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Hi everyone

I'm soon to replace 2 tyres on the foz. 215/60/16 V

What would people recommend and where's the best place to get them from in S Yorks???? I'm really struggling to find a supplier! (N.B. I don't have access to a ramp so I would need them to be fitted as well.)

Also, is it still OK to run 2 different tread patterns on the same chassis (same tyres on each axle)?

cheers

Mike
 

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I put a new pair of Yokohama Geolanders on the front of mine - because independant reviews rated them as good dry and wet grip and lower noise than most.

Jury was still out on the noise verdict when someone tailended me and wrote off the car for me.

Probably a testament to the wet braking grip tho, as I stopped 4-5 feet short of the emergency brake u-turn twat in front of me, but the car behind didnt.

I found them at blackcircles.com, best price around + fitting at local service place - arranged thru same web site in one purchase.

hth

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Sorry to hear about the light brush you had with a tailgater mate. What's the score with the Foz? A lost cause?

Yes, I have the 040s at present and they have worn extremely well, and the wet grip is astounding, as is the off-road capability (ploughed fields, snow and the like).

Coincidentally, I've JUST this second been onto Blackcircles website and found the G035s at under 200 quid for 2 fully fitted at a depot 5 minutes down the road from me. I am opting for the 215/60/HR16s, on the basis that I won't EVER be pushing near to 130 MPH. I'm sure someone will warn me off this idea though :)))

Cheers for the advice mate and good luck with the claim :(

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Falken ZE912s here, very happy with the front end grip, better than the old Primacys I had, which in turn were so much better than the Geosquealers that with the Michelins on the front and squealers on the rear it handled like a MkII Escort and used to oversteer under power!

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+1 for Geolanders.

My front tyres lasted 30k miles and they were awesome in the snow.

I can put up with a bit of squealing in the summer!
 

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I am opting for the 215/60/HR16s, on the basis that I won't EVER be pushing near to 130 MPH. I'm sure someone will warn me off this idea though :)))
If the car is meant to have V rated tyres, but you have fitted H rated, and then you have a claim on your insurance, they might not pay out. Even if you were only doing 60 rather than 130mph.
 

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If the car is meant to have V rated tyres, but you have fitted H rated, and then you have a claim on your insurance, they might not pay out. Even if you were only doing 60 rather than 130mph.
Good shout. Does anyone know what the original spec tyres were on the 2001 S-Turbo, V or H?
 

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I paid £148 for a pair fitted/balanced and valves, local to me. 225/55's being cheaper than 215/60's!
Simon, what will an 'up' to 225 do for handling/fuel consumption/insurance?

I find it strange that a lot of 'bigger' tyres (and therefore with more rubber) are cheaper than 215/60/16s.

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Simon, what will an 'up' to 225 do for handling/fuel consumption/insurance?

I find it strange that a lot of 'bigger' tyres (and therefore with more rubber) are cheaper than 215/60/16s.

cheers,

Mike
In theory, no change for insurance.

Grip should improve a bit with the slightly wider width, reduced sidewall height and more sticky compound (compared to the Geos).

Geolandars are quite squishy so the stiffer sidewalls on the 225/55s might decrease rolling resistance a bit and thus improve fuel economy (though the difference in rubber compound between tyres probably has more effect on fuel economy than the difference in size).

Also, I think 225/55s have a slightly smaller circumference than 205/60s so the speedo will be out between the two sizes by 1 or 2% - though as they are smaller, it may actually be more accurate (IIRC).

As already mentioned, supply and demand re the price difference.

In the 225/55 R16 size, you can also get Falken FK452s which are pretty highly rated on here and also Goodyear Eagle F1s which are very good though a bit more expensive and can wear quicker than some.

Toyo Proxes T1Rs are also pretty good, though personally I prefer the Eagle F1s.
 

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I've had more expensive bottles of vino than that !!!!! :mob:
That's probably more of the reason why you'd rear end me... hic... :Banane35:
I'm on Vredesteins too, but for the winter... (and 17" ecsta spt's for the summer now)
 

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Fraid n sorry to say i've gone for the 035s again. I'm a stickler for originality. Plus the tyres I have on the car were running at 6 mm tread when I bought her and now 14,000 later they're running at 3mm. That to me says they wear really well.

Cheers for all the input.

See you in the Dales!

Mike
 

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OK, so I had 040s on there, I have replaced the front 2 with 035s, H rated, same size, tread is exactly the same pattern as 040s. great price and fitting at a a time and nominated place of my choice.

£186 fitted with hidden balances for 'free', done by the lovely chaps at du perrformance, Sheffield. Bought via blackcircles. Fitted at a time of my choosing.

Hanging around there I got to ogle at lots of Exige and what looked like a 427 Corba on a ramp. Now THAT was a stainless exhaust system :icon_biggrin:

Overall the car grips better, crashes and bumps about less, steering is lighter, more responsive, sensitive and direct, and it tracks properly! Happy days! :woohoo:
 

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If the car is meant to have V rated tyres, but you have fitted H rated, and then you have a claim on your insurance, they might not pay out. Even if you were only doing 60 rather than 130mph.
With that logic then any aftermarket part whether its windscreen wipers or brake pads ,if they are not original equipment then your insurance is invalid!.
 
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