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Will 205 /45/17 tyres fit my 1.2 wind

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Post by Fastcardave Sat 24 Aug 2019 - 17:37

I am thinking of changing my tyres on my wind.At present i have standard 205/40/17 tyres.does anyone know if 205/45/17 tyres will fit.not sure if they will scuff on wheel arches.want to give better protection for the alloys and improve the ride thanks Dave

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Post by Dr@gon Sat 24 Aug 2019 - 18:44

i have 215 on mine at mo
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Post by Fastcardave Sat 24 Aug 2019 - 18:48

Hi thats another option.thanks.

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Post by bigjase1972 Sat 24 Aug 2019 - 21:28

Don’t think they would scuff the wheel arches, but I would have thought it will affect the accuracy of your speedometer!
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Post by Johno.0 Sun 25 Aug 2019 - 10:20

I have that size, and was told going one size up will be fine but not any bigger as the speedometer, etc goes out of whack. I find they feel better and look better even though the size difference isn’t exactly noticeable but to my OCD eyes it is, haha.
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Post by pittstop Sun 25 Aug 2019 - 16:12

Going from 205 / 40 to 205 / 45 will raise your overall gearing by approx 3.7%.

The real benefit would seem to be a ride height gain of 10mm which would put this much more tyre between the wheel & the road with a corresponding improvement in comfort on our potholed roads.
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Post by Johno.0 Sun 25 Aug 2019 - 20:23

The roads are terrible here in Swansea, shockingly so. I do try to avoid potholes as much as possible but sometimes it just can’t be done. I always find in the Wind when going over potholes that it sounds a lot worse than I normally experience in other cars, (I drive all types of cars on a daily basis in work as part of the job I do). I get the wheels checked every now and then, and I have yet to drive over a pothole that does any actual damage to the wheel and I’ve driven over some real bad ones.
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Post by fordprefect4 Sun 25 Jul 2021 - 14:11

@pittstop wrote:Going from 205 / 40 to 205 / 45 will raise your overall gearing by approx 3.7%.

The real benefit would seem to be a ride height gain of 10mm which would put this much more tyre between the wheel & the road with a corresponding improvement in comfort on our potholed roads.
Hi. What does it mean by "raise your overall gearing..." 
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Post by pittstop Tue 27 Jul 2021 - 11:33

By raising the gearing, in this case by fitting a tyre that increases the overall diameter & circumference of the driving wheels, the further one travels per revolution of the wheel.

Thus: If one assumes that the 1.6 Wind travels at approx 18.6mph per 1000rpm in top gear then with the proposed change of tyres it would travel at 19.3mph (18.6 x 1.037) per 1000rpm.
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Post by fordprefect4 Tue 27 Jul 2021 - 11:49

Thanks very much pitstop. Understand now.
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