View Full Version : Winter Tyres

07-09-2011, 16:37
Anybody feeling the urge for these this year?

The long range predictions says snow... I guess north of the boarder it's more likely, but most of us got a dusting, and the icey conditions for the following weeks made getting about quite exciting.

Winter tyres pretty well solve this problem, and typically get put on from November to March.

If anybody would like a set, I'll be glad to get some options and prices :)

Might even be able to work out some tasty wheels and tyre deals ;)



07-09-2011, 16:46
Could be interested in tyres for the 205. Don't know sizes at the moment though. Expecting lots of snow on the flatlands here now!

Bex will be ok with her hoofing great BF Goodridge offroad tyres though...

07-09-2011, 16:56
195/50/15 I guess on the 205? about 50 per tyre roughly depending on which you'd like :)

07-09-2011, 16:57
nah.. im gonna blag it again and have a half decent excuse when i get stucka nd cant make it into work :)

EDIT - just seen this is in your traders bit... imo, a good idea after last year.. but ill still be stupid and do the above hehe

07-09-2011, 17:03
Can you get anything suitable for UK 300ZX wheels? If not, I'll probably just get Rainsports or something for them.

07-09-2011, 17:19
Could be interested to find out a price for a pair of 195/55/16's please :)

07-09-2011, 18:17
195/50/15 I guess on the 205? about 50 per tyre roughly depending on which you'd like :)

:( :no: 1.6 ally's. 185/??/14...

07-09-2011, 21:16
I'll grab some prices in the morning :-)

Yes... you can manage without if you're lucky, but if you can run to them, winter tyres make driving safer and easier for sure.

08-09-2011, 08:35
185/60/14 are 37.50+VAT per tyre Terry :)

195/55/16 are 68.16+VAT per tyre

08-09-2011, 13:53
This might be of interest to people....


14-09-2011, 11:05
Nobody else fancy a crack at some Winter tyres?

14-09-2011, 11:44
Cheap as chips there!!!

Winter tyres are definitely worth it people. When we lived in the Alps, I drove to the garage (306 DTurbo) on Proxes at less that 15mph all the way, sliding everywhere. Had some dunlop winters fitted (can't remember the model) and drove home again almost like it was dry tarmac!!!

19-09-2011, 15:27
Hi ben can u quote me a set of 4 165/60/14 winter tyres for my daily micra pls and after we had conversation the other day i've decided I need a pair of bolt on spacers on the front(20mm or less if u do them ), so can give me a price on this pls

many thanks

22-09-2011, 11:27
I can get Hankook winter tyres for about 40+VAT per tyre if they might be of interest? :)

sorry for the delayed reply :)

Bolt on 5x114 spacers are 80.96 delivered per pair :)

23-09-2011, 07:03

I'd like them for mx5 fitment I dont have the wheels though yet so cant guarantee the size of tyre I need.

What the cheapest mk1 mx5 fitement wheel + tyre package you can do ... looking for standardish sized wheels so 190x15" size I guess

I'll probably hold out till I can get hold of a second hand cheapo set of wheels for 80 .. but you never know

23-09-2011, 09:32
I have some subzeros I can do in White or Gunmetal with polished lip for 50+VAT per wheel...

Yokohama winter tyres to match are 45+VAT each, fitting to those wheels. Can probably find cheaper or more expensive winter tyres :)

23-09-2011, 10:11
oooooh, that sounds nice to me thats right in my ball park, with wheels that cheap I would go for more expensive rubber.

What size are the wheels and the tyres on them then ?

23-09-2011, 11:07
Tyres would be fitted, wheels are 15x6.5 :)

23-09-2011, 11:32
Hey Evilchap :wave:

I've just been looking into some snow tyres for my Bimmer stock rims : 225/45/17.

Can you give me some options for 2 / 4 ?

Ta dude :thumbs:

23-09-2011, 11:34
96.85+VAT per tyre for Yokohamas :)

23-09-2011, 14:00
What are the yokahama tyres ? ... w-drives or iG20's ?

04-10-2011, 10:34
What about std wheels 205/55/R16>

04-10-2011, 13:13
96.85+VAT per tyre for Yokohamas :)

Nice one :thumbs: Major service and MOT this month so it will have to wait :cry:

Might have too abuse the Barclaycard......:wack:

13-10-2011, 07:23
96.85+VAT per tyre for Yokohamas :)

Hi mate,

I really need to do this soon (I'm thinking in the next couple of weeks) but could maybe do with some cheaper options. Maybe drop me a PM so we don't clutter the thread?

Thank you! :sxoc:

EDIT : Maybe Kumho I'Zen?

13-10-2011, 08:09
Yokos are W-Drives :)

205/55/16 from Yokohama are 88.07+VAT per tyre - and in stock.

If anybody really wants winter tyres, order them now. Whether it's from us or elsewhere, they're selling out everywhere fast, so dont hang about.

