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Tyres question for road use Sprint owners

PostPost by: Bitsilly » Tue Jan 17, 2023 6:55 pm

Before anyone tells me off for not looking at the archive, I have.
I would still like to have an updated opinion on what tryes are best for a Sprint.
it is not planned to use it at a track, mainly dry local drives.
Pretty aggressive driving when dry but obviously may get caught in the rain and have to drive home carefully!
So 90% of the time dry pretty aggressive driving, but able to get you home if it rains!
Grippy in the dry would be nice but not enough to ruin old school handling!
There you have it!
Not asking a lot!!! Just which tyres?!
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PostPost by: pabbage » Tue Jan 17, 2023 9:11 pm

if you have the budget xas tyres are the way to go
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PostPost by: Bitsilly » Tue Jan 17, 2023 9:36 pm

Have spent my 3 kid’s inheritance on the restoration so can probably stretch!
Any more details?
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PostPost by: pabbage » Tue Jan 17, 2023 9:39 pm

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Wed Jan 18, 2023 5:59 am

Lots of post in the past about this.
Personal choice but some people decide if no safety rib fit tubes.
Imho it's not because of the rivets, the rims are well painted and airtight.
Have a read of past posts.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Wed Jan 18, 2023 8:33 am

I have the Michelin's and they are first rate. In fact all my cars are shod with Michelin tyres of various types. They are quieter, longer lasting, better riding, grippier and perform better than the others I have had before.

On my Sprint they are tubed, as Dougal at Longstone recommends. Tubes don't cost that much extra either.

My one concession is that the spare wheel is shod with a Dunlop Aquajet, as a nod to originality!

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PostPost by: HCA » Wed Jan 18, 2023 9:22 am

Yes! Please buy Michelin! In fact, change all your cars to Michelin!

The more expensive the better as it supports our economy and helps keep my tax down! :lol:
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PostPost by: 661 » Wed Jan 18, 2023 9:36 am

I use XAS FF 155s in an S4 shell.
The wheels are 5" revolutions and no tubes.
They are simply much better than the half dozen or so other tyres I have tried over the years.
It's £1k for 6 years of smiles
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PostPost by: Bitsilly » Wed Jan 18, 2023 11:59 am

My wheels are I think Sue Miller ones.
I don't think I would NEED inners, but quite happy to do so.
I think from my further reading that some are saying they are better with the tubes in, or is that wrong.
Might be safer just to get inner tubes.
And thanks!
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PostPost by: gentry74 » Wed Jan 18, 2023 4:50 pm

I bought these for my s3.

145HR13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

So far I am quite pleased. There are additional sizes available.
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PostPost by: mwhitaker » Thu Jan 19, 2023 12:39 am

Love my Michelin XAS FF 155-13 on Sue Millers repro steel wheels with tubes from Dougal at Longstone Tyres-they look right, ride well, and grip/handle well with great steering feel- a bit pricey but well worth it at my 700-800 miles/yr. I switch to my spare Panasport wheels and Achilles 122 tyres for winter to keep mileage/wear down a bit and do try to stay out of the rain if possible so I don't need my lights/wipers and have less cleanup to do....

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