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I am considering fitting 17 inch 7J alloys to my Duster. Why 17 inch you may ask? Well ..... there is a better choice of wheels in that size and they should look like the wheels fill the arches better. It's an optical illusion though as the rolling diameter is virtually the same with 215/55R/17 tyres. The question is which make of tyre in the budget / mid range would be most suitable for road use? I have found on previous cars that very cheap tyres do not give the grip or longevity that more expensive ones do. As alloy wheels with tyres for summer use only are quite a big outlay, thats the reason i would like to go for budget /mid range tyres. I have the Access model so already have steels for the coming winter. Any thoughts on tyres would be appreciated.
 

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Cheaper tyres tend to be noisier as well. The work vans I drive are all fitted with Michelins which seem to last around 8k miles.
 

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Having covered 50,000 miles per year for the last 15-20 years I have been through a fair few pairs of tyres and I am firmly in the camp that Michies are the best tyres on the market and give the best value for miles in terms of long lasting, low road noise, wet weather performance and grip, when my current tyres go the distance in a few months I shall be changing on to them for sure.

Geolanders were excellent as an AT tyre on my ASX so maybe consider them if they do them for the Duster but as I'm in the baby Dacia not an option!!
 

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Good lord no! but you've got me thinking. I drive about 20k miles a year and my tyres last a bit less than a year so say 16k not 8k. The company would love tyres to last 80k :D
 

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Might just be the Highland roads as they can be very poor, the council love to stick rough tarmac on corners for extra grip too. The vans are speed limited to 65 and have driving monitors in them so we can't welly them or do silly things.
 
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Might just be the Highland roads as they can be very poor, the council love to stick rough tarmac on corners for extra grip too. The vans are speed limited to 65 and have driving monitors in them so we can't welly them or do silly things.
Well that is a van payload diferent style tyres
Another matter
 

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True Antavi, driving style, road type, load carrying even the weather affect tyre wear and the ford connect itself is harder on tyres than other vehicles. All our vans seem to wear on the inside edge more, I think that's a connect thing..
 
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True Antavi, driving style, road type, load carrying even the weather affect tyre wear and the ford connect itself is harder on tyres than other vehicles. All our vans seem to wear on the inside edge more, I think that's a connect thing..
The inside u say that's from the weight
When is empty and u do a wheel adjustment doit more to the interior thus when u load the van it would stay more right on the tyre thread
 

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I think I would cry if I got 8k out of my tyres..32-35k is my going rate on the Honda CRV.

Hoping to get more when the Duster comes because it is a lighter vehicle
 

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I think I would cry if I got 8k out of my tyres..32-35k is my going rate on the Honda CRV.

Hoping to get more when the Duster comes because it is a lighter vehicle
on my company logan i have done 85.000km with just one set of Matador tyres (buget brand),

every 30.000km rotating front to back , back to front

untill they became slicks like in the F1 :D :D

then i bought a set of Fulda all season

same thing rotating them 100.000km

so u will be fine ;) ;)
 

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Was always a Goodyear NCT fan as all other tyres used to wear out quickly on the shoulders (yes they were fully inflated) (yes I was quite a fast driver). NCT's lasted about 12 - 14,000 for me but they are no longer available I think.

One thing to remember though is the speed rating will usually be quite high on low profile tyres, and you may find reduced grip due to the lack of heat when fitted to a relatively slow and light duster (ducks from the incoming assault) :eek:

ie a 'V' rating which I think would be quite normal for your tyre sizing is rated at not exceeding 240kph or nearly 150mph, and with the exception of George driving flat out down the side of Ben Nevis a duster will never come close to that performance :lol:
 

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Was always a Goodyear NCT fan as all other tyres used to wear out quickly on the shoulders (yes they were fully inflated) (yes I was quite a fast driver). NCT's lasted about 12 - 14,000 for me but they are no longer available I think.

One thing to remember though is the speed rating will usually be quite high on low profile tyres, and you may find reduced grip due to the lack of heat when fitted to a relatively slow and light duster (ducks from the incoming assault) :eek:

ie a 'V' rating which I think would be quite normal for your tyre sizing is rated at not exceeding 240kph or nearly 150mph, and with the exception of George driving flat out down the side of Ben Nevis a duster will never come close to that performance :lol:
Thanks for your views on tyre choice, I was hoping to fit R rated tyres (speeds up to 130mph). As the duster uses R rated as standard I expect the slightly wider tyre will give a little more grip with the ride slightly firmer due to the lower profile. This I found was the case when I went from 14inch to 15inch on a Kia Shuma. The car felt a lot more stable especially in corners. As the Duster is an SUV the longer travel suspension gives rise to a little more body roll than most cars but given a sensible driving style I'm hoping for a more planted feel to it although as standard I would call the ride pretty good by most peoples standards.
 

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I worked part-time in a specialist high performance tyre outlet in the 1980's / 90's and Michelin were our tyres of recommended choice for daily drivers.

The down-side with them however is they were (and still are) expensive to buy, however the ride quality, road-holding and wear rate far outstripped anything else that was on the market. As a young man when I could only afford second-hand cars my first purchase every time was a full set of Michelins as in my opinion they transformed the driving qualities of the car.

There was a company back then based in Dumfriesshire, Tyron I think, who produced remould rally tyres at a very competitive price (no pun intended) and they would only accept Michelin casings without punctures to be re-treaded as the casings were stronger than anything else available. They were heavy big brutes and an absolute bugger to fit onto Minilites, especially at a rally stage and an owner / driver wanted a set fitted in 5 minutes - aye, right! :)
 
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