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Sunday, 25 September 2011

How to understand Off Road Tyre Abreviations

With so many different kind of tyres that are out there it can be difficullt to know what they all mean.
Want to BUY Off Road Tyres

At - all terrain 60/40 highway/off road
ht - high way terrainfor the general suv
mt - mud terrain serious off roading
st - sure trac made by cooper at/mud
hp - high performance 95% on road
m&s - mud & snowy
owl - outside  white lettering
brl - black raised lettering
str - all seasons  all terrain from pirelli
uhp - ultra high performance conti
oe - original equipment , out the factory
d sport duella bridestone highway terrain suv
cross contact all terrain conti light off road
uniroyal have a street pattern  - highway terrain

Please leave comments if you think I have missed any. for further information for everyone.

Sunday, 18 September 2011


So you’re buying new tyres, but where is it best to put them. There is a conflict of opinion between tyre manufactures, vehicle manufactures and tyre dealers. So how are you expected to know? Well let me give you the information and were go from there.

You’re changing your front tyres! If your vehicle is front wheel drive, like the majority of cars of today, these tyres will always wear first.
·         Do you just put the new ones on the front?
·         Do you swap the tyres around and have the new ones on the rear?
·         Do you buy all 4 for safety?

Putting the new one's on the front will be easier for your tyre fitter, will have more tread so will wear out a little more evenly with the rear tyres, but can upset the balance of the handling of your vehicle that you have become used to. Whereas previously the vehicle would have a tendency to under steer, now that you have more grip to the front, the vehicle would over steer, a more difficult situation to recover from.

Swapping the tyres around and having the new tyres on the rear could cost a little more as it would be recommended that you get the rear tyres re-balanced before putting them on the front. Don’t forget that your rear tyres are half worn and will not be in the same balance state as when they were new.
Your rear tyres are possibly 2 or 3 or more years old and before they start to show some signs of aging having them on the front will use up the remaining tread before this becomes an issue.
As the front tyres wear much quicker on the front than on the rear you will have become used to having less tread on the front. By swapping the tyres around you are unlikely to notice any vast differences.

Buying 4 tyres at the same time will always be a big cost issue every time you change your tyres. To ensure that you get the full life out of your tyres you will need to change them around halfway through the tyres life. Approximately 10,000 miles. Similar to above, you will need to get them re-balanced. You can easily keep a check on your tyre wear with a tread depth gauge, every time you check your tyre pressure. Remember your looking for 50:50 so as the front tyres wear quicker, it is leaving you with the more grip to the rear.

As the road conditions become slippery it is better to have the more traction on the rear of the car. It is far better for the front tyres to lose grip first and under steer, than the rear tyres so you don’t spin around and lose control, over steer.


New Tyres Quick recommends have the new tyres fitted to the rear of the car. As this is a much safer for you to drive. As with rear wheel drive vehicles, the rear tyres will wear much quicker, this will still be safer for the more grip on the rear.
As with vehicles with different size tyres that are fitted as standard, swapping around would not be possible and a cautious approach to driving at first would be recommended.

It is recommended that tyres are used in identical sets of four, same size, brand, pattern, load and speed index. An exception is when the vehicle is originally fitted with different tyres sizes front to rear. The vehicle manufactures should also be followed.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Run Flat Tyres

Run flat tyres are tyres that can be driven on without air. Having a puncture on the motorway and having to pull over on to the hard shoulder waiting for a recovery vehicle can become a safety issue. Run Flat Tyres RFT over comes this problem with a special inner reinforcement to the sidewall of the tyre which allows it to be driven on flat at a reduced speed of 50mph for a maximum distance of 50 miles, allowing you the chance to find a garage or a safe place to stop. The on board computer in your car alerts you that there is a problem with the tyre pressures allowing you time to check them out.