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Tyres

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Tyres

Postby CrazyHorse » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:02 pm

I'm on original 185/60 14's and need some new ones. I currently has Pirelli P6000s which a garbage.

I've read quite a few posts this evening but all the best recommendations (Toyo TR1, Falken 914...) are for 15" wheels.. all the 14" ones seem noddy. Any recommendations?

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Re: Tyres

Postby eddypeck » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:50 am

I just chucked the size into Google and came back with results on BlackCircles.com
Plenty of options for decent branded tyres in that size including Toyo and Falken

https://www.blackcircles.com/order/tyre ... =60&rim=14

Toyos aren't that grippy and a lot of people complain about their wet weather capabilities - I've had them on my old golf and BMW e30 and was happy with them, they would slide but I knew at the point they would let go and drove accordingly, nothing wrong with drifting a FWD hatchback round a roundabout :lol:
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Re: Tyres

Postby eagle » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:14 pm

I've got uniroyal rain tyres on. Second time I've had them and they work for me.
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Re: Tyres

Postby CrazyHorse » Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:35 pm

I went for Falkens in the end.. The tyre place had then in stock.
A huge improvement in the old, worn pirelli's anyway
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Re: Tyres

Postby eddypeck » Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:03 pm

My mk5 came with those fitted, previous owner seemed to rate them and I have no complaints.
Think I’ll need new rubber in my mk2 soon. But hat has silly 17” rims... but they’re growing on me.
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Re: Tyres

Postby rickygolf83 » Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:43 pm

If you can run 17s on a mk2 without any complaints keep doing what you are doing!



Must help high speed cornering at least, along with looking very period (90's)

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Re: Tyres

Postby rickygolf83 » Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:47 pm

I have rainsports on 3/4 of my mk4's; roadstones on the front of the tdi as it melts tyres

I found the 195 50 15 rainsports on my 8v looked like balloons

So far quite impressed with the latest toyo proxes (whatever code they r) fitted to the estorils the 8v now wears. Pushing hard round a greasy roundabout hasnt worried them and great in the dry.

Best mk2 tyres i have had on; yokohama paradas but cant find them new anywhere

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Re: Tyres

Postby eddypeck » Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:17 am

185/55 15s are original factory spec for 15s but as 195/50 became more commonly used (I think they were standard fit on Sierras and Cavaliers of an age) this made them cheaper so most people started fitted them to the point where I think the majority of owners now believe them to be the standard fit.

So wondering if 185/55 might be less balloon like.... that said, it'll save the rims on a clash with the curb so I'm all for a bit of balloon sidewall.

And yes, my car came on 17s, and cheap coilovers, they guy said it took a while to get it set up but I think the time he spent was worthwhile as no issues, no rubbing or scraping, even on bends.

To be fair, the ride is firm but not as crashy as I was expecting. I'm really pleased with how it handles. The characteristics are very similar to me Mk5 GTI which is on 18s.

For monetary reasons, although I keep looking at new wheels I think I'll be keeping the 17s for now. They don't offend me, but I might get them painted and get rid of the polished lips.

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Re: Tyres

Postby big F » Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:28 pm

Always used Yokohama on my 14” Pirelli Ps but there is so much choice nowadays.
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