17" - wheels, sizes, tires

17" - wheels, sizes, tires

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ukkid35

5,556 posts

140 months

Monday 25th January
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TwinKam said:
Is your Cerb on 17s, Paul?
Yes, the 17" RL7s work well for me


Jhonno

4,033 posts

108 months

Tuesday 26th January
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92Griff said:
I have the same question. I’ve just bought a set of RL7’s and am struggling to find a matching set of tyres to fit as per the recommended sizes ie 235/40/17 front and 255/40/17 rear.
The only tyres that show up on Blackcircles are Yokohama Advan Neova AD08RS which I have no experience of. I probably wouldn’t be doing many track days (if any) so they would be for summer use. How bad would they be if I found myself on a wet road?
Thanks
The RS is apparently nowhere near as good as the R it replaces.

You can get some Falken in 235/40.

Or go 225/45 or 245/40.

GermanCerb

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38 posts

34 months

Tuesday 26th January
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What's the problem to use 235/45R17? confused There are many more choices. Does the difference in diameter (2.4cm) makes a lot?

GermanCerb

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38 posts

34 months

Tuesday 26th January
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225/45R17 is a good idea - there are lots of choices and you can find several matching tires with 255/40R17 (like Michelin PS4, Michelin PS Cup 2, Pirelli PZero Rosso Asimmetrico and others). Yokohama AD-08 only in RS available anymore.

Jhonno

4,033 posts

108 months

Wednesday 27th January
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225/45/17 is a very cheap tyre with a huge tyre choice.. It is probably the best solution going forward for a road tyre.

ukkid35

5,556 posts

140 months

Wednesday 27th January
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Demon Tweaks are listing a dozen 235/40/17 tyres including the highly respected Kumho Ecsta V70A, the less expensive Federal 595 RS-R, and the ubiquitous Continental Sport Contact 5

I can't see any reason to switch to 225/45/17 currently

Jhonno

4,033 posts

108 months

Wednesday 27th January
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ukkid35 said:
Demon Tweaks are listing a dozen 235/40/17 tyres including the highly respected Kumho Ecsta V70A, the less expensive Federal 595 RS-R, and the ubiquitous Continental Sport Contact 5

I can't see any reason to switch to 225/45/17 currently
That will all be old stock sat about for a while on their shelves.. Rubber degrades with age.

Protyre list 1 235/40 a Falken and Tyreleader 3, one of which is the NS2R, the other 2 are budget ste.

As these are 2 of the largest tyre stockist/suppliers (Protyre only stock tyres for 6 months) this is an indication the tyre size isn't being made anymore.

The fact you can get the PS4/Assymetric 5 in 225/45 is enough reason.

aka_kerrly

11,924 posts

177 months

Wednesday 27th January
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GermanCerb said:
When you search you end up with some Japanese (I think they are and that isn’t a bad thing) manufacturers like XXR, Japan Racing, Rota or Bola only.
None of those makes are decent, add in Dare and Lenso and you seem to have picked the worst selection of alloy manufacturers I can think of.

Isn't a cerbara 5x114.3 in which case there are so many Advan, Rays Volks, Enkei, BBS, Blitz, WedSport wheels in 17x 7,8,9j that id sooner buy

It makes no sense to me that you are prepared to be spending £300-500 on tyres to put on budget wheels



Edited by aka_kerrly on Monday 7th June 07:57

Jhonno

4,033 posts

108 months

Wednesday 27th January
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aka_kerrly said:
GermanCerb said:
When you search you end up with some Japanese (I think they are and that isn’t a bad thing) manufacturers like XXR, Japan Racing, Rota or Bola only.
None of those makes are decent, add in Dare and Lenso and you seem to have picked the worst selection of alloy manufacturers I can think of.

Isn't a cerbara 5x114.3 in which case there are so many Advan, Rays Volks, BBS, Blitz, WedSport wheels in 17x 7,8,9j that id sooner buy

It makes no sense to me that you are prepared to be spending £300-500 on tyres to put on budget wheels
Running XXR on my Cerb for 5yrs odd.. Zero issues. Pretty light (9kg odd), cheap, easily replaced, stronger than Spiders, finish has remained good. Running JR on my E61 with the same views.

Yes, they aren't as good as Advan etc, but they are less than 1/3 the price of a used set of the above. If they have a failure I can have one here pretty much next day for not that much.

Lenso and Dare are however, absolute rubbish.

gruffalo

6,660 posts

193 months

Wednesday 27th January
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ukkid35 said:
Demon Tweaks are listing a dozen 235/40/17 tyres including the highly respected Kumho Ecsta V70A, the less expensive Federal 595 RS-R, and the ubiquitous Continental Sport Contact 5

I can't see any reason to switch to 225/45/17 currently
The Kumho V70 is an excellent tyre, knocks spots off the R888R.

