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    Re-using tyres?

    Before I get some better quality everyday tyres, it'd be an idea to look at winter tyres as we're supposed to have another bad one.

    What I was wondering was can you re-use tyres? Maybe a daft Q, but I don't know if once they've been on & stretched a bit, it'd be best not to put them back on a 2nd time (I.e. Saving This winter set once finished, for next winter).


    & while on the topic, can you recommend winter tyres as it's supposed to be worse than last year so they say?

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    Ive got a nice pair of Nokian WR winter tyres for sale in FS forum although youll need 17" rims

    on a serious note, i cant see any problem re-using them. Ive fitted part worns loads of times, just fitted some part worn winter tyres onto my steelies for the van - already on standby for this winter.

    After speaking with my local tyre contact, in future i would probs opt for the cheaper brands when it comes to snow tyres - Kingpin Tyres for instance (one of if not the only UK retreading company left) not good for performance tyres but for off road/mud/snow/specialist tyres like HGV/plant etc they cant be knocked.


    Might be worth considering

    For comparison the Nokian 215.40.17 I have are currently £140 each!

    I bought a set (4) of Michellin Alpin 185.55.14 part worn for £80 delivered which i'll be using on combo

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    i had to put 215/35/18 on my coupe when i lowered it and got a very good deal on part worn tyres had only done a couple of thousand, havent had any problems and sold my other tyres as part worn, so presonally as long as the tyres in good condition should be fine imo

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    I'd say saving them for next winter is fine, in fact it's prolly better than buying part-worns as at least you'll know how they been treated/kept.

    Set of winter wheels is an even better idea though (if you've room to store them) I think.

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    Cheers fellas, that's handy to know.

    17s no good to me i'm afraid as i'm on standard 16s.

    I'm assuming these Nokian's aren't too far off: http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre/Nokian/WR.htm ?



    We have a tyre fitter 'sort of' locally here, but they're about 15-20 mile out. Alernatively, there's Kwik Fit about 5 mile out.
    Part of me says surely Kwik Fit can't balls up tyre fitting, but the other side of me is telling me that i should know better & go to a proper tyre fitter.

    Your experience?


    Only problem now would be where to store these tyres lol. Looks like dads shed gets the vote again.

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    yeah they're the Nokians I have

    yeah i know u had 16s was just gettin a shameless plug in

    They are pricey therefore Id recommend u look elsewhere


    theres laods of sets on ebay at present in your size - but my advice would be get a set of 15" steelies and fit winter rubber to them - save u farting around having them swapped over every year. if ur storing the rubber in the shed then surely u can store wheels with rubber instead.

    cheaper in the long run, and 15" tyres are cheaper

    heres a set of Michelin Alpin (same as ive got).... all 4 part worns for just over £80 delivered.... grab 4 steel 15s and your sorted

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/4-1956515-Mich...item27b68fcf99

    much cheaper than messing about with alloys.... trust me!!

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    Cheers pal. I'll take note of that & look in to it.

    With a change of wheel though, I'd surely have to inform the insurance which would involve 2x admin charges. I'm taking a stab at you not bothering with this though? Lol
    Would I notice much of a handling difference dropping to 15s?

    Also, would you expect the fuel economy to increase or deteriorate with the drop, or have no significant difference?
    Having never done it yet, I don't know. Cheers for the info though.

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    my girlfriend father totally belives in using part worn tyres. I'm 50/50 on the idea. I mean we all use second hand parts from grilles to bumpers etc, but when I think tyres I thing safety...

    Also what kind of proof do you have when you go to a used tyre centre that the one they are putting on your car have done x amount of miles and what is the minimum amount of tread needed on a second hand tyre?

    The dealer my gf's father uses will charge £30 to fit and tyre to a 16" to an 18" wheel but I would want a fair bit of tread I wouldn't want like 2mm of tread left and have to change the wheel a few months later
    Be an optimist - at least until they start moving animals in pairs to Cape Canaveral.

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    Would any old 5stud steel rims suit? I only ask as looking at my tyre markings they say 205/50/R16 87w on the front & 87v on the rear.

    I know R16 is 16". I just wondered whether the other numbers are only specific to the actual TYRE?

    I was looking on eBay for astra steel rims & most were sold singular, or with rubber on, so I was considering the scrappies but didn't know if they could be 15" rims or astra 15" rims.

    Also for the 15"s would I be looking to keep the same figures (I.e. 205/50/R15)?

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    Looks like winter is coming, so this is going to have to be a must .... although waiting on my car coming back from the body shop first.

    I just thought, what's your take on snow chains?

    If they're just as good, then i could perhaps save myself a bob or two. I've no experience of quality tyres OR snow chains, so figure i should ask first.



    Also, to get the right numbering for the tyre, if i go that route, then check the numbers on the 15" spare & use those?

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