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At what tread depth do you swap your tyres? I appreciate the legal minimum is around 1.6mm at the tread depth markers on the michelins. I quite often swap at 3mm as they start to fall off.

I'm having 2 wheels fully refurbed in May which means tyres off (wheel specialist). Ive currently got 4mm all round on all 4 summer tyres (PS3s). Ive got 4 Michelin Pilot Alpin winter tyres stored and lined up for next winter. It would be handy to eek out the current tyres until the winter but that will be a push ie 6 months.

Options are to order a couple of PS3s and get them fittted free with the refurb or eek the current tyres out. Theres a £50 fuel card offer on pairs of michelins at the moment and pairs are about £230 delivered. Effectively £180.

My other concern is after a refurb everything is nice and tidy as regards the wheel weights. Often they look a mess when tyre fitters strip them off and move them. Is there anything that can be done to stop this? Is glueing the weights after a refurb an issue?

Hopefully, my post isnt too trivial...i do like a nice set of tyres on my car but sometimes my OCD keeps costing me!

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Rich
 

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I tend to swap my tyres at around 3mm

With regards to tne weights, I don't think much can really be done other than asking the fitter to be careful when removing them and using a solvent to remove the residue adhesive left behind. By the way they don't move the weightsthey always fit ne ones.
 

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normally if they refurb the alloys they remove the tyre and the weights and paint the whole wheels then refit tyre and rebalance them
 

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4mm is still quite a bit of tread left to be honest, id just see how they go for a bit and if they need changing they need changing, thats a good offer with 50 quid of fuel though.... as long as its the good stuff

but i tend to change all 4 tyres at once rather than just 2, i know tyre places always like to put the new tyres at the back, but i prefer to have them all the same
 

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Ypu could always buy the Michelins just now to get take advantage of the fuel offer and just keep them until you need them.
 

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Cheers.

Its rare i get to change all of them at once. Do you rotate them to wear them off evenly?

Yes they do fully refurb and rebalance the wheels. The cars then booked in for a detail in June and the wheels are having sone nano sealant applied.

Its expensive having OCD!
 

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Cheers.

Its rare i get to change all of them at once. Do you rotate them to wear them off evenly?

Yes they do fully refurb and rebalance the wheels. The cars then booked in for a detail in June and the wheels are having sone nano sealant applied.

Its expensive having OCD!
I dont swap tyres. I would just replace them when they are done. They shouldn't be wearing noticeably unevenly really, a new tyre comes with 8mm tread and lasts around 10k on the front and 30k on the back. I would just leave them until your winter tyres are needed.

How many miles do you do?
 

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They wear pretty evenly although im probably due a 4 wheel alignment as i had bushes done a while back.

Recently dropped my mileage after moving nearer to work. Reckon it will now be 9K PA (used to be 15k). So it equates to attempting 4.5K in 6 months on 4mm for an efficent straight swap to winters.

I guess the whole topic isnt a very serious or expensive one. I just couldnt decide wether to bin them off now as part of the refurb or leave them on. I may as well see how they go i think - was just factoring in £50 off and free fitting now,

The missus has 4mm fronts and 7mm rears on her Cooper SD (bridgestones) since new and it has done 15k. I wouldnt get close to that!

I think ive become tyre obsessed. :)

 

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Tyres is one of the very few things I don't grudge spending money on.
 

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They wear pretty evenly although im probably due a 4 wheel alignment as i had bushes done a while back.

Recently dropped my mileage after moving nearer to work. Reckon it will now be 9K PA (used to be 15k). So it equates to attempting 4.5K in 6 months on 4mm for an efficent straight swap to winters.

I guess the whole topic isnt a very serious or expensive one. I just couldnt decide wether to bin them off now as part of the refurb or leave them on. I may as well see how they go i think - was just factoring in £50 off and free fitting now,

The missus has 4mm fronts and 7mm rears on her Cooper SD (bridgestones) since new and it has done 15k. I wouldnt get close to that!

I think ive become tyre obsessed. :)

You can sell them for strong money with 4mm and even wear
 

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cheempeej rear tyres on a 32 wont last 30k

my last set of PS3 lasted 8k all round

i thought that was ok tbh

and i always change all 4 at the same time

ive had 6 sets of tyres in 6 years
 

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I managed 25k out of my fronts and 40k out of my rears on my R32. Mainly motorway miles though.
 

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I caved in and got a local tyre place to price match 2 PS3s at an online price (£230 - £50 Fuel card). I guess thats £90 each.

Front wheels get refurbed in a months time and will prob fit the tyres and hold the others back as spares..
 
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