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    Year : 2007

    Mileage : 72K

    Eek OMG - Could have been really nasty

    Driving along in no particular hurry the other day, sun cracking the flags, shades on, window down and I noticed a 'flapping' sound from the back. Thought it was a sticky label or something stuck to the tyre. Was getting on my nerves, so I stopped to have a look.

    Right side rear tyre - OK, left side rear tyre - OMG - there was a piece of metal embedded in the tyre with about 3 inches in length sticking out of the tyre at about 30 degrees and another inch or two inside the tyre which was beginning to visibly deform.

    Clearly I had no wish to continue driving on that tyre, so I put on the mickey mouse spacesaver and went to get a replacement tyre.

    What really hit me is what might have happened if the tyre had blown on the motorway..... doesn't bear thinking about.

    What 's uncanny is that the ride quality was no different from normal only the 'flapping' sound I referred to, otherwise it was as smooth as ever. Maybe that's an indication of just how good the ride quality is on the Vectra compared to some crates I've driven in the past. Maybe the sports suspension 'damped it down' or something I don't know.

    Good job I checked when I did. As the other rear tyre had done almost 30K I decided to change both rears. Got a pair of NCT5 215/50/17 91V's for £93 pounds each fitted which is reasonable, given that budget tyres cost you £50-£60 each fitted. And compared with the consequences of a possible disastrous blowout it's a no-brainer IMO.

    The NCT5's I got have got rim protectors which my original NCT5's didn't - good idea that - and about time too.
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    lucky escape John....

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    Very lucky,

    Whats a Rim protector prey tell? I only ask cause I had a new NCT a few months back and the wall seams a different shape.

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    What 's uncanny is that the ride quality was no different
    We found that when the missus went up an embankment at a bit of speed on a narrow lane. Next thing we're driving along thinking what's that noise but being close to an airport just thought it was a plane over head but the noise seemed to stay with us rather than passing so we decided to pull over.
    The noise we could hear was the n/s/r rimm running on the tyre wall as it had caught a bit of flint, slashed the side wall & instantly deflated.

    Funny thing was as we were pulling out of where we'd pulled up to change the tyre a BMW pulled in & proceeded to empty his boot as he also had a flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brocks View Post
    Very lucky,

    Whats a Rim protector prey tell? I only ask cause I had a new NCT a few months back and the wall seams a different shape.
    It kind of a lip that sticks out on the tyre wall - I dont think they actually make much difference - if you tw@t the kerb you tw@t the kerb.... a bit of rubber won't help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R-man View Post
    It kind of a lip that sticks out on the tyre wall - I dont think they actually make much difference - if you tw@t the kerb you tw@t the kerb.... a bit of rubber won't help.

    I recently had cause to take evasive action and hit the kerb so hard the tyre exploded and if it wasn't for the rim protector there would have been some serious damage to the alloy wheel, rather than just a scuff. Rim protectors are becoming more common and are also found on Avons and Michelins, for example.

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    Very lucky there! just one thing, shouldn't they be W rated not V?
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    I previously thought so too. Curiously no recommendation in the manual, just the sizes and load ratings. Other posts on here have indicated that 'V' rating is a recommended minimum. Difference between 'V' and 'W' is that 'V' is rated to 149 mph and 'W' rated to 168mph.

    So common sense tells me 'V' is alright, as there is considerable leeway between the maximum rated speed and the kind of high speeds I tend to do, especially with 6 penalty points, but I would certainly think twice about using the next one down ('H') which is rated at 130mph. But hey, I never break speed limits.....much :biggrin:

    'W' appears to be fitted as standard for the Vectra, at least on NCT5's, irrespective of engine type or size. My know-all brother reckons all tyres start to deform over 100mph.....I wouldn't know about that.

    I also read somewhere that the tyre manufacturers test tyres to way beyond the published speed rating....but I'm not going to.

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