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Old 15th July 2010, 12:04   #1
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Default Are 17" Alloys for Linea with 205/50 Okay?

It would have been easier for me to give some tips to someone else. But when it comes to my turn to change my tyres, I'm still in a dilema. Additionally, one of my tyre has shown a swelling on the side after 27,500 Km. So, the urgency to change is driving my crazy. I have two things in mind:
  1. Upgrade to 195/65 tyres on the same R15 stock alloys
  2. Upgrade to 205/50 R17.
First profile is a no-brainer. I can go for the economical Michelin Primacy LC for that, or push till PP2 (if still available)

205/50 looks a little too harsh for Indian roads, but I'm hoping that Linea's softer suspension will make it up. 102mm side wall doesn't look impractical either. Nevertheless, I'm all ears to any advice from people who have experiences with such profiles.

If I have to go for 205/50 R17, the next set of issues come from the availability of tyres. For instance, Michelin does not have this profile. I have not tried in other brands. How difficult would it be to get a set of tyres for this profile?

Please suggest any good alloy shops around Bangalore with 98 PCD.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 15th July 2010, 12:13   #2
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I have a 205 50 R16 in my honda city(turtle shape). It has spacers in there but on bumpy roads it scrapes the metal. R17 looks too big for linea in my honest opinion. I am not even sure that even aesthetically it will look good or not. I am not an expert so cant give you rocket science facts why not to have R17 on linea. But for some reason its just not feel good about having such big tyres,feels like its being too harsh.
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@Car-e-ok, you are the right person to give me feedback on the 205/50 profile as you already have. But I didn't get what you meant by "scrapes the metal on bumpy roads". Can you please elaborate on that?

About the R17, if 205/50 is fine, R17 should be fine. Linea internationally has R17 option for the T-jet. If I put 205/50 R16, it would be much smaller than the stock rolling radius. If you look at the table in Car Bibles : The Wheel and Tyre Bible Page 3 of 4, you see that ANHC 175/65 R15 can be replaced with 205/50 R16 and Lineas 195/60 R15 can be replaced with 205/50 R17 within the permissible range of size variation.

But not sure if the tyre brands in India have 205/50 R17. I don't want to be limited with choices in selecting tyres later after I upgrade my alloys.

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Actually i have front two tires 205 55 R17 and rear two 205 50 R16.I know its bizarre but my left front and left rear bursted on the highway when i hit the pothole and i couldnt get any 205 50 R16 . The choice i got was 205 55 R16 so had to live with that in order to come back home as i was handicapped on the road.
I did a lot of research before playing with 16 inch rims on an honda city. In magazines and stuff i did read about this fact that i can have 16 inchers in honda without any problem. But when i went ahead to install them (3 yrs back) nobody was ready to do it. The owner of the alloy shop himself recommended me 15 inch .16 inch was toooo much the way he described. Its been 3 years now ,ride is still bumpy but i am adapted. i have spacers but still at some points at the speed breakers or bumpy roads the tyres touches the body.And one can hear a squeeky noise and a little black thread teared from the sidewall of a tyre.
Like i said i am not at all an expert. You can have 17 inchers on linea . Not a problem. Its just like you have to be ready to live with pros and cons. 9 out of 10 people warned me before i installed 16 inchers. It does have lots of negative points but i am happy with the fact i have it what i wanted. so No problems.
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Thanks a lot. I got what you meant by the metal scrape, i.e. wheel touching the wheel well. That will not happen for me.

It happened for you, not because of R16, but because you upgraded from 175 (5.5 J rim) to 205 (and obviously deeper rim to suit it). If you calculate 175/65 R15 and 205/50 R16 give almost the same radius, so that cannot be a problem. So, I assume, it touches the outside body fender or inside side depending on the rim offset.

Or I could be wrong since you said 205/55 R17. That is way too bigger than the stock. You shouldn't deviate more than about 3% from stock rolling radius. If you can get 205/50 R17, that will shave off a centimeter and will be helpful for you and me as well (to get to know how easy or difficult to get that profile )

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I realized that there was already a thread on 205/50 R17 for Linea http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/tyre-a...handigarh.html (Changing Linea default to 205/50/17, need to locate a good dealer in CHANDIGARH) Mods, please merge them.

BTW, I'm now convinced that 205/50 R17 is perfect because it will have same diameter as the newly launched T-jet Linea 205/55 R16.

Now, the next problem is finding a tyre with this profile. I will soon upgrade to R17.
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Hi folks,

If anyone has upgraded linea tyres to 205/50 R17 please share their feedback and most important - please post pictures from various angles. .

Please help as I am planning for such an upgrade.

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http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...ed-alloys.html

Heres one for you. Except its 215/45 R17.

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Ok guys.. I am too contemplating to put 205/17 r 17 on my civic..

I want to know which manufacturers are making this size and where can I find them in Delhi ??
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I actually wanted 205/50 for the 17" as I desperately wanted a little bit of cushion as well as the extra bit of ground clearance. 215/45 does give 4mm extra clearance compared to stock, which should be decent. Thanks akshay1234 for pointing me to that thread.
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