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Quick question - legal tyre tread?

robthehungrymonkey Feb 28, 2006

  1. Is the legal tyre tread 1.6mm?

    Just checking that i need 4 and not two new tyres!

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  2. RichA3Turbo

    RichA3Turbo ...Watching you! Staff Member Moderator

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    just use the wear indicators on the tyres!
     
  3. god_thats_quick

    god_thats_quick Numptie of the highest order

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    like rich says if the wear indicators are showing / level with the tread on more than just the very outside or inside you need new ones, infact probably before but that's when they'll be illegal.
     
  4. Rich,

    I know this sounds dumb but what is
    the tyre wear indicator? what does it
    look like. I have looked for this before but i didnt really know what
    i was looking for.
     
  5. PaulRS3

    PaulRS3 Well-Known Member

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    little bumps in the tread grooves.
     
  6. Might sound stupid, but I couldn't actually see any earlier today!

    Either that's really bad, and they've worn way to far! Or i'm just being stupid (i expect the latter!).
     
  7. MikeA3

    MikeA3 Active Member VCDS Map User

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    I thought that the legal limit was 1.6mm but I've always used 2mm as a rough guide as tyres can wear unevenly.
     
  8. god_thats_quick

    god_thats_quick Numptie of the highest order

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    For you guys trying to find them they should also be indicated on the sidewall of the tyre with an arrow or some such rubbish then you just need to look across the tread for either raised patches deep in the tread on new ish tyres or a flat spot connecting the tread blocks together across the tyre in very worn illegal tyres.

    If in real doubt pop down halfrauds and by a tread depth gauge ~ £7 from memory.
     
  9. dickys3

    dickys3 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes 1.6mm
     
  10. S3Steve

    S3Steve Active Member VCDS Map User

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    Yes the legal limit on car tyres is 1.6mm but I always change mine at 2mm
     
  11. Grant

    Grant Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Audi RS3

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    1.6mm for cars
    1.0mm for motorbikes

    and visible tread for mopeds/scooter!
     
  12. peteA3tdi

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    [ QUOTE ]
    Is the legal tyre tread 1.6mm?

    Just checking that i need 4 and not two new tyres!

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    At least 1.6mm throughout a continuous band in the centre ¾ of the tread and around the entire circumference ( the edge's can be bald /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif)

    and the wear indicators are 2mm on most new tyre now
     
  13. imported_gek

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    Don't some tyres make an audible whine when they are down to the legal limit? Obviously while moving!

    I thought the Eagle F1s did this?
     
  14. PaulRS3

    PaulRS3 Well-Known Member

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    my good years are noisy but still legal. (still up off the tread wear guides)

    ill be glad to get rid of them
     
  15. darnich

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    Goodyear Eagle F1s are noisy anyway
     
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  17. RichA3Turbo

    RichA3Turbo ...Watching you! Staff Member Moderator

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    just run your finger through the grooves on the tyre and you will come across one eventually.

    RIch
     
  18. PaulRS3

    PaulRS3 Well-Known Member

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    Goodyear Eagle F1s are noisy anyway

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    true, even goodyear admitted that.

    But mine seem to be getting worse. road noise has been on the increase recently.

    They are comming up to replacement time.


    ill be going back to my Mitchelins. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/woohoo.gif
     
  19. Khufu

    Khufu Well-Known Member

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    1.6mm for cars
    1.0mm for motorbikes

    and visible tread for mopeds/scooter!

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    Yup, slightly scary for mopeds. It needs to be at least 1mm over a constant 75% but if it is less than 50cc you just need the tread to be visible over the complete tread!
     
  20. saw top gear a few years back testing tyres and they said 3mm for wide performance tyres. but that was just their advise.
     

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