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 Post subject: Re: cheap tyres
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:20 pm 
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turn on the TV, read the paper, redundancies after redundancies are usually the main topic so just imagine you'd lost your job & the mortgage people were threatening to repossess your house which is a typical scenario these days, the cost of living is rising & your in debt with rising fuel bills, council tax, food etc, you live out in the sticks where public transport is poor but you need your car for interviews & the possibility of a new job, you want to be road legal so would you really give a monkeys about safety?


I understand the frustrations of the economic instability & impact on jobs etc. And how everyone would like to save cash, however making the sweeping statement "so would you really give a monkeys about safety?" is a bit short sighted & drastic.

Yes, tyres have to be to a certain standards, however personally it's better to buy a set of tyres that are going to last 20k+ miles that are known to give good performance than save a tenner a corner & buy a tyre that will only give 10k of service & be terrible. Buy once, buy right. Pay once, not twice. Being savvy with your money doesn't mean always buying the cheapest!


4x 155/65/14 top notch tyres = £320
4x 155/65/14 average tyres = £240
4x 155/65/14 cheaper but still legal tyres = £160
bank balance = £ s#d all
let me think now
do i have no car for a few months and have the added problems of finding transport from an outlaying village to get to work
or should i get some tyres that i can just about afford, keep me on the road and get by.
what would you do?
if there is money to save i will try to.
£20 gives me 12 mths road tax,
£180 gives me 12 mths insurance
times are tight, hope you don't experience my problems,
enough said from me.
chin up, keep smiling, don't panic and carry on regardless.
happy motoring :lol: :wave: :wave:

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 Post subject: Re: cheap tyres
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:29 pm 
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dave wrote:
4x 155/65/14 top notch tyres = £320
4x 155/65/14 average tyres = £240
4x 155/65/14 cheaper but still legal tyres = £160
bank balance = £ s#d all
So cheap tyres cost half as much, last half as long, with the added bonus of gripping like a one legged cat burying a turd on a frozen pond. Where do i sign up?

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 Post subject: Re: cheap tyres
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:53 pm 
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if cheap tyres are so dangerous & shorten your life expectancy why are they still road legal, surely they should be taken off the market immediately


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 Post subject: Re: cheap tyres
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:21 pm 
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andyfiggy2002 wrote:
if cheap tyres are so dangerous & shorten your life expectancy why are they still road legal, surely they should be taken off the market immediately


Personally I think cheap, particularly chinese import tyres should be banned, and it probably will happen at some point.

A lot of ditch finder tyres around at the moment.

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 Post subject: Re: cheap tyres
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:54 pm 
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IMHO avoid Yokos unless you live in Saudi or somewhere else where it doesn't rain.

Otherwise Goodyear or Michelin - find someone with a Costco card for cheapo Michelins.

Don't save on tyres, you will regret it.

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 Post subject: Re: cheap tyres
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:03 pm 
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if cheap tyres are so dangerous & shorten your life expectancy why are they still road legal, surely they should be taken off the market immediately


Because there is money to be made and your life isnt important when it rains. What matters is - units get shifted.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:24 pm 
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Avoid Yokohama? Best tyres I ever had. A510s. Sperb grip. Wet or dry.


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 Post subject: Re: cheap tyres
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:35 pm 
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Avoid Yokohama? Best tyres I ever had. A510s. Sperb grip. Wet or dry.


I remember having a set of Yokohama A509's, gripped like s**t to a blanket for around 6000 miles, then started to wear rapidly. Very soft compound, think the 510's were the next evolution.

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 Post subject: Re: cheap tyres
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:00 am 
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2 vredestien 155/65x14 from my tyres £108 fitted at a garage near you for £108. I did 6000 miles in 3 months on them before I upgraded to alloys, very little wear on them, fantastic grip wet or dry. Far better than the contis that came with it. Got cheap sumo things 195/50x15 on my new alloys, cost £200 for wheels and tyres delivered to the house brand new. I got lucky on e-bay. They were ok in the snow we had recently, although we did not have much of it.

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 Post subject: Re: cheap tyres
PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:16 pm 
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Doz wrote:
Avoid Yokohama? Best tyres I ever had. A510s. Sperb grip. Wet or dry.


On my Fabia they only worked in the dry not the wet, I wouldn't go for them again. Depends on the tyre of course the ones I had where 50% mostly slick. The Uniroyals I got to replace them with gripped more in any conditions.

My next bug Tyres will be Michelin (Costco) or Goodyears though - the bugs don't need racing tyres - Taffy excepted...

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