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Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by tillymintum on Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:16 pm

Has anyone used these tyres?  After a blow out on the M56 yesterday I am looking to replace all my tyres.  Blackcircles have suggested the Kumho PorTran KC53 tyres at £66.02 supplied and fitted, but I have not heard of them, just wondered if anyone is using them and can give me some feed back before purchase as sound too good to be true.

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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by dbroada on Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:41 pm

I can't commeńt on their use on your van but Kumho are a good tyre, better than budget tyres but not quite at the Continental/Michelin end, with prices to match.

I recently put 4 on my Smart.

I would probably put Continentals on my camper though.

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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by roli on Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:45 pm

I have never heard of them either.  You have to make a decision to go or choose a branded tyre.   I am aMichelin fan , who own Black Circle but have had good life out of Hancock on the Windsor and more important of interest to you Continental Vanco's on an Executive and would go for one these rather than pay more
Although I have a relative at Black Circle I tend to use the mobile guys- there are a few who operate in the Cheshire area

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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by Les W on Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:14 pm

Khumo have been around for years.
I fitted a set on my home built (kit) car in the late 90's.
My Inca has them fitted and they are perfectly ok.
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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by tillymintum on Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:16 pm

Thank you for the comments, we have decided to play safe and we've gone for Pirelli.  We had a blow out on the motorway scared the life out of me so we're replacing all four.  The motorhome had been sat for three years prior to us purchasing her, so better safe than sorry.
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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by kaspian on Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:51 pm

From experience , have found , Khumo to be  perfectly good tyres, fitted to many new cars as original equipment. Gave good mileage and decent grip with progressive break away in the wet when fitted to a couple of our cars from new over the years.
           I remember the days of the Michelin zx, s which lasted a lifetime but had you going backwards through a hedge at the first sign of damp roads!

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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by flywheel1935 on Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:19 pm

Snap, blowout on the M4 Swindon on Tuesday. (Hottest day of year) totally destroyed the tyre and light damage to alloy rim, (this will be recycled as the spare, as current spare 15", but alloys are 16"
Formula I tyre centre will be fitting 4 x Hankook made High Load tyres tomorrow. Cheched other tyres on van and small cracks in sidewall, probably from lack of use and UV rays.
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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by tillymintum on Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:53 pm

flywheel1935 wrote: Snap, blowout on the M4 Swindon on Tuesday. (Hottest day of year) totally destroyed the tyre and light damage to alloy rim, (this will be recycled as the spare, as current spare 15", but alloys are 16"
Formula I tyre centre will be fitting 4 x Hankook made High Load tyres tomorrow. Cheched other tyres on van and small cracks in sidewall, probably from lack of use and UV rays.

It was extremely hot on the Sunday when ours blew on the M56, after checking the other tyres even though the tread is good we could see some cracks and decided to play it safe rather than sorry and replace all four tyres.
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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by flywheel1935 on Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:19 am

tillymintum wrote:
flywheel1935 wrote: Snap, blowout on the M4 Swindon on Tuesday. (Hottest day of year) totally destroyed the tyre and light damage to alloy rim, (this will be recycled as the spare, as current spare 15", but alloys are 16"
Formula I tyre centre will be fitting 4 x Hankook made High Load tyres tomorrow. Cheched other tyres on van and small cracks in sidewall, probably from lack of use and UV rays.

It was extremely hot on the Sunday when ours blew on the M56, after checking the other tyres even though the tread is good we could see some cracks and decided to play it safe rather than sorry and replace all four tyres.
 I've gone for a tyre with the highest 'load rating'  at 900kg/tyre as most motorhomes will weigh more than the basic base vehicle that the cab section uses, high speed not being the main criteria .
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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by burlingtonboaby on Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:02 am

kaspian wrote:From experience , have found , Khumo to be  perfectly good tyres, fitted to many new cars as original equipment. Gave good mileage and decent grip with progressive break away in the wet when fitted to a couple of our cars from new over the years.
           I remember the days of the Michelin zx, s which lasted a lifetime but had you going backwards through a hedge at the first sign of damp roads!
Would that be on the electric brae ,Kaspian     hugegrins
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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by flywheel1935 on Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:26 pm

Fitted 4 X LAUFENN ( By Hankook) X VAN FIT, 102/104, Loaded at 900kg per tyre, less than £70/per Fitted by Formula 1 tyre centre Kings Lynn. Look good to last some decent miles, and put up with dreadful UK roads !!!
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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by nerdycross on Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:24 pm

I'm just about to replace our wheels from 15 to 16 inch and think goin fit Falken vano, think good mid range tire but don't think there are bad tires out there these days

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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by flywheel1935 on Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:25 pm

Just driven up the M11, which was like a lake !!!!, new tyres ( LAUFENNS ) done about 100miles, so nicely scrubbed in, 
performed very well, no aquaplaning and good grip. very pleased. Worth considering.
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How much!!!

Post by HairyFool on Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:33 pm

Need to sort out the tyres on our Amethyst in the next few days. The rears are unknown Event ML609 and look like they are on the top end of their pressures (more balloon like than I am happy with) but at least they are dated year 14. 

The fronts and spare are much better looking, stiffer and plenty of tread (the spare is completely unused) however have a major problem as their year is 8... i.e. 1998 Whistle1 so are probably the factory fit.

The budget allows 4 economy tyres which are never my favourite or 2 premiums to go on the back and move the Event tyres to the front for a couple of years where they are at a much lower pressure.

One problem is who are these different tire brands?
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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by HairyFool on Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:02 pm

Eventually went for 4 Firestone Vanhawk, they  have a B rating for wet grip which for me is the most important measure. Need to play around with the pressures a bit once I get a reply from Firestone
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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by Bmwdumptruck on Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:46 am

I'm plannng fitting two Conti 200's next season, they're  just about the best wet grip and resistance of any in the correct size for a clubman.  My two rears are getting near they're age limit, the fronts are only a couple of years old and will move to the rear, with the best of the rest going to the spare.  
All tyres now come with performance ratings, so it's worth checking out what the fitter is trying to flog you.  I've had a couple of situations recently where friends have been sold Good Middle Range Tyres, but when I've looked them up on oponeos website they're actually the cheapest and lowest rating tyre available, one the fitter will make the most profit on, especially if he thinks you'll be back sooner for more.

https://www.oponeo.co.uk/tyre-details/continental-contivancontact-200-195-70-r15-104-102-r-c#151022263

And fitted by Blackcircles
http://www.blackcircles.com/catalogue/continental/van-contact-200/195/70/R15/R/104/f?tyre=32287209
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Re: Tyress Kumho PorTran KC53

Post by HairyFool on Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:12 pm

The trouble is the rating labels are on a par with CE markings, a good idea if the rules are followed but too often faked by the unscrupulous.

There are no checks with the label providers, if a tyre maker wants C/D label they can buy them but here is little verification to prove that they are a true indicator. Some of the unrecognisable brands are known not to have the testing facilities needed to actually rate the tyres.

Grip is often a tradeoff against wear but personally I do not expect to wear mine out before they exceed their life (the 20 year old original tyres had almost new tread depth). A very unscientific test I know but even just pressing with my thumb and dragging it along the tread shown a massive difference in grip between the cheap ones taken off and the ones I replaced them with.
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