Wheels, Tyres, Suspension, Chassis, Faults and Fixes
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147daytona wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:13 pm
Nothing there about driving in snow but luckily, as you know Kevin, we don't get much snow in Suffolk so don't have to worry too much about the pros and cons of different wheel sizes but even so, a 225/17 is the same width as a 225/19 so would have the same footprint in the snow.
Reducing the width of a tyre would make more of a difference than reducing the diameter.
Yeah - though tbf the original post didn't mention snow and I expect it would be hard to set up a trial for this in most of the UK.
I suspect on snow it's mainly about an open tread pattern that would allow compacted snow to drop out. I imagine snow tyres are pretty noisy at other times.
On my last car - an Astra GTC - I had 19" wheels and all-weather tyres (Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2). These were a huge improvement on wet country roads compared to the factory fit tyres.
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I recently put Michelin CrossClimate+ on all round. no probs with the 18"s. 245/40 R18 Y & 225/45 R18 Y
way more grippy than i was expecting, but my recommendation is to over inflate by 2-3 psi or they can feel a bit soft when cornering.
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Just a comment on the noise from open thread pattern tyres. Winter tyres made for nordic conditions are surprisingly quite with the XE on dry and wet roads. I have the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 (225/45 18) and the difference to my summer tyres (Goodyear Eagle F1 ASY 5) is rather in the tone than actual noise level. The softer winter tyre generates more of a hum compared to the high pitched sound from the harder summer tyre, and that is in spite of >200 studs per wheel. Driving on soft snow is a totally different experience with the car going almost silent w.r.t. road noise.
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Just drive according to the conditions with what you have fitted now.
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