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big eck
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4th May 16 at 16:28   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

The Audi is having 2 new tyres fitted romorrow and I've went for uniroyal rainsport 3s going on a few folks recommendations.

Anyone on here used them before??

I'm getting them for 195 fitted which I thought was a very good deal.
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4th May 16 at 16:54   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Had Rainsport 2's on the Subaru and they were the worst of the 5 brands of tyre that I used on that car. Really odd feeling on turn-in like they were under inflated, seemed to add a latency to the steering.

Conti Sport Contact 5, Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta 2s, Bridgestone RE050s and R888's all much better tyres.

Rainsport 3's may be totally differerent/revised so will be interested to know what you think


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4th May 16 at 16:56   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Used them on my old Corsa B, then my Fabia vRS and now fitted a 3rd set on the missus' Leon FR. I think they're great value, decent grip levels, fantastic in the wet (as you'd expect) and pretty cheap - I got all 4 for her 17s for about 180 delivered.

Edit: After reading Kyle's post above, the Corsa and Fabia had Rainsport 2's fitted, the Leon is on Rainsport 3's. Never had a problem with any of them, but also never went on track. They are quite soft and with very large tread blocks to displace the water, so that may explain the 'loose' feeling Kyle had in block movement?

[Edited on 04-05-2016 by tom_simes]
Kyle T
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4th May 16 at 17:05   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

To add a bit more context, it's fair to note that the Contis, Bridgestones and ofc R888 were much more expensive - but the Vreds' if I remember right were slightly cheaper.

The Vredsteins were the standout tyre when price is factored in.

I never took the Rainsports on track, just road driving. It was a big heavy car, I'm sure with different cars and suspension setups the tyres may be better or worse.


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4th May 16 at 17:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Another vredestien fan here, fantastic tyre imo
Nic Barnes
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4th May 16 at 17:33   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Uniroyal are made by conti. They are one of their budget lines.
Ben G
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4th May 16 at 17:44   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

A guy with a z4m had them on his car and raved about them. He's a bit cheap

I'd stick to known brands like vredestein, Hankooks, Goodyear etc.
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5th May 16 at 07:01   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Vredestein Ultrac Sessantas for me all day long.

I've been using them years.

[Edited on 05-05-2016 by Ben J]
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5th May 16 at 07:27   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Conti Sport Contact 5 lasted about 4 months on mine
Nic Barnes
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5th May 16 at 15:41   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Ben G
A guy with a z4m had them on his car and raved about them. He's a bit cheap

I'd stick to known brands like vredestein, Hankooks, Goodyear etc.
most people wouldn't have heard of vredestien, or probably even hankook. Should add Pirelli, continental and Michelin to your Goodyear list and scrap the rest.
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5th May 16 at 15:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I was dead impressed with the Hankook Evo's I had on the M3 good VFM
Ben G
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5th May 16 at 16:09   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Nic Barnes
quote:
Originally posted by Ben G
A guy with a z4m had them on his car and raved about them. He's a bit cheap

I'd stick to known brands like vredestein, Hankooks, Goodyear etc.
most people wouldn't have heard of vredestien, or probably even hankook. Should add Pirelli, continental and Michelin to your Goodyear list and scrap the rest.


That's funny, considering Hankook's are standard fit on the new audi tt's, last time I checked. Probably on a load of other cars too.

Your tyre knowledge is lacking. Brush up, please.
Nic Barnes
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5th May 16 at 16:12   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

It doesn't matter, the common man from the street doesn't come in asking for a hankook. They have no idea what it is, or what is fitted to their new car from the factory.
Nic Barnes
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5th May 16 at 16:13   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I don't work in the tyre business anymore anyway.
Ben G
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5th May 16 at 16:13   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

The common man wants the cheapest tyre available, so your suggestions of premium brands are way off the mark also.
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5th May 16 at 17:35   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Ben G
The common man wants the cheapest tyre available, so your suggestions of premium brands are way off the mark also.


Rubbish, the common man will go for the mid price or most expensive. The cheap ass, cheap car owning man will buy the budgets if they have any brains at all. Buy cheap, buy twice.

[Edited on 05-05-2016 by mattievRS]
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5th May 16 at 18:22   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Uniroyals wear very quickly apparently

It does my head in talking about tyres as everyone says that theirs are the best.

I always use Goodyear Eagle F1 - Assymetric 2 at the moment but will go to the brand new Assymetric 3 soon


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5th May 16 at 18:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Nic Barnes
I don't work in the tyre business anymore anyway.


You Retyred?
Ben G
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5th May 16 at 18:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by mattievRS
quote:
Originally posted by Ben G
The common man wants the cheapest tyre available, so your suggestions of premium brands are way off the mark also.


Rubbish, the common man will go for the mid price or most expensive. The cheap ass, cheap car owning man will buy the budgets if they have any brains at all. Buy cheap, buy twice.

[Edited on 05-05-2016 by mattievRS]


I'd class my mate in work as the common man, albeit knowledgeable about car stuff.

He isn't a tight ass. He bought a 320I from a dealer at an inflated price, then spent 1500 taking it to bmw to fix the ecu. He then asked the tyre guy in a shop near him to fit whatever's cheapest. Some obscure linglong type brand I've never heard of.

As far as he's concerned, tyres are tyres.
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5th May 16 at 18:56   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Iv got rainsport 3s on the rear of my BMW, seem fine with about 230bhp going through them

Good mid range tyre

Iv got rainsport 2 s on my mx5 track car which are great but not really comparable as it's very light


[Edited on 05-05-2016 by Baskey]
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5th May 16 at 18:58   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Goodyear or Hankook for me.

Hankook v12 evo was an excellent tyre,

I'm impressed with the Goodyear efficient grips I fitted to my Audi though
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10th May 16 at 13:25   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I used to swear by Hankook V12 Evo's until they stopped making then for the now Evo2's. I am now using Bridgestone Potenza RE002 and have proved awesome!
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Potenzas on my evo were awesome
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10th May 16 at 14:06   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I went round a bend with some tyres once and car skidded, so i never bought them tyres again, i get the non-skid ones now.

I get through so many tyres i just try them all, and tbh don't really notice a massive difference to shout home about. I won't go for the ones with weird streetfighter type names, some of the more expensive ones just wear out too quick for a daily.

I do wonder about these people who bang on about road tyres on a daily as if they are part of mclaren racing team.
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10th May 16 at 17:04   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Pilot super sports on the m5 fantastic tyres

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