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« 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?
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1983 Prisma 1600
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« Reply #1 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?

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« Reply #2 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!
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Previous cars:
1983 Prisma 1600
1991 Thema 16v i.e. SE
1988 Thema 8v Turbo
1992 Thema 16v i.e.
1983 Gamma Coupe (manual)
1993 Thema VIS
1994 Thema VIS LE
1990 Thema 2.8
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« Reply #3 on: 23 January, 2018, 02:38:35 PM »

 Vredstein 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?
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Current Cars: 1994 2.0 VIS Thema Station Wagon, 1967 Flavia 1.8 PF Coupe.

Previous cars:
1983 Prisma 1600
1991 Thema 16v i.e. SE
1988 Thema 8v Turbo
1992 Thema 16v i.e.
1983 Gamma Coupe (manual)
1993 Thema VIS
1994 Thema VIS LE
1990 Thema 2.8
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« Reply #4 on: 23 January, 2018, 02:45:44 PM »

Vredstein 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.

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« Reply #5 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.
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« Reply #6 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/
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1983 Prisma 1600
1991 Thema 16v i.e. SE
1988 Thema 8v Turbo
1992 Thema 16v i.e.
1983 Gamma Coupe (manual)
1993 Thema VIS
1994 Thema VIS LE
1990 Thema 2.8
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« Reply #7 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
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« Reply #8 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!
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1955 Aurelia B12
1967 Flavia Vignale iniezione
1967 Fulvia 1.3HFR
1972 Fulvia 1600HF
1972 Fulvia 1600HF
1972 1600 Fulvia Sport
1979 2500 Gamma Coupe
1988 Delta 1.6GTi
1998 Zeta
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« Reply #9 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?
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1983 Prisma 1600
1991 Thema 16v i.e. SE
1988 Thema 8v Turbo
1992 Thema 16v i.e.
1983 Gamma Coupe (manual)
1993 Thema VIS
1994 Thema VIS LE
1990 Thema 2.8
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« Reply #10 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.
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« Reply #11 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

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Sprint Classic https://www.vintagetyres.com/shop/en/tyres/vredestein-sprint-classic
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Previous cars:
1983 Prisma 1600
1991 Thema 16v i.e. SE
1988 Thema 8v Turbo
1992 Thema 16v i.e.
1983 Gamma Coupe (manual)
1993 Thema VIS
1994 Thema VIS LE
1990 Thema 2.8
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« Reply #12 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.
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« Reply #13 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.
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Previous cars:
1983 Prisma 1600
1991 Thema 16v i.e. SE
1988 Thema 8v Turbo
1992 Thema 16v i.e.
1983 Gamma Coupe (manual)
1993 Thema VIS
1994 Thema VIS LE
1990 Thema 2.8
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« Reply #14 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.
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