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    Run flat tyre recommendations?

    Hi All,

    I've just had the wheels for my wife's MINI powder coated so now need to get some new tyres. I know the general advice is to ditch runflats, but assuming you were sticking with runflats as I will be, any recommendations?

    Size is 205/45/17 (84V). It had Pirelli when we bought it, hated them, replaced with Hankooks for the last 3 years which were decent.

    No track use, just does about 5K miles per year around town as my wife drives about for work locally visiting people. Needs to drive in all weathers so I've been fitting winter wheels over the cold weather period for the last few years but don't think they'd be necessary with decent normal tyres.

    Ideally I'd like something from Tyres on the Drive as had good service from them previously.

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    Goodyear eagle F1's on my old 335D were very good imho. Never considered swapping them out for NRF's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Goodyear eagle F1's on my old 335D were very good imho. Never considered swapping them out for NRF's.
    Honest question; are the run flats better now or is it just that the car makers have got all their widgets sorted out to make them ride better?

    Big difference between a r50 MINI and a a modern BM.

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    To immediately take things off topic.. I'll also share the view of my wife; when we were debating ordering the spare wheel on our new car (runflats not an option with Skoda) or having a bigger cubby hole instead, my wife declared that she didn't know how to change a wheel, if she did she probably isn't strong enough, probably couldn't do it with a toddler anyway so a puncture would mean a call to the AA and at that stage you're waiting hours so who gives **** whether they fit the spare or take you home. Plus who gets completely debilitating punctures these days? She took the extra cubby space, as you can guess.

    I'm not sure if that is the case for or against run flats. For, I think?

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    probably couldn't do it with a toddler anyway
    Why does childbirth prevent you from changing a wheel ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by simonsaunders View Post
    Honest question; are the run flats better now or is it just that the car makers have got all their widgets sorted out to make them ride better?
    Loads better. I sacked them off my 2007 E82 135i as soon as I could after getting it yet the demo M135i I had came with them & they were much better (still ordered mine with MPSS tyres mind) & the 335D came & stayed on RF's even when I replaced the rears.

    I am guessing manufacturers have improved the ride with them but the tyres are better for sure.
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    Thanks, chaps. I was assuming the manufacturing processes for RF tyres had improved as the ones we bought about 3 years ago rode much better / quieter than the previous set, and better than I'd experienced on other cars. Hopefully same applies and a new set today would be better again.

    The car is an R53 Cooper S, the battery is under the boot carpet in the centre and even if it wasn't, you couldn't fit a spare wheel in there, probably designed that way with the central exhaust in mind?

    Used to have a R56 Cooper D and though it came with runflats I specified a spare too (brand new company car in 2009) and that had the wheel underneath the boot, which I was glad of when I needed it once.

    If it were mine, I'd switch to non RF tyres, but with my wife out in it we both prefer reassurance of RF regardless of compromised driving dynamics / increased cost etc.

    (Needless to say, all my cars have proper spare wheels!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevem View Post
    Why does childbirth prevent you from changing a wheel ?
    Have you tried keeping them quiet and in one place?

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    Eeeh, when I were a nipper we were allowed to roam free on t'grass verges o' t'M6 whilst me Dad slung a fresh tyre on t'Ford Escort...
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    Have you tried keeping them quiet and in one place?
    They'd be in a locked car with the windows up.

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    After much procrastinating and tutting at the price of RF tyres, I finally ordered a new set today to be fitted later this week.

    I went for Dunlop SP01 as they were towards the cheaper end of the better makes that offered a high wet grip and low noise rating. Still can't believe tyres for a MINI cost over 100/each... I've bought full cars for about the cost of two tyres... I'm getting old
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    Quote Originally Posted by N/B View Post
    Eeeh, when I were a nipper we were allowed to roam free on t'grass verges o' t'M6 whilst me Dad slung a fresh tyre on t'Ford Escort...
    Same here, regularly set up camp on the hard shoulder whilst my Dad did various roadside repairs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simonsaunders View Post
    probably couldn't do it with a toddler anyway
    Well, of course not. That's why the car has a tool kit. Toddlers are useless for most mechanical tasks. Too flexible.
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    Wheels now back on car, black rather than silver as they were, and with new tyres. Looks pretty good for a girl's car I reckon

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