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I recently moved to Washington DC, where potholes are destroying the tires on my 850t5r. I'm looking for solutions, which may include going to 16" wheels. How significantly will this affect handling? Are there other alternative I might explore. Thanks in advance for your assistance.
 

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The 205/45/17's tires on the 850R & 850 T5-R are notorious for blowing out easily and bending rims. There was even a recall on the factory tires a few years back.<P>I know on the East Coast, dealers gave owners the option of getting 16-inch wheels when they first bought their cars. I think that going to some nice 16-inch wheels might be the best solution and it should not significantly effect handling up to at least 8/10ths driving enthusiasm. The 16-inch wheels use 205/55/16's which are a lot more forgiving when it comes to potholes. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>-Drew
 

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Aren't 205/55/16's too tall for the R?<BR> <A HREF="http://www.volvospeed.com/Repair/2055516.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.volvospeed.com/Repair/2055516.htm</A> <P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by towerymt:<BR><B>Aren't 205/55/16's too tall for the R?<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>That is a really good point. I guess that the owner could always go with 205/45/16's, but that wouldn't really help out any as far as problems with potholes goes. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>I guess the rubbing could in fact be a problem on the 'R' since there is exactly a 0.5-inch greater difference between 205/45/17's and 205/55/16's. It would probably be better to use 205/50/16's on the 'R' since there is only a 0.2-inch difference in diameter. It would be a good compromise.<P>-Drew
 

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So to make sure I understand, even 205/50/16's may create problems w/r/t the wheel well and wheel travel?
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Gorilla88:<BR><B>...even 205/50/16's may create problems...</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>No. 205/50/16 is shorter by about 0.20 inches than 205/45/17, so they will not rub if you have the proper offset.<P>My links page below has a couple of tire size calculators if you want to compare sizes (look under Wheels & Tires).<P>
 
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