14 inch wheels - limited choice for replacement tyres

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14 inch wheels - limited choice for replacement tyres

Hi,

Car is used for general road and touring mileage. No track use.

Standard 14" wheels running 185/60 R14 H all round. Currently on Avon ZV3s. No surprises that there's loads of tread left although compound dated and may well benefit from replacement this year.

Caterham did use the Avon ZT5 and now have the ZT7 (EU label Fuel C, Wet B Noise 69db) as their standard tyre. Is this because it's best suited to our cars or more of a brand tie-in for their higher spec offerings such as the ZZR and ZZS?

Seem to be some good reports of owners having Uniroyal Road Expert (EU label Fuel E, Wet B Noise 70db).

Based on those EU labels alone the ZT7 would appear to be pretty good . . . . or does the poor fuel rating of the Uniroyal mean it's more grippy? It's all a bit subjective at this level but any thoughts or alternatives?

 

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Rainexperts are very popular as a touring tyre. Uniroyal make them in 185/60R14. Not used myself but many have. I've read they are quite grippy in the dry and very good in the wet. I wouldn't be too worried about the fuel rating.

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I really like my 14" Toyo R888R tyres for general and fast road use. I'm not a trackday driver. They do need a bit more respect in the wet, and I would caution against using them in very cold weather, but overall they work very well with my Caterham Roadsport 140. I have driven rental Caterhams on the Uniroyal tyres – hired from Boyd Stokes in Scotland. They were very a good choice and suited the variances in Scottish weather well. It is a shame that Avon did not extend the development of the ZZS to 14" wheels. 

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I've been using nankang ns2r but in 13 inch. They do a 185-60-14 that would fit. They are great value, fab in the dry, good in the wet considering they are a track day and road tyre. On my 2nd set after 5000 miles

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For dry weather grip can Nankang and Uniroyal users comment how they compare to the venerable Yokohama A021R?

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nowhere near as good. unfortunately, AO12 much better in all respects (except price) but not allowed anymore. NS2R is ok and quite progressive but less overall grip. I found AO21s `melted` on track after 3 quick laps but they are a wet tyre.

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The uniroyals are a bit squeally in the dry. Great in the wet. I've got Dunlop Sport Bluresponse on mine at the moment and they seem to work ok as a road tyre with a bit of light track use too. It's a sod that Continental stopped doing their premium contact tyre in 14, that was great. Dunlops are close but not quite as good. When it's swap time (I've got 2 sets of wheels) the Uniroyals are going to get replaced with the Nankangs mentioned above and I'll keep the Dunlops on the second set.

I don't see the point in ZZR/ZZS for road use. They don't come with full tread depth and are very soft. Even for track days I'm not that bothered, I'm not trying to win.

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I think you will find any track day type tyre has less tread deapth as standard. My Nankang ns2r certainly have less tread deapth, all these type of tyres need care in standing water as the tread design and deapth make aquaplaning a possible issue. Having used fir near 5 years and driven across Europe in some monsoon downpours it's ok just back off a little. Remember our cars are so lightweight the tyres don't have much weight on them

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Another thumbs up for the Uniroyals. I have the 185 60 14 on my 175bhp Zetec with no problems.

I ran Yoko 032, and then 048's until they stopped making them for the road. Being a straight road tyre, the profile is less square than the track types, but the car is only used for touring.

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" I found AO21s `melted` on track after 3 quick laps but they are a wet tyre."

How much power do you have? We used to use them in 100 mile races (145bhp x/f) and they usually lasted several meetings plus regular road use. I've used nothing else on 7s for 25 years. 

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My car runs on 14 inch wheels and like you say there is very limited choice for tyres. When I bought my car it had ZV3's fitted and they never seemed to wear out. They never gave me any confidence especially in the wet and after investigating what was available I changed to Nankang ns2r. I thought these would be good for me as I use the car on the road and do some track days. The difference in level of grip in both the wet and the dry is amazing. The Nankangs are so much better. The only downside I've found is that probably due to the harder walls of the tyre they're not so good on uneven B roads. When pressing on the car gets thrown around much more and you have to hang on. But that's easily solved as I just stick to bigger and smoother roads. Perhaps if you only use the car on the road then from other members comments the Uniroyals might be your best option but the Nankangs work well for me.