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    After 25 years, I have returned to the true faith (with almost a dead ringer formy first Stag - 1975 Mk II MOD, carmine red withbeige interior)!

    One of my first moves will have to be new tyres for the standard Stag 14" alloys - I have Dayton 185/90H 14 on the front and Tigar 185/90T on the rear, with the Daytons looking quite old. Does anyone yet have any experience of the Vredestein Sprint Classic 185/90H that they are happy to share?

    The Vredestein website (www.vredestein.com) says that a 195/70 is in course of preparation. Would it be worth waiting for this?

    What other brand/ranges are worth looking at, avoiding cheapplastic!

    TIA

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    Hi,

    Welcome back !

    I've recently fitted Firestone 195/70's on 14" minilites. I find them excellent and a vast improvement on my old 185's. I also believe the rolling radius is almost identical, so have had no issues with calibration etc. I looked long and hard as I did not want to pay top dollar for tyres that will deteriorate with age and will have little use, but did want safety and roadholding.

    This is my situation and I am happy, others will also naturally have their opinions.

    Tim

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      Hi there

      Might I suggest you try mytyres.co.uk Ive just bought and fitted 4 Vredestein classic sprint 185/80/14's for £57.60 each (inc VAT andp&p)plus £7.50 each for fitting and balancing. They look and drive excellent, and aremuch cheaper than the club's or Vredestein own deal.

      Regards Andy S

      A Blue Stag is a good Stag

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        d184479x wrote:
        Might I suggest you try mytyres.co.uk Ive just bought and fitted 4 Vredestein classic sprint 185/80/14's for £57.60 each (inc VAT andp&p)plus £7.50 each for fitting and balancing. They look and drive excellent, and aremuch cheaper than the club's or Vredestein own deal.
        Yes, I had been looking there - but at the moment, I 'm much more interested in your take on this make & brand. How long since you've had them fitted? How are they braking in the wet? The recent Which? report on tyres (March 07) gave Vredestein a Best Buy rating for the Sportrac3- ". . . no major weaknesses . . . [but] slightly noisier than the best in the batch."

        But then the Sportrac3 has a very different tread pattern to the Spint Classic which may account for the noisy comment. Are you finding the Classic noisy?
        A Blue Stag is a good Stag
        and a Red one is better . . . butthe Carmine Red onesare best!

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          Just to add my penny's worth to the tyre discussion. My recently purchased Stag had four different tyres of 2 different sizes (3 x 185, 1 x 175) - after having the engine re-conditioned I took her out for a spin and nearly killed myself on the worn rubber! I followed the advice from a previous forum discussion and ordered a set of Vredestein 185s - the result was fantastic! I'll admit that I haven't been out in the wet yet, but for all normal dry conditions the tyres are superb, and like previous commentators, I bought from mytyres.com at £57 odd each - with the fitting costs the whole shebang was less than £300 - surely a bargain!

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            Hi Wildstag (of the red variety!)

            When I said I had just had them fitted I really meant it - They were only fitted on Monday 26/3/07 and I've only driven 50 miles or so. I can confirm, however, that at non legal motorway speeds they are superb and with the roof down (can the car be driven with the roof up?) the only noise is the V8 burble. Hoping to not have to try them in the wet but I have no reason to suspect that damp roads would cause any problems. Hope this is some help.

            Regards Andy S

            Vote Blue>>>> You know it makes sense!

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              Thanks everyone for the steer!

              I have ordered up a set of Vredesteins via mytyres.co.uk. I also checked out my spare(for the first time ) andfound that it is an almost unused Goodyear G800+S 185 H R14 - the tread pattern looks similar to the Vredesteins so I think it will be OK as a "getmehome"!

              Just a thought - the existing Daytons on the front are really too old but there are two Tigar TG 620 Plus 185 R14 90T (with some tread) going which might help someone make up a matched set if interested . . .

              I see Red is beginning to stretch out in the poll! :P

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                Been following this post with interest as I also need to buy 2 pairs of boots formy young lady.

                Not wishing to detract away from the good benefits of the Vredesteins, but I would like to make a more informed choice out of a few makes.

                Can anyone elserecommend a make and size with any pro's/con's

                Thanks, Gez.

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                  I bought 4 standard size 185/14/80 federal tyres (I am picky about having four of the same tread pattern tyres on the car) They were a disaster! poor wet weather performance, noisy at speed and squealed when , breaking, accelerating, and cornering it was like being in an episode of Kojak! I sold them to a fellow club member who despite being told of the problems thought they were GREAT! ( he obviously has a higher tolerance to embarrassment then me)

                  After this and, as this was a few years ago and standard profile tyres were difficult to get or were even Van tyres, I went for Uniroyal 195/70/14 the width is not an issue and the rolling radius is virtually identical. You get modern standards of grip and road-holding and I have no complaints.

                  A lot of the local club use Nanking and have no worries, so if I was after new tyres now what would I do ? Tyre 195/70's I think less sidewall flex is a good thing I think. Others of course would have other views. :?
                  Standard stag thrashed and enjoyed, Nissan Murano ( very underrated, very thirsty, very fast)

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                    Thanks for that Chris, I was thinking along the line of 195's as they look more meatier for the car andfill the arches better. Just not sure on make as there are so many out there to choose from.

                    Gez.

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