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Tyre change

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by The Frog, Nov 28, 2021.

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  1. The Frog

    The Frog Copenworld Newbie

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    2008 Daihatsu Copen
    Hi there everyone, my first post! I bought my 2008 Copen, Frog, in early July this year. Absolutely love my car, every drive is an event! When I bought the car it had standard size tyres, 165/50r15, all had plenty of thread left so I decided to make do for a while until the weather started to get worse. When I was looking for replacements I found that there were few options at the size. I decided to go for 175/50r15 instead, which gave me a few more options. Plumped for Vredestein Ultrac tyres and the result is fantastic. Because the width is increased slightly, so is the height of the tyre wall, but without adversely affecting the cars looks. In fact, because the tyres fill the arches slightly better, I think it’s looking nice. But it’s dynamically that the difference is obvious. Ride quality is nicely rounded, transverse ridges are much less severe in the cabin. Road noise is also reduced, and because, effectively the gearing is raised, it’s much better at motorway speeds, and the previously very optimistic speedo is now more accurate. Meanwhile, handling is super, turn in remains as eager as ever and, I think, steering feel is better. Even better, they weren’t even very expensive. I bought them online for €69 each, and paid €15 each for fitting and balancing.
     
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  2. Nublit

    Nublit Copenworld Member

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    I run the exact same setup (just on aftermarket alloys) and it's pretty great.
     
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  3. Andy3445

    Andy3445 Copenworld Newbie

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    Mini One
    Aston Martin Rapide S
    Thanks for posting this, I have been looking at all sorts of options, including 14in alloys as I understand the Bridgestones are not available, makes life a lot simpler

    Someone posted this wheel/tyre size calculator, I think on this site, so thanks whoever did, but here is a bump for it if anyone wants to play around
    Rim & Tire Size Calculator. Custom Offsets
     
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  4. Nublit

    Nublit Copenworld Member

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    That's a nice website.
    I've been using Online Wheel and Tyre Fitment Calculator. Offset, Tyre Stretch and Speedo Error | Will They Fit

    I also have this from a German site that lists different wheel fitments and tires people are using, and if they rub under compression and turning.
     

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  5. Andy3445

    Andy3445 Copenworld Newbie

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    Mini One
    Aston Martin Rapide S
    Finally got round to getting a set of the 175/50r15 Vredestein Ultrac tyres before MOT was due and they are great, thanks for the info and i agree, the optimistic speedo is much closer to reality now :party:, next is to sort the suspension, replace or re-valve, not sure yet
     
  6. Brian S

    Brian S Copenworld Regular

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    Dec 2003 659cc silver Copen. Boost controller, cold air, 2" exhaust, underglow etc.,
    My bike is a 2016 Suzuki Maxi with Malossi Variator, straight through exhaust etc.
    I use "Digi-HUD" on my 5.5" Alcatel 1S cell, with a phone holder fixed on the dash.
    It costs AUD$5 on Playstore & is easily the best GPS speedo app I've ever used.
    There's a free version to try too, but I'd just buy the full version.

    Correct, our girls are pretty optimistic about speed, so a GPS speedo let's you drive faster without fines.
    And that's what it's all about, di ba? :cool:
    Regards, Brian
     
  7. Roy Copen

    Roy Copen Copenworld Member

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    Hi dear all,

    I'ld like to know if somebody here is using or have tried the165/50 15 TR1 Toyo's ?

    They looks great and they're available here.

    Please let me know the pros and cons.

    Thanks !
     
  8. AFR0N1

    AFR0N1 Copenworld Regular

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    I was planning on getting those but before I could buy they were no longer available anywhere in the UK
    Where in Switzerland are they available so I can maybe import some if that's possible?
     
  9. Salieri

    Salieri Copenworld Veteran

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    They are probably the best available tyres in 165/50 R15 format
    The Bridgestones used to be the best, but they are not made anymore
     
  10. Roy Copen

    Roy Copen Copenworld Member

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  11. Roy Copen

    Roy Copen Copenworld Member

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    I'll try it as soon as my Nankang NS-2R are worn out ;-)

    I've already a set in my garage...
     
  12. Mr Dastardly

    Mr Dastardly Copenworld Newbie

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    What aftermarket alloys are you using? What width rims?
     

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