Ok, who said he has Brembos? He has Megan coilovers. So, from experience, I have XXR +48 8.5" 17 inch rims with 225 45 17's. I have very little room between the strut housing and the widest part of the tire (section width) and the 225's are at their limit on a 8.5" rim. So, the +44's on the 8.5" would fit better and give you a bit of room depending on what size tire you chose than the 9.5" +35 265"s.