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    Question 225/45 17 tyres and rim scratching

    Hi,

    I've been getting some prices today for some new tyres, I want to go for the cheaper 225/45 17 option rather than the current 215/50 17's on my CDTi V6. However the chap on the phone recommended against the change because the lower profile makes the rim more exposed to curb scratching? I thought the wider tyre would have the opposite effect.

    Is he talking crap?

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    Yes hes talking crap in my view, you are 5mm nearer the curb in height so it makes very little difference and the wider type would push you 5 mm away from the kerb. And anyways you should not be driving into the curb

    mine are 225/40/18's and I dont have a problem

    Think he is trying to sell you a more expensive tyre.........
    Last edited by merikiito; 26th August 2008 at 18:04.
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    Talking crap imo. The tyres are wider so imo offer better protection. Also a lot of modern tyres have rim protection anyway. If your the sort of person to kurb a wheel anyway, no matter what rubber you have it ain't gonna help.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwjolly View Post
    Is he talking crap?
    He is indeed talking crap. The tyre is 10mm wider, and the sidewall is the same height (because profile is a ratio, so wider tyre with lower profile gives the same rolling radius, so therefore must have the same height sidewall).

    Ring him back and tell him to get a clue.

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    all you need to do is buy tyres with bigger rim protectors if you worry about your rims .....

    the guy needs to learn his job...

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    as above... talking crap!

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    Thats conclusive then. ha - Cheers.

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    Yeah talking crap. 215/50/17's x4 £683 at Kwikfit. 225/45/17 Michelin Primacy x4 £425 from my local tyre garage. Swap these Michelins front to back every 5000 miles and you'll get 40,000 from the set. etyres.co.uk will fit at your home or work. Prices quite good.

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    I have noted that the Good Year NCT5 215/50 R17 does not have rim protectors, but other brands do
    Almost all the 225/45 R17 have rim protectors

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    I ordered some Michelin Pilot Primacy's today, they are phoning tomorrow to arrange the fitting. Its currently running on the 215/50 version of them at the mo and I've been really pleased with how long they've lasted, so thought I'd stick with the same make.

    Thanks for the input everyone.
    Pete

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