Are you using these tyres?

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Are you using these tyres?

Hi,

Is anybody using either Uniroyal Rainexpert 185/60R/14 or Toyo T1-R 195/55R/14 on standard 14inch Caterham rims?

I would be glad to hear what you think.

If you are using something else on 14inch rims and they are better than the standard ZV3's I would also be pleased to hear  

I don't need other advice on 13inch rims as I'm not going on that route thanks.

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Hi

I used Uniroyal Rainexpert tyres on my 1.4 Classic and found them to be very good in the wet and also in the dry.I was on 14" rims and ran them at 17PSI.They gave a very compliant ride at that pressure and plenty of grip as they are a soft rubber.Wear was very light as well.

Dave

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I use Toyo T1R on 15" rims on my 21. They are ok, possibly optimum if you need or want a profile of 50 or above. When I made the decision in 2007 the tempting alternative was CR500 but they only came in 45 profile and I wanted 55.

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I've used T1R's on 15" on the SV and they're ok.

Not as grippy as CR500 in the dry but as good in the wet and better in standing water.

Harder compound than CR500 so not quite as sticky in the cold weather.

Having said that, they're in another league to the ZV3's so should be a huge improvement on those Thumb Up  (I've had all three)

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185-60-14 Dunlop Sport BluResponse... check them out...

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I'm using the uniroyals.  Had an earlier verson on my old Pug 106 a lightweight car and they were pretty good.  A few comments on here and I bought a couple to replace Avons on the Caterham.

I ran three sets of the Avons mine came on in 2003 and I found on pressures of 16 ish, I got good all weather grip - certainly didn't curtail my enjoyment of Alpine passes in summer, and never felt I was goning to slide off the road in the wet.  Car used for commuting in all weathers, long distance touring trips, holidays etc.

Bought the latest Avon a couple of years ago and slapped them on the back.  Seemed ok. ish.

Bought the uniroyals, put them on the back.  Move the Avons to the front.  And promptly came the closest I've come to crashing the car all by myself on the following morning commute.  Understeered onto the other side of the road on a corner I had been taking with no problem for the last 10 years in all weather, at all times, with no issues.  Luckily nothing coming the other way, and got it back just as the road ran out into grass, so no damage.

Figured the grip difference between front and rear was to blame.  Bought another pair of Uniroyals and normal order resumed, but with better wet grip.  I like 'em.

Anyone want a pair of little used Avons still with the moulding flash still on?

 

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Hi Bricol,

Rainexpert3 or Rainexpert. They are different tyres!  

Many thanks

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I'll be facing this decision in a year when the 13" R888's are shot. Rainexpert 3 only come in a 185/70R13 rather than the 60 profile currently fitted.

Yoko A539 is available in 60 profile - are these any good?

Ian 

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I'm facing a similar question. Currently have 185/60/14 A048's (no longer available as road legal tyres) on the car but the tread is right on the limit (they were close when I bought the car last year).

I've got no experience of the car on 'road' tyres as opposed to the semi-slicks that are currently on there.

Currently weighing up between Uniroyals, Nankang NS-2R or R888s. R888/R888R's are so much more expensive though I'm unsure that they're worth the extra money, and I'll have to wait another couple of months before I have the money for them.

 

Haven't considered using a different sized tyre on there, not sure what effect it would have on the drive. Lack of space means I can't get a spare set of wheels for the track :(

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Rainexpert on the Pug.

Rainexpert 3 on the Caterham.

As far as I'm aware, the suffix 3 replaced, probably via 2, the suffix free Rainexpert.  Different tread pattern, but both grip well.  

I had some form of real ditch finders on the Pug originally, bought from the local garage - something black and round.  That used to want to spin on wet corners - thought it was due to the damage it had, but put the Pug on winter tyres one year and it didn't.  Put the orignals back on  - and it did.  Replaced with the Rainexpert and it was evenly balanced again - for an 1100cc old car, it's hoot to drive on back roads  ;-)  Good grip.  Certainly influenced decision to buy the 3 for the Caterham.

 

 

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Thanks Bricol,

I think it's Rainexpert3 for me then.  The confusion came because both are advertised but I agree the 3 has taken over.

Many thanks for taking the time to reply.

Best wishes

Rog Redlight