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Almost time to take the winters off for another season and I need new rubber for the warmer weather. I have 17" Saggitas wheels which currently wear 205 50 17 tires. Do most people get the same size or go a little wider to a 215? There is more selection and prices are better at 215.

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Re: Time for new tires, get same size or wider? (Bonecutter)

I think the 205's were too skinny except in the winter. On stock 17's 225/45/17 works, but is at the limit of the 7" rim so the benefit is debatable. I'm running 215/50/17 on stock 17's. This is a slightly taller setup, but it allows for the 215 width. It provides more lateral grip and looks better than the 205 pizza cutters, however, the minor difference in overall diameter results in very slight speedo differences and shift points. I have also run 225/40/18, but found this to be too aggressive for the roads here.
 

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Re: (genjy)

true 215/45/17 will be a smaller, faster, and lighter tire. I actually wanted that little bit of added sidewall with 215/50/17. I'm still experimenting with tire pressures.
 

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Re: (VictorVDC)

Thank for the opinions. I used the tire calculator and it looks like 215/45/17 will be fine, the speedometer will be 1 km faster at 100km/hr. I'm not real worried about that.

Does anyone know if an extra load tire is required for the V50? Or will standard load be fine.
 

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Re: (Bonecutter)

i went from 205 to 215/45 and been very happy with the small change.
however recently as i wanted to try the new F1 asymettrics went to the 225 width. its just about the limit for the rim, but the tire bulge not really that noticeable. and the F1s are just great.
 
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