Understandable. Everyone's comfort levels are different. Personally, I prefer driving around in track mode 90% of the time and don't mind the stiff ride. I just bought a new set of all season Pirelli take offs, but they came out of Chicago. I thought about switching away from the run flats, but I liked the all season Pirelli so far. They have handled well in all weather so far and grip well.
Any specific reason you chose the Yokos?
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Heh heh, yeah I can't imagine being able to tollerate the Track mode setting during daily driving duties. Not out here anyway.
We also noticed quite a bit of interior road noise compared to the Trailblazer SS we traded in for this SRT8. I dropped the air pressure down in the Pirelli's from the 44 psi that was in them upon delivery, to 33 psi (the lowest the TPM's would allow before getting the warning light) and didn't notice a bit of difference in ride quality or road noise.
We have a very nice selection of curvy roads out here in the foot hills and mountains and I took the Jeep for a very spirited run up one road near me. I found that the Pirelli's up front - even aired down to 33 lbs - would push on the tight turns. A pretty un-settling feeling. I just didn't find the Pirelli's to be very grippy.
We ran Blizzaks year 'round on our TBSS and we LOVED those tires in all conditions. Like driving on velcro be it wet, dry or frozen/snow. The TBSS was our preferred car to drive in sloppy conditions because of the Blizzaks. We got about 42K miles out of the last set. REALLY disappointed that they're not made in the correct size for the SRT8 Jeep.
Which is why we went with the Yokohama's. Not many tire choices in 295/45/20. And at $182/tire....... the decision was fairly easy. On line we found that over 88% of folks that bought the Yokohamas liked them in all conditions. We wanted a good winter tire and these just seemed to be the best choice since the Blizzaks were not an option.
We've had the Yokohama's on now for a couple weeks and 2 snows with slick roads and so far they've performed as expected. Not blown away with slick road performance like we were with the Blizzaks, but these do work well. Interior road noise was reduced noticibly as well.
Wheew....... How's that for an answer?
BTW........ if anyone wants another set of Pirelli Scorpions, I've still got them...... 1100 miles on 'em........ make you a heckuva deal!