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Today I ordered my 17inch new wheels...and now I have to buy my tyres within the next two weeks...my options are

1.Pirelli P Zero Nero 225/45/17 but will the tyre touch anything when turning or....
then 215/45/17

I really prefer the 225/45 cause it is a "higher" tyre which suits better roads over here

2.Dunlop Sp sport Maxx (the same Hugo has) or whatever it was called same sizes...
 

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Hi kgb,

I am driving 215/45 R17 on our roads (I don't think Bulgaria could be so much worse:)) and I am happy with it. I am even considering not so usual size 205/45 R17 for my next tyres. I think 215 is not a must for my 1,6l engine. And wide tyres are really heavy. If you have heavy wheels you are going to feel this more than +-5mm differece in sidewalls.

I dont think 225 tyre will touch anything, I have seen Alfa owners using this size.

225 has 9mm more in diameter as 215, that is +1,44%.
If you are really looking for comfort, have you considered 205/50 R17? They have 12mm more in diameter it is +1,92% comparing with 215/45. So your speedo should be still fine.


BTW: Maybe I missed some of your posts, but which wheels did you actually ordered?

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205/50x17 are a very very tight fit at the front due to the extra height. My friend had these fitted and comfort was much improved over the 215/45 but there was some slight rubbing on the inside of the tyre - not much. It was not until you removed the wheel that you could see there had been some very slight rubbing on the tyre.

This was on standard 7x17" Alfa wheels. If you are using a lower offset wheel or small spacer then this shouldn't be a problem.
 

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Gotcha,

I did order the Fondmetal 7300ms...7x17H2 (I dont know what that H2 stands for but anyways)

Pascs,

They have ET35...so it is the same as alfa original wheels for the 147.



205 will look "small" I have to work on the looks as well...you know :cool:

I have a lot of torque (360+NM) to spin the tyres...right now the factory firestones 195/60/15 spin very easly even in 3rd gear in hard accell and ASR cuts in...and fast overtaking goes to hell :mad:

That"s why I want to go for either the 215 or 225...any recomendations on Pirelli or Dunlop???

thanks to both of you...and all the best ;)
 

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Hi Petko,

As I've told before I'm quite happy with the SportMaxx. They gave an excelent grip on dry as well on wet. The side walls are very resistant (for a 16" wheel), and they don't bend much on hard cornering. I bet they will be even better with 215/45/17". :) But the rubber doesn't fill very hard or too soft. They feel really balanced. :)

If we're cornering very fast and we stick the head out of the window we can hear a "bzzz" from the directional track. :D Besides, road noise is not a problem what so ever. The steering feels really responsive and they are super progressive.
 

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Standard Alfa offset is 41mm so with 35mm your wheels will already be 6mm further out than a standard Alfa wheel.

Goodyear F1's pretty good tyre - used to be very popular with owners
 

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Pascs said:
Standard Alfa offset is 41mm so with 35mm your wheels will already be 6mm further out than a standard Alfa wheel.

Goodyear F1's pretty good tyre - used to be very popular with owners
Are you sure Pascs? My 6,5x15 Alfa Elegant alloys I use in winter have offset 41,5mm but I think Alfa 7x17 have indeed 35mm offset.

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They have ET35...so it is the same as alfa original wheels for the 147.
My Dezent wheels have 38mm offset and are fine with 215. So I think with ET35 you can go for 225.
 

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Yes pretty certain that its 41mm for the 7x17".

6.5x16" wheels are 41.5mm too.

The 7.5x17" GTA wheels are 34 or 35mm and 7.5x17" GTV wheels at 30mm.
 

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Pascs said:
Yes pretty certain that its 41mm for the 7x17".

6.5x16" wheels are 41.5mm too.

The 7.5x17" GTA wheels are 34 or 35mm and 7.5x17" GTV wheels at 30mm.
Sorry, I mixed up with GTA wheels.
 

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gotcha said:
Sorry, I mixed up with GTA wheels.
No worries........at least I'm boosting my post count
 

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Pascs said:
No worries........at least I'm boosting my post count
Hei hei! ;)
 

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According to alfa romeo dealers the normal ET for 17inch tyres is 35mm...for the facelifted 156 not 147 it is different...so maybe you are looking at that one Pascs...I have to check that one again...but I am 100% sure that OZ racing, fondmetal, stilautp, antera, 1000miglia all have ET35 for the 147in their fittment guide
 

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I'm talking about the original Alfa 7x17 Selespeed wheel and all others before the new facelift 156 model, these have an offset of 41mm. Maybe the new Alfa wheels have an offset of 35mm but I've not heard of that before.

Aftermarket wheel companies normally make wheels with 35mm for most makes of car not just Alfa. This limits the number of different options they require when producing the wheels and I guess keeps the costs down.

IMO 35mm is the best offset anyway for the 156 / 147.
 

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"IMO 35mm is the best offset anyway for the 156 / 147."

Thanks, Pascs...now I can sleep well ;)
 

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Dont want you losing any sleep over it :D

especially after you have already ordered them......................just hope they fit now that I've said 35mm is best. :lol:
 
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