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Pete R
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I bought a 2002 MCS recently after owning a mini1. It has 17inch wheels and runflat pirellis.
Any little bump in the road affects the steering - even road marking can cause a twitch and it wants to tramline the lines in the middle of the road.
Front tyres are worn but not illegal.
Went to kwick Fit for a quote for non - runflats, they say gotta have runflats on these rims.

Is it true? - I have to have runflats
Is the steering problem normal?

Any help much appreciated
 

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Kwikfit as normally found are talking rubbish you can fit non run flats to your wheels as many people on here have done, it will improve the ride quality somewhat aswell but dont forget there is no spare wheel with the S. Kwikfit have a tendancy to do things like robots - you might be better finding a local indipendant place to purchase tyres off and fit them( if your in N Yorks try somewhere like Knaresborough tyres), however there is a special tool to help get the run flats off the wheels (runflats have metal tyre walls) so some places may scrape your wheels when struggling to get the runflats off if they dont have this tool.
You will find ride quality is somewhat more bumpy in a MCS due to SS+ (sports suspension plus) standard on the MCS.
Ive got 16" xlites on my MCS so the ride is somewhat better than on the 17s-spokes and the tyres are marginally cheaper, im happy to stick with the 16" 195 runflats on my car.
There is a place online - think its www.mytyres.co.uk where you can have tyres sent to you and then get them fitted and balanced at a local tyre place.


Hope this helps
 

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Got non runflat Bridgestone Potenzas on my s spokes so yes they're talking rubbish.They cost me £100 each as opposed to the £167 each i was quoted for the pirelli euphorias.
 

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Pete R
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thanks

Thanks a lot, that clears thing up a lot.
I now have another prob - a mad waste bin attacked the mini while parking and gave it a fetching saucer shaped dimple - new tyres may have to wait a bit!
 

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Pete RotheryetteP said:
Any little bump in the road affects the steering - even road marking can cause a twitch and it wants to tramline the lines in the middle of the road.
I notice this too - it is quite pronounced, even with relatively new Pirelli runflats on my R90s.

Ive only done 3500 kms, but they have been a good 3500 kms ;) Alot of old, bumpy roads. :p
 

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Runflats coming off soon but I can't bring myself to bin tires that still have good tread so waiting although at 9500 miles the fronts are almost out. Will be fitting Toyo or Yoko non-runflats next time and getting a cig lighter compressor in the boot in case of puncture.

Remeber, you can't get thicker than a Kwik Fit Fitter :p
 

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According to last week's Autocar magazine (Cooper S 12 month report), the problems you have may be due to the fact that the 17" runflats fitted to your car are Pirellis - if you change brand to Dunlop or ???(can't remember the other choice) then the ride is massively improved.
 

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I have Dunlop Run Flats on (soon to be replaced by Pro race 1's with Toyo's as the most likely option) and find the same problem with tramlining and the like :( :rolleyes:
 

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A: Runflats are [email protected], bin them now, don't wait. Performance and ride are heavily compromised.
B: Most people drive 100,000 + miles before having a serious puncture - think about it, most punctures are 'slow' punctures, you return to the car and it has a flat. pump air into it and the tire will get you home. Only 'blow outs' will stop you, and nearly all blow outs occur on cars that have badly worn tires....
C: Kwikfit are staffed by monkeys who are probably on commision/insentives to sell you the most expensive tires - go to a proper tire specialist who will sell you a far superior CHEAPER tire.

I have spent thousand on after market mods, getting rid of the runflat was the best thing I've spent my money on......
 

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Tramlinig will still be more apparent on the 17s.
In fact for me when I went to non runflats on my 16s it became more apparent.
Physically this makes sense. Less rotational mass makes it easier to deflect.
A number of people have said that going to 16s from 17s reduces the tramlining.
 
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