Max Tire Width...?

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Max Tire Width...?

Post by SST-TYPE » Thu Oct 16, 2003 7:44 pm

What is the maximum tire width that i can use in the wheel wells without rubbing? Is it a 245 or 255?

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Post by Dave G » Thu Oct 16, 2003 7:50 pm

Would you believe SteveX had 285/45/r17 tires up front for a while? They did rub a lot and severely cut the turning radius down. i think you could get away with 255's but remember tire width depends on the sidewall as much as the overall width. What size rim etc are you looking at, you need to give us more info on what you are looking for.

check out this webpage to get a better idea of what i am saying
http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCalculator.asp

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Post by SST-TYPE » Thu Oct 16, 2003 8:14 pm

I have 19"/8" Katana C5 Racing Rims and I want to run 255/35/19" tires. The 35/19" portion of the measurement makes the aftermarket rim and tire the same height as the stock rim and tire which I am running 215/60/15". I think some1 told me that I can run the 255... not sure. I just dont want no rubbing in my steering!

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Post by derekbroerse » Thu Oct 16, 2003 9:27 pm

Stock factory size is 215/65R15 if I'm not mistaken....

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Post by SST-TYPE » Thu Oct 16, 2003 9:34 pm

Yes, true indeed!!! The stock tire is 215/65/15, i just went down 5 on the series... not a big deal, not even an issue at all actually and furthermore, THAT'S NOT WHAT I AM NEGATING HERE!" My concern is whether I can run with the 255/35/19" tires without rubbing...!

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Post by calenatar » Thu Oct 16, 2003 10:42 pm

255/55/16 is what is on my car and they dont rub. that is what i run front and back
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Post by steveX » Mon May 24, 2004 1:11 am

currently running 255 45 17 in the steet. and i run 305 50 17 drag radial at the track.

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Post by Beck » Wed May 26, 2004 7:16 am

Question: I am in the market for some new tires. I have 225/60/15's on the stock rims... should I go back up to 65's?

I'm looking hard at some Indy 500's, but the closest size is 215/65/15, and I like the wider 225 tire, but these have the white letters, and that's what I'm looking for.

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Post by steveX » Thu May 27, 2004 5:08 am

i think the car will ride like a boat with 65 series tire. You are increase the hight of the tire sidewall. this will cause the car to sway more and it will ride with a bounce. Oh i don`t think you will like it. with the 65 series sidewall the car will also be harder to control.

stay with you 60 series or go 50`s with a 17 inches rim.

now that i am looking over your post. i can truly say the 215/65/15 will ride like a nightmare. those things must be for trucks.

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Post by 89FE388LeSabreT » Thu May 27, 2004 6:09 pm

SteveX-- i can agree with you on that. we went from a 225/70/15 on the back of the vette to a 235/50/15(that are from about 1989!). that car rides and handles alot better now. the old tires were goodyears but like the name says good for a year. it also launches better and squells the tires taking off and jumpin into second.

edit: does anyone know where to buy Road Hugger tires online?
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Post by T » Thu May 27, 2004 6:29 pm

steveX wrote:i think the car will ride like a boat with 65 series tire. You are increase the hight of the tire sidewall. this will cause the car to sway more and it will ride with a bounce. Oh i don`t think you will like it. with the 65 series sidewall the car will also be harder to control.

stay with you 60 series or go 50`s with a 17 inches rim.

now that i am looking over your post. i can truly say the 215/65/15 will ride like a nightmare. those things must be for trucks.
My car rides and handes great with 215/65R15s. The problem most people make is getting crappy tires. I have the Michelin XGT H4s and I have no complaints.

BTW My Skyhawk had 185/80R13s. You wanna talk about a soft sidewall. ;)
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Post by 88T-FL » Thu May 27, 2004 10:08 pm

I run 235/60R-15 BFG Radial T/A's and have no problems at all.
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Post by viper_cole » Thu May 27, 2004 11:56 pm

i was looking at a set of P215/60R16's Goodyear eagle with 90% tread and 100 % tread.. on a set of 5 bolt 5 star rims chrome?? for 200 bux cdn.. now i read steves above post but would these still be like riding a nightmare.. the size on my car now is P205/75R14's
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Post by steveX » Fri May 28, 2004 1:28 am

A P215/60R16's will perform better than the P205/75R14's.

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Post by viper_cole » Fri May 28, 2004 1:57 am

Good to know thanx steve so well then this would be my first mod YAY:D lol
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