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What mm would you change your rear tyres

What mm would you change your rear tyres

Both MY rear tyres now between 3.5 and 4 mm but look a lot lower should I wait for them to be about 2 mm before I change ~(UK minimum 1.6 mm).
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If you dont drive madly and not in the rain .
Id go 2mm
But keep close eye on them .

But if its motorway driving and constant use 2-3mm ?
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What mm would you change your rear tyres

Both MY rear tyres now between 3.5 and 4 mm but look a lot lower should I wait for them to be about 2 mm before I change ~(UK minimum 1.6 mm).
In the USA, most states that have inspections will fail at 2/32" which is dang close to 1.6mm. From my experience, summer/dry that is fine, heavy rain & winter, at least double that. If you only use it in fair weather, I'd say good to go. If not, now would be a good time to start shopping for new ones.
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Don't do many miles think I will wait and have them changed before next winter, not been over 70 mph yet.
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Don't do many miles think I will wait and have them changed before next winter, not been over 70 mph yet.
I'm sure you haven't - after all, the top speed limit here is 70mph!
(And I believe your 'yet' was a mistype! )
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Tyres are not that exspensive.
Run them to about 2.5mm and replace them.
If you are not too bothered about grip levels you could get some budget brand.
I put two rears on mine, Pirelli Rosso for around 260. (HiQ) Black Circle and Mytyres are decent places to look.
You can get New Tyres from around 45 each.
I always buy well known brand, Goodyear, Dunlop, Pirelli etc, these are the things that make you Stop and Steer.
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Around Easter may be a good time to go looking at offers from tyre places. You may save a few bob in the deal!
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Usually change mine at 3mm or just below, find that performance (especially in the wet) starts to go off at below 3mm.

After driving an S2000 with a wild LSD in the wet, I'm always on the conservative side.

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I'm sure you haven't - after all, the top speed limit here is 70mph!
(And I believe your 'yet' was a mistype! )
I take my SLK to mainland Europe 3 or 4 times per year. Most other countries in Europe have a 130km/h limit (83mph-ish) and Germany theoretically allows us to do much higher speed runs although as I tend to drive with the roof down it gets pretty blustery over 200km/h and you definitely can't hear the stereo at that speed so that always slows me down.

If you want to read tales of derring-do on UK roads the "Driving Stories" threads are usually fairly incriminating!
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