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Old 12-22-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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Replacing 215/45R17 with 225/45R17 - thoughts?

Hey all,

I am very, very overdue to replace the POS Kumho's on my '09 SES. I have the 17" wheels, for what it's worth.

Anyway, I've been having a rough time finding any form of affordable 215/45R17 tires. If I kick the width up to 225's, the world of possibilities opens up and they are actually a decent amount cheaper to boot.

So here's the info. Daily driver, live in Seattle (read: frequent rain) and I enjoy a spirited drive as much as the next guy. Has anybody had any experience on bumping the width up a hair? The car has always had an awful understeering habit and I feel like the 225's may help with that as well.

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.


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Old 12-22-2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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What budget are you looking at (per wheel). I don't see there being a problem going from 215-225, its a minimal difference.

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I'd like to see around $500 +/- a few bucks OTD, so $125 a wheel. It is not a sports car, it's a pitiful automatic and as such I don't need anything immensely fancy. Was mainly concerned with my lack of anything 215 to be found around here. 225's seem much more readily available.
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Have you looked at ha kook ventus v12 evos? They're under 125 a tire I believe and they come in 215. Besides, they're fantastic tires.

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Are you looking locally or on the internet? I just picked up a set of Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105 last month, I like them a lot so far. They're $112 from Discount Tire Direct; they had a $50 rebate, but I don't know if that's still going.
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It seems to me that Tire-Rack had some 215s. The Kumhos that come factory are junk, but the Ecsta 4x I had on mine were not junk. Those were just as good as the Conti Pro-Contact I put on there afterwards. Nowadays I'm running a summer tire from Firestone (Indy500 Oval)- I'll have to go look. I can't wait for those to wear out- very loud. The Contis were probably the most quiet, but the Ecstas were much cheaper and not as loud as these Firestones. The only beef I had with the Contis was that they didn't last as long as the Ecstas. IIRC, I got 40k out of the Ecstas, and only 30k out of the Contis.

All have been 215/45/17 run on Centerline Impulse wheels.
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