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What tyres are the best?

PostPost by: abstamaria » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:26 pm

Jim. many thanks.

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PostPost by: 661 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:59 pm

Really pleased with Yoko A drive 165/70 13
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PostPost by: AHM » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:36 pm

abstamaria wrote:Are those 80 series tires, AHM?


Yes they are 155/80/13 they also do 145/80/13

The original radial tyre size is 82% - 80% is close enough for me.

simonknee wrote:Strange but I've not come across those Firestone before.
They look like a good replacement for my aging Dunlop SP10 145R13
And you get all four plus a spare in for the price of ONE Michelin XAS!!

If your tyres are old then change them for anything, the car will be so much nicer to drive. For a good price phone around local tyre places how much for a set of XYZ and how much for fitting my own tyres for a good price in the UK I buy them from Camskill - The tyre places are used to it - ?12 per wheel is about right you will get some saying ?20... keep phoning. Be prepared to travel I got Camskill to deliver them to my parents house and a local place put them on for ?10 a wheel.

One of the reasons for factoring in price is that I wont mind changing them even if they are still legal!

Another thing I did was to get the tyre place to choose the 4 least buckled wheels - I was going to get them to put the worst wheel with an old tyre for the spare but the old tyres were dead.
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PostPost by: andyhodg » Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:10 pm

One tip for getting tyres fitted is go to a scrap yard that supplies and fits part worn tyres. My local place fitted my new tyres to the wheels for ?5 per wheel + ?2 balance. A bargin when compared to all tyre shops I asked. They would only do the jpb on loose wheels, not ones fitted to the car, they did dispose of the old tyres though.

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:21 pm

simonknee wrote:What post had the answer then, Pete? :twisted:

All of they. :wink:
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PostPost by: simonknee » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:27 pm

Touch?. :D
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PostPost by: gazzamuffin » Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:19 am

thanks to all for your replies!

I the best deal i have found is ?47 fitted and balanced for goodyears
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:15 am

gazzamuffin wrote:I the best deal i have found is ?47 fitted and balanced for goodyears

I found the best deal for my Goodyears was from a small local company - ?33 each including fitting, balancing and VAT - at the time that was cheaper than the on-line suppliers but is was a couple of years ago. They didn't actually stock them but ordered them in for me.
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PostPost by: richard sprint » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:14 pm

I'm sure the Michelin XAS are very very good but at ?175 per corner - maybe for the future?!

I do however have a good feeling for Michelin so I gave these a try especially as the cars going through 1000 miles of running in/adjustment/tracking/suspension set up : Michelin Energy - 155 80 R13 at 40 a corner (or thereabouts).

TBH can give no meaningful comment on good or bad - why? have nothing else to compare with, not likely to drive this car in the wet and only driven 250 miles total in an elan!
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