I know this has been discussed in this forum before but I want to clarify
We got 40k out of our first set of run flats. I went to the tire center
(it's all they do) and was told:
- no difference in ride between ride flat and regular tires.
- because of the low profile isn't able to dissipate heat as well as larger
tires I can expect 10-15k out of the new set for city driving and double
that for highway (that amounts to a set every 12-16 months).
- none of the manufacturers they carry (which is most) offer a low profile
tire with guaranteed mileage.
Given the wear would be consistent, I selected a set of high traction tires
for $117 / tire which was half the price of the run flats.
Agreed, first thing I did was replace the 16" Runflats with some 17" alloys
with proper tyres, and then put some cut slicks on the 16" for trips to the
For once we agree Brownzie..........
but I don't rate Falcons, I have them on my mini and its crap round Castle
combe, my other mini has Bridgestone's, that car will hang on to the track
like Velcro... brilliant tyres,
Never used falkens either.
During the summer I have Yokohama Parada Spec 2 shod on the bini which are
During the winter months I swap to Kumho Ecsta's as the Yoko's turn into
greased pigs when cold !!
I used to use toyo's but they seemed to wear very quickly when you start
bimbling around europe and doing 6 or 7 trips to the Nord each year ;-)
Just curious, but which Bridgestone's are you using? I'm still
on the factory runflats, and would never buy them again.....too harsh
and too noisy. I'm staying with 16 inch tires, because I want as much
sidewall to cushion the ride as possible. What with a small wheelbase
and sport suspension, the ride is harsh enough. Going to a 17 inch
tire would make it even harsher, so I'm sticking with a 16 inch tire.
I'll be needing tires soon, so I was curious about the Bridgestones...
Jacob (Oh, I won't be driving it in the snow, just dry and rain
conditions, so I don't need an all season tire)
I doubt it very much Steve,
Most european manufacturers are slowly designing cars without the facility
for a spare wheel,
BMW with the MINI started the ball rolling,
its just a matter of time before the rest catch-up,
after all, very few people actualy change there own wheel, they call out one
of the motoring organisations to do it, so in an emergency situation,, its
quicker and easier for most people to use the repair kit provided,
"Its a nice car.... just got the wrong badges fitted"
see you soon
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