Bergman asked this question 8 years, 8 months ago:

Winter tires

I know we have at least two tire guys on this site. So here's my question:

Can I run a set of 205/55 R16 on my 2011 Golf TDI?

Right now I have 225/55 R17. The smaller set above is on VW rims for a Golf as well.

....and finally I will need a set of summer tires to replace the all seasons in the spring. IF the price is right I might want to do seasonal storage.

Thanks!



8 years, 7 months ago

Use this to convert to inches and a true (ish) diameter:

http://tire-size-conversion.com/metric-tire-conversion/

24.9" vs 26.7" is probably too big. You'll likely rub when turning, especially if there are deep drain channels coming out of a parking lot. Things like wheel offset can change that tho, but my opinion is based on wheels with the same offset.

8 years, 7 months ago

I went from 225/45R17 to 205/55R16 for the winter. Seems to be working ok. I checked my spare and it was a 195/65R15 so I figured a 16 would fit. Was worried about going to small.

8 years, 7 months ago

hallo - here ist the other tire-guy. yes you can. Just Need new rims and - if US-specs, a set of TPMS. - if your spare is 195/65R15 - that will be posible as well, very fuel-efficent, but not very sporty.

merry x-mas

diwil

8 years, 7 months ago

TPMS is not required. I just got used to seeing the light on my dash telling me my tires are low on air. I just checked my pressure every second time I filled up with gas. No need to spend any money on TPMS for winter tires.

On the other hand, if you plan on being in Germany for a long time, and you want to get TPMS, go for it.

8 years, 7 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
TPMS is not required. I just got used to seeing the light on my dash telling me my tires are low on air. I just checked my pressure every second time I filled up with gas. No need to spend any money on TPMS for winter tires.

On the other hand, if you plan on being in Germany for a long time, and you want to get TPMS, go for it.


My car and newer ones now use the ABS system to measure the roll of the tire. So TMPS is no longer an issue when changing to after market rims.

Oh and if there's a warning light on when you get the car inspected, it'll fail. I got gigged for having low wiper fluid and the light was on.

8 years, 7 months ago

Quote by Bergman:
My car and newer ones now use the ABS system to measure the roll of the tire. So TMPS is no longer an issue when changing to after market rims.

Oh and if there's a warning light on when you get the car inspected, it'll fail. I got gigged for having low wiper fluid and the light was on.



I had two inspections with the low tire pressure light on. Passed both times. They see the steel rims and know it is not a failure, but rather because of the winter tires.

8 years, 7 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
I had two inspections with the low tire pressure light on. Passed both times. They see the steel rims and know it is not a failure, but rather because of the winter tires.


Lucky. I think it might depend on who did the inspection and where. I've heard people say "go to Baumholder...you'll pass there no matter what".

So I made a call. the answer was: a functional TPMS warning light is required under Federal requirement FMVSS 138 and since your car is US Spec it will need to be fully functional or your car will fail the safety inspection.

This is the response to "In Germany TMPS is not required".

8 years, 7 months ago

Requiring TPMS is just stupid, anyway. I'd be willing to go out on a limb and say that more cars don't even have it, than do. Malfunctioning TPMS is not a safety issue for a car that is equipped with it, than it is for a car that doesn't have it at all. So, why make it a requirement for passing inspection?

By the way, for those reading this and don't know what TPMS, is. It is Tire Pressure Monitoring System. It is basically a system that tells people who don't bother to regularly check their tire pressure, that the tire pressure is low.

8 years, 7 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
Requiring TPMS is just stupid, anyway. I'd be willing to go out on a limb and say that more cars don't even have it, than do. Malfunctioning TPMS is not a safety issue for a car that is equipped with it, than it is for a car that doesn't have it at all. So, why make it a requirement for passing inspection?

By the way, for those reading this and don't know what TPMS, is. It is Tire Pressure Monitoring System. It is basically a system that tells people who don't bother to regularly check their tire pressure, that the tire pressure is low.


Maybe worldwide, but any car after 2003 will have the systemto help lazy people monitor air pressure. Next up? All car new cars will require a back up camera.

8 years, 7 months ago

Quote by Bergman:
Maybe worldwide, but any car after 2003 will have the systemto help lazy people monitor air pressure. Next up? All car new cars will require a back up camera.


I wish cars would come equipped with a breathalyzer or some other kind of system to monitor blood alcohol.

Or, better, have a car equipped with a stupid detector. The driver would have to answer a series of questions that are considered easy for people who are not too impaired to drive, but difficult for people who are either impaired, or too stupid to be allowed to drive. Neither should be allowed to drive.

8 years, 7 months ago

better don´t wish - our french neighbours got this already.......... (the alcohol-thing.. not the other...)

8 years, 7 months ago

Quote by diwil:
better don´t wish - our french neighbours got this already.......... (the alcohol-thing.. not the other...)


I thought the breathalyzer in France was repealed?

8 years, 7 months ago

on of our french costumers have it in his car installed.

7 years, 6 months ago

So to spend the money on the TPMS or not, that is the question...came across practically new OEM rims at the price of steel rims... could not pass them up. But, since now it isn't as obvious as the steel rims-winter tire.... TPMS looms over me..

7 years, 6 months ago

We didn't. The light on the dash is annoying, but not worth the hassle. Sure, if I would have known we were going to have to buy winter tires before we could even drive the car off the lot, I might have been proactive and bought the TMPS sensors and had them installed. But as it were, we didn't have the time. When the time comes to replace the winter tires, I will likely look for a good deal on the sensors and have them installed.

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