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  • Spin
    Member

    What’s that all about?

    I know it’s better to have 4 but I’ve been chugging around with 2 on the drive wheels for years and no issues. Friends who live in the alps and drive on snow all the time only fit 2.

    Is it fear of litigation or just marketing?

    wrightyson
    Member

    “KwikFit” wouldn’t be fitting a sticker on my bumper fwiw!

    glasgowdan
    Member

    They wanna sell you 4.

    mildred
    Member

    Go to blackcircles.com, choose the tyres you want (at a massively reduced price over kwikfit), then select a garage that’s local/convenient to you for them fitted. Job done without hassle.

    Premier Icon peteimpreza
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    what Mildred said. Get yourself to a local independant garage.

    Where are you?

    Spin
    Member

    Cheers folks.

    I was just phoning around for prices to do the old ‘the other guys do it cheaper’ thing.

    No-one else had an issue but the Kwikfit guy would only quote for 4.

    Our local Budget has a pretty good deal on some Continental ones – cheaper than buying online and getting someone else to fit. So I’ll probably go for that.

    Premier Icon geoffj
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    Winter tyres for THIS winter?

    I’m just pissed off because I’ve spent the equivalent of Scotland’s national debt on new sledges, insulated boots and those stupid wire gripper things for the bottom of your shoes / boots,

    A balmy 8 degrees in perth at the moment

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    They wanna sell you 4.

    No-one else had an issue but the Kwikfit guy would only quote for 4

    Its good advice, two winter tyres is a bad idea, but they’re giving you that advice for commercial reasons which is they want to sell you 4 tyres instead of 2. The other garages are happy to not give you that advice because they would rather sell you 2 tyres instead of non.

    Neither are acting in your better interest though

    Spin – Member

    Hopefully not to prophetic a login for someone cornering with mis-matched tyres 🙂

    Spin
    Member

    Winter tyres for THIS winter?

    The ones on it are gubbed and I’m off to the Alps in the not too distant.

    Hopefully not to prophetic a login for someone cornering with mis-matched tyres

    Tee hee

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I wouldn’t fit 2 winter tyres to your car either!

    Premier Icon geoffj
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    molgrips – Member
    I wouldn’t fit 2 winter tyres to your car either!
    POSTED 5 MINUTES AGO # REPORT-POST

    If you came within 100 yards of one of my vehicles I’d set the dogs on you – or at least push past you to whip the ecus off for safe keeping.

    Murray
    Member

    I’d fit it to your car but not mine!

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    If you came within 100 yards of one of my vehicles I’d set the dogs on you

    How would you know?

    JCL
    Member

    Had this argument with a number of tyre goon stores myself.

    So I can’t buy 2?
    “no”
    Even though it’s FWD?
    “no”
    Even though it’s front engined?
    “no”
    Even though it already understeers like a pig and would be far safer with more front grip?
    “no”
    This is a scam isn’t it?
    “yes”.

    MarkBrewer
    Member

    No-one else had an issue but the Kwikfit guy would only quote for 4

    Just think of it as a lucky escape, once they’d got your wheels off they would have discovered your suspension was leaking, wheel bearings gone, and you needed new discs and pads.

    Oh and the tracking would definitely have been out too 😆

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    Even though it already understeers like a pig and would be far safer with more front grip?

    Understeering on a FWD car fine though they understeer nice and predictable, not so good with oversteer though. If you put more grip on the front without matching that at the rear the fronts grip and the rears let go instead and you swap a predictable understeer for parking yourself backwards in the path of oncoming traffic. If anything FWD cars should have more grip/tread on the rears than the front

    hora
    Member

    My local indie (Event tyres Manchester) was closed on Sunday. I had a puncture on one of my TWO Conti winter contacts so I went to kwikfit.

    Do you do puncture repair?

    Yes

    How much?

    £25.

    Guess what they would say next? If you need to ask you honestly dont know Kwikfit.

    tinybits
    Member

    Just had a look on black circles, looks like its £5 cheaper on a tyre costing £155. Not sure that’s a great deal?

