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Thread: New Tyre options?

  1. #1 New Tyre options? 
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    Hi Everyone!

    Just bought my Marlin Berlinetta and am prepping to do some basic work to have her more safe for the road, I have noticed that all the tyres are bulged and have some pretty nasty cracks in them, the previous owner did mention suffering blowouts in other vehicles - and now I understand why. The current tyres on the rims are Vredestein Sprint Classic - 185 R15 91H Tubeless Radials (all wheels). I was wondering if anyone may know what alternatives there may be for this car that either have white walls or are a modern cheaper alternative than 155 quid per tyre? Thanks very much!
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    I bought Landsail budget tyres from local independent tyre company last year, think I paid a bit over 200 for all four

    You mentioned Honda CX500 previously I serviced and repaired these in the early 80's, thought they were a bit slow and cumbersome compared to other speed machines available at the time.
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    Following some reading up on the Vredestein Sprints, it seems quite common for them to bubble and crack after as little as 3 months ownership. I have narrowed my search to three potential options, so if any of you are using the following tyres I would love to hear from you with regard to how they grip, perform and wear. The contenders thus far are as follows:

    Galaxy R1 Blackwall, (Cannot find any reviews of these, very cheap - may be too good to be true?)
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    MAXXIS UE 168 Bravo Series -Q Tyres (Seem to be mid-range).
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    Retro Classic 001 (Made by Nanking) Owned Nankings before and not had any major problems, also the most expensive.
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    Dave with regard to my CX500, I bought it as a barn find essentially and have stripped off all the plastic and unnecessary parts to turn it into a cafe racer, give it a few weeks and I should have her up and running properly. DM me if you would like some photos.
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    Thanks regarding CX500 have sent DM
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    Just buy cheap and run them till there'll knackered. As they are only good for Five years(as all tyres are now date stamped), so unless you intend to do an amazing amount of mileage, by cheap.
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    That's what I thought but the Goodgrips that I've got on the roadster at the moment are anything but, especially in the wet. They lock up badly under braking and are very good for drifting round roundabouts! I've going for Uniroyal Rain Experts next.
    Mk2 SWB Marina Roadster with a 2.0L Pinto built in 1986
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    I bought those Vredestein tyres in the Spring of 2008...so they're ten years old. I don't really hold the view expressed here that buying cheap is a good idea as you won't wear them out before they get too old to be any good anyway...but it does seem that in this case your current fitted set of tyres are knackered before being worn out...as it were. I'm fitting Uniroyal Rain expert tyres to my Cabrio when I change the wheels later this year. They aren't a lot more than the Vredesteins I bough 10 years ago...which incidentally I bought on-line from mytyres.co.uk. I had to arrange local fitting, but mytyres will now provide a list of fitters who will do the work for you. If you have access to a costco nearish to you, they offer regular deals on tyres (only the likes of Michelin / Goodyear / Bridgestone / Firestone) at much reduced prices.....but the Uniroyals I bought locally after reading a recommendation on here. Good luck!
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    I agree with Bill. Why would you take the chance with your pride and joy and put budget/obscure manufacture tyres on when they are all that's between you and the road.
    I had Uniroyal's on my Cabrio and at approx 45-50 each I thought they were a steal!
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    Thanks for all the responses! I have been looking around for a while now and found that a lot of the manufacturers that make the tyre in a similar size to the Vredestein ones are C listed. I have called up a few places and they have all said that they are commercial tyres made for vans and the likes and that they would recommend against fitting them to a kit car? I have found a set of Uniroyals for a decent price and have been ready to purchase but they too are rated as commercial. I think I have been a bit spooked into buying them there are also some Toyos going pretty cheap as far as I can tell - Any further advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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    I have used Toyos on several cars they are a bit noisey compared to Mitchelin or Pirelli but soft and grip very well at the expense of lower millage I will buy again when i need new tyres as they are at a good price and the benefits well outweigh budget cheapies Better to buy a brand when being safe is paramount
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