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I'd consider some remoulds if only to wind the people up I work with, who already think I'm crackers.

 

What are they actually like? Are they useable enough for 10k worth of wear or are they likely to go all funny and the tread fall off? I genuinely would like people's thoughts on them here?

 

The track cars at Bruntingthorpe all used to be fitted with remoulds, Colway if i recall right, reckoned to be the dogs bollocks.

 

Never had remoulds on a car, but they're still a regular fitment on lorries where heat is a much bigger problem than on any car.

 

About 30 years ago my then boss issued me with a brand new DAF 2500, which i liked a lot, and to really piss me off he removed the drive axle tyres (for use on steers, often the same tyre in those days) and had a set of Kenprest remoulds put on, cue much wingeing and effing from me...talk about egg on face, those Kenprests were and still are the best wet gripping set of lorry tyres i've ever had, you just couldn't unstick the sods.

Mind you a later boss bought a rake of Bandags for us to use on the Rolonoff skip motors double drive axles, between the three of us it worked out about a blow out a week.

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I won't have a bad word said about Barum tyres, they grip like fuck and wear well. I don't fit anything else now.

 

My '76 CZ still has its' original Barums, and they're fine. Given that it's been laid up since '78. Sure I'll get a few miles out of them with a bit of Back To Black. Failing that, I'll see if Barum still make the originals, and get a pair. Fuck yer hyperbikes, and their highly specialised ZR rated condoms, which Bridgestone/Michelin etc., forget about after two years. The Barums (or maybe Avons) will be exactly the same tyres as they were in '76.

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I bought a set of Vee Rubber tyres for the Mobylette, which sound a bit like something for the weekend, sir.

And a set of BOA-G tyres for my beach cruiser.

 

One of my favourite brands of car tyres is Fulda. They are named after a city in Germany, in Hessia. You Brits might not entirely get the spirit, but whoever has been to Fulda would not name anything after it. Fulda is roughly twice the size of Vienna's Central Cemetary, but half as entertaining. It's also largely pedestrianised. It's a bit like naming tyres after Northampton.

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I remember when a certain late 60's Alfa Romeo 105 Coupe came to the workshop with fate-O tyres on it. These cars have crazy torque and a very light back end.

 

I told him flat out he should be dead by now and certainly will be if he doesn't change them.

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THE MIGHTY PRIDE has Kumhos all round which are thunderously crap in the dry but stick like shot to a bedsheet in the wet. In fairness the handling normally runs out before the grip but its reassuring in the wet that it does stick so well.

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THE MIGHTY PRIDE has Kumhos all round which are thunderously crap in the dry but stick like shot to a bedsheet in the wet. In fairness the handling normally runs out before the grip but its reassuring in the wet that it does stick so well.

I found that they gave very controllable 4wheel drifts in the dry...

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My '76 CZ still has its' original Barums, and they're fine. Given that it's been laid up since '78. Sure I'll get a few miles out of them with a bit of Back To Black. Failing that, I'll see if Barum still make the originals, and get a pair. Fuck yer hyperbikes, and their highly specialised ZR rated condoms, which Bridgestone/Michelin etc., forget about after two years. The Barums (or maybe Avons) will be exactly the same tyres as they were in '76.

Proper...

My Jawa had its original Barums on when I bought it, managing almost 30,000 miles with little wear. Just before I sold I fitted a matching set of metzelers which made a massive difference in the wet.

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On bikes I have always been a terrible tyre snob.  Unless, it was something I'd bought to make a few quid on... I bought an Aprillia RS125 for pennies with faults to do up and flog on and it came with brand new tyres, but, they were some hideous brand called 'Mitas'. They were alleged to be 'sporty and looked the part, but obviously utter shite.

 

The first time I rode it was to take it for an MOT and apart from the pace that the little horror went (de-restricted!) I was astonished by how good the tyres were. Gripped fine, loads of confidence in corners, good tyres.

 

My nearly new Honda has got a matched pair of Aztechs or Appache or some such on the front and another matched pair of Landfill on the rear. How come, one hears you ask if the car has only done 8500 miles? Because the original Japlops had cracked to fuck in under three years! Loads of tread, like new in fact but cracks everywhere.

 

I'd love to go out and buy new Michelins or continentals but I'm cheap so I won't! :) To be fair, they are fine although the Landfills on the back are the noisiest things I've ever heard and sound like a DC10 on take-off!

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Criteria for when I buy tyres is as long as they are the same profile per axle its acceptable. Most of my cars have a mix and match of brands. The only car to have a complete set is the alto with matching dunlops which were made in 1991...

 

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THE MIGHTY PRIDE has Kumhos all round which are thunderously crap in the dry but stick like shot to a bedsheet in the wet. In fairness the handling normally runs out before the grip but its reassuring in the wet that it does stick so well.

The Kumhos were a massive improvement on the Broadspeed, Arrowspeed and 2 other mismatched no name brands that were on it before. One of them was a snow and ice tyre. GR9 for squeal at sub legal (30mph) speed.

 

As 320touring says with Kumhos you can drift it in a very controllable manner, but it is mainly massive understeer.

