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Old 18th January 2010, 15:07   #1
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Hi guys,
I am thinking of changing the tyres on my 35k kms old Octavia RS and had a small query -
The stock tyres on the car are 205/55/R16, Bridgestone. I am getting a set of 4 205/60/R16 tyres off a friend. The tyres are in a good condition.
I just wanted to check if I can use them on my RS and what impact it could have on handling, ride quality, speedo error, etc.
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Old 18th January 2010, 15:14   #2
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ilovefls:

You can surely use the 205/60R16 on the RS. Ride quality should improve due to higher profile and there should be none or very minor speedo error.

How old are these tyres? Not just in terms of usage, but also in terms of its manufacturing. I am not a tyre expert, but to my best knowledge, if the manufacturing date of the tyre is old, then the rubber would be starting to show cracks. Probably, some of the gurus on the forum can confirm that.

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205/60 R16 would be a bad idea. Sidharth here ran 225/55 R16 on his RS and the tyres used to scrape the wheel wells. 205/60 R16 would be bad.
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You can very safely go for 205/60 16, I went in for that Day before Yesterday, Tyre Looks better, slightly improved Ground Clearence, i have kept the Alloys Stock.
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205/60 R16 would be a bad idea. Sidharth here ran 225/55 R16 on his RS and the tyres used to scrape the wheel wells. 205/60 R16 would be bad.
Hello Nikhil, the Scraping must be due to Wider Tyres, along with an additional 11 mm increase in Dia.
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205/60 R16 would be a bad idea. Sidharth here ran 225/55 R16 on his RS and the tyres used to scrape the wheel wells. 205/60 R16 would be bad.
Hey Nikhil2008,

I am running a 225/50 R16 on my RS and have no issues of tyre scrapping.

To best of my knowledge, the scraping would be a result of wider tyres. The standard tyres on RS is 205/55 R16 and 205/60 R16 would have a higher sidewall keeping the tyre width the same as OE. So, I would assume, there should be no scrapping as a result of different size.

On the other hand, the ride quality should improve due to higher profile.

Correct me if I am wrong.

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Thanks for the replies guys.
Even I am of the opinion since the tyres are not wider and the profile is a little higher it should improve ride quality without causing any scraping issues. Also can you please share if it has any effect, adverse or positive on handling?
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Hey Nikhil2008,

I am running a 225/50 R16 on my RS and have no issues of tyre scrapping.

To best of my knowledge, the scraping would be a result of wider tyres. The standard tyres on RS is 205/55 R16 and 205/60 R16 would have a higher sidewall keeping the tyre width the same as OE. So, I would assume, there should be no scrapping as a result of different size.

On the other hand, the ride quality should improve due to higher profile.

Correct me if I am wrong.

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Ardy, how can you compare a 225/50 R16(which btw, is the CORRECT upsize) with a 225/55 R16?

My suggestion is not to go in for 205/60 R16. It WILL scrape on full load. In the end, it's your money. Please go ahead and try it if you want.
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My suggestion is not to go in for 205/60 R16. It WILL scrape on full load.
That could be a possibility. Like I said earlier, I am no expert on this subject, but just using my little knowledge and experience.

@Arpit: How has your experience been so far with 205/60R16? Have you tried driving with full load?

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Old 18th January 2010, 16:16   #10
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Nikhil,
I guess your suggestion is 205/55/R16 or 225/50/R16?
Also I checked and the overall variation in diameter is coming out to be about 3%. I guess 3% should be a safe number to go with?

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Ardy, how can you compare a 225/50 R16(which btw, is the CORRECT upsize) with a 225/55 R16?

My suggestion is not to go in for 205/60 R16. It WILL scrape on full load. In the end, it's your money. Please go ahead and try it if you want.
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ilovefls --- Usually 3% is ok. But for the RS, I have my doubts. You can apply the 3% rule to ALL cars and tyres.

I would suggest you stick to 205/55 R16 and go for Conti CPC2. It's a good blend of performance and comfort. If you want outright performance, nothing better than the Advan Neovas.
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I think nikhil is right, there might me scraping issues in full load, always do a correct upsize in tires, doing incorrect upsizing can lead to loss of pickup, if you own an rs u must be an enthusiast who doesnt want that, stick to stock size or do a proper upsize..
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Point is I am not even looking to upsize, just that I had the option of buying used tyres and they are available only in this size - 205/60/R16.
Any other opinion on this?

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I think nikhil is right, there might me scraping issues in full load, always do a correct upsize in tires, doing incorrect upsizing can lead to loss of pickup, if you own an rs u must be an enthusiast who doesnt want that, stick to stock size or do a proper upsize..
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Point is I am not even looking to upsize, just that I had the option of buying used tyres and they are available only in this size - 205/60/R16.
Any other opinion on this?
I strongly suggest you consult a good Tyre Dealer about your doubt to be double sure, for me i haven't had any problems till now. although haven't tried with a fully loaded boot.
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Old 11th February 2010, 12:40   #15
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I got a set of new CPC2 yesterday and there has been some noticeable improvement in ride quality over the Bridgestone Turanzas that came as stock with the car, could also be because the stock tires were worn out - they had already done 36k.

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I strongly suggest you consult a good Tyre Dealer about your doubt to be double sure, for me i haven't had any problems till now. although haven't tried with a fully loaded boot.
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