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Daily had Pirelli P7's, excellent but noisy

 

Now it has Dunlop Bluresponse, bit "squidgier" but excellent in the wet. Quiet too. Replacement is due so will probably buy again, or maybe give Uniroyal Rainsports a whirl

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Streetwise has very poorly rated Infinity INF05 tyres on the front http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre/Infinity/INF-05.htm - however, have never experienced any of the horror stories others reported therein - can only assume the fatter ones are better.

 

Rear tyres are ace, stuck on by local tyre fitters KAMS, £50 a corner via Asda - Sailun Atrezzo Elite - http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre/Sailun/Atrezzo-Elite.htm - replaced some 'past their best and slow punctured' Michelin Eagles - very noisy they were - the Elites are quiet and glue the Streetwise to the road making it imminently chuckable and more fun to drive.

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My current daily polo came with brand new greenmax on the front and trayal on the back. The trayals made it feel like both rear wheel bearings had gone they were pretty ancient though. I fitted set of part worn kumhos which improved that.

 

The greenmax dispite 7mm of tread are terrible in the wet and as soon as the temperature drops they go as hard as plastic. The car didnt feel safe with them and its only a 64bhp sdi. Ive now replaced them for a set of Barum brillantis (as recommended by several shiteists) again part worn but 7+ mm of tread and only a couple of years old and they are brilliant(is)! So thumbs up for the barums they are pretty good in the snow too.

 

EDIT: just been googling, the greenmax are linglongs!? Pretty shit tyres but seem to get good reviews.

 

Most of my fleet have kuhmos on as thats what the local mot place sell, pretty decent tyres, nice and quiet slighty high wear rates.

 

My saab had a set of events which were great intil they got to about 4mm of tread then they seemed to loose grip.

Nanaking winter tyres also very good but very high wear. Now replaced with some toyo snow prox which seem pretty decent so far.

 

Had traingles on my e36 328i touring which was very interesting in the wet or the dry. I sold the car to a mate who fitted hankooks which made the thing go round corners again!

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Goodyear Street response.. LOL, OK tyre, very soft rubber giving a compliant drive but don't try cornering and they lasted a disappointingly short amount of time.. They had an interesting habit of being great in the wet, unpredictable in the dry and that sort of in-between time where the rain has just started or the road is just drying up the tyre was almost useless, wheel spin even from my 70hp oil burner without trying..

 

 I wanted Vredestein but they weren't available when I needed them.

 

 Runway are a tyre that I have been struggling to find anything good to say about other than they get through the MOT when new.. A new Runway on one side and knackered Goodyear on the other and traction was just a wanton myth to the Runway spinning all the time.. 

 

 I have Accelera B on my OMGHGFMGF 1.8. It was cheaper to buy the XL tyre than the ordinary which is handy because the XL is supposed to go on the rear, having XL all round makes the car stick like glue but I have got the feeling that it won't take much to create a bit of ditch finding without much effort, but this is the fun of driving a banger isn't it ?

 

 I also have some PACE20 on the rear of the mkiv Golf, they were all round but the fronts wore out after 18k miles so all in very impressed with these..

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I have no experience of them whatsoever, but whenever the subject of shit and amusingly named Chinese tyres comes up I immediately think of of the magnificently named "Luckyland Happy Gallop"

OH Lucky Land, I never heard of these but the first line on the Company web site reads;

 

'Luckyland is a premium tyre brand and designed and developed by engineer team from Europe and USA'

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I had a MK2 Fiesta that I bought some second hand pepper pots for. These came with Dark Horse tyres. More like Horse Shit.

 

My chavved up diesel Saxo had Kumho on at one point until after getting part worn they tried killing me on more than one occasion. So it got part worn Michelin (cos student)

 

My 406 always had Dunlop on for the 5 years I had it. It seemed to like them.

 

My first 407 had Maxxis tyres, I never having heard of them assumed they'd be cack, but no. Absolutely fine.

 

My second 407 had Primewell Sport, which seemed ok until I swapped them for Uniroyal Rain Sport 3. Which were utterly fantastic. I like a hoon and quickly discovered I could (within reason) take massive liberties with the fat old git and it would just sail round bends.

 

My 508 GT had Nankang AS1, which I fucking despised, so they got chopped for Nexen N8000, which were much better.

 

And the RCZ has Continental sport something fronts and Davanti on the rear.

So they'll be getting changed as I hate miss matched tyres.

 

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I replaced the ancient but still treadworthy Michelin XVS on the DS with Hankooks because for the mileage I do in it I didn't fancy paying the extra for Michelins when the use by date arrives long before wear bars. It doesn't however perform half as well in the snow now so has stayed in the barn during the recent OMGSNOKAOS.

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...maybe give Uniroyal Rainsports a whirl

 

I asked for tyre recommendations on the Barryboys forum, years back, and went for these on advice given then.  There's probably a much wider choice available now, but I was certainly pleased with the advice.

 

They're not the sportiest choice but we drive on public roads so really extremes of grip is not the main point.  We do, however, live in Britain so wet performance is important.  I felt that Uniroyals work as advertised and behave very much the same in wet and dry conditions.

 

Tyres are so important to safety and handling, but at safe and normal road speeds there's probably no need to spend a fortune on premium names where a cheaper option will be 90% as good.

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That's the thing, with tyre labels making the characteristics fairly clear, something that works well in the wet should be a no brainer in the UK.

 

The Dunlops are apparently better than the Uniroyals in the wet, as well as being quieter, but are generally a little more expensive. Falken Ecorun Sinceras are extremely good but only seem to be available in smaller sizes. Had a set on Mrs P's 500 Twinair and they were soooo much better than the Conti's it came on. I was actually surprised at how mediocre the Continentals were on that car. Perhaps it was too light?

