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    Tonight, I DROVE my car for the first time...

    Having had a few situations in my car in the wet, thanks to the comedy dealer fitted Kingstar K106 tyres, I decided today to get two of the Bridgestone RE050 tyres I picked up cheap fitted.

    I had the Kingstars on the back, with the front shod in my old favourite Bridgestone Potenza RE720.

    Now, up until tonight, I thought there was something wrong with the back suspension on my car - be it shocks, broken spring or something. But, it seems the GHEYLORD Kingstars were just plain crap and making the back of the car skittish and "loose".

    With the RE720 on the front and a new pair of RE050 on the back, my car is not only quieter (despite having a Y20DTH hammering away in the front), but it sticks like glue going round corners, it tracks round curves properly without having to correct the line several times.

    Treadwear on the RE050 is rated at 140, which means they're pretty damned sticky, considering the Mingstars are 280, and the RE720 are 200. The RE720 I recon will have mabye 15k total lifespan on the front of my motor. I'd expect less than 10k on the front from the RE050, but maybe 20k on the rear.

    So I did the 30 miles trip from my parents with a smile on my face, even considering the lashing rain and flooded roads. Probably the first time I've done that.

    Moral of the story - buy decent tyres if you like driving.
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    yep a good set of boot makes the car
    now i just dont get people that spend 10k+ on a car then skimp £20 on a set of boots

    also the cheap ones could also be a bit of fun coz of the lack of grip

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    am goin for the potenza's aswell on the rst...only 34 sheets a corner, its great to have smaller wheels again

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    Heh, the RE720s were £75 a corner. The RE050 I got as a set of 4 off EBay, worked out about £65 each, plus they changed me £7.50 to fit and balance them.

    That was the other thing about the RE050 - one tyre needed 2.5g balancing weight, the other a single 5g weight. The Kingstars had big 40-60g strips on each one!

    The boy fitting them said the Bridgestones and Dunlops often don't need any weights at all, particularly the SP Sport 01.
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    kl wot size are ur wheels?

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    I am sure he has the 16's on his car
    I find the 16's are better for hard driving
    my 18's just make the car look nice
    if i want to drive i put the smaller wheels back on
    fun

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    i did that aswell sometimes, esp if it was goin down the 1/4 mile lol

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    see the thing i had was on 15's wow i could drive it like a mad man as i have a lot of back roads near me in the 60mph zone
    but when i fitted the 308's the 15's would not fir so i had to go for 16's and they just about fitted

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    I do have the standard 10 spoke SXi 16 rims.

    The best handling car I've driven was my old Mk4 Club on the 14" steels and Uniroyal tyres. Went round corners like something possessed.
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    i wish i could afford good tyres i have these crappy no brand tyres. they were the cheapest i could get for £60 a corner. but yesterday i nearly killt maself so many times due to a mixture of bad rubber and the roads being shite
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