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Old 12-03-2018, 01:16 PM   #1
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Michelin have just made re made an original Beetle tyre https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/cat...category/2833/ this was the radial option.

these are also well worth considering if you want a taller 165 https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/cat...category/2833/
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They are expensive! wow! I have 165/80's on my beetle, there are many modern brands that do this size for 30-40 which is no brainer, but if your after complete originality i can see why you would have these...I use Petlas Tyres, which seem great.
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Old 14-06-2018, 11:15 AM   #3
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Tyres by Michelin are always going to cost more than cheapo ones, because they are just better.

For me paying for quality is a no brainer. you get what you pay for.

But more importantly these aren't just Michelin tyres built in the right size they have 2 other main features that makes fitting them far better than a cheap tyre that is about the right size:

1/ they look right. period tread patterns look much better. Oh how i laugh when i see supposed classic look a like tyres on a car that don't have a period tread pattern. since when did writing the word classic on the side wall of a tyre make it look classic.

2/ This is the bit that counts for me as a classic car driver. The carcass of a proper classic car is more suited to the suspension and steering of the day so the handle better and give a better ride.
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Not saying they are expensive because they are Michelin, Michelin is expensive, I run Michelin on my BMW 330d - but they aint that pricey.

Just thought they were little excessive for a skinny Beetle tyre, but I agree with you on the classic look you want and feel, and if that is what they cost, fair enough

Vredestan Sprints have a classic tread, 150ish, they look rather nice tbh - You may convert me tbh
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Sadly the smaller batch sizes of the classic tyre range, contributes to the cost.

Can i ask what makes you think that the Vredestein tread pattern is classic?

I bought an Iveco Daily Van a bit ago the tyres had a tread pattern that looked very similar to the Vredestein. I seem to remember they were a Nankang. I don't think the Vredestein Sprint Classic is a period tread pattern. I would love to know what year it is from. It doesn't look like a classic tyre at all.

the Michelin X is 1940s and the XZX is 1976, and is a slightly different evolution of the 1968 ZX.

these are genuine Classic tyres:- https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/mic...sic-tyres.html & https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/pirelli-cinturato.html
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Tyres by Michelin are always going to cost more than cheapo ones, because they are just better.

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Their advertising worked well on you lol!

Most brands have tyres that perform well and not so well and michelin are no different to the rest.
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For those wanting 145 I found these a little while ago

145/80 profile equivalent like Michelin xzx
https://www.camskill.co.uk/m53b0s407..._145_15_145R15

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Their advertising worked well on you lol!

Most brands have tyres that perform well and not so well and michelin are no different to the rest.
Hmm. I don't really agree. i don't think you will come across a bad Michelin tyre. Certainly not in these classic tyres https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/mic...sic-tyres.html

Michelin aim for the higher end of the tolerances and have a quality control system that is extraordinary. they have made some of the most groundbreakingly excellent tyres. first radial https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/mic...ichelin-x.html crazy low profile TRX technology https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/mic...helin-trx.html among others. oo asymmetric radial tyre carcass and tread pattern https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/mic...helin-xas.html

I'm thinking of having M. Bibendum tattooed on my bum, because we deal with tyres all day every day, and we do not get any come back from Michelin products other than people saying "wow my car drives much better now i have a Michelin fitted". so i love selling Michelin tyres, because it makes us look good because we have happy customers that sing our praise and enjoy the enhanced handling long after they have forgotten their credit card bill.
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Personally I don't rate Michelins over the likes of Dunlop, Firestone BF Goodrich (they sceeeeam when you wheelspin them ) I have to admit that back in my yoof, 80's, I had 185 70 13 xzx's on the back of my Cortina and in the wet it wagged its tail like a dog.
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I used to race a MK5 Cortina with a Zetech engine.

I fitted XAS on the front and anything i had on the back, weld the diff up, and then it was a real hoot of a car to drive.

The XAS on the front axle meant i had complete confidence in the front end, it would always turned in. then a violent stamp on the throttle peddle lit the rears up and i could do the most beautiful controlled drifts round the corners. probably not the best set up for winning races, but i had the most fun.

It is unusual to hear of someone that doesn't rate Michelin.
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