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Old 11-18-2008, 10:40 AM   #1
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Default 215/50/17 on an sti... should be fine, no?

Just thinking about this now to be sure... STi comes with 225/45/17... I just scored a set of 215/50/17 tires for cheap on ebay... With the drop in width vs the Ratio, i'm .25" higher on the height, but -.40" on the width, which means i'm .5" bigger diameter, and 1.5" circumference...

Other than the speedo being off 1.5mph (Which it pretty much is anyways on the STi at 70mph), i should be fine, right? Stock wheels, stock suspension... should be plenty of room...
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:48 AM   #2
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Sorry, but that's gonna look like ass.

Taller, 50-profile tires?

Narrower width?

Ouch.

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Old 11-18-2008, 11:03 AM   #3
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I dont care that much... They are for winter, and a good tire.
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Old 11-18-2008, 11:42 AM   #4
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should fit ok

but it will handle REAL funky

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Old 11-18-2008, 11:47 AM   #5
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Why do you say the handling would be funky? It should still track straight down the road, just have more give in the turns due to the higher sidewall and lower width for contact patch, right?
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:01 PM   #6
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ok...hows this

it will wallow like a pig in ****

dont crash the car because you arent aware of this fact
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:41 PM   #7
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I dont care that much... They are for winter, and a good tire.

Im on this same size for winter. Dunlop Wintersport M3 215/50/17 on 17x7.5. They are only a 1/2" taller. No issues rubbing. They handle pretty good for a winter tire.

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Old 11-18-2008, 01:12 PM   #8
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Thanks Freddy..

And Uncle Scotty... I just dont see how that small of an aspect ratio difference could be so OMG WTF BBQ! like you are saying. I could see if i tried to fit a 195/60/17 (If such a tire existed), but something with 1/2" Difference in diameter in my opinion is considered a +0 tire... I was just looking for people that have actual experience.
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:42 PM   #9
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Thanks Freddy..

And Uncle Scotty... I just dont see how that small of an aspect ratio difference could be so OMG WTF BBQ! like you are saying. I could see if i tried to fit a 195/60/17 (If such a tire existed), but something with 1/2" Difference in diameter in my opinion is considered a +0 tire... I was just looking for people that have actual experience.
it isnt just the spect ratio

it is the tire itself

the stock tires and most UHP/MAX performance tires are very stiff and dont have squishy sidewalls
the tires you are getting almost certainly DO have squishy sidewalls

if your suspension is setup wrong you could get a bad case of snap oversteer and crash

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Old 11-18-2008, 02:08 PM   #10
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If I was using these tires for any type of racing or agressive driving, then sure I can see your point... But for a street tire that i drive 90% on the highway, i dont think Snap Oversteer is going to be a big problem.
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Old 11-18-2008, 05:46 PM   #11
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If I was using these tires for any type of racing or agressive driving, then sure I can see your point... But for a street tire that i drive 90% on the highway, i dont think Snap Oversteer is going to be a big problem.
Why did you bother starting this thread asking for advice, when it's perfectly clear you had made up your mind and anything anyone said wouldn't make the slightest difference?
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:18 PM   #12
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Uncle Scotty is full of fail in this thread.
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:06 PM   #13
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All I was asking is if anybody has any EXPERIENCE running this size, and if anybody could think of any possible rubbing issues that might ensue.
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Uncle Scotty is full of fail in this thread.
and YOU are full of fail in what you post, IMO

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Old 11-18-2008, 10:28 PM   #15
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No dude, you are *way* out of line on this one.

They're snow tires. Of course they're going to be softer. Obviously.

He's just asking if the slightly taller aspect ratio is going to cause rubbing problems, which is pretty unlikely.

And snap oversteer? He isn't changing the balance of the car by swapping out four identical tires. He might change the threshold of problems, due to lower dry grip, but that's expected and better than wrapping yourself around a tree due to improper tires for the conditions.






OP, that will work just fine.
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:53 PM   #16
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No dude, you are *way* out of line on this one.
This HAS come up here before

This HAS happened before

This is something that IS possible.

Altering handling characteristics with tires such as this can lead to unpredictible issues such as the one, among several, and IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE

AND POSTING THIS IS A PUBLIC SERVICE REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU THINK
SO GET THE **** OFF MY BACK
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:13 AM   #17
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^ Calm down man. Nobody is going to be pushing 9/10s on a track on freaking snow tires. Technically anyone that switches to dedicated snow tires in the winter needs to BEWARE because their car will handle like crap compared to extreme performance summer tires? DUH REALLY? THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS?

To the OP, that size should be fine. I ran 245/45/17 tires for my summers, which are even taller than 215/50/17s by .22inches, on my slightly lowered 04 sti with no problems. I did have my rear fenders rolled but that was more due to offset of my wheels and tire width.

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Old 11-19-2008, 07:55 AM   #18
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Jeez guys.. I just asked a simple question. I'm not going to be drag racing through School Zones, driving my STi into a lake, or crashing into houses... I barely ever even hit boost in my STi anymore... I take all my racing wants/needs out on the rally car..
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Okay, so we have people with experience with 215/50/17 but how about 215/55/17 or 215/60/17? Will they fit? Yes, I know the handling will be much more splashy than what I'm used to. I've got a great deal lined up for the former and an even greater deal lined up for the latter, along with 17x6.5" steel rims (2007 CR-V apparently fits -5+ STi great). Figured it'd make a pretty sweet winter setup to carve right through that snow. I'd imagine that fitment will be tight but still fine on an otherwise stock STi. Anyone around here have any such experience?
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but how about 215/55/17 or 215/60/17?

Anyone around here have any such experience?
not many obviously, and there's a reason why

those tires are a bit out of spec.. my guess is that even on oem height, 215/55 or 215/60 may rub while going over areas that make your car go up and down
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:22 AM   #21
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My 215/50/17s on my sti are pretty good... but a 215/55 or 60?? I dont know about that... I think it would rub on the strut, or in a turn on the fender or wheelwell... And on a 6.5" wheel you will get even more "bubble" because the stockers are 7.5" wide...
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