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List of Remaining 40-Series & 35-Series Tires For 17" & 18" Wheels (MKII)

Things are already looking grim for MKII owners with stock wheels, and for those of us running 17" aftermarket rims, matched sets of staggered 40-Series tires (and 35-Series tires for running 18s in the rear) are rapidly dropping off the face of the earth. 45-Series tires all around may eventually become a necessity, but hopefully this will make for a convenient reference point until that time. I did a lot of research when I picked out my last set of tires, and a few options have disappeared even since then, so perhaps it's time to start publicly keeping track of what's left.

I'll try to keep this list updated if tire options disappear (or appear) from here on out. If something on this list needs to be updated in the future and I've failed to catch it, I encourage you to leave a reply. If anybody knows of any other tires with a selection of viable sizes worth adding to the list, please let me know and I'll research it/add it. All of the following info has been double checked as of today (04/03/2019)

IMPORTANT NOTES:
*This list currently only contains 40-Series tires for 17" rims and 35-Series tires for 18" rims.
*As of this edit, I have not checked for 35-Series tires below a 245 width.
*Every tire model in this list has the ever-important 215/40R17 available as a front size.

Nankang NS-25 (All-Season)
205/40R17 H
215/40R17 V
235/40R17 V
245/40R17 W
255/40R17 V
245/35R18 H
255/35R18 H
265/35R18 V
275/35R18 H

Forceum Hena (All-Season)
205/40R17 W
215/40R17 W
245/40R17 W

Accelera PHI-R (Summer)
205/40ZR17 W
215/40ZR17 W
245/40ZR17 W

Radar Dimax R8+ (Summer)
215/40ZR17 Y
245/40ZR17 Y
245/35ZR18 Y
255/35ZR18 Y
265/35ZR18 Y
275/35ZR18 Y

Maxtrek Maximus M1 (Summer)
205/40ZR17 W
215/40ZR17 W
245/40ZR17 W

Federal SS-595 (Summer)
205/40R17 V
215/40R17 V
235/40R17 V
245/40R17 V
255/40R17 V
275/40R17 V
255/35ZR18 W
265/35ZR18 W
275/35ZR18 W

Federal Evoluzion ST-1 (Summer)
205/40ZR17 Y
215/40ZR17 Y
245/40ZR17 Y
255/40ZR17 Y
275/40ZR17 Y
245/35ZR18 Y
255/35ZR18 Y
265/35ZR18 Y
285/35ZR18 Y

Kuhmo Ecsta PS31 (Summer)
205/40ZR17 W
215/40ZR17 W
245/40ZR17 W
255/40ZR17 W
275/40ZR17 W
255/35ZR18 W
265/35ZR18 W
275/35ZR18 W

Nexen N’Fera SU1 (Summer)
205/40ZR17 W
215/40ZR17 W
245/40ZR17 W
275/40ZR17 W
245/35ZR18 Y
255/35ZR18 Y
265/35ZR18 Y
275/35ZR18 W

Yokohama S.Drive [possibly discontinuing] (Summer)
215/40ZR17 W
235/40ZR17 W
245/40ZR17 W
255/40ZR17 W
245/35ZR18 Y
255/35ZR18 Y
265/35ZR18 Y
275/35ZR18 Y

Yokohama Advan Neova AD08R (Summer)
215/40ZR17 W
235/40ZR17 W
245/40ZR17 W
255/40ZR17 W
255/35ZR18 W
265/35ZR18 W

Yokohoma Advan Fleva V701 (Summer)
215/40ZR17 W
255/40ZR17 W
255/35ZR18 W

Falken Azenis RT615K+ (Summer)
205/40ZR17 W
215/40ZR17 W
235/40ZR17 W
255/40ZR17 W
275/40ZR17 W
265/35ZR18 W
275/35ZR18 W

Dunlop Direzza ZIII (Summer)
215/40ZR17 W
235/40ZR17 W
245/40ZR17 W
255/40ZR17 W
255/35ZR18 W
265/35ZR18 W
275/35ZR18 W

Pirelli P Nero GT (Summer)

215/40ZR17 W
245/40ZR17 Y
255/40ZR17 (Y)
255/35ZR18 (Y)
 

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Dunlop ZIII's still come on our sizes, as of ever:

215/40R17

215/45R17

225/45R17

235/40R17

235/45R17

245/40R17

255/40R17
 

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Research these before diving in.

