New guy would like to know about tire options
Hello everyone - My name is Cort and I just bought a 2005 MINI Cooper on Friday 3/21/2014. I am sure that I will have several questions but before anything else, I need to get rid of these buck board hard worn out run flat tires (tyres). I currently have the 5 spoke 16" rims and first need to know if you can mount regular tires on a rim originally designated for a run flat tire? Second, what tire size would you recommend to replace the original 195/55R16 tire. I have seen everything from 175 cross section to 215 cross section on various rim sizes and was wondering if there was a sweet spot tire size wise to shoot for. My first criteria would be for handling with a second for comfort realizing that this is a firm suspension to begin with. Next, does the chrome on all of the (manual) shift knobs peel slicing your hand up? I really like the style of the original knob but the replacement price is a bit to dear for me considering the way it wears (torn up leather too). Can anyone offer suggestions for a round replacement knob that fits and locks down on this shift stick.