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    Default Tyre Help. 215/50/17 change to 225/45/17

    hi guys. i know you'll be able to help, currently got 215/50/17 kumho tyres on my veccy diesel. i wanna try and improve handling but dont want my arches to look empty. dya think changing to 225/45/17 would make much of a difference with handling?! and would it make my arches look empty though? i have been pricing up tyres and i can buy a premium brand eg: continentals 225/45/17 for the same price as kumho 215/50/17.

    i also believe this size is roughly the same circumfrence as my original tyre. is this correct?

    before any1 says it...i know kumho are $hit


    wahoo got 6000 miles out of kumhos on the front!! too much talk and a heavy foot and poor tyres...not a good combination!

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    Just gone from 215/50/17 on 17" x 7J alloys with Goodyears NCT's to 225/40/18 18" 8J alloys with Wanli (think they are made by Goodyear) on my 1.9 CDTi and they are a massive improvement.


    The difference is that the tyres are quieter and hold the road better. When I have worn these out I will be changing to Goodyear F1's 235/40/18's to give me even more grip/perfomance. My car was struggling on the 215's esp with the BSR remap and the extra power from that.

    Mind you I have put Eibach sports dampers and springs on as well which helps (done when I had the 215's on)

    The size difference is not huge but you can do a check here

    www.rims-n-tires.com/rt_specs.jsp?postId=906

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    I've made the same change recently going from Maxxis 215/50/17s to Toyo CF1 225/45/17s. In all honesty, I can't really see any difference in terms of filling the arches. They certainly don't look lost!

    In terms of handling, they seem to ride better - the newer tyres take the edge off bumps - although it is a little bit more fidgety. Whether this is down to the change in size or the different make of tyre, I'm afraid I don't know.

    What I do know is that there is a lot more choice in the 225/45/17 range and tyres seem to be cheaper.

    HTH.

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    so is this correct? im better getting 235 45 17 as there nearer the same sixe as my oem tyre? using that web site above? can some one check? i dont realy understand this sorta thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigknill View Post
    I've made the same change recently going from Maxxis 215/50/17s to Toyo CF1 225/45/17s. In all honesty, I can't really see any difference in terms of filling the arches. They certainly don't look lost!

    In terms of handling, they seem to ride better - the newer tyres take the edge off bumps - although it is a little bit more fidgety. Whether this is down to the change in size or the different make of tyre, I'm afraid I don't know.

    What I do know is that there is a lot more choice in the 225/45/17 range and tyres seem to be cheaper.

    HTH.

    i agree tyres are certainly cheaper

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectra1.9cdti View Post
    so is this correct? im better getting 235 45 17 as there nearer the same sixe as my oem tyre? using that web site above? can some one check? i dont realy understand this sorta thing?
    As far as I'm aware, 225/45/17 are an officially recognised alternative size (by Vxl) and therefore shouldn't cause any difficulties. I'm not sure that 235/45/17s are recommended or whether you'd have to let your insurer know of the change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectra1.9cdti View Post
    so is this correct? im better getting 235 45 17 as there nearer the same sixe as my oem tyre? using that web site above? can some one check? i dont realy understand this sorta thing?
    Where as 225/45/17 are a recommended tyre by VX as repalcements for the 215/50/17, 235/45/17 are not. If I was going to 235's I would change the alloys to wider ones. Something like 17 or 18" x 7.5 or 8J, I think yours would be 7J (should say inside the rim) which means 7" width. Maybe some one has fitted the 235/45/17 and can confirm they are ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectra1.9cdti View Post
    so is this correct? im better getting 235 45 17 as there nearer the same sixe as my oem tyre? using that web site above? can some one check? i dont realy understand this sorta thing?
    No, what Merikito said was 235/40/18 - although IIRC the correct size for 18" wheels is 225/40.

    If you have 17" wheels, use 225/45 tyres. Job done.

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    Yep go for 225/45's and you will be fine, look at the 235's width if you upgrade your alloys to 18" or 19" x 7.5J or 8J's

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    Quote Originally Posted by merikiito View Post
    Just gone from 215/50/17 on 17" x 7J alloys with Goodyears NCT's to 225/40/18 18" 8J alloys with Wanli (think they are made by Goodyear) on my 1.9 CDTi and they are a massive improvement.
    Wanlis aren't made by Goodyear m8, that's just wishful thinking; wanlis are a cheap chinese tyre, that's about all there is to it.

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