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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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