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Old 12-20-2012, 06:10 PM   #1
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225/45-17 or 235/45-17 on 17x8 wheel.

Im needing wanting some feedback on what tire size. I currently have a 2002 330i with 205/50-17 on 17x7 wheels. This is what was on the car when I bought it. I have 3 bent wheels so I bought Style 44's in 17x8 ( I like this wheel).. And Im looking at tires, i can go with the 225/45-17 and it will fit perfect and give me more width and great handling or go for a wider 235/45-17 and get a bit more width for looks..

i like the looks of the 235/45-17 but is there a nbig trade off to handling over a 225/45-17..

I just see a lot of people saying 225/45 is better. Nobody ever says on a 7-7.5 or 8" wide wheel tho..

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Old 12-21-2012, 12:54 PM   #2
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225/45/17 will work just fine on a 17x8.
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:39 PM   #3
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work just fine? as in this would work best?
Im trying to find someone running either or have run either in past with pro's/con's..
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:10 PM   #4
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They are perfect I think I am running a 225 in an 8 wide wheel and there is no stretch you could go bigger but i wouldnt go smaller
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:25 PM   #5
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not to change the subject, but i see your not far from me (btown) and i have a air bag code reader if you still have that problem. also can you tell me how wide and what tire your currently running? thanks
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For that rim width I would go with 225/45/17.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:38 PM   #7
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thats what I was leaning toward.. All the tire charts show 8.86 section width for 225/45 and 9.25 for 235/45.. So thats what I like about the 235 its a bit wider.. but the chart dont say if its a 7 or 8" rim they r using.

I'm probably just over thinking all of this. ( my wife says i have that problem)
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225/45R17 fits well on 17X8 wheels.

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Old 12-26-2012, 07:44 AM   #9
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245/40 also works on 17x8 (although maximal "approved" tire width for wheel width according to some recommendation charts from tire brands like Continental & Nokian).
Running staggered tire sizes on non staggered wheels..

Some pictures on how that looks:




(Nokian Z G2 tires)

I'd probably go for 235s all around if I'm to replace tires again on these wheels because I think it would look better rather than 225s.

225/45 17s Goodyear OptiGrip sidewall on 17x8.

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Thats what i was looking for pictures with tires on wheels.. Thanks
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Just remember that different tires run wider, or narrower, than other tires. Not all tires will look like that on a given rim width.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:57 PM   #12
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Just remember that different tires run wider, or narrower, than other tires. Not all tires will look like that on a given rim width.

..just 'cause I have acceptable pictures..

225/45 Continental Conti Sport Contact 3 vs 225/45 Nokian Z G2 on 17x7 wheels:




vs old Pirelli PZero somethingsomething 225/45s (furthest, looks pretty much like the Nokians pictured above) and maybe Bridgestone Potenza (I guess) 215/45 closest:


All look a bit different naturally, never did any width measurements though.
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