: can someone help??
Hi, I opened this thread cos a few days ago I bought 15-inch alloy wheels for my 414gsi(7 spoke Rover) and Iím abit confused about what tyres to put on em. Michelin, Continental, Uniroyal, Bridgestone? Which one? And what size? And something else, if i wanted could I put 16-inch mags on, or would that stuff up my car?
The standard tyre sixe of a 15" on a 1.4 is 185/55/15. Put whatever make you want on.
I use the 195 50 R15 size as they are slightly cheaper. Go for the best wet weather tyre you can afford. Continental are good, and so are Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD3.
I know you live in a warm climate, but those Greek roads can get very slippy when it rains.
You could put 16 Inch wheels on the car. The BRM models came with 16's.
Today I went and asked a price for the Michelin pilot exalto ones, the guy at the store told me that they are the best ones, the price was 275 euro for 195/50/r15. But Iím still confused which brand to put on, Iíve asked 10 different shops and Iíve gotten 10 different answers, and because recently I had an accident (which the main cause for that was my tyres) I want to really look into this matter and buy the best possible tyres for my car. Iíve also heard good sayings about Continental, but the guy today told me that continental is 3rd in the brand scale (Michelin, Bridgestone, Continental) so I might go for the Michelin.
Ive never driven on michelins, so i cant really comment.
Out of 9 tyres tested by Evo magazine last year, the F1 GSD3 by Goodyear came out best. 2nd was Continental, and i think 3rd were Toyo Proxes.
Ive found that Pirelli P6000 are quite poor in the wet and well as Yokohama A520 - The Yokohama are a hard compond tyre.
Obviously tyres and their design get better every year.
Choose well as they could be responsible for stopping or crashing.
Now you are making me change my mind and go for the F1 GSD3 by Goodyear, are they more expensive than Michelin?
I got mine (195 50 R15) for £42 each from www.tyre4u.com.
My local garage sells for £53 each fitted. And i know a place 20KM away that sells and fits for £43.
I understand that Tyre4U only send to UK addresses, so this is a big problem for you.
The price i wrote is in UK Pound Sterling. 6.5 Pounds = 10 Evro
It works out at 64 Euros per tyre.
Personally i would buy Goodyears again as they are a very good tyre both in the wet and dry. The pattern also looks very nice:)
ok i'll search around a little bit more and i'll let you know what i decided..thanks alot(Euxaristo poly)..see ya bye
This morning I went and fitted new Bridgestone Potenza (195/50/15) tyres on my 7 spoke rover alloy wheels (from 216 cabrio) that I bought about 3 weeks ago.. The only thing I can say boys is F_cken BUITIFULÖ my car is completely different than it was before, it is quieter on the road, softer over bumps, and the problem that I had with my shaking steering wheel has VANISHED. My old tiers were TOYO (175/65/14) and personally I donít ever want to here that word again.!!!!Every time I would brake the hole car would shake around, I thought it was my disk brakes (thatís what the mechanics told me anyway) but now with the new tiers NO PROBLEM. I donít know, my be my old wheels were crooked or my TOYOS were worse than I thought. The only thing is that my speedometer has changed a bit, before at 3000rpm in 5th gear it read 100klm and now it reads 95 to 98klm..Thatís not a problem anyway cos as I said I have a completely new car now, I just hope that my Bridgestoneís will last on these full of holes Greek roads.ÖÖThanks Steve
Dealers/suppliers will recommend whichever tyre they are keen to promote.
Others on this forum may only be able to advise you of their experience/preferences.
It is true that Michelin - although expensive - are the one of the most hardwearing, whereas Continental give a "quiet" and comfortable ride.
Rover won't commit to any one brand as they need to have a guaranteed source - that is why in the brochures some wheel shots show Goodyear, Michelin and Dunlop SP tyres.
There is a forum on the web where individuals have posted their views on different tyres used.
I'll post the URL when I have re-located it.
Hi Stavros, I think that you bought the Potenza RE 720. I also use them (195/55R15V) on my 45 1.4 and it is much much better than with the original Dunlop SP Sport 3000A...
I expect to make about 35-38K Km with them, what is quite good when compared with the 26K Km that I managed with the Dunlop in the front wheels...
Now I use those RE 720 in the front and still the original Dunlop on the rear (45K Km now), what gives me a kind of easily controlled oversteer under certain conditions... (I use 34 psi at the front and 32 rear).
Next tyres will be again the Bridgestone RE 720, for sure! :toastie: