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Old Nov 25th, 2010, 10:04 AM
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Question Mini Cooper S Winter Tyres

I have a Cooper S with the 18 inch JCW alloys and Bridgestone Potenza tyres, which really don't appear to work on these frosty mornings.

I have shopped around and it would appear that nobody does winter tyres in 205/40 R18 format.

I have a spare set of 15 inch alloys from another MINI, however I'm not sure if they will fit over the brakes of the Cooper S. I know I can get winter tyres in this size.

Does anyone know of 18 inch winter tyres for the JCW alloys or whether the 15 inch wheels will fit the Cooper S?

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From my research there is no one who produces a winter tyre in 18 inch with the width and profile that you need for a MINI.

I am running 17 inch R112s as winter wheels on the GP with Bridgestone Blizzacks - excellent combination of performance and looks.

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From my research there is no one who produces a winter tyre in 18 inch with the width and profile that you need for a MINI.

I am running 17 inch R112s as winter wheels on the GP with Bridgestone Blizzacks - excellent combination of performance and looks.

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!

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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).

195/60-15, 185/65-15 or 175/65-15 would be more appropriate.
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195/60-15, 185/65-15 or 175/65-15 would be more appropriate.

I thought that 195/65-15 might be a touch too tall .
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I thought that 195/65-15 might be a touch too tall .

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Hi - sorry I put the wrong size in my post above - I have ordered 175/65/15 as recommended by the dealer.
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Hi - sorry I put the wrong size in my post above - I have ordered 175/65/15 as recommended by the dealer.

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Hi - sorry I put the wrong size in my post above - I have ordered 175/65/15 as recommended by the dealer.

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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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I run Nokian WR-G2 winter tyres in 215/45/17 size. Great tyre and handled the ~300 bhp that my previous Impreza was putting out so would have no issues with an MCS.

I got mine from tyres online @ mytyres.co.uk: tyre dealer for cheap passenger, summer, winter tyres who are a German company that will ship the tyres to the UK for you to get fitted. Prices tend to be pretty reasonable and you shouldn't have too many stock issues.

We also run Kumho I'Zen KU27 tyres on our 3.0d X3 and they also cope very well with all the torque the X3 has plus they are a fair bit cheaper than the Nokians.

Winter tyres are definitely worthwhile having - I wouldn't be without them (run mine October through to April generally).

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