, 12,400 miles and absolutely like brand new. This is not an attempt to sell the car. I love it except for that. I am not willing to do any major mods. An upgrade in tires or something like that would be acceptable. Any help would be much appreciated as I am very disappointed. Thanks
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The factory tires for 18 inch wheels (235/40/18) are very narrow even at stock power. Better tires may help a little. When I got my 2006 M6 it would BURN the rears at 60mph in 3rd gear (it had $99 nexen tires though). I found an 04 owner with 17s (245/45/17) who wanted to trade due to his strut rub issue. This helped more than I thought it would, and they are still "stock" wheels. There are also a lot more/better tire options for the 17s. Just my $.02. As far as the traction button working backwards, that is a new one. Has it been custom tuned? If so someone may have set it up that way for whatever reason. Good luck!
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Thanks for getting back so quickly. I don't know any history on the car as I bought it from a dealer. I will agree it could have maybe been tuned that way. I haven't had a chance to drive it much as I live in Central NY. I'm hoping that lower tire pressure and warmer roads will help. It won't be practical to put tires not reccomended for the rain as it always does here. Any suggestions on tire pressure still okay for general driving? We don't roll race here, it's all digs. Thanks again
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This isn't a great car to launch.

Are you spinning(driver mod) or is there wheel hop? What tires do you currently have?

These cars are known for suspension failure that could also make it harder to launch.

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Definite wheel hop in the second that I hit the gas on the roll. I'll get back to you on the tires. I have forgotten. With only 12.400 miles, I would hope that the suspension is still okay. I don't even dare to do a hard start from 0. Thanks
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Do you still have a dealer warranty for your TC problem since it is such a recent purchase with low mileage. These cars have a problem with the BCM Module wiring shorts (You can read about the BCM wiring fix on a Sticky on this Forum). As the harness runs behind the glove box there is some rubbing on some metal that causes a variety of problems including the TC possibly acting up. This could be your problem or my other thought is somebody had the switch out and it is wired backwards.
On the tire question....I have had very good luck with Continental Extreme Contact DWS which are all season performance tires. I am running 245/40ZR18 93Y and am very happy with the traction in all weather.
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I have to go to AZ for a week.
I would like to pick this up when I get back.
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Old Goat , read with interest as I have an 06 with stock 18's... do you have issue with strut rub going with that 10mm wider tire.?I would like to go with a wider set up as well.
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Just like Old Goat said - 235/40ZR18 Bridgestone Potenza RE040 all the way around. When I took it for a ride last weekend it was about 38 degrees with 36 pounds in the rear. I would second the question about clearance for the bigger tires.
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Sorry - 06M6BLK stated original tire size but no matter - that's what I have.
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