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I worked in a garage years ago and the owner told me if a part ex came in with a matching set of decent make tyres then chances are its been maintained to some degree at least , if it had odd unknown shit ones fitted then chances are the owner didnt spend feck all on it or service it so he always offered less in the part ex deal 

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Hiy all...

 

  Just for a bit of fun, do you have any experiences with some interestingly names tyres ? I've been 'investing' in the Korean / Chinese / Taiwanese market of tyre trade for a while and find myself genuinely impressed.. I have run different cars / vans and like to keep a good tyre but don't like to pay through the nose for one, I buy 'online' from 'My Tyres' or Round and Black or similar and get them fitted at my local tyre shop. THIS IS BY NO MEANS SCIENTIFIC.. Lets put an end to tyre brand snobbery. I don't drive like a nutter, I try and upset as many New Car Drivers as possible, slow and steady is my philosophy, New modern cars have better brakes and 'Driver aids' so why not use them ?

 

 Michelin = top price sometimes disappointing because of wear or grip but generally good, the only major shite tyre was some Van tyres I had that seemed to be made of a mosaic of different rubber on the side walls, they lasted 4 years before being changed with almost new tread but the sidewalls like snake skin.. 10k miler.

 

Goodrich = great tyre, never an issue, lasted, good handling, cheap, did the job but can be hard to get. 10k miler

 

Continental = crap, odd wear, poor cornering, expensive, like driving on marbles.. 4k miler

 

Pirelli = Same as above..

 

Avon = UMMM, what to say... Cheap, strange handling, poor grip, dissolve before your eyes, criminal amount of edge wear leaving new tread in the middle.. 3 - 6k miler.. I bought loads of these based on price but got on first name terms with the local tyre shop fitter which is why I decided to sample some el Cheapo hoopos....

 

 I have had several oddly named brands;

 

Sunny =  Winter M+S tyres have been a bargain, cheap, deep tread, long lasting, not going to win any cornering competitions but no worse than a big named brand.

 

Ling Long = ( Yes this is the name on the side of a tyre ) I have fitted to my Berlingo 'Camper', I just needed some cheap tyres to go on a car that isn't going to do many miles so I bought the cheapest tyres I could find, these were £34 fitted per corner, they do everything a tyre should do, handle good, brake good, not much slippage, very impressed.

 

 In short my experience has been disappointing for the Well known brands and impressive for the cheapochong brands, that's not to say there aren't bad / good in all brands.. Sorry I've no pictures but I'm sure you can provide some interesting examples.

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Have to say, I like Coopers.  I put a used set on my Daimler Sovereign in 2002 to replace the ancient Pirellis and they transformed the car!  I could fling it about like a rally Escort!

 

My work Transit came with Continentals from new four years ago.  The rear pair, and unused spare, are still on, but the front pair (FWD) died in short order.  I think the replacements are Firestone, which are wearing much better.

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Personally I will never again fit a pair of Cheng Shin Hwa Fong Chinese plastic tyres, that I got given by a mate because they caused him to pirouette his 320 on several occasions, to the rear of a Sierra, because they caused me a serious dry cleaning bill when I spun off the A414 into a field one dark rainy evening.

Amazingly the only damage to the Sierra was both fuel pipes being squashed flat against the floor, somehow it still ran perfectly and were replaced at work the next day.

 

I have tried many name brands over the years, Currently running a full set of Goodyear Efficientgrips on the Passat which are frankly amazing in the wet and have very good fuel economy/noise ratings too. The Dunlop Bluresponse I had previously were decidedly underwhelming in terms of grip and life expectancy.

 

Bridgestone Potenza RE050 on my Renault 5 gripped like a limpet despite my determined efforts to tear them off of the rims.

 

Wore out a pair of Yokahama A510s in 9000 miles many years ago due to trying to corner on my door handles. I do like to press on at times.

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Our workshop fit Hankook tyres to our Connect vans, they are bloody awful, wet roads feel like ice and the edge wear is ridiculous (two sets in 10k). Luckily for me last time I needed a pair on the front they were out of stock and I got Vredesteins fitted,they've totally transformed the handling and seem to be wearing at a reasonable rate after 3k.

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I’ve had a full set of Davanti’s fitted to the GTV last week on the recommendation of the garage. They appear to be Chinese tyres with a European name. Only done 50 miles so far so no room to comment other than they are quieter and haven’t killed me yet.

I shall report back...

 

 

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The Mazda has some Chinese sounding tyres on it, and they are.... great! They grip absolutely fine wet or dry, aren't noisy and don't seem to be wearing (but then in 400 miles, they ain't gonna!). The Kia has good tyres on the back and horrible LingLongs on the front, guess what, it understeers like a stuck pig on grease! The Dollop has Michelins, they are utterly wonderful in all respects (sic) and £120 a tyre whereas the 'proper' Avons are £400 odd and the Avons are utter crap.

 

The previous MX5 (MK3) had brand new Asian tyres on it and it was appaling in the wet, maybe that was the car, but personally, I thought it was the tyres. Fun though :)

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