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Old 22-02-2011   #16
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Re: Just Bought T-Jet - Tyres Needed

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Have you read a tyre test? The performance of the budget tyres is shocking! Some of them require several car lengths more to stop, particularly in the wet. Thats the difference between a crash and a heart in mouth moment. Having had two people smash into the back of me i'd like to avoid doing it to someone else.

I'll try and find a review of the Kumhos.
No wish to disrespect your driving style. Maybe we should all be more aware of other road users, particularly those behind us. My daughter recently witnessed a multi vehicle accident. All caused by driver in front braking suddenly due to his satnav giving him a late instruction to turn. Cars behind, technically, were all too close to respective cars in front of them. This led to four vehicles all piling into each other. The driver at front who braked suddenly was all apologetic and insurance company took the view that he was partially to blame for the accident.
As said at start, no wish to suggest you were in any way to blame for your incidents.
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Clearly the fault was the drivers being too close. Had they all been at a suitable distance the accident would have been avoided. It is never a negative being able to stop a vehicle quicker.

If i am following a Ferrari it can probably stop from 100-0 quicker than I can 40-0 this does not mean it is a risk on the road.

It is highly unlikely the insurance company put any blame on the sat nav user unless he openly admitted driving without due care and attention due to the use of a distracting driving aid.
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Re: Just Bought T-Jet - Tyres Needed

Fit the 84 load rating, will be fine, its what i have on mine.

Tjet is a lot faster than a 2.0hdi 407 aswell lol
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Since it has been brought up (though very politely) the first incident (that wrote off my beloved 406 coupe and another car) was caused by a deer jumping out in front of the 1st car in a line of 3 whilst we were doing 50 on a dark and wet night; 1st car stopped, I stopped, the girl in the old Corsa behind didn’t – by a long way. I don’t think I can take the rap for that one. Second incident; I was stopped in a traffic jam, no sudden braking, but the guy behind wasn’t paying attention. Not my fault either. I do agree that in the interests of not causing an accident we should avoid unnecessary heavy braking but far more important is to keep a safe distance from the car in front and pay attention.

Anyway, returning to the topic; 84 load index tyres would probably be fine in the real world but would this invalidate my insurance or risk an MoT fail? I know fitting a lower speed rating does.

On the performance front, I accept that ultimatly the t-jet is faster from 0-60 (by 0.8s) and 0-100 (by 2.0s) than the 407. But, in the real world, 340Nm (with overboost) of torque means the 407 feels quicker in gear; from 50-70 for example. The 407 also reaches a higher top speed of 129mph. It all comes down to how you define 'faster'.
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Id still of done one in gear and they go faster than 129mph
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Kumho ku31's, I had them on my mk1 punto sporting they were great, so as soon as my Dunlop have had it, I'm going to get a set of kumho's . And very good price too, try camskill performance!

Heavier car 407, would struggle alot trying to keep up with my t-jet to be fair
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Finally collected my car last night and found that they fitted two new 'infinity' tyres on the front to get it through the MoT. They are cr*p!!!! The thing spins its wheels so easily and understeers badly in roundabouts, the ESP is working overtime. What a waste, i'm going to have to throw away 2 nearly new tyres now. I wish they had said they were going to fit them and I would have paid the extra for an upgrade to Pirelli or Bridgestone.
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Re: Just Bought T-Jet - Tyres Needed

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Finally collected my car last night and found that they fitted two new 'infinity' tyres on the front to get it through the MoT. They are cr*p!!!! The thing spins its wheels so easily and understeers badly in roundabouts, the ESP is working overtime. What a waste, i'm going to have to throw away 2 nearly new tyres now. I wish they had said they were going to fit them and I would have paid the extra for an upgrade to Pirelli or Bridgestone.
Sell them on ebay then buy some half decent ones, I did that with the wanli ones I had on it when I picked mine up, they were **** too.
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