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Old 01-02-2013, 05:40 PM   #1
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16'' vs 17'' comfort?

Hi guys,
I am curious about E46 difference in comfort with 16'' wheels vs 17''
I am running 205/55/16 and car is very comfy and I like it that way, but I was thinking about 17'' if my comfort level remains.

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Old 01-02-2013, 05:55 PM   #2
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Very negligible difference from 16 to 17.
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It is a noticeable difference but not dramatic when using the same brand and model of tire. The tire choice alone can affect ride quality more than the difference between 205/55R16 vs 225/45R17.


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Old 01-03-2013, 11:11 PM   #4
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Also keep in mind tram-lining when going wider too as you'll most likely go to a 225 width. I just went from 205/55-16 yokohama s.drives to 225/45-17 Michelin Super Sports and noticed a bit of tram-lining at around 55-65 mph.

Never noticed any tram-lining at that speed on the same stretch of freeway on the 205's. Once I got it a little past 65, it was gone. Could be attributed to a number of factors but definitely something to consider.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:37 PM   #5
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+1 for the tire selection. Some tires have stiff sidewalls, some have soft sidewalls. I think you'll be fine if you choose the right tire.
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