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Default Get off the runflats!! - 10th September 2017, 12:33 PM

Thought i'd start a dedicated thread as I have just ditched the runcraps on our Countryman S.

Totally different car! I can't believe we put up with them for so long. Quieter, smoother, more grip and no more crashing over the slightest bump in the road.

If you have them, and the fronts are looking tired, you can buy 4 "proper" tyres for the cost of 2 runtwats.

I get the idea of them, and totally get that my wife liked the idea of never having to worry about changing a wheel..... but the trade off is just not worth it.

It feels like we have a new car!



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Default 10th September 2017, 01:14 PM

I would totally agree, however I have just purchased a new John Cooper Works which as you would expect comes with Run Flats and as the salesman said they are a lot better with Minis new suspension and I have to agree!
  
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Default 10th September 2017, 02:31 PM

Yes i'm sure the newer stuff is much better on the run flats.... but i bet you it would be better again without them!

The recommendation to remove them is more aimed at the 2011-2016 stuff.... it'll be a huge improvement.

The newest 4 and 5 series have ditched the run flats in the UK i believe.... they wouldn't even offer that as an option a few years back. It was runflats or nothing....

Enjoy the new JCW... lovely car.


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Default 10th September 2017, 08:19 PM

We totally understand the reasons behind runflats not ticking everyone's boxes but huge fans of runflats here One of our main reasons moving after twelve years with VW to the MINI brand were the reassurance of runflats after my wife's medic job moved from a short walk to the doors of the local hospital to a 40 miles round commute. With the commute to two major hospitals either taking her on a stretch of motorway with no hard shoulder or unlit winding country lanes, having runflats certainly gives us the reassurance that she will be able to reach home or the hospital safely in an event of a puncture which has already happened once with our previous Countryman. On cost, yes it is expensive but we have taken out MINI tyre insurance for peace of mind.

As we said earlier, appreciate the negative comments on the harshness of ride but after having four MINIs with this type of tyre we can tolerate the ride and the noise.


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Default 10th September 2017, 09:15 PM

Totally get your very valid points there zf.

For you the trade off is worth it. It just isn't for me. The 18" turbofan original alloy actually fits in the boot surprisingly easily so I'll be taking that on road trips as my full size spare.


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Default 10th September 2017, 09:30 PM

Runflats on the f56 (and prob f54 etc) are far better.


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Before: R56 MINI Cooper Lightning Blue (Chili,half leather)
Before :R50 MINI One Moonlight Black (Pepper)
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Default 11th September 2017, 01:25 PM

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Originally Posted by wlondoner View Post
Runflats on the f56 (and prob f54 etc) are far better.
Dread to think what they were like before! i HATE them!

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Default 11th September 2017, 07:29 PM

Have to admit that on a Countryman SD I'm a fan but did drop to 17" wheels which make a marked difference. Far smoother ride and a lot quieter but with no worry about punctures.
  
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Default 12th September 2017, 02:12 PM

I've replaced the runflats on all 3 of my MINI's over the years and it's the simplest way to improve the car.
My current f56 JCW is on 215/40/18 Vredesteins and it's so much better, even though the latest runflats are a marked improvement over earlier examples.


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Default 13th September 2017, 11:57 AM

I have just taken delivery of my new jcw f56 and on the test drive I did think there was a big improvement with run flats ( I did post that before), however,my wife and I went for a drive yesterday around the Lake District and the noise on the motorway from the run flats was horrendous and i felt like returning the car! It now hurts me after spending all this money I need to buy all new tyres after 300 miles!
  
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