run flat tyres – which ones?

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  1. You may be interested to know that you can put normal tyres on the car and not just run flats again.

    The trouble with run flats is that they cannot or should not be repaired, so if you get a nail in your brand new run flat in the centre part of the tread then you would have to buy a another new tyre:eek: great for the tyre dealers and manufactures:mad:, not so good for your wallet.
    You also get a harsher ride with run flats due to the strengthened side wall.

    If you do fit normal tyres, you would need to either then get a spare or have an emergency puncture repair kit.

  2. Hi
    Thanks CXa2000, that is something else I'm considering but wasn't sure if I had to change the actual wheels or do normal tyres fit on the same ones?

    I'm quite happy with the harder ride and handling of these, my old car had pretty hard suspension so I'm used to it – although I'm much more wary of pot holes than I used to be!

  3. Think you'll find the wheels will take either option.

    Run flats may be expensive but there have also been several nightmare tales regarding the cost of replacing standard tyres after using the emergency 'goo'. All involve the cost of a new alloy because the tyre fitters were unable to clean the original.:eek: At least that's the story, I've not been personally involved so it could be there was structural damage to the wheel that wasn't being admitted to. Either way, may be worth having a word with whoever fits the new tyres for their opinion.

    The Bridgestones come in several assorted subtle flavours and I haven't a Mini to try them on but I've heard no complaints in terms of out and out performance, however some, non Mini, users report the tread can disappear at an alarming rate!

  4. My wife's mini has the 205/45 Pirelli's on the 17 inch wheels, and they are very good, but a bit on the pricey side, £150 each.

    My wife's front tyres wear out prematurely on the outside edge only:mad: (she has an 08 cooper sidewalk), the rest of the tread would still have 4 to 5 mm left, so quite a serious problem.

    The tracking and suspension has been checked by our local BMW dealership and all is within spec. apparently.

    I think there is something going on in the way the suspesion and geometry is set up on these cars that allows the font tyres to wear out so soon and on only the outside edge and BMW are fobbing owners off with excuses:eek:

  5. I need to get some new tyres for my Mini Cooper (08) which I bought in August.

    Currently has dunlop sport on and the fronts are definitely needing changing, backs aren't too bad but with winter coming I'm going to change all four (ouch!)

    I'm looking at Bridgestone RE050A (205/45R17 84V) from Tyrefit direct

    any comments on these tyres – good road holding etc?

    any advice would be appreciated as I've not had run-flats before!

  6. I can confirm runflat wheel rims can be used for normal tyres but not vice-versa. Runflat tyres can be repaired the same as normal tyres despite what some tyre fitters tell you, as long as the tyre has not been driven on in a flat condition which damages the sidewalls. So when the flat tyre warning light comes on you have a choice to either stop or carry on at 50mph but render the tyre unrepairable!

    I replaced my worn Pirelli runflats with Goodyear Eagle F1 normal tyres and a spacesaver spare as detailed in link below:
    [URL]http://forum.minicooper.org/showthread.php?t=9726[/URL]

  7. DaveShreev wrote: “Think you'll find the wheels will take either option.

    Run flats may be expensive but there have also been several nightmare tales regarding the cost of replacing standard tyres after using the emergency 'goo'. All involve the cost of a new alloy because the tyre fitters were unable to clean the original.:eek: At least that's the story, I've not been personally involved so it could be there was structural damage to the wheel that wasn't being admitted to. Either way, may be worth having a word with whoever fits the new tyres for their opinion.

    The Bridgestones come in several assorted subtle flavours and I haven't a Mini to try them on but I've heard no complaints in terms of out and out performance, however some, non Mini, users report the tread can disappear at an alarming rate!”

    I've just had some Continental Sport contact 3 (??) fitted. I had opted for the Bridgestones but they were out of stock and my fronts were rather desperate. I asked the tyre guy (great mobile service – came out to me at work) about swapping to non run-flats and he said the same thing, the 'goo' can fmuck up the alloys. He did say the Continentals aren't so good on th wear side but that they were good road holders which was my main concern. a few quid cheaper than the Bridgestones as well!

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