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Old October 9th, 2019, 09:40   #1
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Hey guys,

I promise I have searched and I really apologize if this has been covered already for a MK7 platform vehicle.

I drive on some pretty poor and un-maintained roads in the winter and am trying to figure out the tallest tire I can stuff on a 16" wheel (VW steelies) under my stock GSW for a snow setup.

I've seen threads for the MK6s saying that a 205/60/16 is the tallest tire that will fit on a stock height vehicle without rubbing. Does anyone know/have experience with fitting a 205/65/16 on our MK7 cars/a GSW or is a 60 series tire the tallest I can do?

Appreciate the help.
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Old October 10th, 2019, 06:09   #2
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been posted about 15 times, 215-65-16 is good to go.
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Old October 10th, 2019, 06:54   #3
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been posted about 15 times, 215-65-16 is good to go.
Right after I posted I found a recent thread about the regular GSW. I SWEAR I hadn't found anything prior except for the Alltrack. I appreciate the help though.
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Old October 28th, 2019, 12:49   #4
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Can confirm that 215-65-16 fits and looks awesome. One downside I did notice is that you definitely can feel you're on taller tires if you aggressively change speeds at highway speed. The trade is worth it for the ground clearance - it's still very stable at high speeds.
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Old October 28th, 2019, 13:20   #5
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I put 215 tread width tire on mine.
215/60R-17 CONTINENTAL TRUECONTACT SL

THese are about 28" tall and fit tight in the wheel wells. But they do not rub the fenders. I do get contact when I have the steering pined left or right, but that is a creeping speed and I usually back off from pinned a bit before moving or just don't pin it left or right.

I've have been very happy with these. A softer ride than OEM (was ContiPro Contact 225/45R-17 which were much shorter). THese 215/60R tires have much more meat on the sidewall, and they provide a more comfortable ride without much compromise on high speed corner drift. I don't do much of that anyway. I have a 9% speedo error which I will address in the tire size (snow tire accomodation?) in VCDS when I have time. It is easy to keep track of a near 10% error, and my wife doesn't know I am speeding
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Old October 29th, 2019, 06:14   #6
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thats massive! i thought 225-55-17 filled out the wheel wells and rode nice, jeeze!
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And my snowies that I run on my GSW are 225/60/16 - they do not rub either - very sure-footed!
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thats massive! i thought 225-55-17 filled out the wheel wells and rode nice, jeeze!
235 55 17 is where rubbing starts. The sidewalls on mine are chewed up in the front. Doesn't rub in the rear at all, though. I imagine if you put Eibach springs (or really anything other than VW) the rubbing would go away.
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So just the sidewall on the strut? maybe a 10mm spacer will help?
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