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Winters off, summers on.

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Winters off, summers on.

Postby DaiRees » Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:50 am

I know it's still a bit chilly but I had a bit of a quiet weekend so changed them over on Saturday. Love the look of my 18s 8)

Anyone else done the biannual swap yet?
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Re: Winters off, summers on.

Postby steve_earwig » Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:09 pm

Nope, legal requirement until April 15th. Although the Pug is still on summers and I won't bother changing them for the MOT tomorrow 'cos it's too bluddy warm for winters.
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Postby GingerMagic » Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:41 pm

I put my winters on about 2 months ago... we've hardly had any frost since :roll:

My summer wheels need new tyres, so I'll be shopping around on payday, maybe swap them back in another few weeks.
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Postby Doggy » Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:39 pm

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Postby Welly » Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:04 pm

Last Thursday I parted with yet another £68.00 and had the Summers put back on. What a transformation in the handling/feel! I'm wondering if the Winters have gone all weird, there's plenty of tread on them but they're really 'squirmy' on the road.

I got the chap to put the bestest treads on the rears, to which I received a 'Man Nod' of approval. Strangely despite my car's reputation for shredding front tyres every 15 mins I manage to get at least 15K out of mine but then I'm very easy on them and keep the alignment right.

Anyhoo I think the mobile tyre man now realises I'm a fussy git and cranked up his whizzy-roundy balancer real good this time as they appear to be perfect.

I MUST get a set of 16" steelies this year. I reckon I could still sell my 17" Winters to someone on the Volvo Forum of doom.
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Re: Winters off, summers on.

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Re: Winters off, summers on.

Postby Welly » Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:33 am

My thoughts on tyre rotation are that I'd rather leave the rears where they are and wear the fronts out, this way you'll only have 2 x tyres to buy mostly and the rears will be ok. The risk is that at some point you will have 4 x worn tyres on the car.

There's a school of thought that on a FWD car the handling will be more controlled/predictable with worn fronts but good rears; additionally the car will behave better under braking and suffer less lift-off oversteer with good treads on the back.
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Re: Winters off, summers on.

Postby Welly » Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:28 pm

In the UK we're 'allowed' to run tyres down to 1.6mm. Imagine your average motorist rounding a long, wet, bend too fast which tightens quickly with worn rear tyres; as soon as they lift off the gas the rear will go light and could oversteer.....left alone or not corrected properly the car will spin and will have no control over where it's heading. At least with understeer you can see what your about to hit.

The general consensus is that FWD understeering cars are 'safer' in the way they handle it's perhaps why the majority of cars are FWD and BMW's and Mercs are driven by expert* drivers who know how to handle. I think if most cars had a tendency to swap ends all the time it'd be chaos out on the roads.
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Re: Winters off, summers on.

Postby steve_earwig » Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:34 pm

In cravat land it's 1.6mm summer, 4mm winter (I just checked).

I can change mine back to summers next Wednesday, hoorah.
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