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I wonder if anyone has tried a combination of different tires and wheel sizes for a more aggressive look on the GTV6?

What I mean is a smaller size wheel, say 15 inches rim with a smaller tire width on the front and a bigger wheel, say 16 or 17 inches with wider than front tire footprint?

I say this because the overall "outside" lines of the GTV6 reminds me many Lamborhinis, especially the Countach and these supercars always have wheel stagger and different sizes front/rear.

This question goes for both looks as well as peformance sake. So I wonder if anyone out there has tried this and has any comments, like:
Suspension suffers,
Steering sucks or gets harder
Tires rub,
Cornering improves,

etc., etc. of course we know that depending on combinations of tires sizes and wheel sizes, all those comments can go either way. I am in the mood to change my old stock GTV6 1982 wheels and tires and I am trying to brainstorm if I should do something "radical".

Thank you for any constructive comments.

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Trooper , I'm reviving this old thread as it says, pretty much, what I'm looking for as well. I'm setting up my GTV6 with 6Jx15H2 .0.30 offset (BWA) Phone Dial rims. Seems 205x55x15 is what everyone ends up with and what I'm assuming I'll put on my car in 3 days. Anyone have a tire recommendation?
 

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I don't know how much you can modify without touching the suspension or fenders. What i think is that if you change to staggered and taller back and smaller front, that will throw the car of balance by itself. It will affect tremendously the handling.
Don't forget that these cars are close to 50/50. unequal ride height will throw off the car ballast too much specially braking and cornering.
i have 225/45 on 16" rims. i think the offset is 38.
Don't forget the hub center ring adaptor.if needed. alfa wheels are hub centered not lug centered.
 

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People trying to make the car look like something it isn't and most likely making the feel and handling less than it is, IMO.
 

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Thank you Trooper, Sekal1978 and Del the input. I have an Italian neighbor who swears everyone in Italy ran staggered size wheels on their GTV6's when he was younger. I'm going to stick with either 195/60 or 205/55 on 15's.
 

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Thank you Trooper, Sekal1978 and Del the input. I have an Italian neighbor who swears everyone in Italy ran staggered size wheels on their GTV6's when he was younger. I'm going to stick with either 195/60 or 205/55 on 15's.
on 15's the 205/55 might be the best combination in comfort/stability.
Lower than that you risk buying new oil pans every now and then. lolol.
 

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Issue with 195/60 or 205/55 is lack of high performance tire selection, if that is a deciding factor. The 205 size I had tried DZ102, pretty soft sidewall but comfortable. The 195/60, maybe the Goodyear Eagle Sport A/S my brother has used 195/55 on his Milano and pretty good. Going to 205/50 gives lots of great tires but you lose some ride height. On a stock car, the smaller profile tires don't look quite right unless the car is lowered, which makes the ground clearance issue worse unless you run a stiffer suspension set-up. FYI I run OEM campy 15x6 and bridgestone re71r on one of my GTV6s.
 
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225 50 15 mounted on 15x7 wheels.

Requires you trim a small section of the front air dam that protrudes inward (trimming also required for some 205 size tires, only takes a couple minutes).




 
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