is a possible source of Continental winter tyres for an MGBV8
Hunt Cooke believes it may be possible to get Continental winter
tyres in a size for the MGBGTV8 through the French supplier
I used last year - Pneus-Online."
Gordon Hesketh-Jones provided useful feedback on Winter tyre
choices as he is a heavy MGBGTV8 user but noted "Continental
winter tyres came out best, we all know they are sold out."
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Following the feedback from Gordon Hesketh-Jones
that he has found Continental winter tyres difficult
to find, Chris Hunt Cooke says "I think it
may be possible to get Continental
tyres in a size for the MGBGTV8 through the French
supplier I used last
year - Pneus-Online."
The Pneus-Online website says "Continental
Winter Contact TS800 is a winter tyre for passenger
cars. Improved performance on snow and ice, the
tyre offers excellent and improved vehicle handling.
The tried-and-tested concept introduced by Continental
offers more safety and comfortable driving experience.
The advanced tread compound of Continental is moulded
into tread pattern with honey comb sipes for improved
dry and wet road traction. The V-shaped lateral
grooves offer excellent protection against aquaplaning.
The innovative tread design with biting edges provide
good cornering stability and snow traction. The
compact and independent tread block makes it possible
for Winter Contact TS800 to offer superb and smooth
driving and traveling experience. Safety and excellent
grip are the special highlighting features of this
Winter Contact TS800."
Remember you don't need snow for winter tyres to
show a benefit for winter driving - they work considerably
better in all conditions as temperatures drop below
7C. In some parts of the UK that can be as early
as September or October. With average winter temperatures
of 3.7C, winter tyres can offer 60% more grip than
summer tyres and noticeably more traction and steering
Suitability of 175/70 R14 84T
tyres for a Factory MGBGTV8?
The tyre size usually fitted today as the replacement
for the tyre originally specified for the Factory
MGBGTV8 - 175HR x 14 - is a 175/80 R14 88H. That
tyre has an aspect ratio of 80% compared with the
70% of the Continental WinterContact TS800 tyre
advertised above. But a check on the Pneus-Online
website shows there are no winter tyres offered
in the 175/80 R14 size. So what is the impact on
gearing of using a 175/70 R14 tyre or another available
Using a tyre size calculator the difference in static
diameter is -5.5%:
However a further search shows there are brands
offered in alternative sizes. Using another online
calculator, and assuming the speedometer is set
up for 175/80 R14 tyres, then:
175/70 R14 winter tyre produces a 3.5cm reduction
in static diameter so if the speedometer shows 60
mph you would be doing 56.7 mph, a variance of 5.5%.
The recommended maximum variance is 2.5%. The leading
brand offered is the Vredestein Snowtrac 3.
185/70 R14 winter tyre produces a
2.1cm reduction in static diameter so if the speedometer
shows 60 mph you would be doing 58.0 mph, a variance
of 3.3%. The leading brand offered is the
Vredestein Snowtrac 3.
185/80 R14 winter tyre produces a
1.6cm increase in the static diameter so if the
speedometer shows 60 mph you would be doing 61.5
mph, a variance of 2.5%. The leading brand
offered is a Goodride SW608.