Touareg: 2007 V6
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Central Coast NSW
Second Vehicle: Other
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17" or 19"
Hello fellow treggers,
This is one for people who do a bit of offroading.
I currently have 2 sets of wheels and tyres for my T2 - a 19x8.5 set (later Cayenne) and a 17x7.5" set (T3). I bought the Cayenne set for cheap and they are in great condition, and I really like the look of them. The 17's came on the car when I bought it.
My plan was to get a nice set of street tyres for the 19's in the stock rolling diameter, and a set of A/T's for the 17" set. However, my current 17" tyres have plenty of tread left and we do relatively low mileage now....
Sensibility says keep on them until they are worn out, but they are 245/65/17, I dislike the look of them (too narrow) and the offroad performance is not what I am after (they are toyo opencountry U/T - a great SUV tire overall I would say but lacking in offroad grip).
Lately I've been considering, perhaps instead, sell the 17" set complete, and run the 19" wheels all the time with perhaps 255/55/19 either Continental A/T's or Pirelli Scorpion ATR's - both of which I have read, and would expect, to be well behaved for on road driving.
My hesitation in doing this would be - am I going to sacrifice too much with that 1" reduction in sidewall with the 19" wheels, or are 19" tyres going to work fine? I mean obviously it depends on the situation - but I figure if anyone is going to be running 19" A/T's its Touareg people (or Range Rover people!) There seem to be quite a few Youtube video's with treg's running 19" tyres doing proper offroading.