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Old 23 December 2009, 11:10   #11
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Just dont be tempted to get remoulds, they are supposed to be far better than they used to be (cant be any worse), but from what I have heard they are still a waste of money.
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Old 23 December 2009, 12:29   #12
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I had some Greenway Anaconda remoulds, great tyres but very agressive treads, on my parents drive they just ripped the snow up.
Other remoulds were Insa Turbo special tracks, horribly noisy on the road.
After watching "How its made" put me off remoulds for ever!
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I don't have any actual experiance, so perhaps I shouldn't really be commenting, but.............

From what I've heard/read remoulds these days from the bigger outfits are very good, with better quality control and materials technology.
So the days of the tread peeling off like a rubber band, or being so hard it wouldn't grip on a dry road are in the past.

For a 4x4 that's not used at high speed on the road, or isn't required to transport passengers 100's of miles at a time and be ready to do corporate battle at the end of the journey, then remoulds are a serious option.
They appear to offer good, well developed, All Terrain and Mud Pattern treads.

If I had the luxury of of being able to have another 4X4 that was used mostly off road and didn't have to be my main family and business car as well, I'd probably go with remoulds.

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Old 06 January 2010, 12:11   #14
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The new tyres have continued to perform really well today in the snow.

The combination of the tyres, low ratio and just the centre diff locked up made the Shogun unstoppable on steep slopes that other 4x4s couldn't manage, didn't have to resort to the rear diff lock even when, Sorry about this guys, I towed a disco2 up a snow covered single track lane out of our village because he just wasn't going anywhere. Admittedly he was on worn tyres and obviously didn't know how to drive it, but I enjoyed the experiance anyway

The only hazard I found today was the fact that the snow places was deeper than the ground clearance the car has, so I was taking the top few inches off it as I went along. Oh, and the abandoned cars everywhere

Mrs Nashers Astra with 'sports' tyres was useless last night, and we had to abandon it a couple of miles from home and walk when I couldn't get it up a hill. I'd already got home in the Shogun and hiked almost 5 miles with Mrs Nasher and the smaller Nashers walking boots and warm coats to try and get them and the car home. Mrs Nasher wouldn't let me tow her so I had to do it the hard way.

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Glad you're reaping the benefit of your recent expeniture Nasher.

I too was having fun in the Snow. My recently bought budget tyres were giving excellent performance too. I bought a pair of Kendo HT's for the rear (145 pair) 6 weeks ago. They were giving fantastic traction in 2wd (helped of course with the limited slip diff) I have no Diff Loc and no central diff, so had to use 2wd on the clearish bits and 4wd on the slippery stuff. I have a pair of Enduro HT's on the front.

I just couldn't believe how slow some of the 4x4's were traveling at. Either the drivers hadn't a clue on how to drive one or they had low profile road tyres which were next to useless in these conditions. I caught up a modern Freelander and the road which wasn't even that bad. After a large que of traffic had built up behind me I decided enough was enough and burnt him off.
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I just couldn't believe how slow some of the 4x4's were traveling at. Either the drivers hadn't a clue on how to drive one or they had low profile road tyres which were next to useless in these conditions.
Or perhaps they were just driving at a sensible speed for the conditions knowing that:

1. the problem that catches you out is probably not your car's capability but what the other idiots out there might do
2. 4x4 might help you keep moving but surely doesn't help you stop. Good tyres might help but I've certainly seen a few "gliding along" the road in the last few weeks - and a couple of tonnes of hard 4x4 has the potential to do some serious damage.
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Or perhaps they were just driving at a sensible speed for the conditions knowing that:

1. the problem that catches you out is probably not your car's capability but what the other idiots out there might do
2. 4x4 might help you keep moving but surely doesn't help you stop. Good tyres might help but I've certainly seen a few "gliding along" the road in the last few weeks - and a couple of tonnes of hard 4x4 has the potential to do some serious damage.
Yeh and I knew I'd get this response from someone.....You weren't there! 2mph is ridiculous. If you can't drive it, walk!
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Oh and 4x4 does help you stop, you use the gears.
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Or perhaps they were just driving at a sensible speed for the conditions knowing that:

1. the problem that catches you out is probably not your car's capability but what the other idiots out there might do
2. 4x4 might help you keep moving but surely doesn't help you stop. Good tyres might help but I've certainly seen a few "gliding along" the road in the last few weeks - and a couple of tonnes of hard 4x4 has the potential to do some serious damage.
Alot of it is people not knowing how to drive, I've followed a few 4x4's going down snow covered banks using their brakes and skidding rather than using a low gear and letting the engine do the braking.
Granted on ice it is a level playing field.
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. If you can't drive it, walk!
Just before xmas, we had 11 cars in one day end up in the ditch on a half mile of country lane just round the corner from me. Like you, they all thought they "could drive it", but unlike you, they couldn't.

You can't beat a little snow to start a pissing contest.
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