The 17" sport wheels are wider than the stock 16" non-sport wheels. The diameter may be close (my 82's with 225/55 16 snow tires are slightly taller than my 235/45 17 summer tires on 42s) but my summer tires roll closer to the fender lips than the stock 16" did.
I wouldn't want to risk damaging my fenders running 17"s and chains. I would go out and find some 16"s and fit them with dedicated snowies.
In this instance, I might listen to the Germans.
Last edited by AnotherGeezer; 01-03-2013 at 02:57 PM.