<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by bazza:
Last night found out exactly how crappy my 'HandWank' rear tyres are in the wet. Going round one of my fave roundabouts, little bit of wheelspin, front end drifting out nicely. I let off the throttle slightly, balancing it to control the drift, and the back end started to let go.
It was a tiny throttle adjustment, and I can't believe how easy it was to make the back end start to slide, it didn't go far, and was easy to catch, but it should have been rock solid at that point. So it's time to bite the bullet and spend the money, new tyres are needed.
I'm going to stick with Vredesteins, since I've found them to be excellent, and they've got the best review I've found yet on www.mytyres.com
but I could possibly go for the 205/50's instead of the 195/55's, depending on what your piccies look like.
On the other hand, since I'm only replacing two tyres, it might look a bit daft with different sizes, I suppose.</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">OK, a further update on this: I managed to convice myself last time that there was diesel on the road or something, so never did replace the tyres. Was coming home last night, same roundabout, similar conditions, pretty wet. Thought I'd test the tyres again, see if I was right, so I went around the roundabout, starting off at normal speed, accelerating out, but gently, letting the speed build. Result? I spun-out!
Couldn't believe it! I didn't let off at all, Since when do you get oversteer in a FWD car while accelerating out of a corner? And with no warning at all, and so much that there was no hope of catching it.
It is a slightly strange roundabout, when you go the way I go it's like dipping down into a hairpin then climbing back out, and I think there might be a camber change, which could have caused it, but there's still no way it should happen like that.
Anyway, there was no chance of accelerating out of the slide, so I was forced to just let off everything and slide to a halt facing the roundabout, very embarressing, of course there was no-one around, otherwise I wouldn't have tried it. The upshot is: Yes, I will now definitely be getting new tyres.
I look forward to the comments about me being a crappy boy-racer who spins on roundabouts