    Fwiw, the bridgewater kwick fit seem very good. Fast, reasonably priced and consistent. Only had tyres there mind, and only a full set or a change, not a pair.

    Bathwick tyres are as cheap as I’ve found in the Bath / Bristol area, but fitting is sometimes a bit iffy (balancing out) They’ll sell 2 winters. I’ll be going to my local one in the morning for some new ones for the family car, but I’ll be sure to take the dual carriage way home just I case there’s a bit of vibration!

    johndoh
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    Guess what they would say next? If you need to ask you honestly dont know Kwikfit.

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBx6IjYrN1I[/video]

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    This winter I bought steel wheels and given that no-one around here will fit tyres that they haven’t supplied (and is not a cowboy) I thought I’d fit them myself. I couldn’t find valves for sale anywhere, so I stopped by Kwik Fit of Newport Road, Cardiff and asked them. The guy gave me 4 for free, didn’t even have to get out of my car.

    Then I needed the wheels balanced of course after I’d fitted the tyres. Went around late one Saturday, waited about an hour for the balancing – no charge.

    They aren’t all bad 🙂

    mrchrispy
    Member

    I have a lot of time for the guys at Event tyres (opposite the old GMP HQ). never beaten on price and great service. 15 quid for a puncture, sometime a tenner if you are nice to them.

    JCL
    Member

    Understeering on a FWD car fine though. If you put more grip on the front without matching that at the rear the fronts grip and the rears let go instead and you swap a predictable understeer for parking yourself backwards in the path of oncoming traffic. If anything FWD cars should have more grip/tread on the rears than the front

    Rather than ploughing front first into oncoming traffic with understeer?

    I can deal with oversteer and at least have an effect on what the car is doing but with understeer I’m a passenger.

    A 90’s French FWD hatch with lift off oversteer is a far safer place for me than modern garbage.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I can deal with oversteer

    Only up to a point!

    It’s just not worth it. Get 4.

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    Rather than ploughing front first into oncoming traffic with understeer?

    I can deal with oversteer and at least have an effect on what the car is doing but with understeer I’m a passenger.

    A 90’s French FWD hatch with lift off oversteer is a far safer place for me than modern garbage.

    Try and stay in control instead, in any kind of car- the preference for everyone is that you’re neither understeering or oversteering – just steering. Monkeying about with the tyres to swap you preference of accident is not really what the rest of the people on the road are asking from you.

    hora
    Member

    Mrchrispy always a tenner but its their approach/care too. 😀

    For all the oh no only front winter types’.

    Do you run matching tyres alround then at exactly the right psi and wear rate? I.e if the inside front is worn do you change the offside front too?

    Unless you corner at crazy speeds. Really?

    Also winter tyres arent velcro on snow/ice. So you wont grip and auto-slide therear unless you continue to drive like its a hot summers day.

    Point? Adapt to the conditions is king and if it is ice/black ice pray

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Do you run matching tyres alround then at exactly the right psi and wear rate? I.e if the inside front is worn do you change the offside front too?

    The difference between a part worn and a new tyre in the dry is NOTHING compared to the difference between a winter and a summer on snow!

    Adapt to the conditions

    Well that goes without saying, but by giving yourself much MORE grip in the wrong place, you’ll be worse off than if you had just left it alone.

    On your bike, would you fit a mud tyre to the rear and a semi slick to the front, in winter conditions? Do you think that would be better than two semi slicks?

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    Also winter tyres arent velcro on snow/ice. So you wont grip and auto-slide therear unless you continue to drive like its a hot summers day.

    this issue isn’t snow and ice though – people fit winter tyres for the winter, not for the moment the snow falls – mis-matched grip, especially more grip at the front is an issue all year round, but particularly plain old british wet roads. So Mr Spin is thinking about the Alps and his two winter tyres will be fine there – driving on snow at the same speed and with the same care as everyone else drives on snow. Between now and then is the issue though – ordinary driving on ordinary roads in ordinary conditions.

    hora
    Member

    Eh? How are normal conti car tyres like slicks and winter conti car tyres like mud tyres? Surely you mean a offroad 4×4 tyre and a road tyre to be relevant to your analogy?

