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Old 12-29-2009, 07:52 PM   #1
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225 or 215?

I know it's a bit early to start talking about my summer tire setup, but I want to be ready in case some random deal comes along :)

OK, so my stock tires were 215/45/17. For the winter I went 205/50/17 and noticed a huge loss in handling performance considering the tire is narrower. So theoretically going 225/45/17 will have more surface on the ground and thus better handling correct?

The offset of my wheels are 49mm.


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Old 12-29-2009, 08:02 PM   #2
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I wonder if 225 would rub the strut or fender from being to wide. 215 is a pretty good size you may want to stick with that.
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215 is adequate IMO. 225 is a tad extreme and sometimes will cause rubbing problems depending on your offset. 49 doesn't sound like it would cause issues but I don't know for sure.

Did you use the same tire between the 215 and 205 widths? The deciding factor in grip of tires is mostly compound and tread design. With that said I'd recommend looking at a max or extreme performance summer tires for best traction in the warm months.
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:42 PM   #4
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I thought the 50's would rub, but they don't at all. So I'm guessing if I the height is removed at 45, but thicker at 225.. Might be OK.. I would only want to go 225 if it helps stick more than thw 215 though.
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It might but it also is going to weigh a tiny bit more and could change your gearing. Like I said I would look at compound and tread design, go after some sport oriented high performance summer tires, that's what you want. I'll tell you this much, a set of Falken Azenis or Dunlop Star Specs in 215 are enough to suck your lips out the window in a turn lol. But those will probably only last you around 20k miles if you're nice to them.

225/40R17 is the ideal size for your 225 width, it's about the same as stock diameter. I don't know how common that is. 225/45 is about .9" taller in diameter than stock and will put your speedo about 3.7% off according to the miata.net tire size calculator.

Are you lowered much? If it's more than 1.5" I'd be careful. I know someone with 225s on stock 16's, I think they may be 50's which would be taller than stock, but he is lowered a good bit and had to roll his fenders.
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Yeah, my drop is a 1.5". I think I'll just stick with 215/45/17 then.
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i'm thinkin you'll rub with 225s on a 1.5 drop and 17" wheel, now if you had 16s it would be nice. cheaper tires too. 215/45/17s should do you fine. i've heard 225 is an awesome size for autox. but if you do track it i'd say get 16s with like 55s to stretch the gearing of your dura.
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225's will rub for sure. I had em on mine and rubbed slightly under hard cornering with just me in the car. toss in one of my lighter buddies that weighs about 155lbs and forget about any kind of hard cornering. 215's are def the way to go. if you get the right kind of tire, you'll be fine. I can corner hard with my buddy thats about 220lbs in the car now and dont have any rubbing issues at all.
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