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    My 1988 205 gti 1.9 will needs new tyres. I'm running the standard 185/55/15 size at the moment.
    Will going to 195/50/15 tyres make the steering feel change. ?
    Better or worse ?
    What tyres have you chosen for you 205 gti 1.9

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Arnold
    Hi All,

    My 1988 205 gti 1.9 will needs new tyres. I'm running the standard 185/55/15 size at the moment.
    Will going to 195/50/15 tyres make the steering feel change. ?
    Better or worse ?
    What tyres have you chosen for you 205 gti 1.9

    Regards
    Peter
    I have 195 by 50 Goodyear F1s and they feel dreadful.
    The car doesn't seem to have any alignment problems, but I will be checking this aspect out very soon.
    In the meantime I would recommend the original 185s even though the cost is greater.
    Graham

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    I have 195/55 (Precedas) and they feel great,the owner before me was running this size and I have kept to this, 195/50 would be fine too and they are slightly cheaper than 55's! My uncle has been running 205/50 but they are way too baggy for the 15inch rim and he is switiching back to 195's.
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    185/55 is definitely best. 195/55 would be geared to high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterT
    185/55 is definitely best. 195/55 would be geared to high.

    you mean as in the speedo would not read true?
    whats the best size for 14 inch rims?
    and why?
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    I'd be sticking to 185/55R15 too.

    Michelin Pilot Preceda or Toyo Proxes T1-R would be my pick in that size. If you're on a budget, then the Toyo Trampio TPG should work well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GRAHAM WALLIS
    I have 195 by 50 Goodyear F1s and they feel dreadful.
    The car doesn't seem to have any alignment problems, but I will be checking this aspect out very soon.
    In the meantime I would recommend the original 185s even though the cost is greater.
    Graham
    Just had the alignment checked and it is spot on, the F1s will be coming off soon! I have an original 185 by 55 Michelin MXV (the spare) does anyone jhave another that they would like to sell?
    Graham

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterT
    185/55 is definitely best. 195/55 would be geared to high.
    195/50 is almost perfectly geared (your speedo actually reads a tad high), and is somewhat cheaper than both of the alternative sizes. It'll be easier to find tyres in that size, and the steering won't lose feel.

    Of course, the ride may be a touch "harsher", but these 205's have concrete damping anyway. The difference in sidewall height is four fifths of FA though (actually, it's 4mm out of about 100mm), so i doubt you'd even notice that.
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