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Tire Stretch Good or Bad???

Postby DerSchlumpf » June 12th, 2014, 11:59 am

I have staggered Brock B2 16" Wheels on my GTI. 8" in the front and 9" in the back. All 4 wheels have 205/40r16 on them and I do like the look in the rear but who out there has had a bad experience stretching an 8" tire to fit the 9" wheel?
I don't want to raise my car to accommodate the 9" tire and that would also mean spending more for 4 tires not 2. Not only that but sourcing matching tread for the 8's and 9's.
Any and all comments are helpful.
I need to go to Vancouver in Aug.
Thanks for the help.
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Re: Tire Stretch Good or Bad???

Postby mcrow » June 12th, 2014, 1:55 pm

That would be perfect stretch. I usually stretch a 195/45 onto a 9'' with no problems (on two sets of my wheels).

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Re: Tire Stretch Good or Bad???

Postby DerSchlumpf » June 12th, 2014, 2:17 pm

That is way more aggressive. I would be willing to swap my Brock's for something else if they looked good. I really don't want to part with my wheels. Were you at Close to Home? Parked at the entrance? I was second row in just North of the Blue Harlequin beside a Golf with some tank on it.
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Re: Tire Stretch Good or Bad???

Postby DeleriousZ » June 12th, 2014, 2:17 pm

mcrow wrote:That would be perfect stretch. I usually stretch a 195/45 onto a 9'' with no problems (on two sets of my wheels).

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Hmm that looks familiar lol.

Some things to know about stretching tires... All brands stretch a little differently than others, and there is a lot of variance in actual widths even under the same width number. Also, some wheels lend themselves to stretching tires better than others. Depending on how the bead seat is designed, it's easier or harder to get a stretch to take. I've heard enkei rpf-1's are notoriously hard to stretch tires onto.

As for actually living with stretched tires daily, you mainly just need to make sure there's enough air in them, and it's harder to tell if/when they're low. You run the risk of de-beading the tire if you let the pressure get too low, which makes for a bad day. That's pretty rare, as long as you keep tabs on it it'll be fine. 205/40 on a 9 shouldn't be too big of a deal
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Re: Tire Stretch Good or Bad???

Postby mcrow » June 12th, 2014, 3:25 pm

DerSchlumpf wrote:That is way more aggressive. I would be willing to swap my Brock's for something else if they looked good. I really don't want to part with my wheels. Were you at Close to Home? Parked at the entrance? I was second row in just North of the Blue Harlequin beside a Golf with some tank on it.
Thanks Mitch.


205/40 will certainly be less aggressive depending on the tire your stretch.

And yes I was at close to home, I brought the harlequin out. Did you have the blue VR6 turbo mk3?

Check out this link for examples of the stretch your looking for (The first number is rim width, and last 3 numbers are your tire size): http://tyrestretch.com/
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Re: Tire Stretch Good or Bad???

Postby mcrow » June 12th, 2014, 3:25 pm

Double post, oops.
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Re: Tire Stretch Good or Bad???

Postby DerSchlumpf » June 12th, 2014, 6:12 pm

Yes that was me. Nitto Neo Gen Tires are what I have on it.
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Re: Tire Stretch Good or Bad???

Postby mcrow » June 12th, 2014, 7:00 pm

Nice, I have those tires on my VR6 turbo as well. They became quite grippy when they get a few km's on them, I hated them at first.

Your car was looking good, what kind of power are you making? How much boost?
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Re: Tire Stretch Good or Bad???

Postby DerSchlumpf » June 12th, 2014, 7:47 pm

I've heard 350 @ 12lbs and 400 @ 20lbs. Car used to be Das Smurf. May mean something to someone out there.
Who installed your tires? $$?
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Re: Tire Stretch Good or Bad???

Postby mcrow » June 12th, 2014, 7:50 pm

That's pretty big power.

I installed the tires myself at Tunerworks.
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