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    Default I'm glad I don't have a Renault Megane RS

    I visited a friend on the weekend who has recently bought himself a Renault Megane RS as a company car. He took me for a drive and it was amazing. The power, grip and handling was beyond anything I had experienced before.

    On the one level I was feeling green with envy. As we talked he mentioned that he had to replace a tyre recently after hitting a large pothole. The regular retail price was $900 for one tyre .

    I am glad I have a 97 Xantia VSX. It has nowhere near the power but it is smooth quiet and still brings a smile to my face every time I drive it.

    So I am feeling less green and will keep my Xantia for as long as possible.

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    What size rims - 19s???
    thats what i want to pay for a set of 4 tyres!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cam740 View Post
    What size rims - 19s???
    thats what i want to pay for a set of 4 tyres!
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    Makes me wonder how people with 22s on their X5s etc go!!!

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    You are right re the tyres but a bit of shopping around can save $$$$. I ended up getting the local price per tyre down to $495 for Conti's but ended up getting them from Tempe Tyres in Sydney for $1400 delivered for 4. BIG difference.
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    there's always tirerack.com - I think I paid $1100 delivered for 4 x 225/40 18's Michelin Pilot Super Sport (most incredible tyres I've ever had). Not only could I find hardly anywhere with these but I was being quoted upwards of $2.5k when I could.

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    Yeah, definitely cheaper options around, even in the same brand.

    Not in the same league of tyre, but a full set of Federal 595s in 235/35/19 for my girlfriends car was just over $600.
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    Thats nuts.

    I just shod the ss ute in re002 in 235/40/18 and it came in at $1k for 4 tyres.

    I've said it before in relation to re002 vs michi PS3 on my car, there is not that much difference in performance to justify the price difference.

    I thinks its insane stupidity running a street tyre that costs $900 and cant even handle a pothole on the same streets the car was designed to drive on.

    At least my car had to wait twenty years before a set of tyres represents +50-100% of the value of the car.

    It wont take that long on this car by the sounds of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post

    I thinks its insane stupidity running a street tyre that costs $900 and cant even handle a pothole on the same streets the car was designed to drive on.
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    I wonder what pressure they were run at? Most people fill at recommended rates (32psi seems the norm these days) but really, if you can sacrifice some ride quality, you'll get better performance out of 38-40psi and I would guess much less chance of a puncture from a pothole (less tyre deformation?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by iluvbrownale View Post
    I wonder what pressure they were run at? Most people fill at recommended rates (32psi seems the norm these days) but really, if you can sacrifice some ride quality, you'll get better performance out of 38-40psi and I would guess much less chance of a puncture from a pothole (less tyre deformation?).
    Agree.

    The potholes around are so big, some of thes potholes are starting to get potholes.
    I run 42 psi up front, and it hurts sometimes.

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    Perhaps your mate should be running 185/70R15 rally tyres on 15" rims for local suburban work! Either that or keep away from kerbs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    Thats nuts.


    I thinks its insane stupidity running a street tyre that costs $900 and cant even handle a pothole on the same streets the car was designed to drive on.


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    I have to agree. Sensible profiles for practical reasons.

    I gotta laugh at these part time 4wd softroaders with 40 profile tyres on them.

    It's a case appearance over practicality.

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    I wonder how 20" rims and low profile tyres actually go in the bush on ordinary 4x4's? Must be a heap of fun with a space saver in the boot, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    I wonder how 20" rims and low profile tyres actually go in the bush on ordinary 4x4's? Must be a heap of fun with a space saver in the boot, too!
    Yep! And I believe there is "spare" set of Koleos wheels/tyres on AF at the moment.

    Some dude has done just as you say.

    I'll stick with 225-60-16 on my Van and enjoy the smooth ride and challenged handling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    I have to agree. Sensible profiles for practical reasons.

    I gotta laugh at these part time 4wd softroaders with 40 profile tyres on them.


    It's a case appearance over practicality.
    The ones with the 20+" tyres only ever go off the road to their houses lol(******s)

    That's only half the story in respect to those 22" tyres/rims on the off-roaders.......many many of them get bogged on Fraser every year because there is no leeway for dropping down to 16Psi with a tyre of 1" total height. They look at the 'experienced 4x4ers with disdain and say, but the ****ing things are blah blah wide.......It's actually not the width when deflated that helps, it's the longitudinal footprint. Hahaha,
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    Kim, see my reply to Robmac's post.

    Not sure about the bush track driving but last year at Fraser, one of the guys with a bog-standard Holden Colorado popped a tyre(16") and tore the bead on a track down to the beach. Those silly tyres/rims would have all been blown down the track we took. Washouts would be a killer
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    Strange one..... If I had a megane 225 I'd be far more worried about my license than the cost of tyres..... but hey, once you have lost your license (within the first two weeks of ownership ), you won't need to worry about wearing out tyres

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    once you have lost your license (within the first two weeks of ownership ), you won't need to worry about wearing out tyres .
    Good to see you allowed 2 weeks for the postage....

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    I love my C5, but it came with 18" rims and tyres. The next car I buy will be riding on the highest profile wheels and tyres that come as standard. I cannot see the point in uber low profile tyres for day to day use. On a racetrack maybe, but at a maximum legal speed in Australia of 130 km/h.....?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    I love my C5, but it came with 18" rims and tyres. The next car I buy will be riding on the highest profile wheels and tyres that come as standard. I cannot see the point in uber low profile tyres for day to day use. On a racetrack maybe, but at a maximum legal speed in Australia of 130 km/h.....?
    but its more about the Chapel st look than any real world handling benefits...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cam740 View Post
    but its more about the Chapel st look than any real world handling benefits...
    When was the last time you saw a Renault RS on Chapel st ?
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    On Chapel St aren't you more likely to see a DS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielsydney View Post
    On Chapel St aren't you more likely to see a DS?
    If DS is an abbreviation for Double Subwoofers, Douchebag Silvia or Dumped Skyline then yes.

    If you are referring to a DS of the Citroen variety, probably not..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 63-1092 View Post
    When was the last time you saw a Renault RS on Chapel st ?
    as i havent been near Chapel St in years probably never!
    But the comment was more directed to the "cruisers" that run up and down Chapel St, the riceboys and the Commonwhore/Fords with their 20" rims....

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