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Old 12-07-2012, 03:24 AM   #1
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I am collecting summer tires for my 17x8.5 rims as they are going cheap right now (~$30 each)

I have 225 45 17 at the front and 235 45 17 at the back, and all fours occasionally rubs the fender at bumps.

I am thinking of two choices:
1. Buy two more 225 45 17 and replace the back tires, since they are the biggest annoyance.

2. Buy two 215 45 17 tires and replace the back tires, swap the 225s to the back and 215s to the front.

Is it okay is stretch the 215 tires a bit to fit 17x8.5 rims?
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:36 AM   #2
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Personally, I'd only stretch 30 and 35 series tires.. I dunno why.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:47 AM   #3
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Personally, I'd only stretch 30 and 35 series tires.. I dunno why.
^this makes no sense.

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why are you wanting to run staggered? it's so minimal that it won't make a difference in appearance or performance. i would recommend running 215s on all 4 corners if you rub with 225s
consider a square setup because your current staggered setup is doing nothing positive for you. rotating tires is good.
answer to your question though: yes you'll be fine. the stretching will be minimal to none.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:55 AM   #4
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I would go with nothing less than the 235 45 17 since they are what you really want and appearance is most important. Need to modify the car fenders slightly to accept them--but that is worth it to get the look you want. Do not compromise in what looks best for YOUR car.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:17 AM   #5
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^this makes no sense.

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why are you wanting to run staggered? it's so minimal that it won't make a difference in appearance or performance. i would recommend running 215s on all 4 corners if you rub with 225s
consider a square setup because your current staggered setup is doing nothing positive for you. rotating tires is good.
answer to your question though: yes you'll be fine. the stretching will be minimal to none.
thanks, i'll listen to your advice. i'll will just get two more 225s for the back.

my rear fenders are already rolled, but not enough apparently.
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thanks, i'll listen to your advice. i'll will just get two more 225s for the back.

my rear fenders are already rolled, but not enough apparently.
Are you rubbing the fenders or the bumper bracket? I'm running style 67s on my sedan.. Look great but rears rub on the bumper bracket, no more fender rubbing after I rolled.
added to the bump stop and it helped A TON. Either need to add more to the bump stop "refer to project useless thread" or get some rims that look like CSLs cause yolo. <
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