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    can i put 225/45/17 on front and 215/50/17 on back and get no problems

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    Yep.

    Although for the time being I'd put them the other way around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcraig View Post
    can i put 225/45/17 on front and 215/50/17 on back and get no problems
    Mine are exactly like that and I have no problems whatsoever. When the backs wear out I'll obvoiusly get 225/45 17s Toyo T1-R's for them.

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    There is nothing legally to stop you doing this, but I would not do it at all. The are is not designed to have wider tyres on one axle and one size on the other. Also I would not like to have different profile tyres.

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    As the 215/50R17 tyres wear out on the front, swap the rears to the front, so the new tyres with the maximum tread are on the rear
    That way the 215/50R17 will only be on the front for a short while

    I always swap rear to front as they wear
    I've currently got 215/50R17 on the front and 225/45R17 on the rear
    There are minimal adverse driving features

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    Thats what I have too, although the profile difference is sooooooooo small no one would notice
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    When I had smaller tyres on the back, I found that the back end would slip out when cornering. Made it very dangerous in the wet!

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    The tyres aren't smaller though!
    You only really notice it when you completely mismatch the width and ratios
    An example is when you use the spare wheel and it is a standard aspect ratio!

    I had to swap to the spare (195/65R15) on my Vectra B SRi (205/55R16) and the difference was quite shocking, the car was pitching UP at an angle
    Thankfully it was only a half mile drive to get the replacement tyre

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    I have just changed two of mine to 225/45's.
    Put the 225's on the back, and the 215's on the front.
    The 225's are very slightly wider than the 215's so it's better to have them on the back.
    Also the 215's will wear out quicker being on the drive axle, so you can change them to 225's.
    The difference in the rolling radiusbetween 225's & 215's is something like 34mm so it's not enough to cause a problem.
    My tyre dealer said it would not be much different to running worn 215's on one axle and putting new ones on the other.

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    Don't people normally do this on RWD cars? I would put the wider tread on the driven wheels.
    Also, kinda curious, why would you want differing tread sizes?

    Oh, and if you need to check rolling radius etc go to www.powerdog.com and click tyre size calculator For reference the wide tyres are 1.9% smaller rolling raduis:

    Specification Radius Diameter Circumference Revolutions Difference
    215/50-432 323mm 647mm 2032mm 492/km N/A
    225/45-432 317mm 634mm 1993mm 502/km -1.9%

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