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Old 21-02-2011   #1
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Just Bought T-Jet - Tyres Needed

I have finally bought a GP Sporting T-Jet. Paid £5750 (or £2750 plus my 89k mile Pug 407) for a 25k mile 07 plate in red with sunroofs. I collect it on Friday so havenít actually got it yet.

Unfortunately I wasnít able to find a good one with cruise and climate control within budget so after many years Iíll have to adjust back to not having them.

I was particularly impressed with the ride quality of the T-jet on the test drive, I have previously looked at an m-jet and found it very stiff but somehow the T-jet feels different. Maybe the tyres were all flat! J or maybe it was just that I expected the worst. The engine is also a peach; not all that quick but torquey and refined, overall performance felt similar to my 2.0 HDi 407 but more refined at low speeds and idle.

On the tyre front, truth be told the car needs 4 new tyres. It has a knackered Bridgestone, a nearly new Sunew (yeah I havenít heard of them either) and two Nokians with 3-4mm left. Iím going to replace the Sunew and Bridgestone immediately but what with? I was eying up Continental Sport Contact 3s but have just noticed that the Punto needs 88 load index not 84. Iím surprised by this as itís a small light car on large wheels, BMW use this size with a 84 load index and those are much heavier.

It has to be a premium tyre; Iím not going to trust anything less so the Pirelli P Zero Neros look the best option at £103 from kwikfit, any good? I have not been impressed with Pirelli P6s in the past but they are old hat now and things have moved on. Shame the Continentals donít come in 88 load index as Iíd pay the extra £13 each. What do others fit?


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Re: Just Bought T-Jet - Tyres Needed

Hello!

Have you thought about kumho sport ku31's?
Got these on my Mjet - Lasting alot longer than the pzeros i used to have mjet.

Worth a thought, keep the car stuck to the road and still good in wet conditions!
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I fit the cheapest I can get (always avoiding KwikFit). I have been driving for over 30 years and yet to have a bash. Are you a tyre snob with too much money in your pocket?
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i have pzeros and i prefer the old bridgestones tbh.

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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.
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Just fitted 2 Toyo T1Rs to the front and very impressed so far much quieter than the standard bridgestones and have made the turning feel alot sharper.
Can be had pretty cheap off camskill also
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I fit the cheapest I can get (always avoiding KwikFit). I have been driving for over 30 years and yet to have a bash. Are you a tyre snob with too much money in your pocket?
that is a pretty dumb thing to say tbh, why not buy the cheapest brake pads you can aswell
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Just fitted 2 Toyo T1Rs to the front and very impressed so far much quieter than the standard bridgestones and have made the turning feel alot sharper.
Can be had pretty cheap off camskill also
I have had both the TR-1 and the Continentals (Currently on there) on my Abarth and had the standard Dunlops on my Sporting before. TR-1 are great in the wet to begin with, but due to the tyre pattern as the become about 1/2 worn the wet grip is less than other tyres that I have had.

I can honestly say that I find the control a lot better on the continentals, but this is with a 91 load rating as stated in the back of the handbook for the Abarth tyre pressures.

The toyos have a rather weak sidewall which increases the roll slightly. I didnt rate the Dunlop SP much and didnt like them in the wet.

The Kumho are meant to be very good, I think an Asymetric tyre is meant to be brilliant in the wet and very good in the dry or the other type excellent in the wet and very good in the wet.

Depends on your driving style to how much grip you need to stop as well, on budgets if you leave a massive gap then you are fine, if your 3 ft from someones bumper then you will crash on the budgets when you might have stopped on the better brand.

Sorry for the massive amounts of text, but hopefully a fair review
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So the P Zeros are not that great?

I notice Pirelli like to confuse everyone by having about 4 types of P Zero, do people mean the P Zero Neros when they talk of P Zeros on a GP?
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So the P Zeros are not that great?

I notice Pirelli like to confuse everyone by having about 4 types of P Zero, do people mean the P Zero Neros when they talk of P Zeros on a GP?
I didnt like them at all, think just P Zero but will check in garage tomorrow night as I kept the back two with 4mm left for spares.
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Re: Just Bought T-Jet - Tyres Needed

I HAVE A FULL SET OF SUNEWS

they are amazing on dry roads but as soon as there is the tiniest bit of rain they struggle tbh
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I HAVE A FULL SET OF SUNEWS

they are amazing on dry roads but as soon as there is the tiniest bit of rain they struggle tbh

Don't they come standard issue on them kids Kettler gokarts and pedal tractors
Hard as hell, last forever but for god sake don't corner.







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But seriously i was a Falken whore untill my friend told me to try Toyo's and i've never looked back.

Fit Toyo R888's i dare you!
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that is a pretty dumb thing to say tbh, why not buy the cheapest brake pads you can aswell
I do!!!!!!!!!!!! My original Fiat front pads snapped into two pieces on one side after some 10k miles. Fitted the cheapest pads I could get (Veco) and car stops just fine. Never had an accident yet. Why do people believe that spending more money is always going to get you a better product. In my opinion driving style and respecting the road conditions, and other road users are all much more important than how much you have spent on your car parts.
£100+ tyres and £50+ brake pads are never going to compensate for bad driving.
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205/40/17. Much cheaper than 45 profile.

Hankook v12 evos, very good tyre especially for the money!
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