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#549598 - 22/12/18 02:32 PM Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations
Fuel.inj Offline
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Registered: 28/12/15
Posts: 268
Loc: Monmouthshire, Wales
What is the general consensus these days on tyre for a +8? (1994 model)
Currently I have Avon Turbospeed CR228 205/55ZR16 fitted on wire wheels that need replacing. Recommendations of alternative manufacturers and prices will be appreciated.

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#549610 - 22/12/18 03:18 PM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Fuel.inj]
Heinz Offline

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Registered: 07/09/09
Posts: 3350
Loc: Cologne, Germany
The Dunlop Sport Bluresponse is available in your wanted size. It is of very good quality, reasonable priced and I know it on my 1973 911 (in different size).

The Dunlop sport classic is very good and looks classic. Is has good performance and reviews, offers more grip than the Vredestein Classic.

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#549614 - 22/12/18 03:43 PM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Fuel.inj]
John V6 Offline

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Registered: 21/07/07
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+1. I have the Dunlop sport Blue Response on my Roadster. I chose it for the wet grip & quietness
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#549640 - 22/12/18 05:09 PM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Fuel.inj]
PhilRoyle Offline

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Registered: 30/08/11
Posts: 1674
Loc: Derby
Have a look at Blockley Tyres - look good and high spec.
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#549644 - 22/12/18 05:21 PM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Fuel.inj]
MOG 615 Offline
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Loc: London
You are lucky having 16 inch wheels as Toyo do the Proxes T1R in 205/55 x 16 , which is definitely THE tyre for a +8 , great grip (wet or dry) and wear rate is not too bad either. It is used by the sprinting and hill climbing competitors which should tell you that is really good and highly recommended. You might lose a small amount of ground clearance in this size , but try 215/55 x 16 if that is an issue.

https://www.toyo.co.uk/tire/pattern/proxes-t1-r
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#549680 - 22/12/18 07:39 PM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Fuel.inj]
britmog Offline
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Registered: 13/12/17
Posts: 95
Loc: Colorado, USA
On my 1994 +8 (wire wheels) I have always used 205/55R16 91W Yokohama tyres. Good price easily available,always had good traction and wear in all weathers up here on the mountain roads.

There are so many variants I guess it comes down to personal choice.
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#549694 - 22/12/18 09:06 PM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Fuel.inj]
Stephen888 Offline
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Registered: 22/03/11
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Loc: Cambridge UK
I run Toyo Proxes on my 1980 +8, but 205-60 on 15 inch rims. I like them and have proved fine in wet and dry. Have done 28k miles on them in last 4 years and there is still another 5k miles in them. Ran Yokos before, but when I switched to Toyo in 2015 there was nothing on offer.
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#549812 - 23/12/18 12:16 PM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Fuel.inj]
Calypso Red Offline
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Registered: 20/08/17
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Loc: Staffordshire UK
Hi BritMog, my 1994 +8, on alloys, came out of the factory with Pirelli 205/60R15 91V. I later changed to Yokohamas of the same size and I would agree, they have been good. However, some where along the way my +8 has developed the 'Nodding Dog Syndrome' with the front end bouncing continuously on the smoothest of roads. I have not made any changes to the front suspension apart from changing to AVO shock absorbers. Adjusting them gradually through the entire range has not affected the nodding at all. I had an email conversation with a well known specialist in Morgan suspension who was of the opinion that the nodding was due to the car bouncing on the front tyres. This is something I had never thought of. I wonder if this is something Yokohamas are pron to produce if they perhaps have soft side walls. Have you, or anyone else on TM, noticed the front end nodding after switching to Yoko's?
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#549863 - 23/12/18 04:03 PM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Fuel.inj]
britmog Offline
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Hello Calypso Red: I don't have any "Nodding Dog" with my front end (said the actress), could it be caused by having a flat spot? Have found the Yokos to be a smooth quiet ride and that's with my hearing aids turned on!!
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#549866 - 23/12/18 04:33 PM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Fuel.inj]
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Registered: 19/12/11
Posts: 1582
Loc: Seattle, USA
I used Yoko's on My +8 Bitsa and liked them. I replaced them with Michelin Premier. I wish I had replaced them again with Yoko's. However: I remember "The Owl" a Doctor in Northern Ireland that commuted to His Clinic. He said that Yokos were not good in rain when about 1/2 worn out.

I think nodding dog is caused by too soft rear springs. At least that was my experience. I would put the fronts back on soft and stiffen the rear shocks a bit and see what happens.
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#551335 - 02/01/19 11:22 AM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Stephen888]
MOG 615 Offline
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Registered: 24/09/14
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Loc: London
Originally Posted By Stephen888
I run Toyo Proxes on my 1980 +8, but 205-60 on 15 inch rims. I like them and have proved fine in wet and dry. Have done 28k miles on them in last 4 years and there is still another 5k miles in them. Ran Yokos before, but when I switched to Toyo in 2015 there was nothing on offer.


