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Mixing Tyres Brands: each axle same brand. Any bad experience?


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I know this has been probably talked about loads and asked many times. 

I currently have 2 spare tyres of Goodyear EGP XL  eBay is doing a 20% off from demon tweeks forXL tyres of falkens ze310 or Uniroyal rainsports. Summer tyres and exceed the speed rating. 

I'm tempted to get 2 of the tyres because it's quite cheap with the discount. Seller don't stock Goodyear's. I know it's legal and most likely ok on a non performance car and driving sensibly. Just want to know if anyone had bad handling experience of different tyres on front and back but with same tyres on each axle. 

 

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Providing you do not mix the tyres on the same axle there is generally no problem even though this is not illegal. Of course it it is considered better to have the same brand type on all wheels, but it would be very unusual to strike problems. 
It maybe that you will get better handling characteristics with a specific brand on the front so it maybe worth swapping them front to rear to find the best combination.

The consensus of opinion on LOC is that new tyres should be fitted on the rear if you are using two new, and two worn tyres. Not all agree with this some including myself would put new tyres on the front particularly on a front wheel drive car, but that must be your decision.

John. 

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I went with the falkens in the end, (Japan made mid range tyre) they are A rated for the wet like the Goodyear, also they almost have exactly the same tread pattern. Changing all 4 tyres as going 10mm wider. 

When I first started driving I had cars that I bought with mix tyres on the same axle and I didn't really notice much, but then I all I did was driving slow London speed and did not venture much onto the motorways or the countryside. 

Next summer I will be doing long distance journeys to Cornwall, Wales, lake District & Dorset so having 10mm wider will help with country roads as well as braking and traction. Wanted to go 20mm wider but I had spare Goodyears which were 10mm wider. This is fine as in car manual state for my car. Thanks. 

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1 hour ago, 007M said:

I went with the falkens in the end,

Falkens have been my mainstay for very many years and '000s of miles         225/60/16  excellent all round

until recently when my size wasn't made anymore ...  and I now have Maxxis

............. until very recently ..............  and my size are seemingly Chinese manufactured :whistling:

 

I've just put two Falkens on the gfs 2006 Honda Legend AWD, new tyres on the front 235/50/17 .......  much more comfy than the Pirellis they replace for sure

can't wait for the rears to need replacing spring next year I think

Malc

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