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    Default When do you change your tyres?

    At what point do you change your tyres....

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    I reackon I can feel the grip going at around 2.5mm left. So then.

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    Between 1.6 and 2mm.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Start thinking about it at 3mm, and then choose the right time when I can afford to do it, get the tyres I want, and whether I have any long trips coming up which I can do before changing them, so saving wear on the new ones...

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    It's always a down to money!

    You got to get the most out your tyres but it's down ones self on how safe you think your tyres are. Anything below 3mm starts to have an effect on the safety of tyres (IMO) and I find even top quality tyres start to lose their rock solid feel with less than 3mm. You start to find a little bit of drift when accelerating hard round a roundabout or they start to be a bit slippy in the wet etc etc.. To this end I try to change thenm at 2mm but of course as I said it is always down to money at the time. Anything less than 1.6mm your asking for trouble, it's amazing the state you see some peoples tyres - beyond bald!

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    Interesting example... USA report... but you get the message

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA6MUlVNkLM


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    Around 2mm for me, always have and gives me enough time to get them replaced.

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    I'm changing mine at the moment at 2mm rears and 3mm fronts...

    You can definately feel the difference in performance but tyres cost sooo much money !! but when you think your entire car safety relies on these rubber bands its gotta be done
    Last edited by spoons; 13th August 2009 at 13:20.

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    At the point where there is just still a noticable difference between the tread and the depth bars on the tyre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoons View Post
    At what point do you change your tyres....
    I recently changed my fronts when they were almost down to the wear bars (raised ridges within the treads) and they had done 22000 miles (mainly motorway miles so no complaints).

    I changed my rears last week with only 28000 miles / 5mm tread on them as they were driving me mad ! (I usually get about 70000 miles out of rears). Since about 10000 miles there has been a rumbling sound from the rear of the car that sounded as though the rear wheel bearings were failing but on ispection I found it was the tyres. When I ran my hand over the inside section of the treads there was a very noticeable rising and falling of the surface every couple of inches, and this was visable as light and dark patches where the raised surface was in greater contact with the road surface. My son, who is in the tyre trade tells me that this is called 'feathering' and very common on some tyres, including mine which were the factory optional 18'' wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE040 225/45/18 95Y.

    I now have Falken 452's at both ends of my car which came recommended by my son, and so far seem fine (interestingly I have seen quite a few Vectra's on 19'' Snowflakes with Falken tyres).

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