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Old 07-04-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
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205/40/17 tires with 2" drop ??

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I'm running Skunk2 race springs which drop my ride height about 2" overall paired with Roush Racing shocks and dampers. I just bought a set of 17's that are being re-finished. I want to get myself some rubber in the meantime so that when they are done I can mount and balance right away...

Will I be able to run 205/40/17 tires with a 2" drop with either NO or VERY LITTLE tire rub? Has anyone ran these tires with the 2" drop? IF THEY WILL RUB: what is a possible alternative tire size?

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Old 07-04-2008, 12:47 PM   #2
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i have 215/45/17's on my eap's with a sportline 2.0 fr and 2.2 r drop.
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thats a pretty small sidewall you should be fine, i run a 215/45/17 with a 1.75" drop and have very few rubbing problems and a 205/40 is considerbly smaller you should be good
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cuz you drive a normal zx3 and not an svt the recommended tire size is a 205 45 17, to keep close with the speedometer. a 215 40 17 will also work. a 205 40 17 is too short and will spin tires all day long. a 215 45 17 is too tall IMO
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it all depends on your wheel offset.

if your wheels have 40mm offset, u might rub. there are no tire alternatives as 205/40 is the shortest and narrowest tire i would put on 17's

if u have 45mm offset, you'll be fine and you could go upto a 215/45R17
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even a 40mm offset should be fine with a 205/40 on a 17...thats like no tire at all...shouldent have any probs with a 2" drop.
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I have the 45mm offset...so I could actually run 215/45 tires with no rubbing? Anyone actually have this setup or have had this setup?

Thanks for all the replies, you guys are really helping me out here!!
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yes with 45 offset you can run 215/45 tires with no rubbing at all. i dont actually have it, but my extensive research says yes. i do have 225 wide tires with 45mm offset wheels, and i used to rub just the slightest bit on a 3" drop. (the tires "rolled" the inner fender lip a bit out of the way)
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I would avoid a 205 on a 7" wide rim as much as possible. Go with a 215/40 just for a little extra protection and sidewall height. I drive the living hell out of mine with a 1.5" drop and haven't rubbed yet.
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