The definitive tyre / wheel size thread

bretti_kivi

Member
Sizes of wheels that will fit an A2 (non 3l! - the 3L was not sold in the UK and therefore not covered here)

Widths
5.5 - 7J, 15, 16, 17, 18". 7.5J works for some, not for others. Check for signs of argument on the wheelarchliners.
8J is really pushing it and frequently requires work on the arch liners.

ET numbers
For most wheels, somewhere between 30 and 35 will work. ET37 is standard on the 5.5s, 35 on a 7.5 will be tight but should work. Significant discrepancies are bad and may need to be compensated with spacers.
The standard 7x17s are ET38, Parabols ("TT competition") are ET32. This is very close to the limit for 205s / 215s if the tread is to remain in the arch, which it must from a legal perspective.

PDC
There are 5 bolts on all A2s except the 3l ones.
PDC is 100, so 5x100. A3 8L, TT 8N, Golf IV (1J), Octy (NOT 1Z), Fabia, Roomster, Bora, will all fit.
A4, A6, Golf V, A3 8P, TT 8J WILL NOT FIT.

Center bore is 57.1.

155/65R15 are the only tyre size with an OK for snow chains.

Sizes

OE tyre sizes are underlined. These, along with 155/65R15 and 165/65R15 are the only tyres that are truly 100% compatible and listed in the CoC document.

15"

155/70
165/65
175/55
175/60 (reference size)
185/55
185/60
195/50
195/55 - identical rolling circumference to 205/40R17
205/50
205/55
225/50

16"

175/50
175/55
185/50
195/45
195/50
205/45
205/50
215/40
215/45
225/40

17"

195/45
205/40
205/45
215/40 - this may work, it may catch. Check!
215/35
225/35
245/35

18"

205/35
215/35
225/35
225/30

If it's not on the list, it will not fit without work / rubbing: this includes 205/55R16, 195/65R15 and 225/45R17. Do not buy it without your eyes wide open.

Rim sizes... for rim protection worth the name, stay away from the max. The real way to get these is to ask the manufacturer.

- 165 - 5J - 6J
- 185 - 5J - 6J
- 195 - 6J - 7J
- 205 - 6.5 - 7.5J
- 215 - 7J - 8J
- 225 - 7J - 8J

Bret

Reference tyre test web site - http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/
 
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R0B

Member
you need to add 175/55R16 to your list, they are a bridgestone only size. im thinking of trying them next summer.
 

humps

A2OC Donor
bret, you may want to add the OE sizes as some may prefer the factory standard.
 

Skipton01

Well-Known Member
Thread stuck!

It's a good list, if not quite 100% definitive (no mention of 205/45 R 17 for instance), but will be a good source of reference for many.

Cheers,

Mike
 
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gtarantino

Guest
175/65 R 15 works well

I have Michelin Alpin snow tires in that dimension and they fit well, without any rubbing.
 
Hi Bret,

some additions to your list. According to German TÜV regulations also the following sizes provide legal A2 speedo readings:

155/70R15
175/55R15
195/55R15 very comfortable, identical rolling circumference to 205/40R17 (standard S-Line wheel)
205/55R15
215/45R15
225/50R15


175/50R16
215/40R16
215/45R16
225/40R16


225/35R17
245/35R17


205/35R18
 

widdy

Member
Can we add to this great listing on what spacesaver wheels and tyres wil fit the A2.

Cheers
 

Adrian888

A2OC Donor
By my calcualtion the 195/55x15 is actually 25mm SMALLER diameter than 205/40x17....... or have i miscalculated?
 

Adrian888

A2OC Donor
Would a wheel ET of 43 mm be too much for an A2? The wheels from a Mk3 golf VR6 have a 5x100 stud spacing but are 43mm offset.
 
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