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Old 10-14-2013, 10:49 PM   #1
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Question Widest tires?

Today I was walking towards my car from the back and I noticed how thin my tires are ... and I am planning on getting a new set because they're almost done...
What's the widest I can go in the back with 17" rims and 18" rims? I'm currently running 225 with 17's
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:51 PM   #2
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17" rims? you could go 335s
bmw 17 inch rims? depends. what is the wheel width?
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:56 PM   #3
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I think you can go up to 235s without have to roll the fender. It might be 245s but I could be wrong.
I'm sure if you searched you would be able to find it.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:57 PM   #4
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on stock style 68's the rear wheel is 8.5 wide. I have ran a 245 and 255/35 without a problem. also i am lowered.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:03 PM   #5
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Depends what size wheels you have. I'm running 265's on the 9.5in rear.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:55 AM   #6
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My understanding has always been that you will want to stay under 265 in the rear of a sedan if you don't want fender mods, except for a few select brands of tire and/or a camber adjustment.

If you are running OEM 17 rims though you will run into the width limit for a tire fitting on your 17'' rim before you will run into a width limit for your fender.

But for reference, lots of people run 255 on the rear of a sedan with 10mm spacers no problem on stock suspension.
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:21 AM   #7
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I have 255s in the rear without any need to mod fenders
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:36 AM   #8
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I've got 245s on my sedan, on a 18x9 ET42 wheel, and I'm sure I could go to 255/35-18s with no rubbing or fender rolling.
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...and I'm sure I could go to 255/35-18s with no rubbing or fender rolling.
I'm sure you could as well, that is stock rear wheel size on a ZHP. Like I said above, up to 255 is no problem on a sedan if that is OK for your rims width (and appropriate offset). Some have done 265 on a sedan and will tell you there is no rubbing but there are mixed reviews on that. 265 on coupe, no issue.

What is your 17" wheel size though? As in 17 x ?. If it's 17x7 for example I don't think you can even mount a 255 tire on it.
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