Apparently according to the Test Centre the fronts were 'scrubbed' on the inner wall, caused it was suggested when the car was on full lock and touching something inside the wheel arch inner, so they were failed. I immediately had two 'used' smaller tyres fitted a few miles away and got the 'pass' certificate within the hour.
Not liking the tyres now on one bit to facilitate the pass, as I see it, there are now two ways to go viz;
1) Re-fit a new pair of matching 225//55/17's as before, with which I was totally satisfied, especially as they also also acted well as 'kerbing bands' with the 225 profile and high wall.
2) Fit 215/55/17s to the front, as the 10ml difference in width would surely clear the 'supposed' obstruction, causing suggested chafing, but not as preferential as option 1.
In both cases they would relocate to a fresh pair of Meteors from a set of four I had replenished at City Powder Coaters last year. The remaining two making up the set, could then be fitted when the rear tyres need replacement, probably two years down the road from now.
However I'm now very suspicious of the prognosis from the Testers this morning? Having got the old 225/55 casings home and cleaned them off, I can't see any marks, scuffing etc on the inner walls at all, the markings, (if any) may have been merely cosmetic it seems?
Two years ago I was warned that in 2012 my Klaxon would not pass the new MOT regs. I promptly changed tester and it was never mentioned, as was the case with the tyres for the past 3 years!
The conundrums of this fractious world with it's exponential coils of interpretive interference, become ever more capricious it seems as the Nation plunges deeper into both sovereign and personal debt and the collective imagination manifests new ways into one's pocket!