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Time for new tyres! FR184

Discussion in 'Leon Mk3 (2012-2020)' started by Peller, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. Peller

    Peller 2018 Cupra 290 without the copper bits

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    Hi folks,

    I'm just about to buy new tyres for my FR184. I don't have the best knowledge on tyres so thought I'd ask you friendly bunch!

    The car is on the original tyres from the dealer (Michelin HP Primacy)

    The fronts are now under 2mm and total crap in the wet! The rears are at 5mm (They've lasted 21k!)

    My issue is, could I get away just replacing the fronts? I would ideally like to use the same tyres as rear but they are £90 a pop.

    I have seen cheaper with better noise,grip and dB levels for £60 each.

    So the thing is, should I stick with new Primacy on fronts or is it okay to mix & match???

    Also if anybody has any recommendations of the best tyres for the FR184 it would be very much appreciated. Maybe an idea for a new thread.... Best/Worst tyres for the Leon.

    Thanks in advance!!!
     
    #1 Peller, Sep 9, 2016
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  2. Ckpearce91

    Ckpearce91 Active Member

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    Mine are mixed. I have the original Conti Sport Contact 5's on the rear and then replaced my fronts with Goodyear Asymmetric 3's. I don't notice any difference with having different tyres to be honest.
     
  3. MattW35

    MattW35 Active Member

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    I always replace as pairs, but don't worry too much about having different front and rear. Last tyres I bought were Goodyear Asymmetric 3's, happy enough with them. That was rears, and I have the V2's on the front.
     
  4. Walone

    Walone Active Member

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    Definitely OK to just replace the front two, but it's best to make sure they are the same spec as original ones with regard to the speed rating and load index/rating. Also cheaper can be false economy as they usually wear out quicker, I think all tyres have TREADWEAR, TRACTION & TEMPERATURE ratings on the sidewall which I think is a good guide.
     
  5. Sprog-83

    Sprog-83 Active Member

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    I have not long replaced my fronts and went with the bridgestones that were on it from factory. Thought about changing to a different make/model but I like keeping it as it was meant. I suffer with a bit of OCD


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  6. Lentäjä

    Lentäjä Full Member

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    I would get two new...
    Put the old 5mm Michelin rear tyres to the front.
    Two new tyres to the rear.

    After the stock Michelins are worn out in front, you still have quite fresh pair on rear..(the ones you buy now)
    And finally you can get matching front and rear once again by replacing the last two of the Michelins.
    I could think at that point you should have 7mm on the rears...

    If you are not into UHP tyres and more into HP tyres with more focused on mpg, comfort and long life...
    I would get new Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance over Michelin Primacy
     
  7. ukoldschool

    ukoldschool Active Member

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    Too many variables at play, what size? 17? 18? Standard 184 or chipped/tuning box? How many miles do you do? What sort of driving do you do etc etc etc
     
  8. Peller

    Peller 2018 Cupra 290 without the copper bits

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    Thanks folks, I'm just about to go online and hunt for a front set. I'll let you know the results when fitted!
     
  9. Peller

    Peller 2018 Cupra 290 without the copper bits

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    It's just a standard FR184 but has DSG box. I do about 15k on varied roads but I do drive from Edinburgh to the Western Isles ferry in Ullapool a lot so safety and grip are my main priorities.
     
  10. Peller

    Peller 2018 Cupra 290 without the copper bits

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    I was thinking along those lines, sounds like a plan!

    Thanks!
     
  11. andrewpain

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    I ran HP Primacy on my E-class for 7 years and was very pleased overall. Then Goodyear brought out the Efficient Grip Performance, which was quieter, so I fitted those. Then I bought the Leon with Pirelli P7s fitted, and they've been good. But I would say the Michelins or the Goodyears would be fine - michelins probably pricier? I'd buy the cheapest of those two....
     
  12. Peller

    Peller 2018 Cupra 290 without the copper bits

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    Hi folks, got an update regarding tyres.

    After a lot of web hunting etc... I've decided to splash out on a full set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4 225/45 R17 Y (94)

    Quite pricey at £96 per corner (fitted, black circles.com) They are getting fitted on Wednesday.

    I'll keep the rears as there still in good nick and would be handy in case of damage to the new tyres.

    They seem a good choice going by ratings/spec. The only concern is the higher load rating and the fact they are Reinforced, I never noticed this until I received the order confirmation! Doh.

    I called to check this and was assured that these tyres are compatible, they would say that I suppose!

    Do you guys think this will have any impact on the car? I'm just a little concerned incase I ruin the ride. I previously ran a Beemer 120d and those run flats were truly awful, hope these reinforced tyres aren't similar.

    Anyways this Friday I'm driving from Edinburgh to the Western Isles. I'll probably do around a 600 mile round trip on very mixed roads so will give an update on how they perform compared to the dealer fit Primacy HP.
     
  13. PaulyM

    PaulyM still learning

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    I replaced my Bridgestone's with PS4's (225/40Y18) and love them. The car feels more planted especially in the wet. I can't say that the ride suffered, and they also appear quieter. Wise choice I reckon ;)
     
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    £96 a corner for pilot sports doesn't seem like such a bad deal to me to be honest for what is a premium brand tyre.
     
  15. Peller

    Peller 2018 Cupra 290 without the copper bits

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    A small update, the PS4's are good so far (only done 100 miles in dry)

    To be honest they're not any different from the Primacy HP. They maybe better in the wet?

    The factory fit Primacy HP previous tyres on my FR184 seem to be the best fit for comfort and grip.


    FR184 Tech DSG
     
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  16. ps13sr20

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    PS4's all the way, you've made the right choice, went for them after having conti SP5's on my last 184. loads grip in the wet and as almost as much grip as a pilot super sport in the dry. initial turn in was a hell of lot better on them as well.

    on my 184 (stock manual) did 25k on them and they still have 4.5mm tread on the front when i traded it in ! rears where like new. mixed driving A/B roads and motorway.
     
  17. Peller

    Peller 2018 Cupra 290 without the copper bits

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    An update on the new tyres.

    They are slightly harder than the Primacy HP but are excellent for the FR184. I've driven on all types of road in the wet and dry. Apart from the harder ride (not by much) the grip from them is amazing. They are also smoother and noticiably quieter on the motorway.

    I would highly recommend the PS4, they suit the car perfectly!

    Let's hope they last as long as the Primacy HP's
     
  18. Curtly

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    Apologies to jack the thread, but if anyone needs a spare tyre I've got a few 225/40/18 bridgestones with plenty of tread left (6mm+). Leftover from when I changed my wheels. Looking for £30 each
     
    #18 Curtly, Sep 26, 2016
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