Tyre sizes

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jamei303

1,683 posts

94 months

Sunday 10th February
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LarsG said:
I used the Blackcircle website to order four new tyres for my wife's Focus using the registration number. It recommends 215/55R16. However the original tyres fitted to the car are 205/55R16. Big price diffence too. Easy to get it wrong.
When I got my last Focus I was expecting 215 but it came with 205 from the factory. I think they gave the same wheels different tyres depending on the market and what stock happened to be closest to the production line. Both are valid options in the manual so makes sense to save 20 quid a corner.

V8LM

4,733 posts

147 months

Sunday 10th February
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Does the car have traction control? Changing the front size but not the rear will mean the fronts will rotate quicker. This will upset the T/C. Get them changed.

T5R+

1,040 posts

147 months

Sunday 10th February
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OP - you will not crash and die if go from 235 to 225 on the same profile and rim offset on a mid sector car. . Have a look in your handbook or door pillar or fuel filler to find acceptable sizes.

If most can notice a 4mm reduction in rubber from afar, then you have better eyesight than me. Ironically, a new tyre vs one close to the limit is approx 6mm (12mm diameter).

When at the ultra performance end of the market would agree that tyre choice and specification is vastly more relevant

On a final note and the way that PH is heading, surprised that nobody has come along and said "are they MO Only" - Mercedes fitment, or the car will be undriveable.


HustleRussell

15,682 posts

98 months

Sunday 10th February
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thebraketester said:
No one would notice.
225s on the rear when the factory size is 255? I’d notice.

Haltamer

654 posts

18 months

Sunday 10th February
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HustleRussell said:
225s on the rear when the factory size is 255? I’d notice.
yes

They must be clinging on for dear life:

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craig1912

934 posts

50 months

Sunday 10th February
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https://www.tyresizecalculator.com/tyre-wheel-calc...

Will be fine- my winters are 235, summers are 245 and 225 are recommended on same rims for winter

Katie Garner

Original Poster:

27 posts

3 months

Tuesday 12th February
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deltashad said:
It may not be noticeable to you or others but why ? Why are you posting this? Did you save a few quid? Smaller tyres will affect the factory set up and will look crap. At least to car guys.
Don't be silly. Just buy the proper tyres for the back and keep the other two for when you don't get your wheels aligned properly
If you read the post it was the tyre place that put them on without saying anything to me, I did not request different size tyres!

Katie Garner

Original Poster:

27 posts

3 months

Tuesday 12th February
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HustleRussell said:
thebraketester said:
No one would notice.
225s on the rear when the factory size is 255? I’d notice.
No the rear are 255 it’s 225 instead of 235 on the front

African Grey

45 posts

11 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Check your owner's hand book for correct size. If the tyres on your car are not part of the listed tyres then you need to inform the insurance company and get their approval, no approval = no cover in case of a claim.

Katie Garner

Original Poster:

27 posts

3 months

Tuesday 12th February
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African Grey said:
Check your owner's hand book for correct size. If the tyres on your car are not part of the listed tyres then you need to inform the insurance company and get their approval, no approval = no cover in case of a claim.
Thanks for all responses will take this all on board!

Oilchange

5,294 posts

198 months

Tuesday 12th February
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African Grey said:
Check your owner's hand book for correct size. If the tyres on your car are not part of the listed tyres then you need to inform the insurance company and get their approval, no approval = no cover in case of a claim.
Nonsense.

Cledus Snow

1,868 posts

126 months

Tuesday 12th February
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HustleRussell said:
thebraketester said:
No one would notice.
225s on the rear when the factory size is 255? I’d notice.
I had 225/40 winters on instead of 255/35s. Car looked like it was on casters.

thebraketester

6,920 posts

76 months

Wednesday
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HustleRussell said:
thebraketester said:
No one would notice.
225s on the rear when the factory size is 255? I’d notice.
I was referring to the 225 235 mix up on the front... but I suspect you knew that.

SOL111

56 posts

70 months

Wednesday
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I've done this before so that I could move away from a Bridgestone standard fitment on an old MR2. It's fine if you're doing it purposely but poor form for a tyre fitter imo.

For info you can compare the difference using the following calculator. As mentioned above, the difference is small but they should be right. Personally I'd have them changed as accepting them will only serve to tell the garage that it's acceptable practice.

https://tiresize.com/tyre-size-calculator/

HustleRussell

15,682 posts

98 months

Wednesday
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thebraketester said:
HustleRussell said:
thebraketester said:
No one would notice.
225s on the rear when the factory size is 255? I’d notice.
I was referring to the 225 235 mix up on the front... but I suspect you knew that.
I obviously didn't until the OP clarified what size was on what end of the car.

You might be surprised to learn that PH isn't entirely populated by argumentative dheads. Mostly, sure.

thebraketester

6,920 posts

76 months

Wednesday
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It’s all clearly written in the first post to as what tyres go where. ;-)

And yes. Quite right. :-)

Edited by thebraketester on Wednesday 13th February 10:55

HustleRussell

15,682 posts

98 months

Wednesday
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thebraketester said:
It’s all clearly written in the first post to as what tyres go where. ;-)

And yes. Quite right. :-)
Do you not see how this might require clarification?

Katie Garner said:
Originally the front were 235 40 18 and rear
255 35 18
They have replaced the fronts with 225 40 18, rears are same.

thebraketester

6,920 posts

76 months

Wednesday
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Rears are same ie same as before not been replaced.

Splitting hairs tbh.