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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 07:31 AM
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I think you'll find those are run-flats on the JCW.
The Sport Contact 3's are available in conventional sizes but aren't that easy to source at the moment and are very expensive (I had considered them) - that said very nice and I like Conti's a lot (were great on my Merc).

Vredestein being a bit of an underdog are significantly cheaper for what is an equal quality of product. At around £75 a tyre vs £130 (aprox price I was quoted for SC3's) in the case of a puncture I'll be more inclined to just replace the tyre rather than have a repair - something worth considering.

Also, we are driving MINI's - which although (totally) fantastic are not 911's or M5's.
You should definately have high performance tyres that are suitable for the purpose but spending £'s on something that is way over specc'd for the performance of the car itself seems a bit OTT IMHO.
Sort of like buying a budget stereo and then £500 worth of interconnect cables

I take your point, I'm running an MCS, not a Works or otherwise modded MINI, hence the question. It's all about getting the best tyres for the money, and while Conti's can be hard to source, I really liked the sets I've run in the past. Even the winters weren't too bad, compared to the Nokian tyres. I'll look into these Vredestein's, they seem to have consistently good ratings.

Sorry, MINIAC, if I'm off thread - I thought in having a chat, I was close enough.
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For winter tyres, I can also now commend the Goodyear Ultragrip 7+ tyres - they have been on my car for a few months now, and I am impressed. However, don't go out looking for these tyres in 15"size right now - Goodyear stock in this size is apparently exhausted until they start production again for next winter!

For winter tyres, I would have no hesitation recommending Nokian Hakkapeliitta R's (or HKPL 5's, if you're allowed to and want to run a studded tyre). For a "friction tyre", they offer amazing grip on ice, and are very progressive. Plus, they're super quiet (much better than summer/performance tyres) and with reduced rolling resistance, you get good mileage. And after a bit of a slow ramp up, they are available with short delivery times.
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Any feedback?

Just got car back on road and need new tyres, any comments on Yokohama parada's 215/35/18?
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Was running Pirelli Eufori 204/45/17 (Run Flat) and they were extremley poor in the wet and in the dry.

Recently changed over to the Dunlop Sport 01 205/45/17 (Run Flat) and so far I am realy happy with them. Good grip in the wet and realy good in the dry.


Got them on my July 07 MCS and find them excellent on wet/dry surfaces. The front's now need replacing at 11k miles, the rear are OK. Prices vary anywhere between £120 to £160 each as Run-Flats are a lot more expensive. Think I will stay with Dunlop as they come out top in the tyre review's.
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on my mini its really bumby can anyonw tell me why?
i have the 17" ones
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on my mini its really bumby can anyonw tell me why?
i have the 17" ones


It depends which Mini you have......the Cooper and Cooper 'S' have stiffer suspension because they are sports cars. The standard Mini has a softer ride.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Daniel Thomas (original)
on my mini its really bumby can anyonw tell me why?
i have the 17" ones

What model ? If runflats dump them as so many have Regular tyres plus a can of tyre weld.

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If you have a R56 Mini Cooper or 'S' then the Dunlop Sport Run-Flats take some beating. Replacing any of the tyres with non Run Flats is asking for trouble if you have a serious puncture. You also have to remember that mixing different makes of tyre could invalidate the warranty.

Just had to replace the front Dunlop's at 11k miles. The offside tyre was good for another 1K miles but the nearside was below the legal limit.

I shopped around via the internet and my Dealer,and eventually got two Dunlop Sport 205/ 45R17 84V DLP SP01 from a local large tyre specialist at a total cost of £300 including balancing and disposal of the old tyres.

Was not too happy to say the least with having to pay so much, but I know I have done the right thing.

Previous to getting the MCS I had a Civic Type-R, this had Bridgestone's and they were bad in all respects. The front tyres needed replacing after 7K miles and I bought Michelin Pilot Exalto's which were superb.

The next time the tyres need replacing will mean all of them. When that occurs then I might consider a different make. In the meantime I intend to ensure the tyre pressures are regularly checked as I think I had the pressures too low as the outer treads were wearing, but the centres were OK.
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I have got the Dunlop Sport 01's on my Clubbie S that i had for a month now and i cant wait to get rid of them! They are a big improvement over the Goodyear runflats that i originally had on my R50 MC but not a patch on normal proper tyres. I changed over to Federal SS595's on my R50 and for a budget tyre they were very good, plenty of grip and much quieter but best of all no tramlining. My front tyres are coming to end in the next few thousand miles and there is no way i am paying £300 for 2 horrible runflats when i can get 4 proper tyres that will make my Clubbie just perfect
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That's strange.......never had a tramlining problem with my Dunlop's what pressures are you using?
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Running with 32 PSI all round, same as my previous MC on 17's.
Is this right or have you any nuggets of wisdom which would help
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Quote: Originally Posted by Buz999 (original)
Running with 32 PSI all round, same as my previous MC on 17's.
Is this right or have you any nuggets of wisdom which would help

What does your Owner's Handbook say?
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Running with 32 PSI all round, same as my previous MC on 17's.
Is this right or have you any nuggets of wisdom which would help


I use to run on 32 front and 30 psi rear, I noticed that the outer tread of the front tyre's was wearing but the centre's were OK. I was advised this was due to the pressures being too low, so I changed to 35 psi all round and noticed a big improvement in handling
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What does your Owner's Handbook say?




The tyre pressures for the particular vehicle are shown on the driver's door post, not in the Handbook!
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Quote: Originally Posted by caesar (original)
The tyre pressures for the particular vehicle are shown on the driver's door post, not in the Handbook!

They're also in the Handbook for my 2002 MCS.
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