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Our 69 Takumi will soon be needing new shoes so am canvassing for opinions, i know this has been talked to death, but I am interested in peoples real world experiences. I think the original Bridgestone run flats are very poor, not much grip and very noisy, ive driven a new UX with the next generation Bridgestone tyres and i dont think they are any better tbh. So the options as i see it are, alternative brand run flats that are much quieter on the road, normal 18’s maybe a 60 profile and carry a puncture kit, or swap to 17 rims with a 60 or 70 profile with a puncture kit. Thanks


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If you deviate the profile away from standard type-approved sizes for the UX then you will need to inform your insurance company of a modification and understand you will create an error in your speedo. 

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Colin, i’m well aware of all the implications, i spent many years in the motor trade, i just want to canvas opinion from other UX owners who might have gone down other options before i start spending money.

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Hi Ian

The option I have chosen is to have a space saver / jack in the boot under the main boot floor. I purchased a used Lexus tyre and wheel from eBay for £30 and a jack and handle for £10. 

I'm still on the original Bridgestone run flats and when I need new tyres, I'll be going for the same size but normal (not run flat) all season tyres. 


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1 hour ago, Crazy Harry said:

Fourbanks, thanks, have you noticed much difference in road noise ?

Hi Ian 🙂 

They seam very quiet on motorways and good roads that are tarmacked. Locally where i live the roads aren't great, but the noise level is still very good I find 

on a safety level, they are by far the very best tyres you can get if my recent pothole experience is anything to go by, in which the police attended. They didn't even drop a bar of air pressure incredible 

I know what you mean thou, and you may have to give up the run flats if you won't excellent low noise levels 

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Yes we have debated this topic many times. I'm not changing from run flats. I will need to reshoe this year and it looks like I will be going with the Hankooks. I note how expensive RF,s are.

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