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Old 09-18-2009, 01:10 AM   #1
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Question Tire Size on 17x7 Rims

Im going to buy my first set of rims pretty soon which are going to be MB Weapons (17x7 5-114.3 43)



and im wondering what size tires should i run on a 5th gen. I already have Tein H-Tech on the oem struts. i was reading around some people said 205-40-17 or 215-40-17. Im pretty much looking for the best bang for your buck kind of tires. I live in Texas so snow isnt really an issue for me. Oh and im looking for tires that wont rub at all.


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Old 09-18-2009, 01:46 AM   #2
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hey im running on tein stechs too.. and those are some nice rims. I know you rin either in 40 or 45 series, 45s being more thick, but i dunno it its 205 or 215's. Im thinking its 215's cuz youll get more tire on the road thus more grip
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Here's the break down on a 17x7
215/40
--low profile look, faster acceleration, quickest steering response, most harsh ride
225/45
--taller look, slower acceleration, slowest steering response, best grip, best ride
215/45
--best all around tire, good look, good fit, good grip, good ride

I've used all three and my person favorite was 215/45R17 because it was a good mix of everything.
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heh jhail what the widest size of tires i can run on my ap1 rim all 4 fronts, thank you
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I have 215/45/17 and they are the bomb.
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Here's the break down on a 17x7
215/40
--low profile look, faster acceleration, quickest steering response, most harsh ride
225/45
--taller look, slower acceleration, slowest steering response, best grip, best ride

215/45
--best all around tire, good look, good fit, good grip, good ride

I've used all three and my person favorite was 215/45R17 because it was a good mix of everything.
That's best ride if aren't lowered past 2.5 inches. i have a horrible ride on my 225/45/17s.
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[quote=jhall250;2291952]
225/45
--taller look, slower acceleration, slowest steering response, best grip, best ride
215/45
--best all around tire, good look, good fit, good grip, good ride
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hey jhall why is there a taller look on 225's? isnt it supposed to be just wider?
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"That's best ride if aren't lowered past 2.5 inches. i have a horrible ride on my 225/45/17s."
-It's not the tires fault, it's because you're lowered so far your car is sitting on the bump stops. Raise your car about a half an inch and it will ride/handle a lot better.

"hey jhall why is there a taller look on 225's? isnt it supposed to be just wider?"
-The tire size is section width(in mm)/aspect ratio R Rim size. So in simple terms if a tire is 205/50 that means that the height of the sidewall of the tire is 50% of the width. So in this case the height is 102.5 mm tall (205*.5=102.5).

So if you take a 225/45 vs a 215/45 not only is the 225/45 10mm wider but it's also about 4.5mm taller. (225*.45=101.25mm vs 215*.45=96.75mm) This is all talking about sidewall height of course but that's the break down of the size.

"hey jhall what the widest size of tires i can run on my ap1 rim all 4 fronts, thank you"
-If I remember correctly AP1's fronts are 16x6.5 in which case the widest would be 225/50R16. Those are a decent amount taller than stock but I ran my comp tires in that size and they seemed to work pretty well.
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Im leaning more towards Falken ZE-912 205-40-17 any feedback?

I did a photoshop of my own. Of course its going to look bigger than it looks right now since i just photoshoped the mb over my 16" oppose to the 17" im ordering.

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205/45/17 would be about dead on in terms of outside diameter. 205/40 would be pretty short.
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Justin's on the money.. 215/45/17..

I rode on 215/40/17's for the longest time. You can definetly feel bumps for since it's a lower profile and there's not as much side wall for it to absorbe the impact. I then switched to 225/45/17's and well I couldn't really tell with the slower acceleration since I was boosted but I wouldn't doubt it one bit. There was more roll in the tire though which I didn't like. Now that could be from tire brand also. Some tires have a stiffer side wall then others.

But yes 215/45/17..

7inch rim- 205/215
7.5inch rim-215/225
8 inch rim-225/235/245
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205/45/17 would be about dead on in terms of outside diameter. 205/40 would be pretty short.
Overall diameter is overrated
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IDK, having to raise the car and put more bumpstop back in to make 225/45/17 work sucked.

How badly it slowed down the car is debatable, I don't really do the serious data acquisition needed to tell. Or at least separate out the two factors which lead to banging off the rev limiter later in a straight away.

My car is pretty slow, whatever acceleration I can get out of it is nice.
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IDK, having to raise the car and put more bumpstop back in to make 225/45/17 work sucked.

How badly it slowed down the car is debatable, I don't really do the serious data acquisition needed to tell. Or at least separate out the two factors which lead to banging off the rev limiter later in a straight away.

My car is pretty slow, whatever acceleration I can get out of it is nice.
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Well i just figured out that my springs werent S-Tech there are H-Techs. and as for the tires 215-40-17 or 215-45-17. Which one would fit my car perfectly without rubbing?

Tire Brands i was reading alot of good revies about General Altimax HP and Falken ZE-912.
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Well i just figured out that my springs werent S-Tech there are H-Techs. and as for the tires 215-40-17 or 215-45-17. Which one would fit my car perfectly without rubbing?

Tire Brands i was reading alot of good revies about General Altimax HP and Falken ZE-912.
All seasons are a lie. I dont know much about Houston but, I cant imagine it gets below 45 too often , in which I would recommend Dunlop Direzza Star Specs (215/45/17).
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Well i just figured out that my springs werent S-Tech there are H-Techs. and as for the tires 215-40-17 or 215-45-17. Which one would fit my car perfectly without rubbing?

Tire Brands i was reading alot of good revies about General Altimax HP and Falken ZE-912.
I'm running the ZE-912's in size 215/40/17's. The ride is really harsh, especially since we have shitty roads here. The 215/40/17's are the biggest tire I could fit on my rim and 3rd gen w/o rubbing or screwing up my speedo. The ZE-912's are the best all around tire, also if I could've gotten the 215/45/17's I definitely would have. Most of these guys are right on with that tire size being the best.
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since u guys r saying 215 45 17s r the best tire to put on a 5th gen, is it fine if i put it on a 3rd gen or is it too big of a tire?
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Just ordered my Rims. I also found a $50 discount when you buy 4 wheels and if you live in Houston, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Beaumont, Huntsville, College Station, Rosenberg.

http://www.discounttire.com/content/...eelCoupon.html
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Got my rims in today going to try to get tires by today.



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In terms of looks those wheels rule. What do those things weigh in a 17x7 anyway?
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In terms of looks those wheels rule. What do those things weigh in a 17x7 anyway?

They are pretty light, lighter or even with the OEM Blades. Im going to drop my car again on my H-Techs that i have laying around within a week or two

The tires im running are Yokohama AVID W4S 215-45-17







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You made a good choice going with 215/45/17.
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