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Old Aug 9th, 2014, 10:29 AM
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Runflats?!

My new to me 2008 Clubman is in need of a pair of runflats on the front (rear have around 5mm remaining). Currently have Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 (winter) 195/55/R16 all round. Does anyone have any runflat recommendations please? Thanks, Angela
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Old Aug 16th, 2014, 11:28 AM
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No replies?

Curious you've had no replies, I can't believe this would have happened on previous car forums I've joined. This is a weird forum, so many sub-sections and so many posts ignored.

Regarding tyres, I prefer the same brand all round. Having said which, I've just replaced runflats (two of which were excellent) for standard tyres to improve the ride.
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Old Aug 16th, 2014, 05:58 PM
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I would also recommend replacing tyres with non run flat, try and do all 4 which is the same price as 2 run flats.
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Old Aug 17th, 2014, 12:09 AM
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I would also recommend replacing tyres with non run flat, try and do all 4 which is the same price as 2 run flats.

You guys that are replacing your tires with non-runflats, what are you supposed to do if you get a flat? I'm curious because obviously the much cheaper price of non-flat runs are tempting.
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Old Aug 17th, 2014, 03:10 AM
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I'm facing the same dilemma. I just bought a mini that doesn't have runflats. I've never had a vehicle that didn't have a spare tire. The thought of being stranded for something as simple as a flat tire scares me. But so does the price of runflats.
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Old Aug 17th, 2014, 11:21 PM
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I think Bridgestone also do an A001 all season tyre which will feel similar to your winter tyres, but I don't know if in runflat. The winter tyres are for below 7 degrees really, and over that they will deteriorate quite fast. I would have removed them in March for summer tyres.

Michelin are the dearest tyres of all usually, so wouldn't bother with them.

I took mine off runflats and it's great. You can get inflation kits for slower punctures, or good roadside cover. If worried, stick to runflats.

Firestone are an affordable runflat, or Avon too.
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I was thinking about just relying on roadside assistance. But the cost of that service plus the amount of time I would have to wait on the side of the road for them to assist me..I'm thinking that in that moment I would gladly spend the money for runflats. But you have all provided good points to think about.
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I've now got Dunlop SP01 RFTs all round on my JCW and it's a lot better than I expected.
My wife uses it a fair bit and doesn't want the risk of non RFTs - she has RFTs on her Cooper. I did have some on my old BMW 130i but the ride was still very firm as you need stiff sidewall tyres.

I still don't like RFTs but I can tolerate these Dunlops.
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We have two minis with runflats and one without...The 2013 GP II actually comes without RF's from the factory, and the factory provides a pump and sealant for flats. I used mine already, and it was good enough to get to a tire shop. I carry the pump and cans of flat sealant. I will keep runflats on my wife's car, and replace the runflats on our third car (which I drive) with standard tires when the RF's are worn.
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Are some run flats noisier than others,if so can you recommend the quieter variety ? !!
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Old Aug 22nd, 2014, 10:08 PM
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I'm facing the same dilemma. I just bought a mini that doesn't have runflats. I've never had a vehicle that didn't have a spare tire. The thought of being stranded for something as simple as a flat tire scares me. But so does the price of runflats.

I could be wrong, but if you're not happy with the sealant solution it looks to me as though there's room for a space saver spare below the boot. At least it does in my Clubman.

And the ride on non run-flats is much less harsh; previously I felt the need to apologise to passengers but now it's firm but not harsh and crashy.

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Brilliant replies folks.... Still torn between worry of being woman alone stranded with regular tyres or the tramlining security of runflats? Anyone know if can fit a spacesaver wheel in boot where tools are currently stored on a 2008 clubbie? Also what tyre foams are people using please?
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Old Aug 24th, 2014, 10:06 PM
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My CountryMan came standard without run flats. its got a bottle of gunk & an air pump under the passenger's seat. All u would have to do is put gunk in tyre & pump up.. if u were efficient u could do it in 5 mins
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first thing i did with my missus' mini is take the runflats off stick proper tyres on and get one of those tyre-in-a-can thingies.

Saved a fortune so far...
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In the 11 years my wife has had her Cooper, it has had all four tyres punctured once (good luck there).
On three occasions I wasn't local, or even in the country, so she was able to get home and still drive around for 4 days, in one case.

There is no way she would be able to undo the wheel nuts and change the wheel (she's not an idiot, just light of touch ) let alone the safety aspect on the side of the road.

She has kept the tyres despite the ride and I have agreed to keep mine as she drives the JCW quite regularly as well. The Dunlop SP01's are quite good considering and even non rft's aren't great because of the stiffer sidewalls needed. I put Michelin PS3 non rfts on my BMW 130 and it was massively improved but it wasn't by any means perfect.

I think it's 'each to their own' circumstances and safety thoughts. Just beware that some recovery companies allegedly won't help if you have ditched the spare tyre or the rft's. That may have changed since I last looked though.
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