Those shops obviously suck and dont have a cheetah. Keep looking for one that does. Those tires will stretch on a 9
I was told by several friends "oh yeah, they'll stretch". Well, took my 205/40/17 Zeix to 3 different tire shops and none can mount them on my 9" wide wheels. WTF???? I thought these were "the" tires to get for stretch. Looks like I'm gonna have to get 215/40's???? It's for a mk3 GTI btw.
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Being afraid has nothing to do with it. Tire mounting machines can only pull a certain size tire over a given width wheel. I know my buddy's shop has one of those fancy touchless mounters so they don't scratch the high end wheels they mount and that machine couldn't put a 225/40/18 over my 10 wide wheel. Had no problem with a 235/35/18 over a 9.5. It's about having the right tools for the job, and a cheetah is the right tool