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    Reduced steering feel when fitting wider front tyres

    I'm considering increasing my front tyre size from stock 235/35/19 to 245/35/19 but have heard some owners who have done this complain of a reduction in steering feedback. I would welcome any input from those who have done this.
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    Re: Reduced steering feel when fitting wider front tyres

    Any time you go to a larger tire (tyre, for you), there will be less feedback. However, the reduction of understeer is worth the trade off. My current and previous setups are both 255's up front. If my car axed me "Do you want to turn or would you rather feel the understeer?" I would opt for the turning ability. YMMV

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    Re: Reduced steering feel when fitting wider front tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by GT#298 View Post
    Any time you go to a larger tire (tyre, for you), there will be less feedback. However, the reduction of understeer is worth the trade off. My current and previous setups are both 255's up front. If my car axed me "Do you want to turn or would you rather feel the understeer?" I would opt for the turning ability. YMMV
    My GT runs the stock tyre sizes and I don't notice any understeer at all. Then again, I'm running a revised max camber alignment, Trofeo-R and lower tyre pressure than the door label 39F/36R.

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    Re: Reduced steering feel when fitting wider front tyres

    Thanks for the feedback. Jury is still out as to whether I shall go wider or not. Like classba I am also running revised max camber and lower tyre pressures and don't suffer understeer.
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    Re: Reduced steering feel when fitting wider front tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by Trev450 View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. Jury is still out as to whether I shall go wider or not. Like classba I am also running revised max camber and lower tyre pressures and don't suffer understeer.
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    FYI, the Mclaren 600LT only runs 225 sections up front
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    Re: Reduced steering feel when fitting wider front tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by classba View Post
    If it's not broken, don't fix it

    FYI, the Mclaren 600LT only runs 225 sections up front
    Fair comment.
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    Re: Reduced steering feel when fitting wider front tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by Trev450 View Post
    I'm considering increasing my front tyre size from stock 235/35/19 to 245/35/19 but have heard some owners who have done this complain of a reduction in steering feedback. I would welcome any input from those who have done this.
    If your balance feels right (not too much understeer) as you note then I would stick with the stock size for more linear and direct steering response.
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    Re: Reduced steering feel when fitting wider front tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott-AhlmanPerformance View Post
    If your balance feels right (not too much understeer) as you note then I would stick with the stock size for more linear and direct steering response.
    Thanks for your input. Although I don't track it very often (have a dedicated car for that) when I have I haven't had any real understeer issues and if I don't have a problem on track then I certainly won't need to worry when it comes to road driving. That's decided then - sticking with stock sizes.
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    Re: Reduced steering feel when fitting wider front tyres

    I only changed from stock because I went from 19" to 20".
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    Thanks Dave, makes sense.
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