: Time has come - Run flats to go!
Jun 19th, 2012, 01:05 PM
Right the time has come to replace my run flats on my MCS with 17 inch web spokes. The front tyres are low in tread now and for the price of 2 I might as well replace all 4 with some non run flats. Checked with Admiral insurance and its fine to do so.
I havent really had to drive the mini in the winter but I might do this year. Could anyone recommend a good performance tyre that is as good as regular tyres can be in the winter. I might have to get a winter set when the time comes but I would love to get feed back on what people are currently recommending. I hear many recommend the Falkens but that has been for a while has something come along to be better as I have heard they are a bit soft and not the best you can get.
Just so sick of the hard ride as though every time I hit a pot hole my dentist is grinning waiting for my teeth to shatter :)
Jun 19th, 2012, 03:36 PM
I found Kumhos to be a really good all-round non r/f.
They were good value-for-money too!
Jun 19th, 2012, 06:00 PM
I'm changing my Kumho's run flats because they are so noisy. Good tire, good grip but the noise will drive you up the wall. I know you are looking to change but not sure Kumho is the way to go run flat or not.
Jun 19th, 2012, 06:00 PM
Thanks CJM i'll take a look at the prices for them.
Jun 19th, 2012, 06:13 PM
When you start looking its quite scary how many different options there is!??!!?
Jun 19th, 2012, 06:34 PM
I love the run flats, its like riding a skate board. :cool:
Just the name of Kumho tyres dont inspire confidence to me, sounds like they have been knocked up in the jungle round a rubber tree.
Jun 19th, 2012, 06:42 PM
I ordered a set of Pirelli P Zero runflats from Tire Rack. $147.00 each. I will have to pay an installer but the tires will be here tomorrow.
Jun 19th, 2012, 06:49 PM
I do quite fancy moving away from the run flats as the ride is so bone crushingly hard.
Though are there better run flats on the market now which offer a better ride, less tram lining and more feel?
Jun 19th, 2012, 07:42 PM
Most of the run flats will be stiff due to the stiffness of the sidewall so it won't collapse or go flat. I have only tried the Kumho's after the Dunlops wore out. If you check out Discounttire.com and or Tirerack.com you can read the reviews of other drivers of tires you may be interested in.
Jun 20th, 2012, 08:47 AM
Thanks Macguyvic i'll take a look though I would imagine there will be differences between reviewers of tyres on US roads to UK roads but still nonetheless should be useful.
Jun 21st, 2012, 10:10 AM
Okay so after so much time looking think ive narrowed it to the following tyres and would appreciate any pointers/feedback:
AVON TYRES / CAR / AVON ZZ3 AVON ZZ 3 - 205/45R17 88W XL TL
81.99 a corner + Fitting
HANKOOK TYRES / CAR / HANKOOK K110 VENTUS V12 EVO HANKOOK K 110 - 205/45R17 88W XL TL
83.99 a corner + Fitting
There is a lower rating without the extra load but they are slightly dearer
HANKOOK TYRES / CAR / HANKOOK K110 VENTUS V12 EVO HANKOOK K 110 - 205/45R17 84V TL
UNIROYAL TYRES / CAR / UNIROYAL RAINSPORT 2 UNIROYAL RAIN SPORT 2- 205/45R17 88W XL FR TL
£97.79 a corner + Fitting
Would these tyres be suitable and does anyone have any feedback on them if they have used them themselves.
Any feedback/help is great appreciated my head is hurting off looking at so many tyres!!!??!!? :aargh:
Jun 21st, 2012, 01:15 PM
Think I am going to go with AVONs as ive found Halfords auto centre will do them for £97.43 fitted a corner each and I can get 5% cashback on that as well which works out at £92.55 a pop.
Anyone know if they will be decent enough and a decent price more to the point?
Jun 21st, 2012, 02:26 PM
I had the Hankooks on my Land Rover and I liked the tires. I am not sure but I think Avon is the old Cheng Shen brand. I know they make a really good motorcycle tire.
I just had a set of Pirelli P Zero's installed yesterday. It is a run flat tire but it sure rides nice and virtually no noise at all. I feel like I have a new Mini!
Jun 21st, 2012, 02:29 PM
Also make sure the tires you are looking at are not directional tires. You want to be able to rotate other than just front to back. If there directional meaning rolling in one direction only take it off your list.
Jun 28th, 2012, 09:51 AM
But the Goodyear Eage F1 Asymmetric are on of the most popular tyres!
Jun 28th, 2012, 11:35 AM
Iv'e had the Avons on my cooper s clubman for around 5 months and they are great!