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Car tyre profiles and ride quality

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by leaky5, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. leaky5

    leaky5 Donator

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    We are looking at a new car which comes with 16" 55 profile tyres as standard. Currently the manufacturer are adding an options pack which has 17" 50 profile tyres.

    My wife does not want this car to have to harsh a ride. (Even though it will be me driving it the bulk of the time).

    Will we really notice the difference between the 2 profiles in relation to ride quality ?
     
  2. Evolve82

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    Are they run flats on the 17"? If so that will be more of a noticeable difference than the profile change in my experience.
     
  3. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    View attachment 92952 forget 50's try 80's, you don't feel a thing :rolleyes:
    I got fed up with getting my motor's bang and bashed about on these country's crap roads
     
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    The higher the profile the softer the ride!!!
     
  5. terry1001

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    Lower profile tyres have shorter, stiffer sidewalls as do run flat tyres (stiffer anyway). 50's aren't too bad in my experience unless they are run flat as well. When you get down to 40/35 etc it's starting to get like using solid tyres. Another thing about low profile tyres is that they put your rims much closer to the kerbs and you will get more rim damage, they also cost more to replace.
     
  6. leaky5

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    I understand all the stuff about lower profiles being a firmer ride. I should be able to drive one with the 17" wheels at the weekend, I might see if they have one with 16" at the same time to compare to.
    It's a brand new Focus and from what I can tell the highest profile they fit to any model Focus is a 55, so I would expect the ride quality of this type of family car to be quite good and am hoping the 17's with the 50's won't be a huge amout different.
    My son had a Fiesta with 40 or 45's and that was pretty harsh and yes he did gt lots of pot hole and kerb damage. He has moved to a Focus with 16" 55's and says it is much better.
     
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    the way the roads are around here i need a tractor, even driving truck around i get a few decent bumps and knocks, reminds me really must getting tracking checked :(
     
  8. kuro

    kuro Busy Member

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    I have 17inch 45s on my saab vector. Out on the open road the car is smooth and fairly quiet. The problems start when I get on a potholed road, its bone crunching, though this is probably made worse by the sports suspension pack
     
  9. jesim1

    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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    There will be a technical difference, but a negligible one between a 50 and 55 profile tyre on a 16/17" rim, I'd be very surprised if you could notice it on a focus, I'd go for the bigger wheel personally for grip as I don't believe the comfort would suffer.

    James
     
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    not very noticeable in terms of comfort but you will feel it in the pocket when you come to replace.

    bigger boolers look nice but they come with a premium.

    as im approaching 30 in june im not bothered about fancy wheels as theyre more of a hindrance,

    also found that 45/50s suffered greater from blebs due to pot holes, never had any blebs on the 195/65s on the mrs family chariot
     

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