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    Default Advice please on tyre size/make options V6CDTI

    2006 Signum 'Elite' 6 speed auto, mileage 30000 with standard alloy rims and the original Goodyear 215/50/R17 tyres, shortly to be renewed. I would like a different profile/sidewall shape as there seems to be precious little rubber to buffer the faint touching of kerbs when parking and my rims are looking tatty due grazing. The first point of contact is the alloy rim as opposed to the rubber side wall. My wife has more trouble than me.
    Further, I would ask for recommendations as to other makes of tyres which may have a different sidewall shape but still in the original size thus obviating the problems of different 'gearing' associated with a change to 55/60 profiles.

    My motoring is legal speeds on good roads and ultimate performance is of no interest; I am 65 and value smooth silent comfortable running over 'point and squirt' driving. I have always favoured Michelin tyres for these qualities PLUS high mileages but I cannot drive around endless tyre dealers to compare the sidewell shapes of various makes of tyre more so since the original size tyres are not overly common and are not held in stock by all dealers. Comments please and no, I will not consider changing all four rims.

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    225/45/17 is the best size to go for. Its a direct replacement size and cheaper than 215/50 s. It is even stated in your vx handbook.

    I also use Michelin only for its longitivity life. I had pilot primacy on the rears and changed them last year to primacy hp. I managed 45k on the rears.

    These tyres come with a ridge around the outside called a rim protector. I also have the higher rated tyres 94 load, w speed.

    Have a look on kwik fit web site they are doing them for £102 a tyre if i remember correctly.

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    Vehicle : Vauxhall Astra-J

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    Got 225/45/27 Uniroyal Rainsport2's fitted to mine. Depending on where you look, £80 to £90 fitted per tyre.

    Recently swapped the fronts to the rears, and still had 4 to 5mm of tread after 10,000 miles. The previous tyres I had fitted (Goodyear GSD3's = crap, btw) were down to less than 2mm on the front after 10 or 11,000 miles.

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    [QUOTE=Big Dave;1210199]Got 225/45/27

    What you got a tractor wheel

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    My fronts are Michellin pilot primacy and have currently covered 25k, they will be replaced later on in the year but still a fair bit of mileage left in them yet.

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    Im using falken 912's 215/50/r17 91W.

    About £160 for fitting two new tyres

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    [quote=Graham;1210204]
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    Got 225/45/27

    What you got a tractor wheel
    Yes, you should see the wheel arch extentions I had to buy

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    Yours is an auto so you need to make sure they are 92xl load rating at a minimum.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    I am not sure why everyone is suggesting you switch to the 225/45R17, as that is not the issue you are raising

    It appears you are concerned over "kerbing" and damaging the alloys, as they already have minor "wear and tear" marks

    Therefore, the solution is to look for tyres with what are called "rim protectors"

    Could you advise where you normally buy tyres and what your budget is?

    I've been looking for an alternative, like you suggest, with a 55 or 60 profile, but there just aren't any suitable for this wheel
    I have therefore been looking for a 215/50R17 with "rim protectors" but sadly none of the manufacturers put this specfication, so I don't which have these

    I myself have also swapped to the 225/45R17
    One of the advantages is the lower cost
    I currently the Good Year F1 Assymetric in 94Y XL (as mentioned above your car WILL need the XL rated tyres)
    These come in at about £100 to £110 fully fitted (Kwik Fit is currently £113)
    These tyres have "rim protectors"
    The disadvantage is that on "kerbing" the tyre is damaged and needs to be replaced
    However, this does mean the alloy wheel normally remains undamaged (or less damaged in the event of a major impact)

    On Saturday I hit a concrete block at 70mph, the tyre was destroyed, but the damage to the alloy wheel was minimal
    Had this been a tyre without "rim protectors" then the alloy wheel may have been damaged more

    I therefore suggest you visit a local tyre dealer and get some prices for 215/50R17 95W XL or 95Y XL, and 225/45R17 94W XL or 94Y XL, all with "rim protectors"
    They should also have sample tyres for you to look at (although they may not be the exact same profile)
    I do this quite often at National Tyres, as they usually have a wider range, but the one I use in Glasgow is their main distribution centre (so normally has every different type of tyre in stock!)

    Another consideration is to look for "option" tyres
    These are tyres for specific manufacturers
    Quite often these are cheaper, but quite often have unique features
    An example is the Michelin, which has *, AO and MO options
    The differences can be subtle, but the * tyre has a different shoulder depth on the outside edge, and this may also assist you

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    Default Advice please on tyre size/make options V6CDTI

    A vote of thanks gentleman -'Graham' , 'Big Dave', 'Barkzz','Big Sig' and 'M8internet' for the wealth of information you have offered and yes, M8internet you were spot on with the real thrust of my post but I was not aware of using the correct buzzword - 'rim protector'.

    However I now appreciate the benefits of swopping to 225/45 tyres and as it seems this size does offer the opportunity to benefit from a rim protector I am grateful to all.

    Reid

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