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Blatmeister

27 posts

142 months

Tuesday 31st January 2017
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Having just purchased a Mk1 I'm likely to be needing some tyres later on in the summer and have been interested to read the reviews on the various tyres available that best suit the Tuscan. I'm not planning to track the car, having done all that in my youth, but just enjoy some spirited driving from to time and maybe a little touring around Europe. I would therefore prefer to buy some tyres that offer good all round performance in the dry and wet, with reasonable longevity and cabin noise levels. My research has pretty much been narrowed down to Michelin Pilot Sport 4's which press the buttons in most areas. They also supply sizes in 235/40 X 18 and 245/40 X 18 which seem to be the recommended size and cost wise they are tolerably priced.

So the question is why haven't these tyres featured in any other replies ? Am I missing something ?! I'd appreciate any thoughts.

Jhonno

3,789 posts

100 months

Tuesday 31st January 2017
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Blatmeister said:
Having just purchased a Mk1 I'm likely to be needing some tyres later on in the summer and have been interested to read the reviews on the various tyres available that best suit the Tuscan. I'm not planning to track the car, having done all that in my youth, but just enjoy some spirited driving from to time and maybe a little touring around Europe. I would therefore prefer to buy some tyres that offer good all round performance in the dry and wet, with reasonable longevity and cabin noise levels. My research has pretty much been narrowed down to Michelin Pilot Sport 4's which press the buttons in most areas. They also supply sizes in 235/40 X 18 and 245/40 X 18 which seem to be the recommended size and cost wise they are tolerably priced.

So the question is why haven't these tyres featured in any other replies ? Am I missing something ?! I'd appreciate any thoughts.
Because they are new tyres..

mk1fan

9,885 posts

184 months

Tuesday 31st January 2017
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Buy a set and provide a review.

If they are good enough for the AM Vulcan then I suspect they'll do for a Tuscan.

Jhonno

3,789 posts

100 months

Tuesday 31st January 2017
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Yep, they are supposed to be very good tyres!

RedSpike66

2,319 posts

171 months

Tuesday 31st January 2017
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mk1fan said:
Buy a set and provide a review.

If they are good enough for the AM Vulcan then I suspect they'll do for a Tuscan.
Not always the case. Our TVRs are a lot lighter than many other cars meaning that it maight not be possible to get enough heat in the tyres to get the required grip.... i know that's 'track talk' but still relevant for spirited driving on the road I wouldimagine

mk1fan

9,885 posts

184 months

Tuesday 31st January 2017
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AM Vulcan weighs 1,350kg so not much heavier than Grief, Chimp, T350, Tuscan, Tamora and Sag.

Blatmeister

27 posts

142 months

Wednesday 1st February 2017
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So far so good then ! It's always a compromise I know but for all round performance these might do the trick nicely. If anyone wants to buy a set of part worn Toyos I might get them fitted before the spring and then feed back as requested.

Richie C

551 posts

165 months

Friday 3rd March 2017
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What's the current thinking on sizes? Torn between 255/35 all round or 225/40's up front.

Let off some steam Bennett

2,190 posts

130 months

Friday 3rd March 2017
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Richie C said:
What's the current thinking on sizes? Torn between 255/35 all round or 225/40's up front.
This works for me

MrChips

3,042 posts

169 months

Saturday 4th March 2017
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Let off some steam Bennett said:
Richie C said:
What's the current thinking on sizes? Torn between 255/35 all round or 225/40's up front.
This works for me
And me thumbup

Richie C

551 posts

165 months

Sunday 5th March 2017
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Let off some steam Bennett said:
This works for me
MrChips said:
And me thumbup
Which? confused

255/35 all round?

MrChips

3,042 posts

169 months

Sunday 5th March 2017
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Oh, just read that back... not helpful was it! hehe

225/40 up front
255/35 rear


Blatmeister

27 posts

142 months

Sunday 2nd April 2017
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I've ordered the Michelins in 235/40x18 and 245/40x18.
Hope to have finished the repaint and retrim by the end of the month. Will be pleased to feed back how they perform after then.

MC12

28 posts

142 months

Tuesday 11th April 2017
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How long should tyres be left on a car? The fronts on my Tuscan have been on the car for about 7 years as the car doesn't get used nearly enough (this is the summer to change that!). They look fine and still have a fair amount of wear in them. But I'm wondering if after this long they should be replaced anyway? The car is garaged so not left out in the sun for long periods. Thanks, Tom

MGBGTChris

31 posts

96 months

Wednesday 12th April 2017
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MC12 said:
How long should tyres be left on a car? The fronts on my Tuscan have been on the car for about 7 years as the car doesn't get used nearly enough (this is the summer to change that!). They look fine and still have a fair amount of wear in them. But I'm wondering if after this long they should be replaced anyway? The car is garaged so not left out in the sun for long periods. Thanks, Tom
Here is what Michelin says about it:

''1- Keep five years in mind
After five years or more in use, your tires should be thoroughly inspected at least once per year by a professional.

2- Ten years is a maximum
If the tires haven't been replaced 10 years after their date of manufacture, as a precaution, Michelin recommends replacing them with new tires. Even if they appear to be in usable condition and have not worn down to the tread wear indicator.
This applies to spare tires as well.

3- Proper care expands a tire’s lifespan
You can increase your tire's longevity by maintaining the correct air pressure, performing regular tire rotations and vehicle maintenance.''

As your tires are already seven years old I would personally replace them. As your tires are the only real connection to the road and your are driving a TVR Tuscan wink I would recommend the Toyo R1R, they perform pretty good in the wet and are superb in the dry. Rightnow I have had them for the last two years on my Tuscan Mk1 and I'm really pleased with them.

Milky400

1,955 posts

137 months

Monday 29th May 2017
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Slight resurrection.

Just checked dates on my tyres and they are old..... and I mean old.....

So been adviced to look for softest tyre wall as possible which narrows down options

Currently have 225/40/18 front and 245/40/18 rear.

225's are easy to come by but the 245 with softer walls are proving a little more difficult. Any issues with going 225/40 front and 255/35 rear?

Looking at eagle F1's as I have had good experiences from them before, allbeit not on the Tuscan.

Cheers.

fredd1e

735 posts

179 months

Monday 29th May 2017
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Michelin appear to still do PSS in your current sizes or PS4 (not the S) in the 255/35 rear. I have PSS on my daily driver in 225/35x18 and these transformed the ride and grip (wet and dry) compared to the oem fitted Bridgstones so definitely s comfortable sidewall (and grippy with it).

Whitey

2,507 posts

243 months

Thursday 1st June 2017
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How do you determine sidewall strength?

I plan on fitting continental contisport 5's in 225/35 and 255/35 as they seem to win the magazine tyre reviews!


Milky400

1,955 posts

137 months

Thursday 1st June 2017
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see image below. noted as Load Rating.



also can be noted as "XL" although ive struggle to find non XL in the sizes I need

Whitey

2,507 posts

243 months

Thursday 1st June 2017
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Yes all the tyres that suit seem to be XL rated, but I was unsure if that actually referred to the sidewall strength.