Wider tyres on the front (R53 JCW) - good/bad idea?!
I've just had to replace a rear tyre on my R53 JCW due to damage (205/45/17 Pirelli Eufori run flats) and was advised that the fronts are on their way out. I have two questions related to replacing the fronts:
1. I know it's probably not ideal but I prefer the ride on non run-flats so what do people think about having run-flats on the rear and 'normal' tyres on the front (with tyre-weld in the boot!)?
2. In an effort to improve front-end grip what effect would having 215's on the front have. I know it's unorthodox to have wider fronts but I figure overall grip would improve making for better bite on turn in and less understeer?
Overall I'd like better front-end bite and a better ride so what do people think?
I dont think theres much clearance between the tyre and strut as standard at the front to go much wider, it needs checking before you go and buy some I would suggest?
Otherwise it might lead you down the spacer route?
Marque, I totally agree and would prefer not to mix standard and run-flats but I have near new run flats on the rear and the fronts are close to wearing out. I therefore have three choices:
1. Replace the fronts with run-flats to match the rear; all will match but I really want non run-flats!
2. Replace the rears when I replace the fronts; that way I get 4 x standard tyres but waste £300 that I can't afford to do.
3. Put standards on the front then change the rears to standard tyres when they wear out.
If it's really is thyat bad to mix then I won't but I can't see another way!
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