13-10-2011, 20:20
Hey buddy ..... I am getting excited, are my Hankooks in yet :excited smiley:

14-10-2011, 08:48
Ice Bears are due here for you next week :)

14-10-2011, 09:56
Yeeeesssss !!!!!!! ...... you the man :thumbs:

14-10-2011, 19:58
on a front wheeled drive car would you need a set of 4? or would 2 suffice for the going/stopping/steering?

id assume summer tyres on the rear would make things a bit interesting

16-10-2011, 21:03
4 tyres !!!!!

If you hit the brakes in snow / ice and you only have fronts, it's pretty much guaranteed that your rear end with pirouette around the front and you I'll nd up facing backwards.

The front of th car will have loads of controll but the rear won't keep up with what you are asking the fronts to do

17-10-2011, 11:32
What Johnny said :)

I found in my S14a driving along a cambered road it was the rear that often just lost grips and fell, was a total pain :wack:

19-10-2011, 16:53

20-10-2011, 10:30


Phoning you later today.... in fact.....


20-10-2011, 12:15
Do you know what the cheapest winter tyres you can get for the following are -

Not sure what profiles I could get away with..

2 * 17 x 9.5


2 * 17 x 9 wheels?


16 x 7 / 16 x 8 wheels (not 100% on the sizes for these)

Ideally want to run my 17s but everywhere im looking its like 130.00 per corner

20-10-2011, 12:48
17x9.5 are minimum 245 really.

17x9 are 235 minimum.

16x7 are 195

16x8 are 215.

You can obviously stretch them an run smaller ones, but that's the sizes we'd have to recommend.

You'll be looking for 17s at around 350-400 for a set.

16s will be around 300 a set, possibly a bit less.

I cant quote exactly as all stocks are now in a constant state of flux :( I could quote cheapest now, and by tomorrow they could well be gone.

26-10-2011, 00:15
Ben could you do a deal on some 15" wheels to suit a ford and some winter tyres, Looking for wheels as cheap as possible as funds are tight but im really need winter wheels up here LOL

26-10-2011, 08:20
If you're after really cheap I'd suggest ebay, or finding some spare steels out of a scrappy :)

28-10-2011, 09:13
Its getting colder and colder ... have my tyres met my wheels yet ?

Although I still have a few more weeks till it gets to be regulary below 7deg :(

28-10-2011, 09:22
I have just chased again - hopefully I'll have an answer shortly!

01-11-2011, 09:45

Can you get a price for 2 x 225 40 18 and 2 x 255 35 18 delivered (or something with a similar rolling radius for the rear)

Not bothered about brand too much

Ta :)

01-11-2011, 09:52
You looking for cheap as possible, or a brand you've heard of? I know you say you're not picky... but some people have limits :D

01-11-2011, 10:57
Ive just had quotes for Minerva (?) @ 98 + vat fitted for 225s and in stock. Brand wise, as long as its a snow tyre, and not 'summer' Falkens like I have atm, Im sure it will be OK. BMs are notoriously bad in the snow, so I want to try and keep it as mobile as poss!

Contemplating putting the 225s all round as the 255s werent in stock. 245/40 are within 3% ratio tho, so now trying to find a set of them...

01-11-2011, 11:01
I have had a bit of a struggle to find much tbh...

109.43+VAT for Yoko in 225/40/18

Rear sizes are something of a challenge :(

01-11-2011, 11:03
Double post fail...

03-11-2011, 07:57
Its the morning tire enquiry time ????

Of course if you cant actually get the Hankooks, I dont really care what winter tyres are on the wheels ... as long as they are a named brand winter tire ! ... and before winter :D

03-11-2011, 08:15
Here's a vote for winter tyres. I fitted some M&S tyres to the 306 and it transformed it in the snow.

That said, I'd echo the comments earlier about fitting 4. I picked mine up with rims from ebay, and found them a pair at a time. The first pair went on the front, for obvious reasons, but going round corners became "entertaining" with a massive difference in the level of grip front and rear. Never had so much oversteer in a FWD car!

Evilchap - if I can find some rims, I'll definitely be interested.

07-11-2011, 22:39
Beginning to seem like a long time now ? Are you able to get these or other tyres, or am I better off going to the big chains ?

Cheers :)

08-11-2011, 02:20
Ben anything that will fit front: 240/35/19 and rear: 305/30/19?

or maybe a smaller set of wheels they would need to be 5x112 and light and 18+ to clear the brakes :)


08-11-2011, 09:35
Still coming, Hankook have messed dates around but they're promised in the next week or so :)

You wont miss out, that's for sure - the tyres exist and have your name on :)

@Ghost - I am going to struggle badly to get those sort of sizes, and we dont have much in the way of 5x112, ie nothing. I would suggest trying locally as the big chain companies have bought up most winter tyres now.

08-11-2011, 09:37
Cheers mate ... sorry for hastling .... but its the way it works ... My misses nags me .... I nag you

the mistake I made was telling her what I spent my money on

08-11-2011, 09:38
Ha, you need to get her better trained :D

08-11-2011, 11:53
@Ghost - I am going to struggle badly to get those sort of sizes, and we dont have much in the way of 5x112, ie nothing. I would suggest trying locally as the big chain companies have bought up most winter tyres now.

