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Re: grande punto mjet tyres

Sell up and go buy a corsa then if you hate it that much. Mines fine otr, stick on some eibachs and it improves it even more.
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ive gone up to 215/45s on the back of mine and should have done it sooner, same level of control etc but takes the edge off the harshness, really good. I got Federal SS595s coz I like them and they are 45 each lol!
Federals are complete ditchfinders, i would steer well clear, which ironically you cant with those tyres.

Ill be putting Toyo TR1's on mine for the wet grip, Alex left Falkens on the front of mine, ok, but not confidence inspiring in the wet and they are noisy as sin.
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I tried falken 512's on the front of mine last time, and they were so bad, I was tiptoeing around in the wet, and even took my car to the garage to get them to check all the front suspension out, as I thought something must be broken! the mechanic said it was fine, and to change the tyres, I threw the falkens away (well, in my shed incase I get punctures!) and put on some goodyear F1's, and its transformed the car, back to its usual self again, I have grip!

I really rate the bridgestone potenza's too..... there's a reason they are standard equipment of the like of porshes, astons ect... but they are so expensive...

I've always heard good things about the toyo's, but never tried them...

pirelli p nero's are good too.... I had them on the vRS

federals? well I've used them on the GP too, and they gripped ok, but fell apart! they went oval, and caused all sorts of vibrations.... could have blown, I wouldn't reccomend! threw them away before they wore out too!

anyway, my advice in order of personal preference...

1) OE bridgestone potenzas RE050A (don't confuse this flavour with other brdgestones!)
2) Goodyear eagle F1 (GSD3?)
3) pirelli p nero's
4) toyo's... (on reputation, i haven't tried them, but certainly would)

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avon's (ZZ3's) they grip ok, but I had a pair of them fall apart and crack (on the inside! found after I had them removed for vibration/oval problems like the federals..)
federals/ most cheap makes..... maxxis were tested by autoexpress recently, and they basically said "ditchfinder".......
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I really rate the bridgestone potenza's too..... there's a reason they are standard equipment of the like of porshes, astons ect... but they are so expensive...
Porsche have dropped the potenza and now only use michelin
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Porsche have dropped the potenza and now only use michelin
ah.. ok.... you said you didn't like 'em.... let me know how you get on when you change your fronts for something else (on the other forum, I don't come here much!) .... how many miles you up to now?
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Re: grande punto mjet tyres

Im not a fan, they have got a bit better since ive lowered it but im not too impressed with how easy they break traction for the price they are. I think ive done about 5.5k now. Will drop right off when i start uni in a couple of weeks though and i shall let you know what i go for and what i think of them when i change them
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To be honest ive only got the Federals on the back so dont notice any lack of grip....but it really does smooth out the clunky suspension, and there is no vibration from them at all and they are currently not balanced up.

We also had them on the front of the 2nd Megane and they were grippier than the Continentals it came on, a bit noisier I suppose but barely.

Oddly though I hate Toyos, gave me no confidence in the wet when ive driven cars with them on.

But as regards size I would say its a huge improvement to go up a little.

I do think tyres are very much a personal choice, what you like to drive on and what you want to pay for, I prefer a comfort orientated tyre thats good in the wet (just ordered goodyear hydragrips for the Sierra, supposedly ok) others prefer a very aggresive tyre and arent bothered about ride comfort etc etc, why else would there be various designs, different brands do different things well.

Our Porsche came with N0 Continentals which arent great either and the rears are 140 quid each!
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My sporting came with Dunlop SP Sport 9000 tyres on. Have done 4500 miles and no real issues with them. Seem to grip pretty well.
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SP9000s are really good, my dad had them fitted on his XKR and they were superb, costly but among the best IMO.
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Oddly though I hate Toyos, gave me no confidence in the wet when ive driven cars with them on.
I agree with Auto_Blanco on the Toyo's. I used to own a Rover 214 with 15" alloys on it. The tyres were shocking in the wet, offered no confidence, and I also found them to puncture quite easily. I know the Rover is a s**t handling car, but IMO, it handled better on the near bald dunlops that were on the front before hand......
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Sell up and go buy a corsa then if you hate it that much. Mines fine otr, stick on some eibachs and it improves it even more.

Did you know his 370k mile sierra is still on its original tyres and does 60mpg!!!
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Far be it for me to comment, or to take this thread off topic, but is there really a need for that kind of attitude? Can people not just respect the opinions, and view of others, deal with it, and use the forum for its proper purpose, not to behave like kids.....

Back to the tyres.....
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and thunderchump, apt name as you clearly are a chump. I dont normally say things like this on a public forum, but go and get bent! Ok! Sorry mods lol
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