My tyres are 225 40 18, which I think is the closest 18" circumference to the original tyres. I'd be interested to hear if yours feel different to the originals or not. I can hardly notice any difference to the ride on mine, it doesn't seem any harsher, but really does turn in more eagerly on bends, although it may be down to tyre make, Michelin PS3 now, Hankook before which were quite good. It had some Ditchfinder rubbish when I got it & they were bad in the wet all wheel spin & understeer. What I have noticed is how much easier it is to mark the rims on the kerb, just a touch of the tyre before will now touch the rim due to the lower profile.daviemck2006 wrote:The tyres are 35 profile, would have preferred 40 or even 45. They are 215 wide. I think the perfect size would be 225/40x18. However the tyres on the wheels are only 3 months old and only done 1000 miles in central edinburgh. The wheels themself are a bit older and really need the polished rims repolished and relacquered. There is water under the lacquer that is not showing up in the photos. The black is unmarked. Nae bad for £150 though! The exhaust is only a tip that has been in three different sheds over the last year, was bought to put onto me daughters astra which has lost its chrome tip but never put on so cutting disc through my tailpipe 1" from the box and on it went. It's not perfect but I love twin tailpipes on these cars so had to do it. My exhaust repair still holding up, will see what mr mot man says in a couple of weeks.
As you have seen, my wheels have really bad lacquer, but it doesn't notice too much unless you really look for it. I have to say the exhaust tip has really done the trick, looks just like mine, but £350 cheaper! Your old one looked a bit out of position, but this is spot on. I can't see why the MOT man would have anything to say about it.
Hope you are feeling better & good luck with the MOT