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    Re: Winter Tyres

    What car are we talking about?

    I suspect you'll be able to drop down to a minimum of an 18" with brake clearance being your biggest concern.

    Endless supply usually on Ebay for pretty much all makes and models.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Audi A8l 4.2 Petrol. It does need 18's to clear the brakes.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    No idea on Audi offsets, but must be something from most of the Audi range that could fit, A6 maybe?

    Else VW, Skoda, Seat?

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    So i have a set of winter tyres on now - firestone winterhawk 2 evo's and i have been impressed so far; the car feels like it has a lot more grip then it use to. It turns in a lot faster thats for sure.

    Will see how they get on during late december and into 2014, gives me time to decide what to replace the summer tyres with; i am not impressed with the dunlop's that i had on the front.



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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Kumo Vier All Season Update again:

    Utter rubbish.

    Gutted I have them... good in heavy rain IN A STRAIGHT LINE but cornering in wet rain.. they feel as though the blocks flex and slip

    And on just wet roads, no rain with bit mud on... utter rubbish.

    they better be astonishing in snow... utterly astonishing.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Hate to say I told you so.. but..

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Been impressed with these firestones in the wet so far.



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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Do they really make that much of a difference? Been considering a set of Continental TS 850s but at £400 odd their not cheap for 3-4 months of driving a year...

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    If the last 7 pages havn't been enough then nothing will convince you.



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    Re: Winter Tyres

    A quick heads up for anyone considering taking Kwik Fit up on their offer on winter tyres/free storage of your summer rubber - Don't. Well, not unless you have the same brand of tyre on every corner of your vehicle. The system they use to track where your tyres sit in storage only allows them to enter one tyre manufacturer, so if you've got two Conti's on the front and two Firestones on the back for instance, they'll enter Continental as the brand and their system will automatically assume they're all Conti's and it's pot luck what goes back on your vehicle when spring rolls around!

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasp View Post
    Do they really make that much of a difference? Been considering a set of Continental TS 850s but at £400 odd their not cheap for 3-4 months of driving a year...
    I suspect unless you've tried them, you just can't believe the difference. I have a BMW 325 tourer .. it is scared of the snow in summer wheel trim ... terrified in fact .. often refuses to move an inch! Put the winter wheels on (17" vs 18" and Goodyear Ultra Grip) and you wouldn't even know it was snowing. When its wet and cold the winter wheels are better, when its snow/icy ... well, to be frank, its the difference between an accident and not. Front wheel drive with narrower wheels I know are much happier but if you have RWD, I can only tell you that I do not, for a single second, regret the purchase of the wheels and tyres.

    The only -ve I can tell is the turn in is a little slower with the taller / narrower winter tyres and they are noisier.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by Knoxville View Post
    A quick heads up for anyone considering taking Kwik Fit up on their offer on winter tyres/free storage of your summer rubber - Don't. Well, not unless you have the same brand of tyre on every corner of your vehicle. The system they use to track where your tyres sit in storage only allows them to enter one tyre manufacturer, so if you've got two Conti's on the front and two Firestones on the back for instance, they'll enter Continental as the brand and their system will automatically assume they're all Conti's and it's pot luck what goes back on your vehicle when spring rolls around!
    Got a shed so not a issue for me but i bet it is for a few others; you would have thought they would tag the tyres for you ?



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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Zak, the Klebbers, i am thinking about getting them for my sisters polo (if they do them) would you hand on heart recomend them (shes at uni so doesn't have the room to store a set of winters / summers)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Apex View Post
    Zak, the Klebbers, i am thinking about getting them for my sisters polo (if they do them) would you hand on heart recomend them (shes at uni so doesn't have the room to store a set of winters / summers)
    If the Quadraxers, I can. They're not for on the limit driving, and they do have a slight weakness with sudden braking in the wet (not a dangerous one, just might find ABS kicks in a bit more than expecting compared to the best wet weather tyres), but as an all round wet/winter/summer tyre they're fine and so much better in winter than a summer tyre. We've had them on the wife's car for a couple of years now.

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    Sis is no hoon so that isn't really a issue. I would stick full winters on but we don't have the room at mums (4 cars there....) so these seems like the middle ground fo her.



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