New guy would like to know about tire options - MINI Cooper Forum

Wheels, Tyres & Brakes
Find Sponsor products associated with this forum
For (almost) all things alloy, steel and rubber, plus upgrading your MINI's stopping ability

Sponsored by:

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 2014, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
MINI2 Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Local Time: 02:52 AM
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

United States Male
 
New guy would like to know about tire options

Hello everyone - My name is Cort and I just bought a 2005 MINI Cooper on Friday 3/21/2014. I am sure that I will have several questions but before anything else, I need to get rid of these buck board hard worn out run flat tires (tyres). I currently have the 5 spoke 16" rims and first need to know if you can mount regular tires on a rim originally designated for a run flat tire? Second, what tire size would you recommend to replace the original 195/55R16 tire. I have seen everything from 175 cross section to 215 cross section on various rim sizes and was wondering if there was a sweet spot tire size wise to shoot for. My first criteria would be for handling with a second for comfort realizing that this is a firm suspension to begin with. Next, does the chrome on all of the (manual) shift knobs peel slicing your hand up? I really like the style of the original knob but the replacement price is a bit to dear for me considering the way it wears (torn up leather too). Can anyone offer suggestions for a round replacement knob that fits and locks down on this shift stick.
Cort Musgrave is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 2014, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
MINI2 Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Local Time: 02:52 AM
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

United States Male
 
RE: tire information.

Hey Cort - Glad to have a new member. I know that this information is in other parts of this forum but I thought that over 200 reads I would help someone new by responding. First of all, although some people have opted to use standard tires on run flat rims the official word from MINI is that these are special rims and need special tires. Second, some people have used 205/50R16 tires but it is a matter of personal choice. Finally, several people have had the chrome peel up on the knobs but all of the parts stores have a round knob that will fit and work in a pinch until other options are found.
Cort Musgrave is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 2014, 04:16 PM
BLIKSEM (my brg/brg mc)
 
cristo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: york, pennsylvania
Local Time: 03:52 AM
Posts: 2,633
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)

United States Male View cristo's British Racing Green & Body Color 1st Gen MINI Cooper Profile
 
Garage
Many people go for 205/50/16 or 205/55/16 for a better choice in tires than 195/55/16,
and slightly better performance.
205/50/16 is very slightly shorter than stock and 205/55/16 a bit taller than stock but ok if not lowered a lot.

cristo is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 2014, 05:19 PM
MINI2 Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Cumbria
Local Time: 08:52 AM
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

United Kingdom
 
My Local BMW fitted my 17" rims with standard tyres after removing my runflat tyres and actually advised this change to improve the ride and boy it has transformed the cars ride and driving pleasure.
thechopper79 is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 17th, 2014, 08:13 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Local Time: 07:52 AM
Posts: 114
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

United Kingdom
 
Dude i suggest to you that eBay is one of the best choice for buying the tire because all varieties are there and you can buy any types of tires with different varieties i was also buy the tire from eBay and at yet its in good position...
habi222 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply
Tags: , ,


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the MINI Cooper Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Spare Tire Kit MiniDeLux MINI Clubman 2 Mar 18th, 2013 02:30 PM
Slow leak in one tire, advice? MiniDeLux Wheels, Tyres & Brakes 3 Dec 20th, 2012 10:47 AM
Tire pressure sensor ShadowFax Wheels, Tyres & Brakes 3 Aug 6th, 2012 06:23 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome