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Just got Alfie back from the shop. New Goodyear F1's all round

"but you are missing a "schraube"" says the mechanic on pick up. Missing a bleedin wheel nut on one of the wheels! Whaaaat! Well, stick a new one on man! "Sorry, you have to get OM Alfa ones to fit your 'cuda's Sir". Unreal! So I drove off minus a nut as he wouldn't even fit one to tide me over.

Been waiting a week for the tyres to come from Germany too. They took 2 days from order to get to my local garage, but the nice Fraulein decided to email not call me, and I missed the email 5 days ago I used reifendirekt and it cost 450chf for 4 x F1's 225 45 17's, delivered to my local garage in Switz in 2 days. Plus 100chf to fit and balance etc. (376.54 or $620.93 all in) Brilliant. He told me I have 5mm spacers on them too. Result! Always wanted spacers haha! I got the F1 tyres with rim protectors (?!) as I thought it might hide some of the disasterous kerbing the poor 'cuda's have had. They do.

So of course, I couldn't resist and took it straight out for a boot in the woods. I figured that between us, it was probably me with the loosest screws anyway First time out with the new windstop on and it was 18 degs and sunny as you like The Ragazzon quad is spot on. No popping, just an unstrained gurgling and a low blat up to the redline. I love it. I've had an MGTF160 with an MGXPower exhaust, a 350Z with a Nismo catback on it and this burbles the best out of all three of them at our imposed silly low roads speeds. Speed is not your friend these days it seems it's all about the burble now me thinks

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Oh no, not Goodyear F1's! Terrible tyre imo. They go horribly out of shape after only 15,000 - 20,000kms and are probably one of the worst "performance" tyres I've ever used. They are great when new, don't get me wrong. But they are too soft compared to other performance tyres like Potenza's or P-Zeros to be any good after the 12-18 months of solid driving.

I replaced the front F1's on my twinny the moment I bought it for some Bridgestone Potenza RE002's and they are a far superior tyre imo and roughly the same price (here at least). Sadly my rear's are still Goodyear F1's and they are the loudest, most obnoxious tyre I've ever heard. Its because they are insanely out of shape, even my Alfa specialist told me to get them off the car as fast as possible.

He agrees with me that they are one of the worst tyres you can get for the reason I mentioned earlier, they are too soft and get out of shape. My rears have notable lumps and bumps and you can not only hear but also feel them when driving at low speeds! When I took it in to get a wheel bearing diagnosed my mechanic said there was noticeable tyre noise because they were so out of whack (and they're only about 20k km old). There's plenty of tread left but they will be coming off the moment I can afford to put RE002's on the rear because I hate them that much! (and I love RE002's, best all-round performance tyre I have used)

Don't mean to shoot you down or anything. But my hatred of F1's goes deep

Also, get a wheel nut asap :P

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There was a bad batch of early Eagle F1s (V grooved tire)

I have just re fitted the later Eagle F1 "V grooved" tire to my spider on the 16 inch wheels (205/50R16) best tire I ever bought. (A) rating in the wet ! Unbelievable grip in the dry. Sadly these sre no longer available. Goodyear now sell an Asymmetric 2 F1 which I've heard are also a good tire.

To the op, what goodyear tire did you buy?
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Just had 4x Goodyear Eagle F1 's fitted to mine. MOT next week.

Then a long blast. Can't wait. It's hard seeing the car sat there with brand new shoes and no where to go.
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Tyres are such a subjective thing and very very few people get to drive the same car on different sets of tyres back to back. I used to read lots of reviews on tyres before deciding to actually just make my choices based on the noise & efficiency ratings, as we'll as cost and the avoidance of the extremes of the spectrum ie no wang-lis and no ultra expensive tyres.
I generally find that on the internet, when tyres are discussed, each poster reckons their choice is the best, the rest being far less good. I doubt in reality that many of us drive in a style that could determine a difference in performance between the main players in the tyre world. If anyone does regularly drive like that, let me know and I'll be sure to stay off the roads that day.
Ref rear tyres getting out of shape - much more likely to be indicative of suspension wear and or incorrect set up and alignment.

Definitely get that fifth wheel stud - pretty important that, I'm sure the Swiss authorities are more on the ball to than our lot?
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