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    My current tyres are 215/50R17, the rear are needing replaced so I've ordered 2 x 225/45R17. Should I stick these on the rear and let the existing tyres (215s) on the front wear out and then replace them with 225s or should I put the 225s on the front and swap the existing good 215s from the front to the back?

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    They always say to put the new tyres on the rear to help avoid oversteer, personally I put then where ever they need to go.

    The fronts will wear faster so it depends how fast you want to change them to all the same size (as long as they are the same on each axle). Although there is no need to have them all the same, its very hard to see the difference.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    yeah, I've always tended to put new tyres on the front because they are working hard than the rears. Obviously if I move 215s to the rear it'll take longer for them to wear out (about 4mm left on them). If there is no probs with having 225s on the front and 215s on the back then I think I'll stick the new ones on the front.

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    No probs at all like that, drove for 10k like that
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    I'd stick the old ones on the front to wear them out and then have have matching tyres.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Knox View Post
    If there is no probs with having 225s on the front and 215s on the back then I think I'll stick the new ones on the front.
    Only one problem .... illegal

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    Quote Originally Posted by daviek View Post
    Only one problem .... illegal
    Many cars have a staggered setup, is the law that specific about running a staggered setup on non OEM staggered cars..? What about 318 BM's that change to a staggered set of OEM alloys, is that illegal too..?

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    I dont believe front to rear tyre size is an issue, it's mixing them on the same axle....

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    i thaught if the tyres are different sizes, the wider tyres have to be on the rear

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_BlackSRi View Post
    Many cars have a staggered setup, is the law that specific about running a staggered setup on non OEM staggered cars..? What about 318 BM's that change to a staggered set of OEM alloys, is that illegal too..?
    Many cars do have different size set-ups but the vectra doesnt which we are talking about here is it not It is illegal to knowingly fit the wrong size tyres for the car and 225/45-17 is not a vectra size. Dont get me wrong it is rather fussy if you would get pulled for this but that's the law im afraid The highest and widest profile tyre is always on the back too on a car with an OE different size tyre set-up

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