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Just wanted to follow up on this thread... My car only has 1800 miles on it so tire replacement isn't imminent, but it only had 1200 miles on it last Friday so I may be replacing the tires this year. Also may want an A/S for our relatively unpredictable weather here in central NC (In Jan, 70 degrees one day, light snow the next). I had the Michelin A/S3 on my Chrysler 300, and was pretty happy with them. I'm looking forward to these cheaper tire prices for the 17's versus my old 20's..

Anyway, My ST is primarily a "commuter" car that I like to have some fun with, so something that brings the hwy RPM down, and gives a little more comfort would be nice. I'm bone stock and plan to stay that way for quite a while (the reason I traded the 300 was to save $, so I'm trying to avoid the urge). I drive 30k miles/year so some tire life is important.

I see the A/S3 is available in stock size or 215/45, but not the 215/40. It sounds like the 45 ratio will be OK for a DD car that's sometimes driven enthusiastically, but rarely/never tracked etc, but I want to verify.

215 width is not a problem on stock wheel?

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Hi Guys, first, great thread.

I am thinking to fit 225/45/17 Bridgestone RE11 on my new wheels in 17X7.5 with ET38, any advice? do you think it will rub?
 

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If 215 45 17 rubs then 225 surely will too. You would think more so. The scrub I have read elsewhere can be eliminated by shifting the carpet rock shields further up. I don't want any rub and plan to drop her on coilovers so pulled the trigger on 215 40 17... Despite them being an extra $70 per corner over the 45's.
 

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If 215 45 17 rubs then 225 surely will too. You would think more so. The scrub I have read elsewhere can be eliminated by shifting the carpet rock shields further up. I don't want any rub and plan to drop her on coilovers so pulled the trigger on 215 40 17... Despite them being an extra $70 per corner over the 45's.
So the rub is only in the rear? And were you lowered already at that time of stock?

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If 215 45 17 rubs then 225 surely will too. You would think more so. The scrub I have read elsewhere can be eliminated by shifting the carpet rock shields further up. I don't want any rub and plan to drop her on coilovers so pulled the trigger on 215 40 17... Despite them being an extra $70 per corner over the 45's.
I thought it was confirmed that 215/45/17 had no issues and 225/45/17 only rubbed in extreme conditions eg at the track.
 

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It wasn't on my car. Quick search of the forum should bring up the thread. The rub I don't think has been reported all the time just on 'enthusiastic' driving and there is a work around. Person was on coilovers but at stock height. Think the other person who reported it was on oem suspension but on a race track.
Hopefully some others might chime in with their experience. But from what I have read elsewhere it seems possible slight rear rub on the 215 45 17 and I assume the extra width of 225 would enhance this likelihood although will depend where on the shield the rub is. If it's central or lateral then probably won't.
If you give it a shot report back.
 

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Just wanted to follow up on this thread... My car only has 1800 miles on it so tire replacement isn't imminent, but it only had 1200 miles on it last Friday so I may be replacing the tires this year. Also may want an A/S for our relatively unpredictable weather here in central NC (In Jan, 70 degrees one day, light snow the next). I had the Michelin A/S3 on my Chrysler 300, and was pretty happy with them. I'm looking forward to these cheaper tire prices for the 17's versus my old 20's..

Anyway, My ST is primarily a "commuter" car that I like to have some fun with, so something that brings the hwy RPM down, and gives a little more comfort would be nice. I'm bone stock and plan to stay that way for quite a while (the reason I traded the 300 was to save $, so I'm trying to avoid the urge). I drive 30k miles/year so some tire life is important.

I see the A/S3 is available in stock size or 215/45, but not the 215/40. It sounds like the 45 ratio will be OK for a DD car that's sometimes driven enthusiastically, but rarely/never tracked etc, but I want to verify.

215 width is not a problem on stock wheel?

Thanks!
I hate quoting myself, but I keep researching this, I'm planning probably new tires for winter. Got 4500 miles now and adding about 3k/mo so I'll be approaching 20k in Dec which sounds like about what the stockers last.

Since I do mostly commuting and don't really intend to track the car (I have race-cars for that) I'm a bit more concerned with civilized road manners than absolute grip, though of course I don't want to dramatically change the character of the car.

