Lotus Elan

Cheap tires (tyres)

PostPost by: mbell » Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:41 pm

Wear is listed as 420, but I think that is a bit hopeful compared to most tires. They are significant softer than the Michelin AS/3+ I run on the daily with a 500 rating.
'73 +2 130/5 RHD, now on the road and very slowly rolling though a "restoration"
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PostPost by: prezoom » Fri Nov 04, 2016 3:20 am

I the number is well below 200, you have 4 gum rubber erasers. Which will be great fun for a very short time.
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PostPost by: S2Jay » Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:15 am

I was very interested in this as I am considering using this size tire when [if?] I ever get my car back on the road. After a bit of research, I found that the ?Barum Brillantis 2? has replaced the original ?Barum Brillantis?, and is reported to be a much improved tire in every regard.

An interesting website for pics & reviews is here: http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre/Barum/Brillantis.htm

They record reviews from users & score the cumulative results. They did not have sidewall data available.
The newer ?Barum Brillantis 2? seems quite a good tire for the price, while the original Barum Brillantis seems closer to what you would expect from a low budget replacement item.

The survey of owners? reports indicated that about 44% would buy the Barum Brillantis again, where 73% said they would re-purch the newer version. The newer model is said to have improved grip wet & dry with better road feel & more predictable breakaway.

There is an observable difference in the tread patterns between the 2, and it appears that the tires on eBay are the earlier version. Still tempting at that price with shipping included.
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Sat Nov 05, 2016 7:58 pm

Gentlemen,

Thanks, very informative.

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PostPost by: mbell » Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:13 pm

One of the reason I decided to try them on top of good reviews and price was there availability. Being available at discount tires means should I be on a trip or driving a round there a good chance of finding a replacement some what locally.

If I'd gone for vredsteins a tires issue could be a significant problem/delay. While a replacement was located.
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