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Old 10-17-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
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What're the widest tires I can fit?

Stock - 225's up front and 245's in the rear. (and whatever the stock wheel size is [m68's])

I will be rolling my fenders eventually and will be dropping it on coils after winter. I have wheels ready to go, so I'll be looking into tires for them relatively soon.

Wheels - VMR718's 19x8.5 & 9.5, et33 & et35.



I was thinking about going with a little stretch (spacers if needed?) to spice things up a bit (225/35 all around), but I want to explore my options as well. If I wanted to go 245/35 all around, would I be able to do that with these wheels?
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:07 PM   #2
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I haven't heard of anything over 265 in the rear for us (with rolling). You should go with a square setup. It'll make your car more neutral handling instead of understeer. And I don't know why you think stretching is a good idea. A tire that fits right looks better. Stretching just makes it look like you bought the wrong size and were too lazy to return the tires.

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Old 10-17-2012, 12:13 PM   #3
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I haven't heard of anything over 265 in the rear for us (with rolling). You should go with a square setup. It'll make your car more neutral handling instead of understeer. And I don't know why you think stretching is a good idea. A tire that fits right looks better. Stretching just makes it look like you bought the wrong size and were too lazy to return the tires.
Well, I think a little stretch would look good if it sits right. Maybe 235's would be a better option?

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Old 10-17-2012, 12:18 PM   #4
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265's if you roll the fender, 255's if you don't... Pretty plain and simple. I've got my rear fenders completely shaved, completely flat on the inside, no gunk, done professionally, and I can probably get 275's in the back, but there's really no need to spend the difference on cost between 265's/275's honestly.

::EDIT:: - Wait, you have ET33 9.5" rears? Not 9.5 Et45s? Then you're going to have to stretch that bad boy to make work, I'd say 245 max and that still might rub.
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:41 PM   #5
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265's if you roll the fender, 255's if you don't... Pretty plain and simple. I've got my rear fenders completely shaved, completely flat on the inside, no gunk, done professionally, and I can probably get 275's in the back, but there's really no need to spend the difference on cost between 265's/275's honestly.

::EDIT:: - Wait, you have ET33 9.5" rears? Not 9.5 Et45s? Then you're going to have to stretch that bad boy to make work, I'd say 245 max and that still might rub.
Which is why I was originally going to go with 225's all around.. and you're saying 245's still might rub with rolled fenders? If so, I'll probably stick with 225's, or maybe 235's.

What's the one page where it gives you a whole bunch of links to wheel/tire combos so you can see how the setup will look like? I used to have it book marked but I think I may have deleted it >_>
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Which is why I was originally going to go with 225's all around.. and you're saying 245's still might rub with rolled fenders? If so, I'll probably stick with 225's, or maybe 235's.

What's the one page where it gives you a whole bunch of links to wheel/tire combos so you can see how the setup will look like? I used to have it book marked but I think I may have deleted it >_>
It could potentially still rub yes. I've got 10mm spacers on the back of my ET45 wheels (making the offset ET35), and even with the completely flat fenders, on 265's it rubs, so a 255 is absolutely not what I'd go with, but a 245 has the chance of rubbing as well.

If you're talking about how a tire looks like on a wheel, I think you're talking about tyrestretch.com
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:05 PM   #7
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It could potentially still rub yes. I've got 10mm spacers on the back of my ET45 wheels (making the offset ET35), and even with the completely flat fenders, on 265's it rubs, so a 255 is absolutely not what I'd go with, but a 245 has the chance of rubbing as well.

If you're talking about how a tire looks like on a wheel, I think you're talking about tyrestretch.com
Tyrestretch! Correct, haha. Thanks!

I think I'm gonna with 235/35 on all 4's.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:18 AM   #13
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Bumping this thread.. I'm ordering h&r race springs today! Also, I just wanted to ask if 225/35 & 235/35 tires will rub on NON rolled fenders..? About an inch drop all around below stock sport suspension, with h&r's race springs.
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As a point of reference, I have M68 8.5" square setups with 255s and about 1-1.5" drop and no modifications to the fenders. The back is fine with no modifications and I run 12mm spacers in the front. I had 19" iForges on the car when I bought it. I think you're going to be fine with the 8.5/9.5 225/235 setup you mention.

However, keep in mind that 10mm is equal to about 0.4 inches. So if your rear wheels are 1" wider than the front but your rear tires are only 0.4" wider than the front, things may look a bit off. You might want to consider running 225/245... IE: keep the 20mm front to rear size differential.
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You could fit a 235/35 front and 265/30 rear on stock suspension, should fit no problem. If you are looking for a stretch then of course you could go thinner!
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:15 PM   #16
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Update: sold 718's for 1100. Bought 18" vb3's from MB with 40 & 45 offsets for 750. Should be coming in tomorrow or the next day.
H&R Race Springs are in my garage, in a couple weeks I'll buy Bilstein Sport Struts.
225's & 245's should fit w/o rolling, right?

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Yes indeed, those should fit no problem!
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:02 PM   #19
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I'll put up a pic once I get them in! And another once they're on!
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