I had new proxies put on my plus because thats what was on it when I bought the car so I didnt think about it much .. they went on in May 2019 .. I did approx 1500 mainly motorway miles between then and the MOT in Sept 2019 when the fronts were flagged as being barely legal .. so personally I cant recommemd them. I am wondering if there's a harder wearing tyre out there does anyone have any advice?
Hardly any appeal or are way too expensive out here. Personally I would take the Hankooks. A good allround, if not sporty tyre. The later K125 is apparently even better. The choice in the normal size 205/50-16 is still pretty good and I would take something newer and better from there than have any of those I've listed above.
Can’t compare them to the old ones cause never got to try them
But new ones I fitted last Thursday certainly seem up to the job And they’ve been getting used in wet weather and where in past I’ve been having to ease off on the power before I head off on the wrong direction (granted tyres at front were getting close to legal limit) These take all the power you can throw at them and keep heading straight forward
And ride comfort has improved dramatically Which is saying something since my coop is lowered quite a bit
So after I would say doing about 100 miles I think they fit bit really well and at their price you can’t really beat it
And even though weather has been pretty poor over weekend I may or may not have felt safe enough to hit 3 figures Wink wink
So, my coupe has now got two brand new Toyo's on the front (the plan was for a set of 4 all the way around, but the back wheels had about 90% of tread left on the rear and it would simply have been criminal to have swapped them over)
The car was also booked in for a proper old fashioned troubleshooting session to figure out why it constantly pulls to the left, with steering wheel noticeably on the kink to the right. The front nearside was noticeably more worn then the farside, And a few wear marks to show tracking issues. The right was in good order.
The car benefited from 1) Me knowing the owner well and him being receptive to it being a Coupe, 2) being the only car in the shop. So my coupe got an unrushed, slow and methodical tyre change, old weights removed, balanced, check and recheck. Before setting, checking, road testing, re checking, re-road testing and then final tightening.
Outcome - the car now goes straight! Steering wheel is straight! I've not had much chance (thank you covid19) to check much out beyond that. But I figure I can use the coop on my next trip to the shops.
The car does feel better - as it would with new tyres. Less crashy a well with bumps. Which is very welcome as its THE thing in my mind that lets the enjoyment of the car down.
So now I am just waiting for the driving lockdown to be lifted and I will get to test these new tyres out.
Fitted, balanced, and what amounted to 2 hours of tinkering, adjusting and one on one service came to £80 a tyre. Can you find the tyre cheaper on line? Yes. But for the service I got- extremely happy with that.
The tyres are a definite improvement over the original Toyo's,
The most noticeable difference at A and B road cruising speeds is that the ride is less harsh, and the car handles pot holes/expansion joints much better then previously without the JOLT or bang of before.
Pushing on further - In corners the 16% increase in sidewall stiffness is noticeable-with less roll to the front of the car. I have a recently refreshed standard suspension set up- with the coupe front strut bar fitted and plus recaro's. The front strut bar and seats transformed the cornering the most previously.
These tyres have improved it a bit further and made the car feel more settled and more civilised.
I know there are coupe owners who prefer a far more race suspension set up and tyre, who won't think much of the improved Toyo.
But if you have the Plus wheels, and want an easy to acquire proper sized tyre - these are not too bad.
Now we have a bit more freedom to drive where we want for exercise I'll lean on them a bit more and give some more feed back if I find anything else of note.
Thought I’d just use this thread regarding my tyres. Been getting out a bit more at the moment and pottering at my garage. Took one of my wheels to tyre place to get it re sealed. The chap informed me the tyre was 2006 so new tyre time, the only ones he could get were Yokohama. 225x45x16 Checked my other tyre dates were 2004 So now I’ve ordered another for the rear so that’ a matching pair on the rear. Tyre was very cracked but the tread was very good. I will sort out the fronts when I can drive the Coop to tyre place. Bloody hell all the tyres have perfect treads but you tend to loose the sense of time, well I ceartainly have.
Aye Andy, but a series of events curtailed my time with my Coop, not going to bore you all with the story. Looking more than likely early retirement is for me, so if the current situation changes, I will indeed be behind of the steering wheel of the Coop
Today I took the Coop out for a run to tyre place and ordered a matching pair of tyres for the front. The chap vaguely remembered me and I pointed to the Coop in all its glory new paint job in the sun, wow!!!!!! he said that is a lovely looking car thanks I said and we did a deal on the tyres. Had to be ordered so back in on Friday.....
Aye!!! . Off in this morning to get the tyres fitted, well what a welcome I received, the boss himself, the second in charge and three fitters all round admiring the Coop Wow they really were impressed, I was almost embarrassed by all the oooing and awing Have to admit the car stood out with the new paintwork Happy days.