Thanks anyway ben It seems in the uk they aren't easy to get :(

09-11-2011, 12:27

Can you guys get hold of the vredestein quatrac 3's at all?

Am after a pr in 205/55/16 for the golf :thumbs:

09-11-2011, 12:37
We cant get any deals on them I am afraid - you'll be best of getting them local.

Also before you buy just 2 have a watch of this :)


14-11-2011, 10:19
Also before you buy just 2 have a watch of this :)


May as well not bother :wack:

14-11-2011, 11:53
I had exactly that experience in the 306. Managed to get a pair on rims, so chucked them on the front, but didn't get the second pair until a week later. Oversteer everywhere!

14-11-2011, 13:17
What can you get ben? Winter or all season

14-11-2011, 13:20
Yokohama for 83.07+VAT per tyre are in stock right now in 205/55/16!

01-12-2011, 07:48
Ok, I quit this is just stupid now, its December !

Its regulary under 7 degrees when I drive the car, and I hate paying money for something that I cant use because I havent got it.

I paid for these in September when it was going to be a 2 week wait ... in October it was going to be a 2 week wait .... in November it was going to be a 2 week wait .. Its Now december, no wheels, no tires

If you could return my 494.00 via paypal to h1udd@yahoo.co.uk :thumbs:

we will call it quits and I'll go find some second hand wheels and go visit Kwik Fit

Cheers bud

01-12-2011, 09:55
Hi Johnny

I have chased this every few days - trying both Yokohama and Hankook.

Yokohama aren't getting any more.

Hankook say they're arrived, they're in the docks, but seemingly unloading their 100+ containers at random so still wont give me a firm date.

It's hugely frustrating not being able to supply things like this, I am sorry for the delays and messing about :(

I'll get the refund done today.

01-12-2011, 09:56
Cheers .. Sorry it didnt work out ... I still have loads of SXOC love for you though :sxoc:

02-12-2011, 13:33
I'll get the refund done today.

today as in today ... or yesterday ?

02-12-2011, 14:04
Should already be there... let me double check :)

02-12-2011, 14:27
:thumbs: cool got that.

02-12-2011, 14:29
I 'may' have cocked it up a bit yesterday - it should now be showing in your account however :)

02-12-2011, 15:33
yup that there now thanks :thumbs:

I am considering using my current wheels as winter ones as they are slowely delaminating anyway and geting a nice set for summer use .. I didnt care about wheels until I started browsing your site and its pure porn

anyway ... any ideas if winter wheels tires can be "stretched" as the current rubber has a slight stretch on it to get it under the arch line

or is it best of keeping them bendy and flexible ?

02-12-2011, 15:49
The construction of the tyre is pretty much like a normal one I think - it's just the tread compound and layout that's different, so in theory it should be fine...

However if you are planning on heading out in snow, and you have an MX5 so you'll have some fun, I would suggest a non-stretched tyre would be sensible to give your wheels a chance should you get it a little wrong :wack:

02-12-2011, 15:52
Pm sent :)

02-12-2011, 16:25
Can i get a quote for some tyres please.

I currently have 235/45x17 on the front and 255/40x17 on the rear but would like to go a tad thinner maybe 225/45 or 215/50 and 245/40 or 235/45


02-12-2011, 16:58
How about a 225/45 all round? That's what Yokohama tend to do with a lot of BMWs :)

02-12-2011, 17:12
I did consider this but my wheels are staggered widths and being a 540 it struggles to put the power down in the dry with 255's.

02-12-2011, 17:20
Indeed, the thinking is in the winter you back off the loud pedal a bit anyway - winter tyres are much softer and speed rated way lower than summer tyres.

Hankook stock is as you can probably gather from above is a bit random, and Nankang are about 2000 225/45/17 short of what they initially ordered so it's a challenge to get them presently :wack:

Most other brands although we can get them, we dont deal direct so dont get blinding prices - places like kwik-fit bought up all of them and have been saving them until now so they can charge what they like :(

02-12-2011, 17:22
I forgot to say i'm not overly bothered about a name brand as the car doesn't do much mileage so not bothered about tyre wear properties, it would just be nice to know if i wanted to go out i could and not end up in a ditch.

09-12-2011, 21:58
Not seen a single flake yet :rolleyes:

Might chuck them on this weekend anyway :wack:

09-12-2011, 22:03
Not seen a single flake yet :rolleyes:

Might chuck them on this weekend anyway :wack:

Even with no snow, they'll give you bettee grip in very low temps :nod:

11-12-2011, 22:25
Sorry for the slow reply chaps, i was off friday collecting a blue car :-)

I'll see what i can find tomorrow :-) JN is spot on though, once it's cold normal tyres dont get up to temperature so dont grip as they should.

11-12-2011, 23:24
I've got some tyres now chap but thanks anyway :)

12-12-2011, 10:01
Cool, cheers for letting me know :)