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    The Tyre Discussion Thread - please read 1st post

    This thread has been split at this point (late 200 to stay current and the posts since then pruned somewhat to make for less intimidating reading to new viewers. The thread focusses on brands of tyre applicable to and available for Corrados and the performance of those tyres. It shouldn't be a place to discuss stretch or other tyre size advice beyond the OE specs that I've added below in this first post. We will create a new thread for tyre size/wheel fitment advice this as it is subjective for everyone and how each person wants their car to look. There is also a separate "Winter Tyre" thread now too.

    This post will be updated from time to time and the thread will also be pruned occasionally to keep things relevant. If anyone feels they're missing anything from previous years we can add that back in too so just ask. We may also add a "Top 5" or some other kind of record of commonly recommended tyres but are giving this a bit more thought.

    Please try to take some time to do some research yourself before asking for opinions. There will be a fair amount of information now condensed in here and you have the internet too! People asking for recommendations who havent even come up with a shortlist may not get very constructive answers.. Otherwise, please go ahead and keep submitting your impressions of the tyres you're running

    Standard wheel/tyre sizing information
    In general, standard Corrado wheel and tyre sizes were as follows:

    8v, 16v, G60 (4-stud)
    6.5"x15" wheel (ET33) running 195/50 R15 82V tyres

    VR6 (5-stud)
    6.5"x15" wheel (ET43) running 205/50 R15 86V tyres

    Larger wheel/tyre sizing information (maintaining OE specifications & speedo reading)
    If you want to run larger wheels but making sure everything fits and functions as it would have done as standard then choose as below:

    8v, 16v, G60 (4-stud)
    7"x16" wheel (~ET2 running 205/45 R16 86V tyres
    7.5"x17 wheel (~ET25) running 205/40 R17 86V tyres

    VR6 (5-stud)
    7"x16" wheel (~ET3 running 205/45 R16 86V tyres
    7.5"x17" wheel (~ET35) running 205/40 R17 86V tyres

    Points to bear in mind when considering tyre choice
    - Local depots will often try to sell you what they have in stock first and claim they cannot get what you're after
    - However, fitting internet bought tyres will normally cost £15/corner and hardly ever less than £10 - some wont do it at all.
    - Most of the sporty Bridgestone, Michelin, Continental & Pirelli tyres are no longer available in smaller sizes
    - For VR owners, 195/50/15 are used on lots more cars so they are up to 50% cheaper than 205s but check if your ins. co. minds
    - Keep matching tyres on the same axle – different front to back is ok. Safest to put your best set on the rear but not reqd.
    - Tyres don’t last forever, if not used for several years or left in temperature extremes they may fail
    - If your car is up in the 280-400+bhp bracket bear in mind transmission stresses with your choice - track tyres may break stuff!

    Online Tyre suppliers
    When looking for brands or comparing prices these are the websites that forum users often mention:

    3 most common
    Mytyres – http://www.mytyres.co.uk
    Blackcircles –www.blackcircles.com
    Camskill – http://www.camskill.co.uk

    Others
    TyreTraders – http://www.tyretraders.com
    Rotation Tyres – http://www.rotationuk.com
    CTyres – http://www.ctyres.co.uk
    ETyres – http://www.etyres.co.uk
    Event Tyres - http://www.event-tyres.co.uk/
    Best Buy Tyres - http://www.bestbuytyres.co.uk/home.aspx
    Tyresite – http://www.tyresite.com
    Tyre Express - http://www.tyrexpress.com

    TyrePriceBuster (comparison site) - http://www.tyrepricebuster.co.uk

    Tyre Tests & Review sites
    These sites and reviews have been mentioned on the forum in the past as a guide, but bear in mind that they will not always have been tests of the sizes we use, or on cars of a similar weight or performance, so they are just that, guides.

    http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article/20 ... e-Test.htm
    http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/products/t ... guide.html
    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyres ... sp?type=MP
    http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/

    Standard Tyre Pressures
    2L 8v half load - 2.4 bar (35psi) front 2.1 bar (30.5psi) rear
    2L 8v full load - 2.6 bar (38psi) front 2.3 bar (33.5psi) rear
    2L 16v and G60 half load - 2.6 bar (38psi) front 2.3 bar (33.5psi) rear
    2L 16v and G60 full load - 2.8 bar (40.5psi) front 2.5 bar (36psi) rear
    VR6 half load - 2.5 bar (36psi) front 2.2 bar (32psi) rear
    VR6 full load - 2.7 bar (39psi) front 2.4 bar (35psi) rear
    M8 VWR - 95M Aqua Blue VR6, Schrick VGI/268s = 214bhp & 208lb/ft, 288/280mm brakes, Koni/H&R, Eibach ARBs.
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    Re: The Tyre Discussion Thread

    I recently had a set of 4 Uniroyal Rainsports 1 all around, then went for Rainsports 2 which were an improvement.

    Now I have Continental SportContacts 2 on the fronts (thanks to a nail ) so I had to replace both front tyres. They do feel comfier but havent had the chance to really test em yet.

    The Rainsports were absolutely terrific in the wet tho, the SportContacts 2's so far feel a little more precise.
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    Re: The Tyre Discussion Thread

    I like the SportContacts.... they're a great all rounder. The S'Contact3s are even better

    What size wheels are you using?
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    Re: The Tyre Discussion Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by vwdeviant
    Nanking(?) NS-2's??? Opinions please... Hedgefinders?

    Hae a set in the Garage came with my Winters... do I use them or sell them and get PX-4's as planned?
    Personally I think I would sell them.

    PX-4's arent too bad. Not as grippy as some Toyo's I have had but they do seem better all round

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    Re: The Tyre Discussion Thread

    All I can say is definitely do not go for the Avon ZV3's, they are absolute rubbish, seriously.

    I cant' comment on the Dunlops or the Toyos which you have mentioned though.
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    Re: The Tyre Discussion Thread

    I got a set of Vredestein Sportrac 3's in 205/50/15 a few months ago. There isn't much choice of performance tyres in 15" sizes these days!

    I changed from Toyo Proxes T1-R's and prefer the Vredestein's. They feel a little more grippy in the dry with a bit more feel and seem much better in the wet. I haven't pushed them too much, but they seem progressive on the limit. I can't really comment on the wear yet as I haven't done enough mileage on them.
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    Re: The Tyre Discussion Thread

    I recently had to replace my front tyres and went for Toyo Proxes 4 VR 195/50-15, they seem pretty good - spin a little in the wet, but thats normal. The two fitted + balancing & tracking cost me £139.77
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    Re: The Tyre Discussion Thread

    Hey Kev
    I recall you had some Potenza 050A's on - what do you think of them?
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    Re: The Tyre Discussion Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Philmo
    Hey Kev
    I recall you had some Potenza 050A's on - what do you think of them?
    Very good indeed sir. Great wet and dry grip, excellent feel. Comparable to Continental Sport contact, but cheaper! They weren't too bad in the snow either
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    Re: The Tyre Discussion Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_Storm
    Does anyone have experience of either Falken 452s or Nankang NS2s?
    Falken 452, very good for the money. Nice compfy ride and quiet, softer sidewall than the Toyo's etc so a bit more bite in the corners helping turn in a bit but you pay the tradeoff with less progression on the limit. Ultimately not as good as premium tyres but not far off and stunning for the cash. Not one for stretching.
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