I know there's a lot of threads about tyres, but its all very confusing for me. I have cooper 07 with 195/55/16 tyres. Currently I have Goodyear run flats, but they all need replaced. I've considered new Pirelli p1 cinturato but I'd prefer normal non run flats and I'm considering Goodyear efficiency grip.
I've spoken to insurance and they're ok with it, and I know I'll need tyre weld in boot. (Being female, I'd phone a breakdown company anyway!)
However, any garage I speak to are reluctant to want to change from the run flats. They say its to do with 'set up' of car that it should have runflats. This, I don't understand!
I want the more comfortable ride but is there an issue with the steering being unsafe??
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks in advance!
Good - because they're talking ******** (yeah, I didn't think that word would get displayed!). There is no set-up difference.
However, I will sat that I tried some old 195/55-16 Dunlop runflats on a car which did not have sports suspension and I can't say that I found there was a big difference in comfort from non-runflats. I think if you have sports suspension, that may be different. And if you had 17" wheels, a big difference.
Hi GB1979. Have you had the car very long? The reason I ask is that when I first got our MCS a few years ago, I too thought the wheels would come through the boot. I used to drive around avoiding pot holes and drain covers. It was almost like the car or suspension would get damaged. However, after a few months, maybe more, I got used to it. The car of course wasn't getting damaged. I think it depends on what you drove before. I had 3 golfs and that had a fairly soft ride.
Some people say that non-runflats are a little less sharp in steering response than the runflats, but I can't say that I noticed any difference with 16" wheels - maybe it's only at 17" size that the difference is noticeable.
Recently brought a cooper s and ditched the runflats for standard tyres. Went for the maxxis pro r1 in the end and difference wise the standard tyres are alot better with soaking up the smaller bumps and pot holes without it feeling like you hit a brick! Also quieter to. Handling wise feel better to me, especially with conditions of our roads
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