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Post by MULLEY » Fri Jan 25, 2008 11:13 pm

jesus, cheaper to buy some off the peg alloys that come pre-fitted with tyres.....infact those tyres are more expensive than the mini runflats that are on my car.....

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Post by Baldbazza » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:58 pm

As far as I know, the original ones were metric and yes, they need the special metric Michelins from Longstone at £110 each. These alloys have a silver centre disc.

The ones on the GT are later 14" wheels (from a mk2) that look like the metrics. They have a black centre disc (until I buy a can of silver paint :wink: ) and there's a recessed disc around the studs, which I don't think is there in the metrics.

Currently shod in new Michelin Energy 175x65s at less than £50 each. Not exactly original but good enough for me. :D

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Post by MULLEY » Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:07 am

I dont personally rate Michelin's at those prices, for what are technically low spec tyres, thats why i went for Vredstein's 185/60's all 4 for under £120, bargain....

Not dissing your tyre choice as i quite like michelins, i just think that they are way overpriced for what they are & dont come out in tyre tests as good as other tyres which are cheaper by quite a margin.

Michelins do last a long time, managed to get 40k out of a set on a clio which was pretty good seeing as i gave them some hammer....but at £60 a tyre i was kinda expecting that to be honest....

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Post by Philip Chidlow » Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:20 am

Is that price fitted and balanced with valves, Mulley?
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Post by Baldbazza » Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:20 am

Only reason I went with Michelins was for the anorak value :oops: . It's not my everyday car so longevity isn't an issue. Price might have come into it if there wasn't only a tenner between the cheapest that I'd be willing to trust and the Michelins. So the Michies got it. But not on the Alfa, where I can't fault Continental. But I'll stop there before we get into another my-tyres-are-better-than-your-tyres-thread... :D :wink:
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Post by MULLEY » Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:29 am

Phil, no, went to a local fitter who charged about £20 to do the full monty, so just under £140 for the whole shebang....

Baldazza, of course my tyres are better than yours :lol:

Don't blame you for your choice, if u've had good experiences in the past & are happy with them then no argument from me.....

I just like to buy tyres that are better performers in the wet than the Michelins (it does appear to be raining more these days) & are quite a bit cheaper to boot in price. Some tyres can cost as much as the whole car :shock: .

All 3 of my cars all came shod with crap tyres, even the Gti although it had Michelins virtually brand new, they weren't the correct size, they were 175/65's i think, did have the correct speed rating though, so use them on my TXD in summer (currently using my winter tyres)....

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Post by Baldbazza » Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:08 am

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<sad git mode>

Been thinking. Always dangerous but what the hell.

My first tyres in 1973 (yes it really is possible to be that old) cost around £20 each for 145/13 for my mk2 cortina. A 'normal' tyre now costs about twice that.

Petrol then was 7/6 a gallon, approx 8p per litre. Now costs 13 times as much.

Beer 2/6 per pint (12.5p). Now around 30 times as much.

And I earn a staggering 52 times more money than I did then.

Suddenly tyres seem pretty good value.

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Post by docchevron » Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:37 am

Baldbazza wrote:
And I earn a staggering 52 times more money than I did then.
Except of course you dont, since inflation will have seriousley reduced the worth of the cash you earn.

In the 10 years I've worked for the bus company I now earn only £28 a week more than I did when I started.

And I'm bloody sure the cost of living has increased considerably more than £28 in a week since 1998.

I still remember when petrol was 72p a litre, and I thought that was expensive, I'm now paying £5 a gallon for diesel and 99RON petrol.
In short 1.4 of my take home pay goes on fuel for the car!
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Post by tim leech » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:08 am

Baldbazza wrote:As far as I know, the original ones were metric and yes, they need the special metric Michelins from Longstone at £110 each. These alloys have a silver centre disc.

The ones on the GT are later 14" wheels (from a mk2) that look like the metrics. They have a black centre disc (until I buy a can of silver paint :wink: ) and there's a recessed disc around the studs, which I don't think is there in the metrics.

Currently shod in new Michelin Energy 175x65s at less than £50 each. Not exactly original but good enough for me. :D

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Post by Baldbazza » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:26 pm

docchevron1472 wrote:
Baldbazza wrote:
And I earn a staggering 52 times more money than I did then.
Except of course you dont, since inflation will have seriousley reduced the worth of the cash you earn.
Of course. Merely pointing out that I had to pretend to work a lot longer back then to earn a tyre than I do now.
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Post by docchevron » Wed Jan 30, 2008 2:25 am

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I really must get two for the TD they are bolder than a badgers arse...
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Post by cavmad » Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:11 am

What size are they Doc? Pm pm me on here or the dark side mate, might have a couple.
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Post by MULLEY » Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:46 pm

I've got a few tyres littering my garage up Doc, let me know the size/spec etc... & i can double check if i have any that may fit the bill....

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Post by docchevron » Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:28 pm

Thanks fella's, but I'll get some shiny new ones from my mate at the local tyre fitters. I'm very keen on Uniroyal Rallye 540's, but they are a PITA to get hold of, but he has some on order for me..
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Post by MULLEY » Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:50 pm

No worries, offer applies to anyone who needs some spares etc....