Hi all. I have a 2005 R52 Cooper S Convertible with horrid run flats fitted. It's reaching the time where I need new tyres and I want to put normal tyres on.
The only thing is, I've noticed, and a mechanic noticed that my front tyres only have less than a centimetre clearance from the struts. This means that non run flat tyres may well rub on these struts, as the side walls are thinner, and they bulge out more. The mechanic said that this could cause a blow out.
I did feel the clearance myself, and I couldn't even fit my finger between the tyre wall and the strut. It's only the front wheels though, not the rear. There's plenty of space in the rear wheels.
Has anybody come across this before?
I was thinking that maybe I would fit narrower tyres on the front. There 195 at present, so maybe 190 or 185. Would I still be able to fit 195 on the rear?
I'm definitely not fitting run flats again, as they're bloody uncomfortable, and they cost twice as much......
If anyone has any advice I'd be grateful....