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Post by Corky » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:15 pm

I left my car in the long stay at Heathrow for two weeks and upon my return at 7am (after 14.5hr flight), I found one of the rear tyres on the Touareg to be completely flat. How pleased I was :w :evil:

Luckily I managed to inflate it with the supplied compressor and didn't have to change to the spare (which is PITA with car weighing over two tonnes with mahoosive 20" wheels). There was a lovely big nail in the tyre which somehow managed to stay in for the 185 mile trip home. I've managed to get a plug repair locally, but in all honesty it really needs four new tyres now as they're all in the 3mm range.

So does anyone have any recommendations for tyre for this type of vehicle (maybe on a Range Rover or Disco or something similar). Tyre size is 275/45/20 and prices range from £95 to £275 per tyre, so I'm tempted to go for what I know and have liked on every car I've fitted them to (Rainsport 3 @ £135 per corner), but I have no experience of them on a two tonne 262bhp 4x4 monster :lol: , though I did have them on the Audi A4 Quattro in 19" flavour and they were brilliant (better in fact than the OEM Continental Sport Contact).


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Post by philhoward » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:37 pm

The favourite for a P38 seemed to be Scorpion Verde when I was looking but I’m guessing you don’t go plugging across fields on a regular basis even if some of the paddocks can be “interesting” :D


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Post by halfpenny » Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:42 pm

We've had 15 years and 125K out of Goodyear 'Efficient Grip' on madam's Disco. They were fitted from new. Very satisfied. A quiet tyre, they wear dead flat and last for about 30K on the front and 40K on the rear. Off road grip is fine on wet grass.



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Post by scimjim » Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:40 pm

General Grabber AT2 on my P38 - possibly wouldn’t suit a toerag in Cheshire :D


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Post by Corky » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:20 pm

Thanks fellas !


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Post by Coupe Racing » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:00 pm

Why not replace with what the OEM supply from new .


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Post by Corky » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:11 pm

Coupe Racing wrote:
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Why not replace with what the OEM supply from new .
I don’t like them, they’re not great in the wet.


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Post by Oaksey » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:56 pm

Tbh, the line between car and 4x4 is pretty blurred these days. Your Touareg isn't too different in weight and power to most current big estates and the drive systems are identical so I'd be buying tyres as if you were any other car. As you like the rainsports, I'd give them a go?


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Post by philhoward » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:57 pm

Very true - I could say it’s not a “real” 4x4, so stick with car tyres.. :mrgreen:


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Post by Coupe Racing » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:07 pm

My Qashqai is an SUV and weighs the same as a Focus yet the OEM and in turn the insurance dictates a re-enforced spec tyre .
In this case Continental 2 which are a good all round tyre and wear very well .
However wear is different from car to car IE Kuga to Qashqai etc


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Post by Corky » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:31 am

philhoward wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:57 pm
Very true - I could say it’s not a “real” 4x4, so stick with car tyres.. :mrgreen:
:lol: :lol: :lol: :w :mrgreen:

It is a Touareg not a Tiguan, and although it doesn’t have a separate chassis like the old school mud pluggers, it is quite a capable off-roader (There are some impressive videos on YouTube etc.). Not that I’ve ever tested it in the extreme, but it’s head and shoulders above any of the little SUVs like the Tiguan/kumquat/RAV4/Sorento etc etc... once you get beyond speed bumps and grass verges. It was mightily impressive in deep snow.

The problem it has over big estates is that it’s top heavy. So although it’s fairly car like on the straights, it’s definitely not through the twisty stuff, and doesn’t break traction in the same way. This is very unlike the Tiguan I had a few years ago. I’ve driven RRs and a Disco4, and they were very similar in feel (from a top heavy point of view, but the disco drove less car like than the Touareg).
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Post by Corky » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:34 am

Oaksey wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:56 pm
Tbh, the line between car and 4x4 is pretty blurred these days. Your Touareg isn't too different in weight and power to most current big estates and the drive systems are identical so I'd be buying tyres as if you were any other car. As you like the rainsports, I'd give them a go?
I’m tempted but not convinced enough yet, for the reasons I mention in my last post.


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:46 am

I can’t offer any helpful feedback, however my Beamer always wore Conti Sport Contact 2. I was very happy with how the car drove but did experience high tyre wear.

The same car now wears Rainsports, I have to say the Rainsports do grip very well in the rain but I don’t actually like how the car drives on them as much. They seem to have a lot more tyre flex and tram line abit on the motorway, also the max inflation pressure is much lower which is abit of a pain when I’m towing.

That being said they are a nice “safe” tyre and the warlord never has and “moments” in the car so happy days.


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Post by Corky » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:43 am

I’ve got RS3 on my S2K, and they need quite a bit of pressure on that. But worked well at a lower pressure on the Audi.

I had Contis on the Audi from new but found their wet grip lacking in comparison to RS3 I replaced them with. However, in dry weather they were better than the RS3. Fir a road car I favour wet weather grip over dry. Especially up here in the grim North :lol:


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Post by scimjim » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:58 am

I did quite a bit of online investigation (in Mercedes groups) before going for the Avon ZV7 on the merc estate - great wet weather performance, quiet and reasonable life (20-25k). Will get them again next year (winter tyres on now as the Avon’s needed replacing and alloys needed refurbing). Not sure if they do them in your size though?


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