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DesmosDromos
04-30-2015, 01:00 PM
I'd been waiting about 2 months for the Michelin Pilot all-seasons to restock in the OE 195/45-R16 size and my original Pirelli tires were shot, so after thinking about going to the 15" Monza wheels for better tire choices, I just went with some General G-Max AS-03 tires in the 205/45-R16 size. I can't see that there will be any downside- the overall diameter is only 8mm higher making the speedo 1.4% different, the section width is 10mm larger and the sidewall height goes up by 4mm which is no big deal. The measurements are actually pretty close to the OE 17" setup.

I just wanted to put this all out there for anybody else in the Northeast that doesn't want 17" wheels and the smaller sidewall on pothole strewn streets, but is driven nuts by the lack of selection in the stock 16" tire size. At least there are a few more choices at 205/45.

slowbird
04-30-2015, 02:50 PM
I have the same setup.

General G-max AS-03's on 205/45R16.

The 16" wheel size is actually incorrect for the speedometer as it is a "shorter" tire than the 17" wheel which the speedo is set to.

I have run these tires all last summer including a track day and a few off road Time/distance rallys and they work great.

A bit noisy though.

msjulie33
04-30-2015, 07:37 PM
The 16" wheel size is actually incorrect for the speedometer as it is a "shorter" tire than the 17" wheel which the speedo is set to.

I had noticed that and thought the wider tire would remedy that some what; glad to see more choices there

slowbird
05-01-2015, 06:51 AM
I think 205/45R16's make a good choice for Summer tires.

Come winter I might go for 195/55R16

nilfinite
05-01-2015, 12:16 PM
205-45-16 easily has the best tire selection. Everyone should look to replace their stock tires with those. And correct it makes the speedo more accurate. It's still ~2 mph below the actual speed.

DesmosDromos
05-01-2015, 01:28 PM
A bit noisy though.

Well, if we're honest, being quiet is not the Abarth's forte. :)

Thanks for the feedback, though! It's good to hear you've been happy with them.