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Old 30-03-2005   #16
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Re: Abarth Alloys and New Tyres

I don't know if it makes it more unsafe with just 10mm widths difference but it's best to match them when you get the chance.

Dunno if you get 195/50 r14's?

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Re: Abarth Alloys and New Tyres

There all new at the mo but the fronts are getting alittle more wear than rears as expected so maybe in 3 months i'll switch them around. Always nice to have wide tyres at rear.
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Quick follow up on this subject, my front tyres are 185/50/r14 continentals and on the rear are 175/50/r14
Hate to say it but you're running illegally. Current Law states that the front tyres must not be wider than the rear tyres, so your 185 fronts with 175 rears put you in the unenviable position of being a bad boy. You probably won't have a problem with it, but should the Boys in Blue stop you and start looking for reasons, you could be faced with a ticket.

To become legal again, just swap the fronts to the rear and vice versa.
From what I remember the Cinq has little in the way of Ackerman angles, (if any at all) and so they do tend to scrub the fronts quite easily, especially the wider sections. I'm running 175 front and 185 rear at the moment, which is a good compromise.

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Re: Abarth Alloys and New Tyres

I'm running 195/45 14 on the cinq no problems with rubbing at all even on full lock, mind you the car hasn't been lowered (yet)
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Re: Abarth Alloys and New Tyres

Quote Originally Posted by Julio_Scorchio
I'm running 175 front and 185 rear at the moment, which is a good compromise.

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wat benefit would u get from running wider rears on a cinq?
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Wow i didn't know that, I think i'll swap them around. Funny though coz the only reason i have new tyres on is because the front ones needed replacing for the MOT and the mot place did it so you would have thought they would have known it is illegal. anyways i'll switch them around on the weekend. Like you said you dont wanna the police extra reasons.

By the way what would happen if i had an accident would the insurance company have a reason not to pay up... That would really be crap.
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wat benefit would u get from running wider rears on a cinq?
Oh none really apart from the looks. My 175's wore out and I had some 185's sitting like a tin of milk doing nothing, so I nailed them on. (Fat rears always look a bit better anyway).

You could argue that wider rears are more susceptible to aquaplaning, (but then they are running in the clear track created by the fronts), that they will give slightly less grip because the pressure per square inch is less than a narrower tyre, (but conversely they have an increased surface area so are more likely to grip) that they will be more noisy because they have the greater surface area and maybe less mileage due to the increased rolling resistance etc etc. You could find reasons to suit your own argument ad infinitum.

It doesn't really matter an awful lot because the difference is minimal. It would affect the front more, but that's not the question. Makes virtually no difference at all, except it saved me having to buy two new tyres.

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Sei Abarth Alloys and New Tyres 175/50 vs 185/50

Bump -

I have bumped up the old topic of interest.

The new P6000 that I have fitted a year ago are now due for replacement - cr*p things! They worn down aready, so now looking for replacements.

I am considering before the MOT (9 months) to replace all 4 corners with 185/50 R14 to save alot of 's

Any best ones? Needs alot of grip due to 60mph cornering (hehehe) slow corners , not tight ones.

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