[QUOTE=KFC;3943137]If you're a clumsy driver or a woman then yeah, 17's might be better. I wouldn't worry about curbing alloys just because they are bigger,
you just have to be a little more selective where and how you park. Most good tyres have curb protection on them. Driving up the curb on a pavement to park on narrow streets sometimes you have to do will certainly damage the inside wall and blister out at some stage.
My misses does it all time and at a shallow angle so the back wheel grinds up onto the curb.. She doesn't care or think about damage. Easier but the Civic has boring 16" alloys on it.
You just have to think in a different way when it comes to parking or clipping the "apex" on a roundabout..
Back in the real world......
The 18s aren't more kerbable because they are bigger it's because there is zero protection from the tyre rim
and they are a lower profile tyre. So anything more than a couple of inches of kerb will damage them.
Next time you're down this way drop me a line and I'll give you a few places to go where I can guarantee you'll
have at least 2 scuffed 18s at the end of the journey.
Not everywhere is England.
If you only see your Alfa as an "A to B" drive then get a boring car.
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