D series tyres (what, again??)
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    Default D series tyres (what, again??)

    Yes, I know there has been a lot of posts over the years, (and I've had a look).

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    But time marches on .... and thus .... any up-to-date views on current tyres in the "less expensive than Michelin 185/15s category?"

    Specifically, front and rear tyres for a DS23 carby and a DS23 EFI.

    "The web" suggests that 185(80)15s are needed for the front on both models, but that the carby 23 might be happy with narrower rears (but apparently the EFI does need the 185's.)

    Reviewing current offerings, the options include:

    185(80)15 which are allegedly the same profile as the 185/15. Many price points.
    205/70/15 (quite ubiquitous, many offerings and price points)
    195/65/15
    165/80/15 (e.g. [email protected]$90 etc.)

    Antique Tyres suggests that Vredesteins are best.

    I'm interested to hear what has worked for you in the real world particularly if you have found
    something at a reasonable price. (I also noted the debate between tubed and tubeless.)
    Once upon a time:


    Many R4s (incl. fourgonnette), R5LS, R16TS.


    GS 1015, 1220, sedans and wagons.
    CX 2200, 2400.
    ID 1966, 1969, DS21H, DSpecial, DS23 Pallas.
    C5 2002, 2004 petrol and diesel.
    sold ..... D Special 1974 ... to fellow Tassie AFer.
    sold ..... Xantia Activa 1998 (look out Gulargambone)
    sold .....GS 5 speed sedan (what a tale)
    sold .... 1986 2CV6

    And now:

    C5 2.2 HDI 2005 wagon
    CX25GTi 1985 auto
    CX2500 IE Pallas 1985 auto
    DS23 1973 Pallas
    DS23EFI 1975 Pallas

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    I had Vredesteins on my DS for some years ( faute de mieux )

    They work and wear tolerably well if one is not pushing it. I found that I couldn't trust them in hard cornering, especially in the wet.

    As with many things, especially tyres, it depends what you want and how you drive. One person can be very happy with a tyre that others despise. Both sides can be correct.

    Good luck

    Andrew

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    I have tried Vreidensteins, excellent tyres.
    Currently using Nankang Retro which are fine and look like Michelin xvs and have the same speed and load rating. 93H. Vreidenstein are rated 91 H also good.
    All the others seem to be light truck and van tyres with high load rating and lower speed rating. Too harsh riding to put on a D in my experience. Cheap but nasty.
    I have worn out many sets of Michelin xvs. They are good tyres, but not really much better than the Vreidenstein or retro in my opinion. Michelin these days seem no longer wearing of the tread than the alternatives either. David

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    Hello.
    I have Retros on My D Special and have done about 8000km without any problem and seemingly no wear. Good in the wet and fine on the tollway
    Cheers
    ian
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    can this thread go somewhere logical? why is it here?

    Are you hoping a tyre dealer will read this and make you a 4 for 3 offer
    Last edited by forumnoreason; 11th October 2017 at 09:00 PM.

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    I have tried Vreidensteins, excellent tyres.
    Currently using Nankang Retro which are fine and look like Michelin xvs and have the same speed and load rating. 93H. Vreidenstein are rated 91 H also good.
    All the others seem to be light truck and van tyres with high load rating and lower speed rating. Too harsh riding to put on a D in my experience. Cheap but nasty.
    I have worn out many sets of Michelin xvs. They are good tyres, but not really much better than the Vreidenstein or retro in my opinion. Michelin these days seem no longer wearing of the tread than the alternatives either. David

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