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Old 02-24-2008, 07:59 PM   #1
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Advice on new tire size?

Well i guess I've been enjoying my new ST a little to much. My front tires are worn down pretty bad. I rotated them to prolong what life they have left. I have the 16 Inch 5 spoke OEM ST wheels on my car. 205/50/ZR16 Are my current tires, Now that I'm looking for something a little better then the Fulda's that came with the car off the used dealership. Should i stick with 50's or go for a lower aspect ratio?

If i could id like to go down to 45 on the aspect ratio and run a full set of Yokohama Parada Spec-2's.


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Hmm, I've seen the question a lot lately pertaining to a lower size aspect ratio without increasing the wheel diameter.
Certain things will happen when this is done. You will increase the gap all around the wheel well, giving the appearance that the wheels are too small for the car, you will affect the speedometer reading, affectively causing your car to (slowly) rack up more total miles driven than actual, and probably make your car appear as if it has recieved springs that raise the car... Not pretty.
Now, I was looking at the Paradas some time ago, and found out that they only make 45 series and under. I've also read comments on here that their tread isn't very good at all in wet conditions, which seem to come by often in FL.
Now, this idea may work with a different tire that many people have grown to love... The Falken RT-615. But, the tire to use is a 215/45-16, which gives you a bit more sidewall due to the width increase. The good thing about these tires is the amazing grip. The bad is the treadwear. You'd be lucky to get 10,000 miles out of them. That being said, along with your agressive driving, you'd probly want to stay away from the Parada's too. You'll wear both of these tires out quicker than the originals.
So it depends on what you want... A tire to last you longer than the last set, or some that will give you the grip you want.
Also, I didn't know Fulda had tires in the USA. I put a set on an Eclipse I had in Germany, and liked them a lot. Haven't ever seen them around here.
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To maintain the appropriate wheel/tire diameter you would have to bump up to a 225/45-16. That size tire would be too wide for the stock wheels and may also rub on suspension components with the stock wheel offset (you'd probably have to increase wheel width to at least 7.5" for that tire width). If you intend to stick with the stock wheels, the stock 50 series aspect ratio is probably the way you should go. Paradas are OK but nothing special. There's better tires available and for possible less money.
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Mkay, I'll stick with the size i have on my car now and look into some other tires then the Parada's. Any recommendations would be thoughtful. I'm looking mainly on Tire-Rack for the moment.
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I just put on some BFG g-Force Sports last week, and so far so good.

There are two performance tires on clearance at the Tire Rack right now, the Avon Tech M500, which won a test by Tire Rack, and the Kumho SPT's. Both are great prices, but you might wanna buy an extra one in case you have a blow out. Close out tires mean the production has stopped.
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