Falken Azenis RT615K+

205/40R17 Z
215/40R17 Z
215/45R17 Z
225/45R17 Z
235/40R17 Z
255/40R17 Z
275/40R17 Z
235/40R18 Z
245/40R18 Z
265/35R18 Z
275/35R18 Z

Toyo Proxes Sport

205/40R17 W
235/40R17 W

Pirelli P Zero Nero GT

215/40R17 Z
245/40R17 Z
255/40R17 Z
255/35R18 Z

Federal Evoluzion ST-1

215/40R17 Z
245/40R17 Z
255/40R17 Z
275/40R17 W
255/35R18 Z
265/35R18 Z

Maxtrek Maximus M1

215/40R17 W
245/40R17 W

Foreceum Hena

215/40R17
245/40R17

Accelera PHI-R

205/40R17 W
215/40R17 W
245/40R17 W
 

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Thanks for posting this, i'll be looking for new tires in a couple of weeks, just in time for spring rebates.
 

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Thanks for posting this, i'll be looking for new tires in a couple of weeks, just in time for spring rebates.
Ah, glad to hear it may be helpful that quickly.

List has been updated with more tires from other replies, thank you for the contributions!
 

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Yokohama Advan A052 is a newer tire and they have our sizes we need.

205/40R17

215/40R17

245/40R17

255/40R17

only 225 and 265 for 18s

225/35R18

265/35R18
 

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15" tires are likely to grow increasingly rare, especially in the staggered sizes a MkII can use. But the 17" 235/40-17 and 255/40-17 combo is really popular across a huge number of cars, some pretty modern, so those will generally have good availability for a long time to come.
 

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@KietT those are great additions, thank you! I'll research them and add them to the list soon.

15" tires are likely to grow increasingly rare, especially in the staggered sizes a MkII can use. But the 17" 235/40-17 and 255/40-17 combo is really popular across a huge number of cars, some pretty modern, so those will generally have good availability for a long time to come.
Very true. My car came with inexpensive, unmatched 15" all-season tires. Very different tread patterns, different treadwear, different speed ratings, etc. The car was really well-kept with surprisingly sharp handling, but the tires were doing it a disservice.

I suppose for those of us running aftermarket wheels, a big part of what's dwindling are the matched sets available with a 215/40 front size; more so with summer tires by some of the biggest name brands, as well as all-season tires in general. 235/40s up front bump up the overall diameter of the tires past 215/40s, which are already slightly larger than oem spec (albeit not much), and then you have to match them with proportionately larger rears. While that certainly doesn't have to be seen as a bad thing, I can see reasons why a lot of people may want to avoid it if they can. Plus, 235/40s are really too wide for anyone running 17x7s up front, and about as fat as you can go for 17x7.5s.
 

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Looks like Nitto Neo Gen's might perhaps work:

all-season ultra-high performance; has 205 & 215/40r17's but nothing above that in 40; they have 225/45 & 50's, and 235/50's. They may have 18's that work too, or 18's for rears for double-stagger Nitto
 

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General G-MAX RS
(Ultra High Performance Summer)
UTQG: 360 AA A

17
245/40ZR17 91W
255/40ZR17 94W
275/40ZR17 98W

18

245/35ZR18 92Y
255/35ZR18 94Y
265/35ZR18 97Y
275/35ZR18 95Y
285/35ZR18 101Y
 

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I just bought some General G-Max’s for my MB... they are really an awesome tire for the cash... I m going to measure them since we all know every manufacturer is slightly different but they seem to be slightly narrower for 235/255 and if they are I can possibly run there 225/255 on my 17/18’s.... btw, I believe they are a continental owned co.
 

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I just bought some General G-Max’s for my MB... they are really an awesome tire for the cash... I m going to measure them since we all know every manufacturer is slightly different but they seem to be slightly narrower for 235/255 and if they are I can possibly run there 225/255 on my 17/18’s.... btw, I believe they are a continental owned co.
I also just put General G-MAX AS-05 245/40/17 on my rears and I love them. I have been using General tires for at least 7 years now and they are awesome, especially for the price. I have run much more expensive tires with little to no difference in what I can feel. I just wish that they made a 215/40/17 for the fronts because if I recall correctly, the 215/45 hit my spring perch.
 

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I totally agree!! I put them on my MB (235/255) and they work really well... general is owned by Continental I believe... their winter tires are great too.. I’ve never owned them but some friends use them and love’m for snow... I have blizzaks on the MB and it’s strange but those tires make my car so dusty vs street tire it’s insane

most major tire co own one or two other lines... bridge/fire, mich/BFG/uniroyal, toyo/nitro etc
 
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