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Original Tyres?

#1 Post by Scrumpy » Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:12 pm

Wondered if anyone still had original tyres on their rover from new? Mine are Pirelli 155/R13 originals from 1989 and with no cracks or wear on gentle 21k miles am wondering if the compound effectiveness should deem them to be replaced soon?
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Re: Original Tyres?

#2 Post by Mr Teddy Bear » Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:29 pm

Are you sure there are no age related crack's on the edge of the tread? :unsure
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Re: Original Tyres?

#3 Post by Scrumpy » Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:39 pm

Good point I ought to check I will tomorrow. They are so skinny though 155's, with non PAS cornering is a cautious manoeveure. They've lasted well though for 89's, maybe time for some new ones.
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#4 Post by Scrumpy » Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:40 pm

Can you have a slight increase on them say 165 or 175's? Would that help the non PAS and tank steering?
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1991 (J) Rover 214 S in Oyster Beige
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#5 Post by GTiJohn » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:08 pm

The rubber will be well past its 'sell-by' and 'use-by' dates.

How are they in the wet ?

I'd get some good, new ones....
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Re: Original Tyres?

#6 Post by Scrumpy » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:17 pm

GTiJohn wrote:The rubber will be well past its 'sell-by' and 'use-by' dates.

How are they in the wet ?

I'd get some good, new ones....
To be honest I don't know as it never goes out in the wet. Am wary to find out now. The rubber looks a bit greyer than modern ones, almost misty. Aged?
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#7 Post by E_T_V » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:21 pm

I had originals on the back of our old 214sli. They were dunlops and they both expired within a few months of each other in spectacular fashion. Both went egg shaped and literally fell apart. Could have been extremely dangerous.

I'm sure they were 14 inch steel rims though. Fitting wider tyres will make the steering heavier

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Re: Original Tyres?

#8 Post by RoverRevival » Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:25 am

your life is in the hands of those elastic bands, having old tyres is not safe for you or any car around you. Please for the love of your car get some new tyres, technology has jump 4 fold since the 90's.
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#9 Post by GTiJohn » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:23 pm

These are probably half the age of yours - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rover-214-Rov ... 1e8932d13a

But I'd still buy new.
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#10 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:40 pm

I've still got the original alloy spare wheel with 195/55 x 15 Dunlop that was in the 420 GSi Turbo I owned between 1997 and 2004. It got used in an emergency once and was returned to the boot within a couple of hundred miles. When I sold the 420, it inherited the steel spare from my 220 (built only a few months later, but Rover had started fitting a steel spare by then).

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#11 Post by 414barmy1 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:00 pm

When I had the original tyres replaced on my low mileage 414, the tyre fitter folded the old tyres to show me the cracking. Wow! You could see the cords in places! I change my tyres every five years now after seeing that. He showed me several others that had bubbled or blown in his rogues gallery. Scary stuff indeed. I know that they sell tyres but it was there to be seen. He also showed me the date stamps and they weren't that old either.
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#12 Post by richard moss » Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:34 am

For the sake of £70-80 per tyre it is REALLY not worth driving on old ones. Also, remember that a tyre that may look fine on the outer wall and tread may be totally knackered on the inner wall (I've had two do that to me in recent years)

This one on my Jag S-type was impossible to see until I took the wheel off to fit new rear brake pads.
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This was the inner wall of my old Alfa 166's rear tyre. It was fine on the outside but the inner wall was found to be in this condition AFTER a 200 mile, high speed motorway trip with all my family on board!
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