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I need some advice on what tyres to get. I am currently using ?Continental Sport Contact 2, 225/40R18 92Y XL? with 18" Monza II on my Mk5 Golf. I need to get a set of new tyres soon and wonder what recommendation you guys can give me?

Some said to me the ones I am using isn?t very good and should change to something else.

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I am also thinking about run flat tyres, as I thinking to install a new sub and if I can get away of having the spare wheel, that would be good. I heard people said run flat tyres aren?t very good and give poor ride, but that was sometime ago. I am sure things have improve these days but would like to hear comments from people here that might be using or have used. I know most BMW used them and the one I been on, the ride don?t seems much different.

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I'm quite liking the Conti's I have to say.

Done 2 track days now, 5k miles and they're holding up well.

If you need another make then you can't go far wrong with Eagle F1 GSD3's.

I used to like the Toyo Proxes T1-S's but not sure if they're still available now as they have the T1-R as replacement and apparently its not as good.

Had Bridgestone Potenza's on my Scooby which were ok.
 

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I can't comment on which tyres but I do think that runflats will increase the unsprung weight of the wheels and the car might handle worse. BMW do use runflats but they choose not to on any M series car - which to me says it all.
 

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It seems people not really interested or want to share their info on Tyres here.....

I think i will go with either Bridgestone Potenza RE 050 A 225/40 R18 92Y XL or Continental SportContact 3 225/40 ZR18 92Y XL

Any comment on those from anyone?
 

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It depends on what you want, grip, noise, tyre life... I have the bridgestones on the Golf and when they are up for replacement I will go elsewhere, I had the Goodyear F1's on my focus and found them to give the best comprimise between grip and noise, wet weather the grip was fantastic. Previously on the Focus I had the P6000 OEM which was then replaced with Toyo when I fitted bigger wheels (never again would I buy toyo) which was then replaced with the F1's.

On my Escort I run the F1's and when the Golf needs new boots I will go for Goodyear F1's
 

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Mate, you can't fit runflats without TPMS (Tyre pressure monitoring system) Once a runflat is deflated, you've only got 50 miles at 50mph before you gotta replace the tyre.

How you gonna know if you've got a puncture? Aint no light on the dash to tell you (like a BMW)!!
 

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I have fitted Michelin Pilot Sport 2 and found them good, wet weather grip is very good and we do have plenty of wet weather. They aren't cheap though but if you have a Costco near you they have them for 125 quid each fitted for 225/40/18
 

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I have Avon ZZ3s (225/40 18) fitted to my Golf and have found them excellent. Little noise, decent wet grip and really good dry grip. £86 fitted.
 

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HI all,

I need some advice on what tyres to get. I am currently using "Continental Sport Contact 2, 225/40R18 92Y XL" with 18" Monza II on my Mk5 Golf. I need to get a set of new tyres soon and wonder what recommendation you guys can give me?

Some said to me the ones I am using isn't very good and should change to something else.
Such as?!

That was pretty useless advice from that person. The SportContact 2s are factory fit on the GTI with Monzas, and on a lot of high end German machinery so they can't be all that shabby! Car manufacturers spend a lot of money on R&D especially on proper sporty models (not just sporty looking trim models), they'll choose things like tyres based on measured analysis, whereas you'll find a lot of consumer reviews on-line are based more on subjective feeling (although there's no denying some basics such as harder compound = longer life and less grip and softer compound is the opposite). Tyre technology in recent years has had a great impact on cars' handling. If you have a performance oriented car generally it's a good bet to stick with what was fitted from the factory, although any decent quality brand should be good. As said above do you want more tyre life or more grip... How do you rate your old tyres personally, and go from there.
 

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To save starting a new thread, I also need some new tyres for my GT115. Its running standard 15inch rims, tyres are 195x65x15. It currently has some worn dunlops on it which are next to useless, zero traction in the rain. My other golf had firestones in the same size and they gripped like no mans business.

Are there any other tyres in that size which people have good experiences of on the golf, as the firestones look like they might be quite expensive compared to some of the cheaper brands.
 

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To save starting a new thread, I also need some new tyres for my GT115. Its running standard 15inch rims, tyres are 195x65x15. It currently has some worn dunlops on it which are next to useless, zero traction in the rain. My other golf had firestones in the same size and they gripped like no mans business.

Are there any other tyres in that size which people have good experiences of on the golf, as the firestones look like they might be quite expensive compared to some of the cheaper brands.
Have a look at the TWR Tread Wear Rating (I think lower is more grip, higher is more miles - google it) this is how a tyre grips compared with a control tyre. Also the tread is important, apparently the outside of the tyre is more important in dry cornering but in the wet its the inside which is more important.
 

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To save starting a new thread, I also need some new tyres for my GT115. Its running standard 15inch rims, tyres are 195x65x15. It currently has some worn dunlops on it which are next to useless, zero traction in the rain. My other golf had firestones in the same size and they gripped like no mans business.

Are there any other tyres in that size which people have good experiences of on the golf, as the firestones look like they might be quite expensive compared to some of the cheaper brands.
Have a look at the TWR Tread Wear Rating (I think lower is more grip, higher is more miles - google it) this is how a tyre grips compared with a control tyre. Also the tread is important, apparently the outside of the tyre is more important in dry cornering but in the wet its the inside which is more important.
Cheers! Good advice!
 

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I dont know whats good but I am telling you this Bridgestone Turanza's AINT being replaced with same when I EVENTUALLY get these hard lumps of leady rubber to wear down.
If you want something that will last ages but offers no grip wet or dry stick a set of these on :(
 

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I have Toyo Proxes T1-S on my A3, and find them to be awesome in the dry. I tend not to push the car in the wet, as it's not nearly as much fun without asking for some trouble, but they've never forced my to re-colour my interior [;)].

...replaced with Toyo when I fitted bigger wheels (never again would I buy toyo)...
Why would you never buy Toyo's again? Which ones did you have?

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I think they were the R version, in the wet they weren't very good and despite there being plenty of tread the inside edges split to reveal the steel braiding, they were also very noisey, so much so I got the wheel bearings changed under warranty but it was only when I changed tyre did the droning stop. They were replaced with Goodyear F1's which were much better especialy in the wet. In fact the Golf now wears them on the rear
 

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My old Conti EcoContacts were OK (stock fitment).

On my new wheels, I have Kumho Ecsta Sport, which i have always found to be very good in both wet and dry, but I don't drive that madly though.
 
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