Winter Tyres

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by HairyHaggis, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. HairyHaggis

    HairyHaggis New Member

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    I am traveling from Scotland to the Midlands every week for work and will likely continue to do so right through the winter. The temperatures are already down close to freezing in the mornings so it is time to get the winter rubber on.

    I have a C Class (w204) with the 18" AMG wheels. I am torn between buying some used 17" wheels and putting winter tyres on as opposed to buying 18" winter rubber.

    Has anyone got any reccomendations for the best value make of tyres and or the best retailer. I have already checked Black Circles & My Tyres to get a ballpark.

    Currently looking at Kumho @ £120 for 245x40x18 inc P&P = £11 for local fitting
     
  2. GP801

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    We have kumhos in 17 inch on the SLK in winter. Seem to be very good for the money. Could not justify almost double the price for Dunlops.
     
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    As perceived wisdom is that narrower tyres on smaller rims are better for snow and winter conditions, have you considered a set of 16" rims with 205/55 or 225/50 winter tyres? MB are again doing their winter wheels and tyres offer and a new set of 16's is about £7-800, plus there are occasional bargains to be had on eBay. I recently picked up a set of effectivly new genuine MB 16x7.5J W204 rims with almost brand new Kumho winter tyres for less that 2 of those 18" Kumhos you're looking at!
     
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    How noisy are winter tyres compared to summer ones? Presumably going from 18" to 16" will be of some benefit, but what about the rubber mix and tread pattern?
     
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    You would be surprised at how much quieter the winter tyres are. Softer compound is the reason I think.
     
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    I fitted winter tyres to my S203 last winter (Dunlops) and noticed very little difference compared to the almost new Falken FK452's on the summer rims (both 16's) until the white stuff came - then the difference was immense - I was mobile rather than parked up! Possibly a bit quieter, no noticable difference in ride quality.
     
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    As said the softer rubber stays soft when cold which provides the grip. Because 99% of the tyres here are non studded they are quiet.

    On my e46 I went from 18's to 17's. 17's are the smallest that would fit over the brakes. But the saving in tyres was worth me buying 17's for £100.

    Ive used conti wintercontact 790 on my 172 and I've just got some Falken hs449 for the e46 and Nankang SV2 for the w211.
     
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    I got a set of 17" with Dunlop Tyres from MB via ebay. Brand new and only came to £880 all included. Nice set of Alloys too. Keep an eye on ebay as dealers use ebay often to sell current stock.
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    yes I am thinking of doing the same tyremen uk seem one of the most reasonable 16inch alloys with hancook winter tyres 660 pounds or 850 for the 17ins
     
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    You need my 16" refurbished alloys off my W203 with winter tyres purchased from Oponeo last year - almost brand new.
     
  13. PurpleClare

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    Hi,

    I have an SLK, we didn't have too much snow in Buckinghamshire last year so I managed to get to work everyday fine! But we've moved house and now I live at the top of a very steep hill so I am thinking winter tyres are a must as this is the only car I have.

    My car is a '98 SLK 230 Auto with AMG alloys (bigger at the back) I'm thinking of getting a spare set of wheels with winter tyres on maybe 16' ? Silly question - do I need a full set of 4 wheels or is it possible to replace just the rear wheels with winter tyres on? (I only ask as this has been suggested to me as cost saving idea)

    Many Thanks

    Clare
     
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    Clare - remember you need braking as well as traction. Go for both ends
     
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    Thanks - it didn't sound right to me so glad for a second opinion!

    As my current wheel/tyre set up is bigger at the back - is it ok to go for 16' all round for winter? :confused:

    Thanks

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    You need to know the off set of these wheels and of your own.


    The fact the vendor states they are off an E Class then I'd say no, they won't fit an SLK sorry.
     
  18. PurpleClare

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    Thanks very much for that, think i'll steer clear of them and look for some smaller SLK wheels!;)
     
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    Chaps, I am in some need of new tyres, my rears on my W204 220 sport are desperate and the fronts have about 1000 miles to go. Been researching all evening, and fancy a new set of wheel with winter tyres for the cold months. Anyone used wheelbase? They have some decent packages and some decent 17 inch wheels ( mine are 18 but smaller is OK) for £700 with winter tyres.?? Fancy some black rims as well.!
     
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    Your 'Bigger Rear' Clare (if you don't mind me sayin' like :D) is the width of the wheel/Tyre not it's diameter so you'll have the same size all round.
     

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