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    Tyres 205 GTI

    I'm thinking of buying some Formula R Dunlops (D01J) for my 205. I'm sticking with the 14" wheels and the suspension is OEM about 5000km old.
    I use the car about once a month for fast back road driving, about 350km is an average drive.
    A few questions.
    Good/bad idea? (ie Track only).
    Alternatives?
    Tyre life? I know it will not be great but would like to get a few drives out of them.

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    My understanding is that Formula R's are race only tyres. I bought a set of Falken Azenis RS. These are road legal. I can't advise on tyre life, as I have only just got them. I haven't really had a chance to see how much grip they ultimately have either as I have a second set of wheels which I use everyday.

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    Formula R's are "DOT" tyres, meaning they are legal for road use, but don't expect them to last long. ..15-20' Km? I know the Wuillemins use them, and they get one season only out of a set.

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    I had 185/60 14" R's on mine. The tyre guy said they'd last 5000km on the road. A few hard mountain drives would mess em up bad, expensive stuff at $1000. Jeez they do good things though to the handling though. No more snappy oversteer, if you do a dumb thing. Much more benign/user friendly. They are fearfully noisy. Dunno how good they are on the road without warming up. Never took em up a mountain. Lovely on the track though. Get some Pirelli P6000 or whatever is it's current equivalent.
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    I'd just buy some Michelins. What else would you put on a Peugeot?

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    Pirelli's. Most if not all Gti6's, for example, came with P6000's from memory, despite whatever financial Michelin/Peugeot tie-up there is.
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    PeterT:
    I'd just buy some Michelins. What else would you put on a Peugeot?
    i'm sorry but for value for money and what you pay for michelins i will never run them on my cars
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    I had Yoko A008Rs on my 205GTI years ago and found they lasted OK with a mix of hillclimbs, sprints and road use. About 20 000klm, but bitumen m/khanas scruffed them up a bit. I've also run Yoko A032Rs Toyo 4DRs and RA1s on other vehicles with similar results. The longevity has more to do with wheel alignment, tyre pressure and rotation than most people think, and I don't mean setting them to the factory specs. The other thing of course is to have two sets of wheels.
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    just what ive driven hard that work.
    Road;-good, Pirellis 7000, yoko aseries
    ;- not so good, Falkens (funny as i got em on my car now, very poor in the wet.) Kingdragons.

    Track;-good Falken AZENIS, D r's, silverstones and Kuhmo ectas
    ;- not so good, gt's

    But really 2 sets of wheels is the best comprimise. when it comes to milage.

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    Thanks guys.

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    Warwick2:
    Pirelli's. Most if not all Gti6's, for example, came with P6000's from memory, despite whatever financial Michelin/Peugeot tie-up there is.
    Yes they are, but they're rubbish. The new 206 GTI 180 runs P7000s, which are a decent tyre. I'm runing Dunlop FM901s at the moment and am happy, but I'd never recommend Pirellis.

    As for Michelin, yeah just too expensive here. They do make some really nice tyres though.

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    <small>[ 30 December 2002, 10:55 AM: Message edited by: ntrx ]</small>

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    I have a friend with a S2 205GTi with 14" D01Js - 5000kms so far, and they're wearing well. I wouldn't expect more than 15,000kms.

    I think wear would be akin to a GTi-6 with Azenis - harder compound, but a much heavier car.

    His 205gti sticks to the road like a bastard. Much stickier than Azenis RS semis like mine.

    He said they are more progressive than he would have thought, too.

    Azenis RS will be much cheaper though, and despite exceptional performance will wear a little better due to a harder compound.

    Both tyres are road legal.

    As for Pirellis etc, you don't have to stick to an expensive Euro tyre to compliment your Pugs handling. I thought P6000s were pure rubbish - most good quality Japanese tyres I've driven on have superior characteristics at the limits of adhesion.

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