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    Two questions. How do you know when it is time to buy tire ?

    My tires seem to have plenty of tread and if the the car was staying in Ohio all season I would trust it well enought. But I will be taking a trip to AZ and then Texas before heading home in May and so I am not sure of what to do. Any help would be apperciated.

    How wide of a tire can I look at with 17 x 7 rime or how wide should I look at ? I am running 205 x 45 x 17 ?
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    215's would be fine on a 7" wheel. 225 is pushing it a wee bit but still doable.
    '00 Coldside FFSC 130mm pulley @ 18.5psi. on E85. OBX header, Goodwin Midpipe, Tein Flex, Koyo Rad, Etc.

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    • #3
      What are the plus and Minus of going to a wider tire ?

      Any idea on how low the tread should get before you replace tires ?
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      • #4
        Tire Rack has some good information on their web site.
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        • #5
          You could also send an email to Tire Rack. I did this once and they got back to me in 24 hrs. Also Tire Rack monitors the tire section on M.net
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          • #6
            Can't think of too many minuses unless you get a tire with really soft sidewalls. Then it could feel mushy. A good quality tire in a 215 will give you more grip, both from a start and in corners.
            '00 Coldside FFSC 130mm pulley @ 18.5psi. on E85. OBX header, Goodwin Midpipe, Tein Flex, Koyo Rad, Etc.

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            • #7
              what the biggest size tires fit under an NB that is lowered one inch?
              The guy "Guss" at the tire rack said that a 225x45x17 would not fit! I don't believe him.
              What is everyone running? I would like to try the new Kumho XS or the new Hankook R3.
              I will be replacing my stock wheels & tires soon. I figured to go to 17 x 7.5 or 8" wheels.
              I like the Rota Torque wheels, but what off set and tire size?
              '02 SE, FFS, 2 1/2" Mid, Borla, timing card, DIY ram air, Coolant bypass, 198.3 WHP= bald rear tires quick!

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              • #8
                Can't help with the 17's, but I'm running 245/35/16 on my 16x8s. I'm lowered to about 12 3/4 front and 13 rear. I still have room too. Here is a pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/in2food...22400/sizes/l/
                '00 Coldside FFSC 130mm pulley @ 18.5psi. on E85. OBX header, Goodwin Midpipe, Tein Flex, Koyo Rad, Etc.

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                • #9
                  Nice looking tires and wheels Pat ;-). Here is a site that compares wheel / tires

                  http://www.rims-n-tires.com/rt_specs.jsp

                  Pat and I are using 16X7 wheels, with a 35mm offset, with 245/35/16 tires.

                  Enter in your wheels and tires.

                  As is, the tires look narrower, but 1.25" taller.
                  Silver 2000, 5 speed with 3.9:1 torsen, 245/35X16, 110mm pulley, Robello head - cooled by E-Cool

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                  • #10
                    Don't know about you Steve, but I got the 16x8.
                    '00 Coldside FFSC 130mm pulley @ 18.5psi. on E85. OBX header, Goodwin Midpipe, Tein Flex, Koyo Rad, Etc.

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                    • #11
                      My mistake, 16X8 with a 38mm offset. Thanks.

                      Pretty wide compared to 225, huge compared to 185.
                      Silver 2000, 5 speed with 3.9:1 torsen, 245/35X16, 110mm pulley, Robello head - cooled by E-Cool

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                      • #12
                        Pat, that's great lookin' ride! Thanks for the heads up on the tires & wheels guys!
                        '02 SE, FFS, 2 1/2" Mid, Borla, timing card, DIY ram air, Coolant bypass, 198.3 WHP= bald rear tires quick!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by socal pat View Post
                          Can't think of too many minuses unless you get a tire with really soft sidewalls. Then it could feel mushy. A good quality tire in a 215 will give you more grip, both from a start and in corners.

                          We;; got Toyo Proxes 4 on both cars 215 / 40 / 17 amd you were right love them on the corners, starts , hell everywhere.
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