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Model Technical and Interest => Flavia => Topic started by: Angle Grinder on 23 January, 2018, 01:07:13 PM



Title: Tyres
Post by: Angle Grinder on 23 January, 2018, 01:07:13 PM
Whilst my tyres are still looking perfect with lots of tread and no evidence of perishing rubber or cracks, they are all date stamped around 2003 so a change would seem prudent.

I'm aware of Longstone tyres, but a set of 4 Michelin XZX 165 SR15 will cost around 460 - 500 from them.

Has anyone else got a recommendation for a supplier of Flavia compatible tyres that might better that price?


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Parisien on 23 January, 2018, 01:55:47 PM
www.vintagetyres.com

I've only gotten inner tubes off them, but competitive.

Have you done a general  comparative search, or any supplier offering a club discount?

P


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Angle Grinder on 23 January, 2018, 02:30:30 PM
At the moment (I don't know if it is just a seasonal offer), Longstone Classic tyres are doing Michelin XZX 165  15 for 408 for a set of 4.

There are other makes out there that might do the job for less, but I was hoping to hear from others about the good, the bad and the cheap!


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Angle Grinder on 23 January, 2018, 02:38:35 PM
 Vredstein T-Trac 2  https://www.vintagetyres.com/shop/en/tyres/vredestein-t-trac-2 (https://www.vintagetyres.com/shop/en/tyres/vredestein-t-trac-2)

Practically a budget tyre and might be OK as we are talking about Classic Car use (those 2 weeks of summer when it's dry). Has anyone ever tried them. There has to be a good reason why they're so cheap?


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Parisien on 23 January, 2018, 02:45:44 PM
Vredstein T-Trac 2  https://www.vintagetyres.com/shop/en/tyres/vredestein-t-trac-2 (https://www.vintagetyres.com/shop/en/tyres/vredestein-t-trac-2)

Practically a budget tyre and might be OK as we are talking about Classic Car use (those 2 weeks of summer when it's dry). Has anyone ever tried them. There has to be a good reason why they're so cheap. Would they be compatible with an inner tube?


Have bought Vredestein  for other cars before, no problems to report.

http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre/Vredestein/T-Trac-2.htm

Same tyre? There are similar sizes reviewed.

P


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: lancialulu on 23 January, 2018, 03:19:21 PM
I have bought a set of Michelins from Longstone for my Flavia vignale steel 15 inch wheels and I run them tubeless.


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Angle Grinder on 23 January, 2018, 04:30:15 PM
About 120 difference in the price of 4 Vredestein T-Trac 2 versus 4 Michelin XZX.

So a 30% saving on the Michelins. So it really is a question of whether, or not Michelin XZX tyres merit the extra spend?

These guys certainly don't rate the Michelin, but they were testing a higher spec of Vredestein tyre. https://classicmotorsports.com/articles/retro-rubber/ (https://classicmotorsports.com/articles/retro-rubber/)


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: DavidLaver on 23 January, 2018, 04:35:25 PM
Tim - Which ones?   Got to love his enthusiasm...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-rlq67qhvY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vD_ja3addM


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: lancialulu on 23 January, 2018, 05:31:52 PM
XZX! and I looked up my file and realised I had got a better deal with the other lot - that was in 2016!


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Angle Grinder on 23 January, 2018, 06:08:06 PM
XZX! and I looked up my file and realised I had got a better deal with the other lot - that was in 2016!

The other lot, you mean Vintage Tyres?


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: brian on 23 January, 2018, 07:54:21 PM
I have Vredesteins on my Sport and have had no problems. But then I do only 2-3000 miles a year. They took me down to Truro for Brin Edwards's funeral Sun/Mon through snow and slush and puddles and were sure-footed.
Brian


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Angle Grinder on 23 January, 2018, 08:50:17 PM
Thanks Brian, out of curiousity which type of Vredstein are you running on?

T-Trac 2 https://www.vintagetyres.com/shop/en/tyres/vredestein-t-trac-2 (https://www.vintagetyres.com/shop/en/tyres/vredestein-t-trac-2)

or

Sprint Classic https://www.vintagetyres.com/shop/en/tyres/vredestein-sprint-classic (https://www.vintagetyres.com/shop/en/tyres/vredestein-sprint-classic)


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Kellefornia on 23 January, 2018, 11:32:02 PM
I've had Vredestein Sprint Classics on my Flavia for 3 years now and really enjoy them. 

They are available in the factory size, 165r15, and handle about the same as the much more expensive Michelin XAS or Pirelli - though some Sprint Classics drivers think they are actually a better tire than the Michelin!  Where I reside, the Vredesteins were about 1/3 the price of the Michelins.


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Angle Grinder on 24 January, 2018, 10:19:27 AM
Yes I have read good things about the Vredstein Sprint Classic, but in the UK it actually retails at a higher price than a Michelin XZX?

The Vredstein T-Trac 2 is the one that comes in at ~30% cheaper than the Michelin XZX, so I'm curious how that spec of tyre rates against the Michelin.


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: peterbaker on 24 January, 2018, 01:04:26 PM
I believe Blockley Tyres are doing a special deal on their superb quality own brand tyres, call 01386 701717, ask for Julian and please mention Retro-Speed Magazine.


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: DavidLaver on 24 January, 2018, 03:10:33 PM
http://www.mwsint.com/site/cms/contentviewarticle.asp?article=641

http://www.blockleytyre.com/page2.htm


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: brian on 26 January, 2018, 11:20:50 AM
My tyres are just T-Trac
Brian


Title: Re: Tyres
Post by: Angle Grinder on 27 January, 2018, 03:18:24 PM
My tyres are just T-Trac
Brian

Thanks Brian, good to know that there's an affordable alternative!