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post #1 of 24 Old 02-27-2017, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Worth ditching run flats on 16" alloys?

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I'm the new owner of an F56 Cooper which I love other than the rather crashy ride. Everyone seems to say ditching run flats transforms the way a Mini rides, but am I going to notice a difference given I'm already running fairly small wheels?

Current Hankooks are 195/55/16 - 87W

Michelin Energy Savers seem to match the current spec of tyre, but I'm obviously reluctant to spend £400 only to find the ride is exactly the same!

Looking forward to hearing what you think.

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Welcome to the forum I had the same set up like your Mini has except I had the HK all year from the factory. The ride felt much better with the all season than the run flat that I drove at the dealer. I upgraded to 17 in wheels later on and that hit the sweet spot my Mini. Plenty of members here on this forum will tell you to ditch them.


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Thanks Evlkarl. Will be interesting to see what others think. Tempted to ditch them!
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Got rid of mine as soon as I could and I couldn't be happier...The ride is wayyyyyy more comfortable, plus there is a large selection of much better performing tires NON-runflat 😉

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I ditched the runflats within the first week of owning the car. Never looked back.
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I despise putting my run flats on in the winter months. The only reason I still have them is because I can't justify getting rid of brand new tires that I could get 3/4 seasons out of them. Can't wait to step into dedicated winter shoes.
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Hated run flats in my r56 BUT we have 18" and bridgstone runflats on our f54 and having been a massive critic of them am now eating my words. However the 54 has a longer wheel base and comfier ride so compromise suits! Tricky choice when youre throwing away that sort of money! Why not visit a dealdr and test drive a non run flat 16" wheeler. Lots about and you could 'pretend to be thinking about buying or take a friend who is?mind if you explained most dealers would help i am sure. The only way is a test to be sure.
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Curious what people do once they've ditched the runflats. I did this on my R56 and carried one of those nerdy spacesaver spares and a tire repair kit. I'm thinking I will do the same after the runflats are used up.
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I ditched the runflats on all of my wheeled toys for improved ride and handling. I carry a VIAR compressor kit with the essentials to fix anything short of a catastrophic tire failure. If that happens I will wait for a rollback! I switched to Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ and I am sure glad that I did, better handling and a far superior ride quality. The difference is remarkable. I debated about going with the Michelin Pilot Super Sports, but went with the A/S and it has proven to be a good choice. I have 18" wheels on the mini. It is like a different car with the non runflat tires on it. I also carry a large can of Slime as well. For what it is worth the non runflats are slightly less weight as well.
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I ditched the runflats on all of my wheeled toys for improved ride and handling. I carry a VIAR compressor kit with the essentials to fix anything short of a catastrophic tire failure. If that happens I will wait for a rollback! I switched to Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ and I am sure glad that I did, better handling and a far superior ride quality. The difference is remarkable. I debated about going with the Michelin Pilot Super Sports, but went with the A/S and it has proven to be a good choice. I have 18" wheels on the mini. It is like a different car with the non runflat tires on it. I also carry a large can of Slime as well. For what it is worth the non runflats are slightly less weight as well.
I am considering the tire repair kit and slime option, in lieu of a spacesaver tire. Slightly concerned about sliming a tire -- I have heard that tire repair places will curse your name if they pop off a tire from the rim and receive a big puddle of green goop for their efforts. Also worried that the Slime will mess up the TPMS.

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