Alloys vs steels/economy vs road-holding

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Post by docchevron » Sun Jan 07, 2007 9:49 am

I love my UNIROYALs, the Rallye 540 was a better tyre for out and out grip but the 550 is more than sapable, I've never scared myself yet (well, not too much).

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Post by Stewart (oily!) » Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:50 am

I have Uniroyal 550s on my TZD and the wet and dry grip is superb, never an anxious momet, they were not expensive either, on the Xantia I have Klebers on citroen alloys, wider than standard for a 1.9TD (I think they came off a 2.1) and they are pretty good too though ultimate wet grip may not be as good as the Uniroyals, on the subject of insurers I declared that the alloys fitted are factory options which seems to placate them. Though I have yet to claim for a good while.
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Sun Jan 07, 2007 12:02 pm

I believe that if you fit alloys that were available as an option originally it isn't a problem. I have decided to fit GTi steels though so apart from the width there's no difference - and visually, as they'll have the original trims on them it's unlikely noone would ever notice anyway.
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Post by MULLEY » Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:22 pm

I nearly went for a set of winterhawks as well bandit, but they were a trifle more expensive & didnt seem to come out in the ratings any different, so thought i would try out the Debica's instead, no regrets sofar!!!

I agree with Philip re the insurance thing, if u put on bad boy non standards then its best to mention this to your insurer, they will probably be ok but if you didnt mention this, they could have their get out of paying clause (its all technical rubbish to invalidate your claim).

Technically speaking if you changed a cars suspension & changed the braking system to make the car handle & stop more safely, these would be modifications & the insurer may not approve them. Safest course of action when modifying any vehicle is to ask your insurer if its acceptable to them & if not how much extra is it going to cost on your policy.

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Post by jeremy » Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:50 pm

But then there is the difference between general maintenance and repair and modification.

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Post by Stewart (oily!) » Sun Jan 07, 2007 8:03 pm

It also assumes that your insurers are possesed of a brain cell, attempts to go legit with th 1.9TZD proved that they have very few.
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