I like the idea of going to a 16x6.5 wheel for a variety of reasons, but I honestly don't find any wheels that I visually like enough better than the stockers for the cost, though I haven't ruled it out. I really like the look of a taller sidewall, it should improve comfort, probably reduce weight etc. With 16" wheels I can get the taller sidewall with only a marginal increase in overall diameter, meaning I can probably still get lowering springs at some point.

The problem with that is that the cheapest wheels are still going to cost $400 or so, which will probably push me to a cheaper tire than I'd go with otherwise.

My 1st choice tire is the vaunted Pilot AS/3. If I stick with 17" wheels I'll probably do the 205/45

would do 205/50/16 as the alternative, and the PAS/3 is available in that size but I'd probably end up with the BFG UHPAS..

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I hate quoting myself, but I keep researching this, I'm planning probably new tires for winter. Got 4500 miles now and adding about 3k/mo so I'll be approaching 20k in Dec which sounds like about what the stockers last.

Since I do mostly commuting and don't really intend to track the car (I have race-cars for that) I'm a bit more concerned with civilized road manners than absolute grip, though of course I don't want to dramatically change the character of the car.

I like the idea of going to a 16x6.5 wheel for a variety of reasons, but I honestly don't find any wheels that I visually like enough better than the stockers for the cost, though I haven't ruled it out. I really like the look of a taller sidewall, it should improve comfort, probably reduce weight etc. With 16" wheels I can get the taller sidewall with only a marginal increase in overall diameter, meaning I can probably still get lowering springs at some point.

The problem with that is that the cheapest wheels are still going to cost $400 or so, which will probably push me to a cheaper tire than I'd go with otherwise.

My 1st choice tire is the vaunted Pilot AS/3. If I stick with 17" wheels I'll probably do the 205/45

would do 205/50/16 as the alternative, and the PAS/3 is available in that size but I'd probably end up with the BFG UHPAS..

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Still loving my PSAS3's I got mine in the 205/45/17. They have been fantastic since I bought them in December. No doubt in my mind that a second set will be in my future. I'm toying with the idea of 215/45/17s though....
 

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I can't make up my mind weather I want Sumitomo HTR Z II stock size, or 215/40/17 on my OZ Superturismo LM's. Price difference is $40 between the two sets. I wouldn't mind a little wider. I was thinking about the HTR Z III in 215/45/17, $2 more per tire compared to the 215/40's. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
 

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QUESTION - can I run different diameter tires between front to back? ( never rotated and fronts are shot bought 2 x 215-45-17s) wondering if ABS or stablity electroncs might be affected ???
 

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QUESTION - can I run different diameter tires between front to back? ( never rotated and fronts are shot bought 2 x 215-45-17s) wondering if ABS or stablity electroncs might be affected ???
Yes you can. Used to run 215/225 up front and 195/205 in the rear of my old civic. It helps with rotation especially on track situations.
 

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Thanks Izzy, your Civic had different electronics, ... I was more wondering if it could possibly affect the FiST's electronic torque vetoring system?
 

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I was scraping together info for tires fitting on 16 and 17 inch wheels. I noticed we dont have a definitive thread for tire sizes.


17 Inch Sizes
205 40 17 - OE Size - 0.0% - 23.46in - No Rub
205 45 17 - Taller Sidewall - +3.4% - 24.26in - No Rub
215 40 17 - Wider - +1.3% - 23.77in - No Rub

16 Inch Sizes
205 50 16 - Minus 1 - +2.6% - 24.07in - No Rub
215 50 16 - Minus 1 Wider - +4.3% - 24.46in - No Rub
225 50 16 - Minus 1 Wider - +6% - 24.86in - RUB?

205 45 16 - Minus 1 - -0.8% - 23.26in - No Rub
215 45 16 - MInus 1 Wider - +0.7% - 23.62in - No Rub
225 45 16 - Minus 1 Wider - +2.2% - 23.97in - No Rub


Given the limited tire selection in all sizes but 225 50 16, post your experiences with these various sizes. Does 225 50 16 rub in any other tire BUT the RIVAL?

I am looking at either RS3 or Conti DW ( i know they are in different performance categories - I run RS3 on my STR prepped BMW).
Hi been doing some research on what tires to put on my 17s and wanted to know if 205/50/17 would work ok? Or if I should go for 205/45/17
 

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Hi been doing some research on what tires to put on my 17s and wanted to know if 205/50/17 would work ok? Or if I should go for 205/45/17
I'd stick with the 45.
 
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