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Old 08-09-2004, 00:34   #1 (permalink)
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45 series on 16' Alloys Thoughts

OK its time for new tyres for my AUII.

I have 16X7" Alloys on it.

I am looking at getting some decent tyres and I like the 225/45R16 from Yoko in the ES100 and the Toyo proxes T1.

They are the only two non ricer load rated tyres ie 93W rating that come close to the 95w rating of the 225/50R16 that everyone is running.

Anyone have any thoughts, experiences or ideas they would like to share about my choices?

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Old 08-09-2004, 01:05   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 45 series on 16' Alloys Thoughts

My thoughts - not legal end of story. Why can't you get tyres in 225/50, there are plenty available.
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Re: 45 series on 16' Alloys Thoughts

Not legal, not sensible or are you just asking why be different?
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Re: 45 series on 16' Alloys Thoughts

245/45-16 may be OK if they fit a 7" rim, but not 225/45. The 225s will also make your speedo read too high.
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Re: 45 series on 16' Alloys Thoughts

Not legal as in they don't comply with your tyre placard - the load rating and diameter are wrong (not legal) besides the fact it will also put your speedo out, but at least it will be reading fast not slow.

I was asking why would you need to go to 45 profile, because 225/50 is one of the most common tyre sizes going around and you can get any type of rubber you require from cheap'n'nasty to type R stuff. Without having checked I would be pretty sure the tyres you mention would be available in 225/50 as well.
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Re: 45 series on 16' Alloys Thoughts

The placard say 215/60P16 and 215/55P16 so what!

Load rating of the tyres I am thinking of is 93W thats 650kg or 2600kg on the car which with a 1600kg kerb weight AU gives me a 1000kg load.

The tyre width is 10mm over standard and the profile is 10% under.

The grey sppedo gear will correct the speeedo to 0.8% slow for $8.

This sounds all reasonable even sensible to me.

legal well the last time I worried about that I was 15 and had a 13 year old girl friend.

And yes I know these decisions can come back to haunt you. I have a 13 year old daughter myself now.

Any real discussion on the 45 profile on 16's
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The tyres I am after are available in 225/50ZR16 and I can save at leat $25 a tyre but I am interested the lower profile tyres and wanted to see if anyone had any ideas on them
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Personally I can't see a problem at all. It will hardly change anything as it's not much of difference.

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Re: 45 series on 16' Alloys Thoughts

Ok well I went for the 225/45ZR16 Yoko ES100's at $250 a tyre!

The ES100's are terrfic in the dry with much better turn in and feel lighter to steer than the stock NCT5215/60R16.

They aren't noisy but tramline a bit and thump more over road joins.

If you don't like the look of the rear wheelarch gap in the AU wagon though don't go for the 45 profile it really doesn't help.

The speedo reads 8.35% fast but thats corrected to 0.74% slow with a grey 22t speedo drive gear and now the auto pulls 5100/5600rpm in first and second at WOT.

The speed and load ratings of the tyres are all leagl and sensible (not always the same thing).

If you have an AUII/III you can run any tyre that fits your rims with a 90 load rating or above so this gives you lots of chices that are legal. 215/60R16, 215/55R16, 225/50ZR16, 225/45ZR16, 245/45ZR16, 225/50ZR17, 235/45ZR17 etc.
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My folks have 235/45/17 on the front, and 255/40/17 on the back of there AU wagon, and it looks shit hot, and has no side effects whatsoever.

Which is BTW, the same combo as my ute.

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