Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2007 01:39:53 -0700
Subject: Re: Classic 900 - aluminum or steel/best tires for sport driving

On 25 Mai, 13:34, targa <> wrote: > On May 23, 9:59 pm, Fred W <> wrote: > > > > THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT where the car is registered! > > > Are you trying to tell me that German law requires you have to have the > > exact same brand, model and size tire on all 4 corners? > > No, we were talking about the tyre/rim size only. Brand/model you can > have whatever you want unless it's all of the same type (tubeless, > steel-belted that is usually) > > > We aren't talking about different *types* of tires, just different > > manufacturers. > > I was talking about the sizes, because Robanzello said he has 205 on > the rear and 195 on the front axle. That I said, is not allowed, > didn't make clear what I meant. > > >> Amsterdam from Cologne and back. There are a pair of Michelins 195/60 > >> (sorry, I don't remember what) I stuck on the front, and a brand I > >> don't know 185/65? on the back. The wheels are 15x6j. The difference > >You can't have different tyres on the front and on the back!!!! > >Michelins are quite soft. If you buy some decent Yokohamas you'll have > >an even more sporty feeling." > > And BMW's M3 comes with different *size* tires front and > > back, called a staggered setup, so that is obviously allowed. Those are > > manufactured in Germany. You think they'd know about those laws, huh? > > You're right. It is possible if mentioned in the car registration. > That would mean by manufacturer either of the car or of the rims that > you buy aftermarket. Then you need to take your car to a special > inspection which is hell expensive and still the car has to comply to > lots of ECE/StVZO-laws. > But you can't just change the tire size unless it's mentioned in the > cars "Certification of Conformity". > /To Just to update, I hadn't read my registration carefully enough. Although it specifies 175/70-15, I am also allowed 185/65 or 195/60. I checked a bit more, and it turns out that if I have an accident, any unapproved modification will be used as grounds for the insurance company to deny payment. Some things, like a Recaro seat, are preapproved, and don't need an inspection. The wheels, although I bought them used, are original equipment. I do have a mismatch of tire sizes front and back. I plan to correct that immediately. Funny, AFAICT, doing something stupid like running snow tires on the back and summer on the front is not specifically forbidden, as long as the size conforms. Also, you see lots of cars here with giant rims that barely clear the wheel wells. I imagine most of them have been approved, but I'm glad I won't have to go through that hassle. Robobass

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