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Old 10-24-2012, 12:07 PM   #21
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I prob. just wanna go with 'performance' shocks/struts to take things up a notch and with that in mind, did some on line searching but came up with not much and even more confused as to what to purchase. I already have the 17" contis that come w/ the car and i don't find them very performance oriented so am not opposed to swapping them out for maybe 225/45/17 tires to improve things a bit. I would think that w/ the bigger tires and better shock/struts handling will improve sufficiently. Opinions?
What are you willing to trade off?

For example, would a greater amount of road/tire noise be acceptable to you?
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You're going to be a little bit on the narrow side for rim width with that particular tire if you keep your stock wheels.
With a 225/45?

A 225/45 will fit perfectly fine. Remember, 225 = section width, 45 = aspect ratio/sidewall.

For example, the stock 17" tires are a 215/50, which is narrower with a taller sidewall.

In my opinion, I'd go with the handling dampers with springs, wider tires, and the Steeda rear sway bar. I think that would leave you satisfied without lowering the car nor changing the ride quality too much.
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What are you willing to trade off?

For example, would a greater amount of road/tire noise be acceptable to you?
yes, i can deal w/ a bit more tire/road noise....
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With a 225/45?

A 225/45 will fit perfectly fine. Remember, 225 = section width, 45 = aspect ratio/sidewall.

For example, the stock 17" tires are a 215/50, which is narrower with a taller sidewall.

In my opinion, I'd go with the handling dampers with springs, wider tires, and the Steeda rear sway bar. I think that would leave you satisfied without lowering the car nor changing the ride quality too much.
yes, i saw the steeda rear sway bar on sale for 130 something on line and that is one option i was thinkin of in addition to new tires and better shocks/struts
(tho im not so crazy bout the coil overs as that seems to be opening up more than i wish to handle)

As well, i have read that replacing the rear sway bar is pretty easy but what about the front bar? (if even it should be upgraded)
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With a 225/45?

A 225/45 will fit perfectly fine. Remember, 225 = section width, 45 = aspect ratio/sidewall.

For example, the stock 17" tires are a 215/50, which is narrower with a taller sidewall.
7, 7.5, 8, 8.5 are the approved rim widths for that size tire, but 7 is on the low side. A 7.5 is better suited IMO, if the poster is seeking better steering feel.

Actually, a 215/50 is likely to have a wider section width than a 225/45 when both are on 17x7s.

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Me again. Ive been looking at tire replacements to start with.....then on to other suspension components as needed. I was looking at tire rack reviews for conti dws hi perf all seasons (i dont want to deal anymore with switching summer/winter tires) and i do drive occassionaly in snow.
Reviews overall seem very good but im concerned about reported weak sidewalls causing tire failure, esp on hole-y roads. Reviews dont state if tire in question had a lower series. I plan to drop from 50 to 45 series and i know ill have less sidewall 'cushion' but iyo is this reported sidewall failure a cause for concern? Thnx
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yes, i saw the steeda rear sway bar on sale for 130 something on line and that is one option i was thinkin of in addition to new tires and better shocks/struts
(tho im not so crazy bout the coil overs as that seems to be opening up more than i wish to handle)

As well, i have read that replacing the rear sway bar is pretty easy but what about the front bar? (if even it should be upgraded)
Let me know if I can help you with that, forum members do get a discount. :)
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