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Posted 24 August 2009 - 11:10 AM

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I was wondering if anyone can recommend rim and tire size (max width) for my 02 that has a 1.2 drop from Eibach springs.

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 11:26 AM

Well Ken, it really depends on what yo want. If going to drag race sometimes get a separate pair of 16" rims for the Drag Radials. For street only use, I wouldn't go any bigger than 18". You can fit a 315 on the rear(they look like steam rollers) under your car, but you need the correct offset on the rim. A good tire store SHOULD be able to help you with the offset so that clearance is not an issue. Stay with the factory width on the front, maybe 1 size wider, but not necessary. Also, if going with different brand than you currently have, try to find out the overall width of the tire in the size you have now. Tires vary in width from manufacturer:manufacturer, don't know why, they just do. I lost about 1-1.5" when I bought new tires for my car. Have fun rim shopping, lots to choose from. DO NOT put a KOREAN OR CHINESE made tire on your car.
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Posted 24 August 2009 - 11:38 AM

Right now I am running a 275/40r17 in the front and the back on some 17X9.5 inch rims. I am have my rims pulled to 17x11 so I can run a 315/35r17 in the back but with my current offset I have to run 1/4 inch spacers and have my fenders rolled. But the fronts are going to stay the same.
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Posted 24 August 2009 - 06:24 PM

Do you think I could run 17x9 rims with 275/40/17 on it and have adequate clearance?
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Posted 24 August 2009 - 07:06 PM

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 07:27 PM

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 08:42 PM

275/40-17 on 17x9.0" 50mm offset wheel is the factory fitment for the WS6 and SS coupes, so you know it will fit at stock ride height. With the car lowered, you may experience a bit of rubbing on the front inner plastic fender liners when the steering is at full lock.

If you decide to go for the 315's it would be a tight fit, but it can be made to work. The inner fenders don't get a whole lot narrower as you go up inside, so the fact the car is lowered is usually no more of a problem than a stock ride height car. You would need 17x11 wheels with a 50mm offset to center the wheel/tire correctly in the wheel well. Even then, you might have to cut the projecting edge off the jounce bumper bracket, and hammer the inner fenders a bit to avoid rubbing. Some people are able to get aways without that. Seems to be quite a bit of variation from car to car.

If you are interested in the 315/35-17 17x11 wheel combo, I have a writeup on another forum that shows the required mods.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 10:13 AM

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275/40-17 on 17x9.0" 50mm offset wheel is the factory fitment for the WS6 and SS coupes, so you know it will fit at stock ride height. With the car lowered, you may experience a bit of rubbing on the front inner plastic fender liners when the steering is at full lock.

If you decide to go for the 315's it would be a tight fit, but it can be made to work. The inner fenders don't get a whole lot narrower as you go up inside, so the fact the car is lowered is usually no more of a problem than a stock ride height car. You would need 17x11 wheels with a 50mm offset to center the wheel/tire correctly in the wheel well. Even then, you might have to cut the projecting edge off the jounce bumper bracket, and hammer the inner fenders a bit to avoid rubbing. Some people are able to get aways without that. Seems to be quite a bit of variation from car to car.

If you are interested in the 315/35-17 17x11 wheel combo, I have a writeup on another forum that shows the required mods.

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I think I am going to go with American Racing Torq Thrust 17x9 rims. I like the classic look of them. For tires 275/40/17. Be a step up from the stocks I have and good for daily driving. Any opinions on those choices are most welcome.
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Posted 25 August 2009 - 10:37 AM

I've got the BFG g-Force KDW's 275/40ZR-17 on SLP 17x9 rims on LadyHawk. They have a slightly harder compound than the KD's, for better treadlife. They've been on for 15k miles and show only minimal wear. Prior to that, I bought the car with Khumo's (sp?) and they were completely worn out. Also had noticed that they wore very unevenly.

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 02:50 PM

Found a possible deal on a set of American Racing Torq Thrust rims (17x9.5 front, 17x10.5 rear). According to feedback, I can run 275/40/17's on the front with those without a problem. What size tires should I run on the rear with the least amount of modification to the car...preferably none (e.g. messing with the fenders).

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 09:07 PM

You can put a 315/35-17 on a 17x10.5" wheel. How it fits in the wheel well will be determined by the "offset" of the wheel. Do you know what it is? I have seen a 17x11.0" TTII with a 45mm offset. That wheel avoids rubbing on the inside of the fender liner, but puts the tire right under the fender lip, requiring "rolling" the lip. If the 17x10.5" wheel has the 45mm offset, you should not have any problems, but they will be close to the outside of the fender (not quite as close as mine). If the 17x10.5" wheels had a 50mm offset, they would fit perfectly.
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 03:24 PM

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You can put a 315/35-17 on a 17x10.5" wheel. How it fits in the wheel well will be determined by the "offset" of the wheel. Do you know what it is? I have seen a 17x11.0" TTII with a 45mm offset. That wheel avoids rubbing on the inside of the fender liner, but puts the tire right under the fender lip, requiring "rolling" the lip. If the 17x10.5" wheel has the 45mm offset, you should not have any problems, but they will be close to the outside of the fender (not quite as close as mine). If the 17x10.5" wheels had a 50mm offset, they would fit perfectly.



Hey Fred! Thanks for all the info. What I am looking at are advertised as Front: 17x9 high offset, Rear: 17x10.5 high offset. 45mm offset. I was originally thinking of all 4 17x9 with 275/40/17 tires. With this set, you think I can do 315/35/17 on the back without having to to mess with the fenders? What size tires do you think I should run on the front? As I mentioned, I am just concerned about the 1.2" drop with the Eibach springs. Also, will the different rim sizes have a big impact on the ride? Thanks for all of your help. I really don't know much about this stuff :twocents:
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