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Old 10-10-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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Tire stretch Good or bad idea??

I jst bought a set or rims and it looks a lil funny with a fitted tire, plus i like the sretch look. As of right now my tires are 225/40/18, So i want to know what size tire should i get to give it that look. i dnt want it to stretch too much!! jst like a mild stretch . Any tire sizes come to mind? plz let me know and pictures if you have them, Thanks guys!
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:58 PM   #2
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Size/width of the rim?
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:04 PM   #3
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18 inch and belive by 7 or 8, im sure its one of those ill find out after work. can you give tire size for both?

by the way, that white46 is clean bro!! rims gave it tht perfect touch. Nice!!

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Old 10-10-2012, 03:00 PM   #4
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You could go 205. Don't go less or it could be dangerous.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:33 PM   #5
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:41 PM   #6
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Bad idea and remember that when you stretch tires the sidewall becomes thinner making the tire and rim prone to damage.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:00 PM   #7
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have been running streched tyres all summer long and i havn't had any sort of problems. Only thing is that car will be a little bit bouncier since you'll have to go with a little more air in the tyres that normal just to be sure they stay in place!
a question, are you going to stretch just because you think it look good? Most people stretch to get clearance between the tyres and fenders when they lower their car. Stretched tyres on a car with original hight doesn't look very good (according to me + don't know if your car is lowered or not)

anyway here's a pic of my stretch. Running 205/40 on 17x9" rims
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:45 PM   #8
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Yes my car is lowered and clearance is a must, i have reg fitted tyres and i want to go lower but cant.
How much did you drop yours? reall nice btw,
but thts why i was asking what size tire you know, your seems Perfect.
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you'll have to go with a little more air in the tyres that normal just to be sure they stay in place!
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Yes my car is lowered and clearance is a must, i have reg fitted tyres and i want to go lower but cant.
How much did you drop yours? reall nice btw,
but thts why i was asking what size tire you know, your seems Perfect.
thanks! well it's quite low... 50mm down in the back and 85mm in front
as soon as you've looked up the width of the rims it will be quite easy for you to descide which dimensions you want for your tires!
just take a look at http://tyrestretch.com/ and you probably wont have any problems
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:37 PM   #11
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good for looks if youre into that kind of thing, bad for performance and bad for safety though
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good for looks if youre into that kind of thing, bad for performance and bad for safety though
Most people say exactly the same thing but the performance and safety doesn't get noticable effected! I've been dodging foxes and other things on the road and safety doesn't seem like a problem. For performance, i have a close friend that's drifting with his nissan s13 and having streched tyres on, no problem there either!
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i've been running stretched tires on my last 2 sets of wheels with no problems. Stretched tires actually increase the rigidity of the sidewalls and that is why drift cars use them. The only real safety concern is the tire debeading itself in a sharp turn at high speeds. Just dont drive like a dik and you'll be fine.
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Oh and be careful who you take it to for the tire installation. Not everyone does it right. I had an issue with air leaking through the sidewalls and i had to fill them up with air every few days. i had to try a couple of different places before i found a tire shop that knew what they were doing.
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Thanks for the advice, what size rim and tires do you have?
your car is beautiful btw.

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thanks! well it's quite low... 50mm down in the back and 85mm in front
as soon as you've looked up the width of the rims it will be quite easy for you to descide which dimensions you want for your tires!
just take a look at http://tyrestretch.com/ and you probably wont have any problems
Thank you very much bro,
you've been a huge! help.!!
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Oh and be careful who you take it to for the tire installation. Not everyone does it right. I had an issue with air leaking through the sidewalls and i had to fill them up with air every few days. i had to try a couple of different places before i found a tire shop that knew what they were doing.
Thanks for the advice, What size tyre and rim do you have?
Beautiful!
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Thanks for the advice, What size tyre and rim do you have?
Beautiful!
thanks.

the fronts are 19x9.5 on a 225/40

the rears are 19x10.5 on a 235/35

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Thank you very much bro,
you've been a huge! help.!!
no problem dude!
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