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sjb2720
03-13-2014, 06:11 AM
Hey- sorry if this is a repeat, but I couldn't find anything already posted.


First off - will the 205/40-16s fit on the stock 16 inch abarth rims and would I want to?

Second - anyone with these how much louder are they? do they have a drone at speed?


thanks!

jguerdat
03-13-2014, 07:42 AM
I don't think you'll have any issues. It's slightly shorter and only .6" wider in section width (.3" on each side) but that's measured on a 7.5" wheel - the OEM wheel will pinch the tire some, bringing the sidewalls in slightly. Can't tell you about drone but my current Dunlop ZIIs aren't horrible although definitely louder than the all-seasons I have on right now.

I'll be looking at these for my new car as a viable option for autocrossing.

sjb2720
03-13-2014, 08:02 AM
The 16 inch Dunlop ZIIs are a 50 section would that be too tall? Thanks for the help

SailDesign
03-13-2014, 08:44 AM
Hey- sorry if this is a repeat, but I couldn't find anything already posted.


First off - will the 205/40-16s fit on the stock 16 inch abarth rims and would I want to?

Second - anyone with these how much louder are they? do they have a drone at speed?


thanks!

In general, 205/40s are supposed to have a 7" wheel. The 205/45s can go on the stock 6.5".

spdandpwr
03-13-2014, 03:55 PM
why would the higher sidewall make them a better fit?

theporschephile
03-13-2014, 04:02 PM
why would the higher sidewall make them a better fit?

because 205 is too wide, the taller sidewall will allow a little more bending to squeeze down to that 6.5" rim

FTY
03-13-2014, 04:29 PM
Falkens are very good on the hwy with very little noise.

cy-clone33
03-13-2014, 06:16 PM
I run the falkin RT615 when I autox No road noise at all.. but Im certain they are recommended for 7 1/2 to 8 in wheels

jguerdat
03-14-2014, 07:32 AM
because 205 is too wide, the taller sidewall will allow a little more bending to squeeze down to that 6.5" rim

That's just the installer's problem... ;)

SailDesign
03-14-2014, 10:46 AM
That's just the installer's problem... ;)

Also the insured's problem if the tire leaves the rim, and they find the rim was too small vs the recommendations.....

jguerdat
03-15-2014, 08:12 AM
Possibly true but it's a small difference from recommended widths. Autocrossers have been stuffing big tires on narrow wheels for years with no problems that I've ever heard of. YMMV.