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      09-18-2012, 11:39 AM   #1
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Need to make a very quick tyre decision - Help!

One of my rear tyres needs replacing and I need to replace it very early tomorrow morning if I'm going to make it up North for tomorrow afternoon.

I had always been in the mind set of at tyre changing time that I'd either A) Get new alloys and tyres or B) Ditch the RF tyres.

At the garage where I just got my tyre checked they advised against going away from RF. Saying they'll get you home, if you have no spare and you don't have RF then you're stuck on the hard shoulder etc.

Now I'm not sure what to do

The garage has ordered in some Hankook RF and non-RF for tomorrow morning. They also had Pirelli and Goodyear I think. I didn't get the exact model of the tyres.

Shall I just replace the rears with Hankook RF, or ditch RF?

The decision has to be quick unless I cancel my plans.

Tbh I'd like more time to be anal and review tyres, specs and prices for a few hours but my options are limited. As in realistically there aren't going to be too many places near that will have decent RFs in stock and can fit me first thing.

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Oh and I have a service booked in tomorrow in Stoke at 3pm, which I've paid a deposit for through MDD. I think I can cancel without being charged though.

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      09-18-2012, 12:05 PM   #2
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Bin the runfats and buy a can of tyre weld from Halfords
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      09-18-2012, 12:19 PM   #3
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Yeah there is that.

They were also saying about calling my insurance company and checking about changing which I need to do and not sure they're open now.

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I think this has come up before, im sure I read that there is no need to call them as its just a tyre. Sounds like an odd garage,the place where I take mine are propper tyre geeks, we chat for ages! He hates runflats and advices everyone to get rid. Ive not had my car long,but will change when they wear down a bit. My rears are over 300 each on runflats, thats twice the cost! Sod that I will take my chances
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Ditch the runflats and get some Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta.
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I think this has come up before, im sure I read that there is no need to call them as its just a tyre. Sounds like an odd garage,the place where I take mine are propper tyre geeks, we chat for ages! He hates runflats and advices everyone to get rid. Ive not had my car long,but will change when they wear down a bit. My rears are over 300 each on runflats, thats twice the cost! Sod that I will take my chances
There are some insurance companies that don't need notifying, but for the cost of phone call, contact them and ensure you're covered (as it could be classed as a modification). That said I have never heard of anybody having to pay an admin fee to change.
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sell the runflats!!!...

buy vreds!!!... all round i would say...

what tyres have you got for the fronts?

buy 3 cans of tyreweld, just in case...
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If it's any help, I have a part worn rear RFT that you can have - and I live near Stoke - I can probably get it over there lunchtime-ish. I think it may be a Michelin. What size is yours - mine was from my 335d (staggered) 18"
I can't remember the size without going to the garage to have a look. Plenty of wear left on it. I went to "proper" tyres !!

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Personally I've stuck to runflats, and Bridgestones too. Cost doesn't bother me as I had over 40K out of my last set of rears which is more than twice what I would get from a budget tyre. Turn in is great too. Granted they are rock hard and rubbish over winter time but I've got winter wheels and tryes to cover that.
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Ditched my runflats and got Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. Much better grip in dry and wet. Smoother ride. They are one of the best all round tyres.
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You will get far far far more grip from a non runflat. I had a Z4 with run flats and was staggered at the difference in grip when I changed. Kevin at Birds of Iver said it should be everybodys first "mod"
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Ok guys, thanks for the replies, some good ones and a lovely offer re the tyre! I'm 17" though, thanks.

My choices are:

1) Get two new run flats (whatever they have in stock and pay more than by looking around) and carry on with my plans, service up north etc.

2) Get four new non-RF tyres (again whatever they have in stock and probably paying more) and carry on with my plans, service up north etc.

3) Research in to tyre and even alloy options and make a more considered decision. Cancel my service and make my plans up North hard to do.

I have 2 weddings and family visits planned. It will other mean trying to squeeze in my brothers car or getting the train if I don't get a tyre or two tmo morning.

Bit of a catch 22.
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Have you thought about going Oop North and getting a mobile fitter, (some internet tyre factors only use mobiles) or get a price from Black Circles for a fitting place local to your destination - you could have them fitted whilst you're in church!!

I am a bit anal about my tyres. I wouldn't have non "big make" tyres on my cars. I know some people rave about Falkens, Kumho's etc. I'll stick to Mich, Pirelli etc - but not Goodyear. I had a bad experience with Goodyear's back in 1989 and I've never forgotten it!!

I don't like stopgap measures. When I burst 2 RFT's in a pothole, I replaced all four tyres with non-RFT's, even though the other 2 tyres were OK. One was sold on this forum, the other is still in the garage!!

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Ok guys, thanks for the replies, some good ones and a lovely offer re the tyre! I'm 17" though, thanks.

My choices are:

1) Get two new run flats (whatever they have in stock and pay more than by looking around) and carry on with my plans, service up north etc.

2) Get four new non-RF tyres (again whatever they have in stock and probably paying more) and carry on with my plans, service up north etc.

3) Research in to tyre and even alloy options and make a more considered decision. Cancel my service and make my plans up North hard to do.

I have 2 weddings and family visits planned. It will other mean trying to squeeze in my brothers car or getting the train if I don't get a tyre or two tmo morning.

Bit of a catch 22.
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if u need front tyres see mine for sale pirellia p zero both 5/6mm on new 350ish looking for 90 delivered the pair

ps there run flats
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Sounds interesting, what are the size of them and where are you located?

I can't see profiles on the app.
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Sounds interesting, what are the size of them and where are you located?

I can't see profiles on the app.
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=740349

sorry cheapest i can find these are 158 each. one tire has a small prob 2mm repair its very small and the garage assure me its perfectly safe. will take 90 delivered as need the space.

i can post picture of repair.
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      09-19-2012, 09:18 AM   #18
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Shane - Yeah put a pic up.

I went with 2 Hankook RF tyres in the end. Currently sat in Knights in Stoke having a couple of services done. Like I said, booked with MDD, and I'll report back when I'm done.
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Shane - Yeah put a pic up.

I went with 2 Hankook RF tyres in the end. Currently sat in Knights in Stoke having a couple of services done. Like I said, booked with MDD, and I'll report back when I'm done.
Knights in Stoke!!

And you're worried about the price of the tyres. Wait until you get the Service bill
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Booked with Main Dealer Discount, was about £211 for two services.

Stephen James Ruxley wanted about £380 for the same services.

If you know of somewhere that will do it for less, let me know.
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It does vary in this area.
Usually either Rybrook in Shrewsbury or Blue Bell at Crewe are the most reasonable, but not consistently so. Sometimes Rybrook will be a lot more expensive than Blue Bell or vice versa.

Went to Knights once - they quoted me a good price, then when I went to pick the car up, they charged me another hundred pounds or so, then denied all knowledge of the phone quote. Needless to say, they don't get my business now.

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sorry for no pic. we have just had our 1st baby born so not been at a computer. we hope to be going home tomorrow so soon as i can ill get a pic if intrested
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