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Had primewell/triangle on my vectra. In the wet they had as much grip as a bar of imperial leather. Replaced with Falken ziex which were great.

 

Got dunlop sp winter sports on my audi - expensive but so good I have been put off shit wan.king ditchfinders for ever.

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I have Maxxis on the 190E.  Probably not recommended by the M-B forums but they seem fine in wet and on ice, not sure they are wearing that well but they are cheap enough.  

 

I put Uniroyals on my T25 and it transformed the road noise.  Proper commercial ply as were the previous Conti's but so much quieter.  

 

When I re-shod the Cowley (it was still on Firestone Town & Country on the back axle!) I went for Vredestein's nearest radial equivalent and I don't think the car will ever find the grip limit in the dry!   

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Since experiencing Chinese tyres that mistook light summer shower conditions for sub-zero sheet ice decorated in banana skins I'll never trust any of the bastards, for a moment I thought I'd cracked perpetual motion. I'm sure there are perfectly good tyres that happen to have funny or surreal names, but too much of a gamble. Last tyres I've bought have been Dunlop, Toyo and Barum as a result of going for whatever seems best value for money, it can be a similar game to insurance shopping around for them, recent set I got were cheapest via Asda of all fucking places, and by a fair margin.

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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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Also had good results with Nankang ns2 sports, they were on the Skoda when I bought it, only changed them because they were the wrong width and profile for the car.

It currently sits on the grandly named 'Roadstone Eurovis Sport', a local tyre bay got a load of them in and were offering them for £40 a corner fitted, in the 225/45/17 size I wanted. I was a tad sceptical at first, especially when I heard they were the medium range tyre of the Nexen empire so beloved* on here. But I found they were rated better than the Uniroyal Rainsports for wet grip and noise. So far they've been fine, coping nicely with 180bhp, FWD, and hamfisted driver, even in the recent SNOKAOS.

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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.

 

 

Funny how subjective tyres can be, I've run several versions of Hankooks over the years and have got nothing but good things to say about them on handling, wet performance and noise on a range of cars (S2000, Accord Coupe V6, Lexus RX300 and Vauxhall Brava pickup) where as you couldn't give me a set of Vredesteins for free after getting a set fitted to a Rover 216GSI, all they did was push wide at every opportunity and spin up if the road was even slightly moist.

 

Bridgestones are good tyres but they are bloody noisy when worn, BF Goodrich were surprisingly good on an old Sierra many years ago.

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I've had all sorts of random brands, often all 4 different on cars I've bought and never really had any issues other than a bit of wheel spin pulling away in the damp/wet. Always replace them with a mid range though - Toyo, Uniroyal etc and they do feel much better without hurting the wallet too much.

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My 205 has falken all round and they are great. The xantia has vredstien on the fro t and uniroyal rainexpert 3 on the back, brilliant. My recently bought pug 107 has sunnymax on front, continental rear and is nearly undriveable in wet or snow. Having ran two previous 107 they work really well with falken or uniroyal. The only new tyres I will buy are falken, uniroyal or vredstien. Which ever comes in cheapest of those three when I need them.

 

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Runway are a tyre that I have been struggling to find anything good to say about other than they get through the MOT when new.. A new Runway on one side and knackered Goodyear on the other and traction was just a wanton myth to the Runway spinning all the time..

 

My Ignis came with a pair of new Runways at the front, a deal sweetener* that the seller was quite keen to point out.

 

I thought I'd have to change them straight away to avoid certain death, but they're surprisingly good. I've now done around 10K miles on them, and intend to keep them until they're worn out.

 

Would I ever spend my own money on them, though ? Not when I can have Falkens or Uniroyals for £5 more per corner...

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I had some Gajah Tunngals on my old mk3 Astra estate. It was a 1.4 and would spin the tyres in 3rd gear in the wet. Gajah Tunngal now go by the name GT tyres. Seriously, they were absolute death rings. They were only £8 each fitted and balanced circa 2000.

 

I ended up with some LingLongs on my old Omega, again, atrocious things. Really ruined the handling of the car. Poor stopping grip in the wet was the most worrying thing.

 

I just swallow hard and buy Michelins these days.

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Can you still get Stomils? I bought a Solidarnosc era set for my Renault 20. They worked well as tyres but were really noisy, making a failed wheel bearing noise.

Even noisier were a set of Nankangs on Mrs Asimo's Grand Vitara. Like the Stomils, they were fine apart from the droning.

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Iv worked at tyres all my life first with my dad wholesaleing and retailing he sold tyres for 50 years first as a rep for Goodyear then from himself I worked with him up until 4 years ago when at 71 he said enough was enough, he passed on 6 months ago he was quiet I'll but in the last week we spoke of all his times on the road and in business he could tell a great yarn. We sold anything there was a bob in. Cheap middle of the road and expensive. We new must of our customers well so I new what to put my hand on the minute a lad walked in the door. I currently work for Bridgestone so I'm slightly biased but I'm a truck and bus tyre specialist but still no a bit about car stuff. So treat me if you like as the auto shite tyre guru. And I'll give unbiased advice

 

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I was astonished to find a Continental at two years old to have some frightening cracks between the treads.  I know they aren't as bad as sidewall cracks but I still didn't like them.  But I have a really clean looking almost 20 year old Continental on the car.  Which is better to use?  I know, probably neither.

 

The secondhand part worn Arrowspeeds I got have been pretty good really.  Over 17K miles and plenty of tread left, £25 each fitted.  Not dirt cheap but I'm happy.

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