Brakes Wheels 2nd Gen Tires Who has fitted 215/45/17 tires?

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  1. genik

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    I want to fit 215/45/17 tires on my R56S but have no idea how they will look like. Can anyone that has fitted such tires please post pics here so i can make sure of what im gonna be doing. Thanx in advance :Thumbsup:
     
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    #2 caseydog, Oct 17, 2015
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    I am running 215/45/17s on my R56 CooperS on the MINI two piece Web Spoke rims. They look great! They look like they were meant to be there from the factory.

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    They perform well, too. No unusual wear at all. I'm on my second set of 215s. The first set wore very evenly.

    CD
     
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    My Michelin A/S 3's are. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1445110819.298318.jpg
     
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    Buy them Genik. They look good. They don't rub.
     
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    I love my RE71R's.
     
  7. BruceK

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    Not to be a killjoy, but assuming you are asking about 215/45-17 tires because you are replacing 205/45-17 tires, the difference is negligible. The 215 tires are 10mm wider -- that's just 4/10s of an inch. I think a person is unlikely to be able to spot a difference of less than half an inch of tire width with the naked eye.

    I run 215/45-17 on my MINI simply because there are more tire choices available in that size as opposed to the 205/45-17 size. Pure and simple.
     
  8. vetsvette

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    Probably be a shorter thread if you asked "who hasn't run 215/45-17 on their Mini?"
    That being said, I am very happy with my Goodyears in that size.
     
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    I personally think there is a very subtle difference in looks, but without looking too wide for the rims. To me, the 215s are a no-brainer.

    But, I totally agree that one tire size shift can make a big difference in the number of tire choices available. I used to own an Audi A6 allroad, and going one size wider, at the least, quadrupled my selection of tires.

    CD
     
  10. genik

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    Isn't it true that 215/45/17 tires can and will touch the wheel arches when in pressure? Guys the ones that have fitted 215/45/17 havent you noticed this?
     
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    That is usually the go to size for most folks with a 17'' wheel...
     
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    See post number 4.
     
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    Yes, it isn't true. They should be fine.

    24.6-24.7" diameter and only 10mm wider - still close enough to stock.

    Maybe some of the more square-shouldered tires in that size on a markedly lowered
    MINI with a full load on board could rub a little, but in general, no.
     
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    Nope. I haven't observed ANY negative consequences at all.

    CD
     
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    I have had no issues with the 205/45/17s on my MCS other than a hard, feel-every-bump ride. The wheels are from my wife's S and I switched out my 16" set with her 17s this Spring so she could get a softer ride.
     
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    So generous of you :biggrin5:
     
  17. BlimeyCabrio

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    Yep. 16" is the best overall street wheel size for MINIs, IMO. But of course people will continue to buy 17" and 18"...

    Disclosure statement: I currently own 15", 16", 17" and 18" wheels for my MINI.
     
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    The issue with 16's is the lack of tire selection sizes.
     
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    Mine don't. Even Dragon runs don't create an issue.
     
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    Star Specs are available. Nothing else matters. :devil:
     

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