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    Wider tyres on a 17inch rim

    Does anybody know if I can fit a wider tyre to the standard 205 40 17 set up? The car my wife bought a couple of years ago came with super skinny Falken tyres and she has successfully attacked every curb in Yorkshire since. They are the right size but I could do with a wider tread before I set about having all 4 rims reconditioned.

    Any advice much appreciated.

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    The simple answer is yes.

    Because the A2 205/40R17 is a very common size they are cheap to buy. If you go for something like 215/40R17 (they will be more expensive) you will also effect the rolling radius of the car and therefore the gearing slightly, but not too much. You only have a very small amount of clearance in the rear arch next to the shock absorber but it should be ok.

    Alternatively you could fit Michelin 205/40R17 they have by far the biggest side wall rim protector,

    See this thread

    Compare the rim protector on these tyres I had Toyo Proxess A2 Aerodynamics improvments with pics

    And the Michelin i now have (wish i had these from new as it would have stopped the curbing)

    Last edited by *Unkle*; 1st February 2009 at 14:37.

 

 

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