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Old 10-09-2009, 07:33 PM   #1
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Question Tires too tall?

Hey guys i need help. So i bought 235/55/17 Pirelli Pzero tires and Voxx 17x8 wheels for a killer deal. Everything is just about new. the problem is that the wheels+tires stick out the sides just a little, but thats ok, its just in the back its right at the fender, its so "tall" that the back end rubs, and a speed bump is scarry as hell. I put em on and drove around the neighborhood and decided to put stocks back on for now until i figure out what to do.

So i need help...... is there anyway to lift the back end? or any other solutions
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:40 PM   #2
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The side wall is much to tall for your car. The proper size would be 235/45/17. Apart from buying new tires your best bet is to get a thicker set of rear spring pads. You can also stack a couple if you need to.

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just get the right size tires since the added height is going to look
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:42 PM   #3
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Will the rear spring pads affect performance? higher center of gravity? i got these wheel/tires for better grip at autox and such. dont care too much about looks
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Raising the center of gravity will create more lean/roll in corners. I doubt it would be noticable if it's only a few mm's though
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so if i order the 14.5mm ones for my car and put them on top of the original 5mm ones it should give me the clearance to run the wheels. It only rubs on the bumpy stuff, i just dont want to damage the body.
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Old 10-10-2009, 09:35 AM   #6
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Get rid of the tires.
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Get rid of the tires.
Agreed. That is just a silly tall tires size to use on the car.
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DO IT RIGHT DUDE. don't raise the car just to make it look uglier, grab some 235/45/17's
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Oke. well i dont have the cash to go buy new tires. I ordered the spring seals, cause they were like 20 bucks, and i am going to double up with the stock 5 mm seal. that way its not going to affect the performance or the look. we are talking about 1.5cm. But it will allow me to fit larger tires with some real serious offset. I drove the car around and aside from the rubbing it handles great. but i am rolling on stocks atm.
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wow, you should just roll on the stockies until you can get the right tires. i mean, your speedometer isn't even going to be correct
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the spedo can be adjusted, both in car and in mind. i was really hoping someone on here would have a real solution. not jsut get new tires. I am a firm believer that there are ways to make anything work. plus if i was getting new tires i would get 245/40/17 or maybe 45s
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so when i did the speed calc, the appropriate replacement would be a 245/40/17 then the difference in diameter comes to about 1 mph in the end. 20.8 overall diamter vs the stock 20.4
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the spedo can be adjusted, both in car and in mind. i was really hoping someone on here would have a real solution. not jsut get new tires. I am a firm believer that there are ways to make anything work. plus if i was getting new tires i would get 245/40/17 or maybe 45s
the real solution is get new tires, because the ones you have are way off when it comes to the size. but you already said that isn't possible.

sure there are ways to make anything work, but that doesn't mean they are the right way. plus a 235/55/17 on a lifted e46 will look horrible
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like i said performance is infinitely greater then looks.

but i am really f*cking p*ssed off about this. i think i am just going to sell the **** and get a different mod. maybe some lowering springs with the stock rubber. cause the stock rubber isnt as wide as i want it but the bfg gsports are great for grip.
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like i said performance is infinitely greater then looks.

but i am really f*cking p*ssed off about this. i think i am just going to sell the **** and get a different mod. maybe some lowering springs with the stock rubber. cause the stock rubber isnt as wide as i want it but the bfg gsports are great for grip.
see, now you're talking. that would be the best thing to do. drop it on some stockies for a while and then get some new wheels. before you buy, post up the specs if you have any questions about fitment.

and yes, my bfg g-force sports STUCK to the pavement!
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spring rates for H&R springs?
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actually can someone explain to me the basics of wheels spacing? do lowering springs actaully give you width? ie allow you to run wider? how do you use wheel spacers and not rub on the fender upon compression?
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no you don't gain width. you just get the right size spacers by taking measurements so you don't rub
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right, forgive me if im a noob. but springs lower the body, and wheel spacers push wheels out....... so how do you avoid the top of your fender (the swoop) from hitting the top of the tires/wheel like was happening to me? ie. without body mods like rolling.
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