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Er no I was giving an example of how more grip at the wrong end can be worse than matched ends.

    I have a spare set of four BMW 16″ alloys if any one wants to buy them for fitting winter tyres. Saves swapping over each spring an autumn.

    Also available as two sets of two wheels but dare you risk only having two winter tyres fitted?

    Spin
    Member

    Other than on ice and snow it’s been many many years since I went near the limit of grip on either end of any vehicle with any combination of tyres.

    I assume that’s why I’ve had zero issues running 2 winter tyres all this time.

    Is this flawed thinking?

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    Is this flawed thinking?

    the surprise, if you get one, will be a bigger surprise 🙂

    tinybits
    Member

    I think it’s more to do with what happens if you have to swerve to avoid a collision as opposed to driving round, tyres scrabbling for grip screaming “POWER” in you best Clarkson style.

    JCL
    Member

    Try and stay in control instead, in any kind of car- the preference for everyone is that you’re neither understeering or oversteering – just steering. Monkeying about with the tyres to swap you preference of accident is not really what the rest of the people on the road are asking from you.

    Yeah those idiots at Lotus and Porsche really should stop running different front /rear tyre widths and naturally oversteering cars. BMW have also had to wrong all along going for 50/50 distribution. 70/30 is far safer isn’t it?

    xiphon
    Member

    Beware of some indies who get trade through Blackcircles (and other online dealers).

    The one I visited was utterly incompetent – wrong tyre pressures (“40psi all round should be fine – its what we always do, summer or winter”), fitted three of the tyres on backwards (they even have big directional arrows!), and they wanted me to drive off with 3 winter/1 summer, as they had “difficulty” (at exactly 5:30pm) with the last tyre.

    I swore never to use another garage, other than my “usual” indie.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Ran my Golf with two winter tyres on the front, handled fine on and off snow.

    nealglover
    Member

    Guess what they would say next?

    Looks like nobody is guessing.

    Are you going to tell us anyway ?

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    maccruiskeen – Member

    Understeering on a FWD car fine though they understeer nice and predictable, not so good with oversteer though. If you put more grip on the front without matching that at the rear the fronts grip and the rears let go instead

    Understeering nice and predictably into a ditch or oncoming traffic isn’t really better than oversteering tbh. It’s just a basic fallacy, seems sensible enough but keeping grip on the front doesn’t instantly cause the rear to break loose! The reality is, with many cars there’s a big margin between the point at which the front would have lost traction, and the point at which the back would. And this is the area you exploit with front winters and back “normals”

    Or to put it another way- the rears break loose at the same point, regardless of what tyres you put on the front. So at the point where the front would slide and the rears wouldn’t, you now don’t slide at all. And that extends right up to the point at which you’d have lost the rear anyway. Worst case scenario is that it gives you the capability to drive recklessly and crash, so, don’t.

    Speaking from experience of just 2 cars, so I wouldn’t presume to speak for all cars, but for mine it’s been effective. Got 4 on this year (and obviously it will not snow) but if I had 2, I’d fit 2. My own experience is that 2 winters is much safer than none, and delivers a large part of the benefit of 4, absolutely no question whatsoever.

    butcher
    Member

    Understeering on a FWD car fine though they understeer nice and predictable, not so good with oversteer though. If you put more grip on the front without matching that at the rear the fronts grip and the rears let go instead and you swap a predictable understeer for parking yourself backwards in the path of oncoming traffic. If anything FWD cars should have more grip/tread on the rears than the front

    I have winters on the front and whilst the grip on them is impressive, it still under-steers. Just the way the car is.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    If you put more grip on the front without matching that at the rear the fronts grip and the rears let go instead

    You do know that every time you brake the grip on the front is >> the grip on the rear due to weight transfer, amazing we don’t have everyone spinning all over the place every day…….

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