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Old 06-15-2012, 01:36 PM   #1
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What fits? What hits?

I want to put a wider and shorter profile tire on my car. I'm looking at 17 or 18" wheels. What wheel offset, diameter, and width will fit and allow me to continue to enjoy driving daily? I saw that factory offset is 52.5 according to tire rack.

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Can I increase the offset or possibly keep the same offset with just a little wider wheel? I would like the wheel/tire combo to sit flush (of course).

I have stock 15" aluminum's at the moment. I believe they are 7" wide. Someone please correct me if I am wrong. Moving to a 7.5 or 8 inch wheel with the same offset should bring the wheel front out a bit right? Which should also move the wheel centerline out a tad?

Would a 235/40r17 fit without clearance issues with the right wheel?

According to this chart (see below) it is .78% taller than OEM and 1.58 wider. If I split the difference I will end up adding about 3/4 inch on either side of the OE wheel/tire combo and I don't know if that will cause clearance issues during turning or going over bumps using the same centerline as OE design.
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Any thoughts? BTW I am on FRPP suspension as the siggy says and currently running a 205/60r15 tire with no issues. Thanks guys


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Old 06-15-2012, 01:42 PM   #2
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if they are stock 15's, they are most likely a 6" wheel (i know the steels were)
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The stock 15" alloys are 6" wide stock. I put on some 16x7" konigs with stickier tires and there is a huge difference. I believe the offset is 35 ( I may be wrong) and the front sits close to flush. The rear however would need about a 1" spacer to be about flush. Either that or a deeper offset. Hard finding wheels for our bolt pattern though.
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Ok, 6's does sound more accurate. So less offset is going to bring the wheel out more flush? I just want a wide a** tire to drive around on so I can feel more planted over all
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I would try to go no larger in outter diameter than stock, but wider is great. With a 16, or 17 in wheel in a 7in wide 45mm offset you will be good for fit, and handling. Now the 16 should have a 50series tyre and the 17 can have a 50 or 45 series and be ABOUT the same dia as stock so your speedo isn't all off.
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Come on guys, I did do a little research lol, thats why I got the two links up there for everyone to see what I'm thinking.

I'm running a 205/60r15 Michelin MXM4 currently which is a little taller and a great highway tire. The soft, tall sidewall makes for not so awesome twisty turning though. A 235/40r17 is .21 inches taller than the factory 195/60r15. But will a 235 fit? It's about 1.5 inches wider than a 195. Thats the money question. I want a 17 or 18 to have the smaller sidewall, I don't think 16 is going to be enough for me though Rota slipstreams are kinda my style for the look I want. Darker wheel on a lighter car
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Come on guys, I did do a little research lol, thats why I got the two links up there for everyone to see what I'm thinking.

I'm running a 205/60r15 Michelin MXM4 currently which is a little taller and a great highway tire. The soft, tall sidewall makes for not so awesome twisty turning though. A 235/40r17 is .21 inches taller than the factory 195/60r15. But will a 235 fit? It's about 1.5 inches wider than a 195. Thats the money question. I want a 17 or 18 to have the smaller sidewall, I don't think 16 is going to be enough for me though Rota slipstreams are kinda my style for the look I want. Darker wheel on a lighter car

Well, I am not sure but why would you want such a wide tyre??? Looks? I never see people running a wider tyre than about a 215 on these cars. And on these cars, those look WIDE! On the wheel choice, you mentioned Slipstreams, well being a 4x108 they have a small select number of available wheels that fit the bolt circle and offset, but there ARE choices! I have been looking at all the different wheels from Tire Rack and Discount and there are a LOT I love the looks of. I'd also say you would need a wider than 7in wheel for a 235 or 245 as well. Another little thing to some, big thing to others is weight. an 18 with a 245 will be heavy unless you get an extremely expensive wheel that is very light to begin with. IF that matters to you! I have seen 18s 19s and even 20s on a Foci but the things start to look like Covered Wagon wheels since the cars are so small. Personally I think a 17 or 18 with a 45 ser tyre will look the best.
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I want something wide for looks but more for handling. I'm trying to keep weight in mind so the wheel choice will be something that reflects that. The look I'm going for is something flush and fitting. I saw one guy running 235 for autox in the aftermarket wheel sticky and I like that look but he was also on a 15 inch wheel I believe. It looked fat. I likes it. lol Right now I have 205's on the stockers, 195 snows on Saab turbo wheels for the winter, and another set of plain jane Saab wheels that I'm not sure what I'm going to do with lol. I like options. I just want a set that fits flush on the car. With it sitting lowered on stock wheels the combo looks like its sucked in, not cool
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