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Martin
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My Car: BMW 535d M Sport & Boxster 987.2

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:02 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Not much choice then, but still more than me, there is only one tyre available in the right rating.  Thankfully they're pretty good overall, both refinement and traction are excellent, which are the most important things on that car but it would be nice to have a choice

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frank Bullitt wrote:

They are like elastic bands, mind, 225/40ZR19 93Y


Didn't realise they were 19's. Even so, the 225/40 equivalents for mine are c.£15-20 a corner cheaper again. A bit odd.
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Big Blue
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My Car: Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring Nr15 (The Gorilla); Yamaha R1 (the Black Whanger); The E46 323i With No Name

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm. Mine are £240 fronts and £310 rear each plus fitting, which is about 2/3 the recommended price. Winters are the same price but not going abroad in it this winter....
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Martin
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My Car: BMW 535d M Sport & Boxster 987.2

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Blue wrote:
Hmm. Mine are £240 fronts and £310 rear each plus fitting, which is about 2/3 the recommended price. Winters are the same price but not going abroad in it this winter....


What does it have fitted, Supersports?

Just looked on Broadspeed and Supersports are £200/£250 fitted, which are the most expensive non RFT they have available.  Decent tyres in that size start from £170/195 and there's a fair amount of choice, but not a big enough saving to move away from standard issue.
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Andy C
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super sports on a c4.. that's crazy!

You could've got evo tyre test winner (and very good in the wet by all accounts) for 148 each

http://www.camskill.co.uk/m55b0s4...A_A_NoiseClass%3A_2_Noise%3A_72dB
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Talking of tyres some of you may find this interesting:

http://www.tyrepress.com/2016/09/...cond-pit-stop-centre-at-lakeside/
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Big Blue
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin wrote:
Big Blue wrote:
Hmm. Mine are £240 fronts and £310 rear each plus fitting, which is about 2/3 the recommended price. Winters are the same price but not going abroad in it this winter....


What does it have fitted, Supersports?.


No but it should have!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Martin
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Blue wrote:
Martin wrote:
Big Blue wrote:
Hmm. Mine are £240 fronts and £310 rear each plus fitting, which is about 2/3 the recommended price. Winters are the same price but not going abroad in it this winter....


What does it have fitted, Supersports?.


No but it should have!


Terrible!  Are you banned from the Alpina forum until you get that resolved?  

I've saved you a few quid then.....
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you're enjoying it still.

New tyres are a funny thing.  There's always an improvement to ride and  noise I find, but it seems to me that Goodyear Eagle F1s don't give their absolute best in grip terms from the off - it takes a little wear (which is more than just running in).
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My Car: Jaaaag XFR; Shogun "truck"; Peugeot horse "van"

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you're still enjoying the DS4.

PhilD wrote:
Talking of tyres some of you may find this interesting:

http://www.tyrepress.com/2016/09/...cond-pit-stop-centre-at-lakeside/


From the headlines below the article - I didn't know Blackcircles was owned by Michelin now.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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JohnC
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet that conversation goes on in households up and down the country. I've certainly had the "but I wouldn't do it to a new car" one!
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Martin
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lindsay is paranoid about scratching the wheels, especially in the 535d as it's much bigger and harder to see the corners.  The paranoia is not completely my fault, she'd be as annoyed as me.

'Touch wood', just one scratched alloy in 5 years and that was my fault.....

You have my sympathy Chris.
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Big Blue
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My Car: Alpina B5 BiTurbo Touring Nr15 (The Gorilla); Yamaha R1 (the Black Whanger); The E46 323i With No Name

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two words: Surround view. It helps quite a bit.

I have scratched alloys often: it's a penalty of living in the western(ised) world where there are kerbs and driving cars with huge alloys and skinny walled tyres. Funnily enough I have alloy wheels on the bike. Never scraped one of those
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Racing Teatray
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My Car: BMW 440i GC and Fiat 500

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Likewise. But scratched alloys are one thing. Broken alloys quite another.

There was one unscarred alloy on Mrs RT's 500 (whereas the bodywork is so far unmarked). But then she got a puncture on that particular wheel on Wednesday and so now, post visit to the local Kwikfit, it may not be pristine anymore…

I never really get why women can be so laissez-faire about damage to, and cleanliness of, their car, which is probably one of the most expensive things they own, and yet been precious about the state of the house. Mind you I expect they would say the same in reverse....
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Alf McQueef
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My Car: XFR / C Max 1.6T Ti

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like the car FB- I had not seen this before! I like a lot of the DS range to look at, and they feel nice inside as well, I've had rides in a few.

The women and cars thing is interesting. It's one thing to stereotype but it seems we have some genuine common ground among the forum massif.... Mrs ALF is pretty careful and certainly not blase about damaging either car, but over the years I've been very happy that her cars tend to have very high profile tyres and small wheels as they get the odd big knock. As Racing says, the lack of interest in interior or exterior cleanliness, or at looking at petrol prices, is at odds with the house and other costs (though in our case I'm actually more interested in keeping the house clean too!).

The tyres thing is weird, I saw comments in Evo about how that writer feels that Pirelli's tend to get hard with poor ride and grip as they age. Less tread ought to mean better dry grip (it certainly does on track, skimming new road tyres down to sub-4mm can be worth loads of lap time) but on road, by the time tyres are around 3mm, they seem tired to me, even in the dry. And they aquaplane far more readily in heavy rain. My rear summer Dunlops are still 2-3mm across the tread (2 in the middle, weirdly, despite me running them at the "low weight" lower suggested pressures) so still well legal but they spent much of the last month on the car trying to kill me - and it was not just in wet/cold conditions. They had simply had enough and I called it a a day after a massive 80mph power slide on the M3 in a straight line in the dry. With the winters on, it feels miles better - come spring those Dunlops will be binned as part of putting the summers back on....
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gonnabuildabuggy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be fair to Mrs. F.B. it does sound like she's apologetic about it and feels guilty.

With today's low profiles and various kerb heights it's becoming an hazard that's hard to avoid.

One big benefit of the SUV brigade is tyres bigger than kerbs.

And she has my sympathy, in the dark, at 1am, 3 weeks ago I hit a whole kerb structure head on with the offside wheel blowing a tyre.

In my defence it wasn't there when I used to drive through dunstable regularly and it was dark but the streetlights were making the headlights useless whilst not illuminating ground level and foggy.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Dr. Hfuhruhurr
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My Car: Mini Countryman Cooper S All4

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
One big benefit of the SUV brigade is tyres bigger than kerbs.

Except that they stick 22s on and have the same problem ... and can't get across a muddy field
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TreVoR
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
One big benefit of the SUV brigade is tyres bigger than kerbs.

Except that they stick 22s on and have the same problem ... and can't get across a muddy field


Yup, my proper Land Rover has 16 inch wheels with massive profiles.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TreVoR wrote:
Yup, my proper Land Rover has 16 inch wheels with massive profiles.

So kerbing isn't much of an issue, then
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Chocy Rocky
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't buy a Defender to drive around things...it's a shorter route to drive straight over.

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