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Do the 205's fit well? Look good on the car and not rub? Do you have a picture of yours? Thanks
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I have the Yokohama S.Drive in a 205/55x15. No fitment problems.

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Do the 205's fit ok? No rubbing or too large?
Depends, on rim offset, rim width, rim diameter and tire aspect ratio.
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Ideally you'd get to drive a couple of Alfas with different tire set ups. I've never been happy with the 205's on my GTV with it's beefier springs, etc. It's quick but somewhat heavy feeling and doesn't have the lightness and toss-ability that my old spider had with its more stock/skinnier tires.

Wider could be just the ticket for your taste, your car, but it'd be nice to know before you buy.

(I'm not in the tire business nor have any affiliation with anyone who does)

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I've done a lot of reading/research on tyres for my far from being driveable Gtv. I'd settled on 195 60 15 tyres in a compound that isn't too sticky. Possibly a bit of a stretch on 7" width rims that I'm using but doable. This is for a standard 2l street car.

I'm not in the tyre (uk) business either..
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What are you doing with your car?
Parking, checking views and smelling roses?
Spirited canyon runs?
Trackdays?

Wider tires are heavy in slow daily driving/commuting, and difficult to park - as well as being hard on your steering box. If you run 205s, keep it rolling.

On the track, wider tires, 205x55x15's etc are VERY toss-able! Unless your Dougaling it around the track, or racing in a class where everyone is crippled with same tire rules - then MAYBE skinny are fun.

If you find wider, lower profile tires too "connected" - "not toss-able" - then push on the right pedal!
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I have a set of the Yoko S-Drives on my 2013 FIAT 500 Abarth.
LOVE them!
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I use 195/70/14 on my 66 GTV with the later cars with raised rear wheel arch
you can go bigger.
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I use 195/70/14 on my 66 GTV with the later cars with raised rear wheel arch
you can go bigger.
I found 185/70/14's Continentals, more than ample on my last two GTA Reps, on 7 x 14" GTA rims.
Anything bigger and you risk making the steering very heavy, and lose that lovely chuckability.

On my current Ti Super Rep, I'm using 175 / 70/ 15" Yokos on 5" x 15" steel rims, and I'm going to use the same tyres on the 51/2" TZ / Ti Super alloys that I'll have shortly.

Doesn't pay to go too big
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I found 185/70/14's Continentals, more than ample on my last two GTA Reps, on 7 x 14" GTA rims.
Anything bigger and you risk making the steering very heavy, and lose that lovely chuckability.

On my current Ti Super Rep, I'm using 175 / 70/ 15" Yokos on 5" x 15" steel rims, and I'm going to use the same tyres on the 51/2" TZ / Ti Super alloys that I'll have shortly.

Doesn't pay to go too big
Chuckability! that's what i'm talking about. That is a big part of what makes light rear wheel drive sports cars of this period so much fun.

Oh yeah! and they look cool.
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What is a good street tire size 195x60x15? I so seldom buy tires that my current tires, Michelin MXV's are out of production. I would like something similar to the MXV. Any suggestions?

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Take a look at what shows on tirerack website for your size, I would probably go for the Continental or Pirelli choices I saw there (I usually the buy my tires locally at Discount Tire as they can match the price and give you free flat tire repairs)

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I do like the size 195x60x15, but I can't find it in a Summer tire. Only All Season and Winter. As Click and Clack say "All Season tires don't do any season very well". And we don't have winters here. I might try a 195x55x15 but it is not the ideal diameter.

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I do like the size 195x60x15, but I can't find it in a Summer tire. Only All Season and Winter. As Click and Clack say "All Season tires don't do any season very well". And we don't have winters here. I might try a 195x55x15 but it is not the ideal diameter.
195/60R15 or 195/55R15 are the wrong size. unless you have changed the camber and modified the geometry in other ways then they will not suit your car and spoil the handling

It is a shame to spoil the handling of a classic car just for the sake of saving a few quid on tyres. specially an Alfa of all car. this is a light weight Italian sports car. not a front wheel drive jelly mould!
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195x60x15 is virtually an exact match so it is not the wrong size:

Specification Sidewall Radius Diameter Circumference Revs/Mile Difference
185/70-14 5.1in 12.1in 24.2in 76.0in 834 0.0%
195/60-15 4.6in 12.1in 24.2in 76.1in 833 0.1%


195x55x15 is about a 3% difference:

Specification Sidewall Radius Diameter Circumference Revs/Mile Difference
185/70-14 5.1in 12.1in 24.2in 76.0in 834 0.0%
195/55-15 4.2in 11.7in 23.4in 73.7in 860 -3.1%
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