I had supply problems a couple of years ago and ended up on R888r but I don't have anything like the same trust in their grip as with the V70. The R888R feel loose under braking especially compare to the Kumho.

ukkid35

5,556 posts

140 months

Wednesday 27th January
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Jhonno said:
That will all be old stock sat about for a while on their shelves.. Rubber degrades with age.
I've recently bought some old stock 235/4017 AD08R (to avoid the RS version)

Stored properly (no UV, Ozone, Heat Cycles) it really shouldn't be a problem

GermanCerb

Original Poster:

38 posts

34 months

Sunday 6th June
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To finalize this topic:
On the end I decided for some Enkei wheels PF-09 in 8" front and 9" rear, offset +35 both. Additional wheel spacers of 5mm. Colour is Dark Silver. Tyres are Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in 225/45 front and 255/40 rear.







Due to the nice wheather this year redface I haven't had too many chances yet to test my combination but for the moment I'm very confident with my choices. The wheels look perfect to me and the tyres are really good. smile

I bought the wheels on ebay from user "powerweb_us" directly from Japan. It took 1,5 weeks til they arrived at my home via UPS - unbelievable fast. At least much faster then parts from the UK at the moment. wink

Next challenge is to find out what the TUEV is thinking about the wheels. rolleyes

Thanks to all who commented here. smile
Michael

FarmyardPants

3,696 posts

185 months

Sunday 6th June
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I ordered my weds sport wheels on 21st April and still waiting. frown

ukkid35

5,556 posts

140 months

Sunday 6th June
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They do look right on the car, but that's a disappointing amount of wheel weights for new tyres on new wheels

Martin_MUC

38 posts

16 months

Sunday 6th June
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GermanCerb said:
To finalize this topic

Next challenge is to find out what the TUEV is thinking about the wheels. rolleyes

Thanks to all who commented here. smile
Michael

Hi Michael
Nice wheels. Viel glueck beim TUEV.
Off topic how did you solve the back number plate lighting?
Gruesse aus Muenchen.
Martin.

Byker28i

35,528 posts

184 months

Monday 7th June
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GermanCerb said:
To finalize this topic:
On the end I decided for some Enkei wheels PF-09 in 8" front and 9" rear, offset +35 both. Additional wheel spacers of 5mm. Colour is Dark Silver. Tyres are Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in 225/45 front and 255/40 rear.
Why 45 profile front and 40 profile rear, are these the sizes that were available or through choice?

aka_kerrly

11,924 posts

177 months

Monday 7th June
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GermanCerb said:
To finalize this topic:
On the end I decided for some Enkei wheels PF-09 in 8" front and 9" rear, offset +35 both. Additional wheel spacers of 5mm. Colour is Dark Silver. Tyres are Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in 225/45 front and 255/40 rear.




Next challenge is to find out what the TUEV is thinking about the wheels. rolleyes

Thanks to all who commented here. smile
Michael
clap very good looking TVR !!!!!!!!!!

Fantastic choice of wheel, significantly better than your original ideas & looks like you got the sizing pretty dam spot on to.

Jhonno

4,033 posts

108 months

Monday 7th June
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GermanCerb said:
To finalize this topic:
On the end I decided for some Enkei wheels PF-09 in 8" front and 9" rear, offset +35 both. Additional wheel spacers of 5mm. Colour is Dark Silver. Tyres are Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in 225/45 front and 255/40 rear.







Due to the nice wheather this year redface I haven't had too many chances yet to test my combination but for the moment I'm very confident with my choices. The wheels look perfect to me and the tyres are really good. smile

I bought the wheels on ebay from user "powerweb_us" directly from Japan. It took 1,5 weeks til they arrived at my home via UPS - unbelievable fast. At least much faster then parts from the UK at the moment. wink

Next challenge is to find out what the TUEV is thinking about the wheels. rolleyes

Thanks to all who commented here. smile
Michael
That looks incredible!

GermanCerb

Original Poster:

38 posts

34 months

Monday 7th June
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Martin_MUC said:

Hi Michael
Nice wheels. Viel glueck beim TUEV.
Off topic how did you solve the back number plate lighting?
Gruesse aus Muenchen.
Martin.
Danke! smile
Nobody asked for it yet. wink
Gruesse aus dem Taunus!
Michael

GermanCerb

Original Poster:

38 posts

34 months

Monday 7th June
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Byker28i said:
Why 45 profile front and 40 profile rear, are these the sizes that were available or through choice?
That came from the discussion above. 235/40 is difficult to find - there are just a few choices. 225/45 is standard size for lots of cars so also lots of choices.
The rolling circumference is still a bit lower on the front compared to the rear (original 235/40 & 255/40 is 188,4cm vs. 193,3cm and now it's 192,8cm vs. 193,3cm).