Found 9th Nov 2010
Anyone here go to the effort of getting winter tyres fitter to their car?

Been thinking about doing it this year.. I tend to cover alot of miles and I remember how bad the conditions were last year. Its supposed to be just as bad if not worse this year.

Only problem is my tyres are 225/40/18 as it is which are pretty expensive!

Wondering if its worth hunting around for a spare set of standard mk5 Golf wheels I can put some cheaper winter tyres onto...?

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Fitted them on Sunday.

Ready for the winter up here in GOC

OP --

I run 245/40/18's Runflats summer tyres and have a set of M&S marked Winter's 225/55/16 non run flats, which will be going on at the weekend.

For advice on which set up for your Golf, take a read of this thread :- vwaudiforum.co.uk/for…904

If i was you, I would opt for a set of 16's with 205/55/16's depending on which engine you have in it.

Are you running a MK5 or Mk6 ?

Cheers

Rick

Edited by: "RickT" 9th Nov 2010

If you are going to switch to winter tyres DONT switch to 225/55/16 because there is almost 3% difference in the rolling circumference - this affects your speedometer and odometer readings.

Switch instead to 205/55/16

If you want to play about with different combinations Look here

Then buy them here

As an alternative if its just as a get me home type solution I have just bought these snow socks as a few people on our estate use them. We live on a new estate and have a nice steep hill to climb to get to our house which meant last winter leaving the car about a mile away and walking up to the house, however with these we were able to get right up to the house.

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RickT

OP --I run 245/40/18's Runflats summer tyres and have a set of M&S marked … OP --I run 245/40/18's Runflats summer tyres and have a set of M&S marked Winter's 225/55/16 non run flats, which will be going on at the weekend.For advice on which set up for your Golf, take a read of this thread :- http://www.vwaudiforum.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=108904If i was you, I would opt for a set of 16's with 205/55/16's depending on which engine you have in it.Are you running a MK5 or Mk6 ?CheersRick



Hi Rick, thanks for your reply. Looks like useful information! I have a GT TDI Mk5.

edit: wow! looking at prices for 205/55/16 and they're half of what I would be paying for on my old rims! I need to get a different set of wheels for sure!


cannyscot

If you are going to switch to winter tyres DONT switch to 225/55/16 … If you are going to switch to winter tyres DONT switch to 225/55/16 because there is almost 3% difference in the rolling circumference - this affects your speedometer and odometer readings.Switch instead to 205/55/16If you want to play about with different combinations Look hereThen buy them here



Right, I get ya! Thanks!
Edited by: "baconsandwich" 9th Nov 2010

cannyscot

If you are going to switch to winter tyres DONT switch to 225/55/16 … If you are going to switch to winter tyres DONT switch to 225/55/16 because there is almost 3% difference in the rolling circumference - this affects your speedometer and odometer readings.Switch instead to 205/55/16If you want to play about with different combinations Look hereThen buy them here



^^ cannyscot -- I guessing that statement was directed towards me as I mentioned my set up with 225/55/16's

Can you explain further please:-
Why should I not go for a 225/55/16 set up ??
Please can you advise how you work out that its almost 3% difference in the rolling circumference??

As I work it out that its the closest rolling circumference possible with the options I have.

Current set up is:-
245/40/18
Rolling Radius :- 205.21 cm
Total Diameter: 65.32 cm
Sidewall Height: 9.80 cm

And the winter tyre set up :- 225/55/16

Rolling Radius :205.43 cm
Total Diameter: 65.39 cm
Sidewall Height: 12.38 cm

With this combination your speed will be 0.01% greater than indicated.
So, when the speedo reads 30.0 mph I will actually be doing 30.0mph.
And when doing 60.0mph I will be doing 60.1 mph.



Edited by: "RickT" 9th Nov 2010

baconsandwich

[Hi Rick, thanks for your reply. Looks like useful information! I have a … [Hi Rick, thanks for your reply. Looks like useful information! I have a GT TDI Mk5. edit: wow! looking at prices for 205/55/16 and they're half of what I would be paying for on my old rims! I need to get a different set of wheels for sure!



The best option is to get another set of rims, I would opt for a set of GT TDI rims or a set of the MK5 Sport rims, or.. you could run it on a set of steel black rims.

If you need any further advice etc, let us know.

Cheers

Rick

Click on link and put the two sets of data in.

Actual Speed: 60 mph Speedometer shows 58.4 mph
Speedometer Difference: 2.636% too slow
Diameter Difference: 2.57%

cannyscot

If you are going to switch to winter tyres DONT switch to 225/55/16 … If you are going to switch to winter tyres DONT switch to 225/55/16 because there is almost 3% difference in the rolling circumference



cannyscot

Click on link and put the two sets of data in.Actual Speed: 60 mph … Click on link and put the two sets of data in.Actual Speed: 60 mph Speedometer shows 58.4 mphSpeedometer Difference: 2.636% too slowDiameter Difference: 2.57%



So your point is towards the OP and not me then...

The OP did not mention the size 225/55/16, It was me that said my my winter set up was that size.

I mentioned to the OP that 205/55/16 would be a good choice.

I think you have misread the thread.





Edited by: "RickT" 9th Nov 2010

im just gonna buy chains on my rolls royce.



I think you have misread the thread.

No Rick, I was responding to your thread before you edited it and added

If i was you, I would opt for a set of 16's with 205/55/16's depending on which engine you have in it.

But I know that you'll agree that winter tyres make a huge difference to the handling on snow and ice and are well worth the cost/effort.







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cannyscot

I think you have misread the thread.No Rick, I was responding to your … I think you have misread the thread.No Rick, I was responding to your thread before you edited it and addedIf i was you, I would opt for a set of 16's with 205/55/16's depending on which engine you have in it.But I know that you'll agree that winter tyres make a huge difference to the handling on snow and ice and are well worth the cost/effort.



We wont get into a debate, but the perfect size for my set up is the 225/55/16. (which are the tyres and rims I have in the garage right now)

Rick
Edited by: "RickT" 1st Sep 2011
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