Help! 205/45/47 Winter Run Flats - how much should I pay?
I've looked at the arguments and decided that it would probably be prudent to switch to winter tyres.
However, I have an R53 and run 205/45/17s... What is the best deal anyone has got a set of winter runflats for?
I seem to be looking around £180 a tyre (fitted)... I'm sure folk on here have done better than that, haven't they?
Failing that, I wouldn't mind getting 5 smaller alloys (15s or 16s) and non-run flat winter tyres, but literally don't know the first thing of what I'm looking for to ensure they fit when it comes to buying alloys.
Also, my tyre insurance will only cover run flats, so if it's not going to be significantly cheaper this way round, there's no point as I like the satisfaction of getting a problem and then making it somebody else's... (namely my local BMW dealer).
I think I would prefer run flats all told, but obviously £720 brings a tear to my wallet!
Advice/info would be greatly appreciated (seriously!).
I don't know if this will help.
I bought some 16" steel wheels from bmw for £180 for 4 rims did not think it was bad price as I have looked at other steel options and alloys and there alot more money.
I brought back some Hancock blizzards 195/55/16 from Denmark with me last time I came home.
I have a jcw brake kit on mine and the wheels clear ok :-)
Have a look at the links below see if it any help to you,
That's interesting, as I didn't realise Mini sold a 16" steel wheel.
However for anyone else looking, it might be worth pointing out that this is a narrower than normal wheel - 5.5J instead of the 6.5J of regular 16" wheels.
So this is a wheel intended for use with extreme winter tyres, probably studded, which will be narrower than summer tyres - RealOEM shows that Mini list 175/60x16 for this.
I think I started out all wrong in going for a narrow winter tyre for better behaviour in snow - for us Brits, that is such a small part of winter driving that I've now gone the other way and want a winter tyre that works best on wet or dry cold (not freezing) roads, so putting it on a narrower wheel giving a less stable tread is not ideal.
I went for 17" alloys and blazzard rft for my countryman. We are driving to the alps in the new year so thought the £1375 was worth it. I reckon on using them till march, then back to my 18" standards. As its about 5 months use each year I hope that the less miles on the summer tyres makes it even out over time.
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