Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Sligo, Ireland.
I'm a stickler on this subject, cheap tyres are a false economy. It is not like branded milk over supermarket label milk, there is a huge difference. Evo magazine put 2 (I'm sure they were Kumho's) on a long term MX5 because they would not have the car much longer and couldn't source the original spec tyres at the time, the car became virtually undriveable in their words, they were quite shocked at the difference. They are the most important component on the car, the only thing that keeps you on the road, in every aspect, ride, wet and dry braking/cornering/handling, noise, feel, and wear, a good branded tyre is the only way to go. There are no real regulations around what safety performance levels a tyre must achieve before it can be offered for sale, but they are on the way, which will rid the roads of what I consider some very dubious tyres. I cannot stress the point hard enough here. Thats a nice car you have there, with high performance levels, it needs to be on a good set of Conti's or Michelin's. Even the cheapest Michelin is a vastly superior product than the most expensive cheap brand. An emergency avoidence or braking incident on a wet slippery road at night is not the time to find out you didn't make a wise choice of tyre. Its the best money you'll ever spend. And probably stick to the size your already on, that way you'll have a true comparison, in other words your used to that size of tyre, going smaller might feel like a backward step, and what TOX1C says makes sense.