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Topic # 151695 2-Sep-2014 10:10
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Hiya,

Next month or so I'll be needing some new tyres, not a topic of expertise for me so I'm asking for some pointers on what brands and model numbers to look at that would come in the size I need.

Current tyre size is 195/50 R15 which is a shade to big on the front (when reversing around a corner it rubs a little bit), so I want to get some 195/45 R15 or 195/40 R15
Also looking at something that is quite grippy as I do like to zoom around corners :-)

Any pointers on what brands would carry those sizes ?

Thanks!

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  Reply # 1120299 2-Sep-2014 10:16
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What size/model tyre does the car manufacturer suggest?
They do actually put some thought into the tyres they consider the best mix between economy, comfort and performance.

Have you tried any of the tyre shop websites? 
This one even lets you put your rego number in and shows you what you should have installed: http://www.beaurepaires.co.nz/tyres_overview.aspx





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  Reply # 1120311 2-Sep-2014 10:38
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A decent bridgestone should do the job. Got some good year Eagle F1's on the back and Bridgestone  Potenza's on the front.




 


 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1120312 2-Sep-2014 10:41
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The car doesn't have the original wheels on it anymore, I didn't like the cornering feel of the original fronts so swapped them.

Originals on the front would have been 145/65 R15 :-)  Rears were 175/55 R15




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  Reply # 1120315 2-Sep-2014 10:45
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Mark: The car doesn't have the original wheels on it anymore, I didn't like the cornering feel of the original fronts so swapped them.

Originals on the front would have been 145/65 R15 :-)  Rears were 175/55 R15





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  Reply # 1120322 2-Sep-2014 10:53
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TimA:
Mark: The car doesn't have the original wheels on it anymore, I didn't like the cornering feel of the original fronts so swapped them.

Originals on the front would have been 145/65 R15 :-)  Rears were 175/55 R15





Not your silly smart car is it?


No .. it's for my uber-awesome leave-everything-for-dead Smart!  ;-)

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  Reply # 1120345 2-Sep-2014 11:00
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Mark:
TimA:
Mark: The car doesn't have the original wheels on it anymore, I didn't like the cornering feel of the original fronts so swapped them.

Originals on the front would have been 145/65 R15 :-)  Rears were 175/55 R15





Not your silly smart car is it?


No .. it's for my uber-awesome leave-everything-for-dead Smart!  ;-)


"shakes head"
Get a real drivers car.
Get the bridgestones :)




 




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  Reply # 1120367 2-Sep-2014 11:22
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TimA: 

"shakes head"
Get a real drivers car.


Snob!  :-)

It's my "get to work dry" vehicle (bike waterproofs give up about 40km into the 100km commute to work), and why would I need 4+ extra seats if it's just me in it ?  It gets superb economy, can do 170kph now (with a good long flat road!) and slowing at corners is basically optional :-)


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  Reply # 1120373 2-Sep-2014 11:26
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Mark:
TimA: 

"shakes head"
Get a real drivers car.


Snob!  :-)

It's my "get to work dry" vehicle (bike waterproofs give up about 40km into the 100km commute to work), and why would I need 4+ extra seats if it's just me in it ?  It gets superb economy, can do 170kph now (with a good long flat road!) and slowing at corners is basically optional :-)



"can do 170kph now" "Face palm" I cant stop thinking of the Bruno movie.
Not a bad car, just rip on smart car drivers.
I can do 240 in my BMW. Its just a little 2L.




 


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  Reply # 1120379 2-Sep-2014 11:34
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Mark:
TimA:
Mark: The car doesn't have the original wheels on it anymore, I didn't like the cornering feel of the original fronts so swapped them.

Originals on the front would have been 145/65 R15 :-)  Rears were 175/55 R15





Not your silly smart car is it?


No .. it's for my uber-awesome leave-everything-for-dead Smart!  ;-)


At least you can say you drive a Mercedes :P




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  Reply # 1120380 2-Sep-2014 11:34
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Bridgestone Potenza. Especially if you treat slowing to corner as optional ;)




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  Reply # 1120396 2-Sep-2014 11:46
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what's the car ?

what were the original fitments ?

proposed usage ?

budget ?

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  Reply # 1120404 2-Sep-2014 11:59
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When I needed tyres a year or two ago I read the consumer reviews (not a member any more). I concentrated more on performance than price. I ended up with Firestone Firehawk TZ100 from Tonys. They work just like every other tyre I've ever had, wearing pretty well too.




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  Reply # 1120406 2-Sep-2014 12:02
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Inphinity: Bridgestone Potenza. Especially if you treat slowing to corner as optional ;)


The specs read good and they look good, but only come as 195/50 in 15" ... was hoping to do 195/45 or 195/40 on a 15" ... good candidate though.

I might see about getting the alignment of the wheels checked out possible they are off as I've spoken to others who don't have any rubbing issues on same size tyres.




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  Reply # 1120408 2-Sep-2014 12:03
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ilovemusic: what's the car ?

what were the original fitments ?

proposed usage ?

budget ?


I think that info is all in the original posting (excepting budget which I'm not fussed on).


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  Reply # 1120410 2-Sep-2014 12:11
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Mark:
Inphinity: Bridgestone Potenza. Especially if you treat slowing to corner as optional ;)


The specs read good and they look good, but only come as 195/50 in 15" ... was hoping to do 195/45 or 195/40 on a 15" ... good candidate though.

I might see about getting the alignment of the wheels checked out possible they are off as I've spoken to others who don't have any rubbing issues on same size tyres.



Hmm, yeah that's an uncommon size you're after... Falken probably do their 912 in 195/45/15, or a Continental Conti SportContact 2... I don't think I've ever seen a 195/40/15 stocked anywhere.




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