Hi, I'm just about to switch my 16" rims for 17". Do I go for run flats or regular tires? I have an S so I'm worried about not having a spare. Is the ride really as hard as folk say using run flats on 17" rims? Any recommendations greatly appreciated.
My S will soon be delivered - but I test drove an S with 17" S wheels and runflat tires. After reading all the opinions on here I was concerned that the ride quality would be really hard too. However, after and during the test drive I thought it was great!! Its a relatively high performance car - you shouldn't be expecting a nice sloppy wet sponge.
Personally, I would prefer the peace of mind of having runflats and enjoy the rigid ride quality.
and welcome to the obsession that is MINI... I have just replaced my runflats for non runflats and trust me the change is incredible. I agree regarding the wet sponge comment however to have a harsh ride and not handle as it is well capable of is not a good compromise. changing to standard 17 inch tires you have much better grip, turn in, and confidence to really drive the car as it ought to be driven, further more the ride gets better and they are cheaper
only downside is you have to buy a can of tireweld and a small compressor but that's it.
I got my MCS a month ago and have no experience of non runflats, but in my opinon my car rides brilliantly, sure it's a firm ride, but beautifully damped so I never feel like i'm going to lose my teeth!!
fan-bloomin-tastic car all round!! (actually there are some square bits )
Just had 4 Federal ( 205 50 16 )tyres fitted to replace stock 195 RF's and the steering and road sensation are definitley improved. But that could be due to the larger tyres of course.
The ride is also less choppy than with RF's - I would make the change again, but am also looking to invest in a space saver spare for that added piece of mind, when as sods law will have , you rip a tyre wide open and its 2 am and raining / snowing !!
Hi,hoping someone can give me some advice!I am planning to order a mini one for next march.But i cant decide on the tyres,should i go for the standard 15" which comes as an option with the pepper pack?Or should i go for the 16" 195/55 run flat tyres.I want the car to handle well on the road,but dont want too much of a bumpy road.would really appreciate some help.Thanks
I have RF's on my 16's and the ride is harsh. When mine went in for a service had a cooper courtesy car with non RF's on 15's and the ride was very noticably different. Much more comfortable and definitely quieter. I am shortly going up to 17's and will most definitely be running on non RF's.
If you are not too bothered by the look of the wheel then go for the 15's without a doubt.
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