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What Tyre Brand Would You Choose?
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If anyone is interested in an affordable to get refurbished alloys done to a high standard with powder coating and over baked and painted match the OEM wheels as close as possible this is the place to go. my mate just got his done for his Merc ML and the job is very good he swears by them, I have scehduled my is250 in for next week as my current wheels as peeling and kerbed, all for wheels £288. i personally think this is a good deal compared to refurbing all 4, like for like exchange
I need the advice of experts and enthusiasts, in doing something which seems to swim against the tide.
I have a 2002 IS300 Sportcross. It comes with 17" wheels as standard, with fairly low-profile tyres: 215/45 R17 on the front, 225/45 R17 on the rear. The alloy wheels are scabby and corroded, and the current Michelin Premacy tyres are due for replacement. So now is the moment!
Most people who change wheels and tyres seem to want bigger wheels and even lower profile tyres. Fair enough - for appearance and perhaps hard cornering.
I want to go the other way. I want to fit 16" wheels (I have a set) and deeper profile tyres. The reason is mainly to improve the ride and reduce vulnerability to bad road surfaces, potholes, and the thumping of cats-eyes.....
So this is where it gets complicated. What tyres do I fit? I want to change the rolling-radius as little as possible in order not to affect the speedo and odometer. I also want decent quality tyres that aren't noisy, wear reasonably well and are good in the wet (I have Falkens on my 4WD and they are horrible when it's slippery). I plan to put the same size tyres on all four wheels (I don't carry heavy loads in the Sportcross so can't see the justification for slightly wider wheels on the back).
The brilliant guidance on the http://www.carbibles.com website includes a calculator for tyre-size options. That appears to suggest that I could fit either 50-profile tyres: 215/50 R16 or 225/50 R16, or if I wanted taller 55-profile ones, 205/55 R16 or 215/55 R16.
So.... first question - what size/profile should I go for? My instinct was to choose 215/55 R16 all round, but that's a really rare size (I can only find Kumho KH31 in that size). The manufacturer alternative spec (and standard on the IS200 Sportcross) seems to be 205/55 R16. What do others think?
Second question..... what brand? My shortlist is Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance, Dunlop Sport Blu Response, or maybe Hankook or Kumho. I think Michelins are too costly (I'm not a high mileage driver), and Yokohamas and Bridgestones too soft and wear out quickly. I have no knowledge of Uniroyal and little experience of Contis (except on an older Merc where they were OEM).
Any thoughts and advice would be appreciated, especially from those in the trade!
I have a set of 18" Lexus alloys for sale fitted with a set of Winter Tyres - Vredstein Wintrac Extreme
All four tyres have at least 6mm of tread remaining
The alloys are a Lexus OEM style and are in general 'good' condition. There are a few minor marks, there's one small paint bubble on one, and the chrome inserts have a little bit of tarnishing but otherwise they're OK.
The tyre sizes are 245/40R18 all round
I bought them to fit my IS250 but there isn't enough clearance to accomodate 245 width tyres on the front. I did think about replacing the front tyres but I've decided to sell
Would consider splitting alloys and Tyres
Collection from Middlesbrough or could arrange a meet-up for fuel costs.
Looking for £350
By Baz Dee
I have a Jan 2008 Lexus GS 300 which I have owned for the last 3 years. It was purchased and serviced for the last 3 years at Lexus Chester.
This year I noticed a low frequency humming noise coming from the rear at between 55-60 mph and took it to the above for investigation. I was told the rear axle needed changing , cost £3070 !! I subsequently lodged a complaint with Lexus UK as the vehicle had only covered 68k. Lexus UK were brilliant and covered half the cost of the axle (rear axle cost £2k) and negotiated reduced rates for the repair, well done Lexus UK !!
The rear axle was replaced BUT the noise continued.
In summary, the axle from the vehicle was sent for examination and found to have no faults whatsoever !!!!! The noise was found to be generated by the tyres which were changed.
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