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Customer calls: Hello please can I have a price on four Pirelli run-flat winter tyres, size 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear. (This is a classic BMW X5 and X6 combination)…

Many customers give us a call asking the above question; we are all about advice and love the one on one conversation with the customer, always offering the best package we believe to be suited to them. My first response to this question would be have you considered changing your wheels to a smaller size, to which the customer will respond I don’t really want to spend that much on wheels and tyres just for winter.

Therefore, through the process we go.

1st the price on the requested sizes,

275/40R20 PIRELLI SCORPION ICE & SNOW 106V XL R/F £317.00

315/35R20 PIRELLI SCORPION ICE & SNOW 110V XL R/F £373.00

Total price delivered £1380 or fitted at one of our fitting centres across the UK £1450


2nd the cheaper and more affective option.

Recommend dropping down to 19” wheels and tyres option and removing the run-flat tyres, sounds strange I understand however, this should become clearer in a line or two.

19” wheels specially designed for use on the BMW X5 & X6 why so special you ask, when you remove the 315/35R20 from the rear and were to fit a normal 19” or even a 20” it would look sunken under the large wheel arches this is due to the width of the wheel and the offset. What we use is a narrower option both wheels are 9” x 19” offset front ET48 & offset rear ET18. BMW would use this same fitment on the X6 models Xdrive 30d & Xdrive 35i with there 19” option and it looks great. The tyres size for the X6 & X5 would become 255/50R19 again same spec as BMW. This option is 100% better then the wider 315 tyre size for cutting through the snow and slush. The best part of this is the price.

4 X 19” Alloy wheels fitted with 255/50R19 Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme

1 x Continental Compressor kit (all in one compressor and repair kit)

Delivered to your door £1198

Fitted at one of our fitting centres across the UK £1238

Total saving £252 when you buy wheels and tyres over the expensive run-flats

The continental Kit is there so there is no need for run-flats this option many customers take.

Packages can be found here –  BMW X5 2013> & BMW X6

So there we have it fitting new wheels and tyres really can save you 100’s of pounds.

Any questions please contact us.

The Tyremen team.

Goodyear Ultra Grip 8

Goodyear Ultra Grip 8Here at Winter Tyre Reviews we take a look at the very popular Goodyear Ultra Grip 8, lets start with the basics.

Sizes available: 13″, 14″, 15″ & 16″

Speed ratings: T (118mph) & H (136mph)

Suitable for – small to medium sized cars, smaller saloons & hot hatches

The Ultragrip 8 was launched in 2011 and replaced the successful Ultragrip 7, which was a test winning tyre in its own right. Upon release this tyre caused quite a stir.

Three new tyres were released this year from the premium manufacturers and they were all fighting for top spots in the winter tyre tests. There was the Ultragrip 8, the Continental TS830 & the Michelin Alpin A4, all were clearly great products and each achieved it’s fair share of accolades.

In one tyre test they would have the Goodyear in 1st, followed by the Conti & the Mich in 3rd, the next test would have the same 3 tyres in the top 3 places but with reverse positioning. So there was a bit of debate over which was best, but it’s fair to say that the Ultragrip was (and probably still is) one of the best winter tyres on the market.

The Ultragrip 8 has continued to achieve great results in the tyre tests including:
1st – 2011 Auto Zeitung Winter Tyre Test
1st – 2011 ACE Winter Tyre Test
1st – 2011 AMS Winter Tyre Test

A rather impressive string of results, the tyre is praised for being great in the snow, wet and dry conditions and being very balanced.

I haven’t used these myself but customer feedback has been very positive when used in a wide range of conditions. With the tyre being still fairy new we haven’t seen as yet how long they last, but Goodyear products as a whole offer good longevity and I’m sure this tyre will be the same.

So we think it’s a great tyre, hard wearing, offering good fuel ratings and a fairly respectable 67 to 70 db noise score, and probably a few more years of production.

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