Where did you get your Bridgestone Blizzacks from? It would appear to be difficult to get winter tyres in the UK! I think I'm going to have to get a set of 16 or 17 inch wheels just for winter use - so annoying!
Italy for the GP in 2008 and also Italy for my Volvo in 2009
I researched this again last winter for the Volvo and Bridgestone do not officialy import them to the UK. I found that some tyre places could get them into the UK via Netherlands and had some on order but after 2 weeks that had not arrived so I cancelled them and ended up buying in Italy.
I spoke to my BMW mini dealer this week and you can fit a 15" wheel to a R53 (2002) Cooper S providing you don't have the JCW brakes - which need more room. I have bought some mini 15" wheels on e-bay and am having winter tyres fitted this weekend (195/65/15 - original wheels have 205/45/17 so very similar). Will post an update once fitted to say if dealer was right! Going smaller I am told will not only give more grip (as thin tyres are best to cut through snow) but cost a lot less as aren't run flats (I am paying £200 for 4 fitted).
Last edited by palooka99; Nov 30th, 2010 at 07:38 PM.
Reason: forgot something else!
I've got a 2003 MCS that I've owned for 7 years. Normally when it gets to winter I borrow my wifes car (quattro) but due to a change in circumstances I 'll need to use mine throughout the winter.
Each year I think about winter tyres but never get round to it until its too late, hence why I'm looking now!
I plae to change the MINI next year for a Clubman Cooper S.
If I buy 15" wheels/tyres, will they be compatible with both cars?
I've got GTT discs/pads on the current MCS, and as I didnt change the calipers I think these are no bigger than standard.
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I don't think any Mini 15" wheels will fit over 2nd Gen S brakes. And I think winter 15s would have a hard life on an S - great in the snow, but they would tend to get shredded with that much power when the roads are dry and would get massive understeer on wet roundabouts. Winter 16s would be a better choice and they work fine in the snow.
Oh, and thinking about them now doesn't work - the tyre companies don't stock winter tyres until about September, so there's a narrow window of a few weeks in September and October between not-in-stock-yet and sold-out!
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