Stephen

Is that the Proxes CF2 , rather than the T1 R ? I think the latter is not available in 205/60 x 15 .
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#551336 - 02/01/19 11:27 AM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Calypso Red]
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Loc: London
Originally Posted By Calypso Red
Hi BritMog, my 1994 +8, on alloys, came out of the factory with Pirelli 205/60R15 91V. I later changed to Yokohamas of the same size and I would agree, they have been good. However, some where along the way my +8 has developed the 'Nodding Dog Syndrome' with the front end bouncing continuously on the smoothest of roads. I have not made any changes to the front suspension apart from changing to AVO shock absorbers. Adjusting them gradually through the entire range has not affected the nodding at all. I had an email conversation with a well known specialist in Morgan suspension who was of the opinion that the nodding was due to the car bouncing on the front tyres. This is something I had never thought of. I wonder if this is something Yokohamas are pron to produce if they perhaps have soft side walls. Have you, or anyone else on TM, noticed the front end nodding after switching to Yoko's?


I think that "nodding Dog" is caused by the main springs being too soft for the +8 application. Does yours have the "blue" springs , which I believe are 110/120 lbs? If so replacing them with higher rate springs (140 lbs) will help.

However as others have commented in the thread about SSL v Rutherford, sorting out the spring lengths is a bit of a lottery, and the best way to achieve this is to use the SSL kit for the front end.

I used to suffer from nodding dog quite badly , Koni front shocks helped somewhat , but it was eliminated when I fitted the SSL front end kit.
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1999 +8 , Indigo Blue.
Ex-John McKecknie/Mike Duncan 1955 +4 racer.

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#551339 - 02/01/19 12:06 PM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Calypso Red]
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Registered: 09/06/09
Posts: 1214
Loc: Edenbridge, Kent, UK
My ‘96 Plus 8 on alloys used to suffer from “nodding dog” syndrome, had the SSL front suspension mod and it disappeared, that was two years ago and on two different brands of tyre so in my case it seems it was definitely suspension rather than tyre related.
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#551346 - 02/01/19 12:41 PM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Fuel.inj]
jbk Offline

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Registered: 10/02/12
Posts: 592
Loc: Essex
My 93 plus 4 (plus 8 body) will get the nodding dog at 25psi its fine at 22psi

Switching from standard shocks to Avos made no difference to this behaviour

So presumably tyre pressure has a bearing also, Tyres are Avon zv3.
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#551567 - 03/01/19 06:11 PM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: MOG 615]
Calypso Red Offline
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Registered: 20/08/17
Posts: 31
Loc: Staffordshire UK
Originally Posted By N22MOG
Originally Posted By MOG 615
Originally Posted By Calypso Red
Hi BritMog, my 1994 +8, on alloys, came out of the factory with Pirelli 205/60R15 91V. I later changed to Yokohamas of the same size and I would agree, they have been good. However, some where along the way my +8 has developed the 'Nodding Dog Syndrome' with the front end bouncing continuously on the smoothest of roads. I have not made any changes to the front suspension apart from changing to AVO shock absorbers. Adjusting them gradually through the entire range has not affected the nodding at all. I had an email conversation with a well known specialist in Morgan suspension who was of the opinion that the nodding was due to the car bouncing on the front tyres. This is something I had never thought of. I wonder if this is something Yokohamas are pron to produce if they perhaps have soft side walls. Have you, or anyone else on TM, noticed the front end nodding after switching to Yoko's?


I think that "nodding Dog" is caused by the main springs being too soft for the +8 application. Does yours have the "blue" springs , which I believe are 110/120 lbs? If so replacing them with higher rate springs (140 lbs) will help.

However as others have commented in the thread about SSL v Rutherford, sorting out the spring lengths is a bit of a lottery, and the best way to achieve this is to use the SSL kit for the front end.

I used to suffer from nodding dog quite badly , Koni front shocks helped somewhat , but it was eliminated when I fitted the SSL front end kit.


My ‘96 Plus 8 on alloys used to suffer from “nodding dog” syndrome, had the SSL front suspension mod and it disappeared, that was two years ago and on two different brands of tyre so in my case it seems it was definitely suspension rather than tyre related.
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Thanks for the info. I did look at the SSL adverts and was very tempted, but they did not mention any results in +8's. However, in view of JBK's experiance with tyres I think I will tinker with tyre pressures and my AVO's at the start of next season and if that does not help I will consider the SSL convertion seriously then. Thanks everyone,
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1994 +8 BMW Calypso Red.
2002 4/4 4 seater BMW Calypso Red.

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#551601 - 03/01/19 10:22 PM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Fuel.inj]
Calypso Red Offline
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Registered: 20/08/17
Posts: 31
Loc: Staffordshire UK
Forgot to mention, yes, my main & rebound springs are "blue".
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1994 +8 BMW Calypso Red.
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#551718 - 04/01/19 03:59 PM Re: Traditional +8 Tyre recommendations [Re: Fuel.inj]
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Registered: 19/12/11
Posts: 1582
Loc: Seattle, USA
I am trying to remember what the situation was when I had "nodding dog" problem. I think I was using Yoko tires but I also took a leaf out of My rear springs creating a very soft rear end. Although I had driven to Northern California, it was a chore. When I returned to Seattle I replaced the rear springs with a pair of 5 leaf springs and changed to Michelin Premier tires. These are "garden variety" SUV tires sourced from COSTCO. Made In Canada. OK for Wet pavement but certainly not a Performance Tire. In the U.S. it is hard to find a suitable tire. Pick Up Trucks and SUV's and overweight Mercedes and BMW's abound.
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