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Old 11-24-2008, 05:24 PM   #1
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Default Is this safe? Need your help/opinion.

I don't know much about mounting tires on rims and matching up the sizes. I got my 215/45-17 winter blizzaks mounted on BBS 17x8 rims *stock 05-07 STi rims). I put one of the rims on the car and lowered it down. It did not debead but the tire does look kind of stretched. Please let me know if this is safe to drive on. The firestone guy said that if it doesn't debead on initial mount then you're fine but I just want to make sure I don't loose a tire at 70 mph. Thanks for you help guys.

I took a couple pictures as I thought they would help.


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Old 11-24-2008, 06:22 PM   #2
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i've seen VDubs with more tire stretch...
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:32 PM   #3
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A "215" tire can be mounted onto a rim that is from 7" to 8" wide. So in your case you are at the upper end of the limit on an 8" wide rim.

The stock sizes for a 2008 STI, with either rubber or metal valve stems, is either 235/45-17 or 245/40-18.

With the 215's you will have slightly better snow traction over either a 235 or 245 wide tire.
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:08 PM   #4
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its ok....not optimal....but ok
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:01 PM   #5
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running the same setup for 3 years now, you will be fine. and have better traction in the snow than a wider tire as it will "cut" through the snow better.
been a lot faster than 70mph on them as well
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:34 PM   #6
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i've seen VDubs with more tire stretch...




This is mild in the VW world... Not my style though...
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:35 PM   #7
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Cool. Thanks for you help guys. That was the idea behind the 215. I know in snow the skinnier the tire the better... plus I got these off CL for $250 a while back with 12/32 life left so I figured I'd try to make it work

Now I just gotta pray to the snow gods.....
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:03 PM   #8
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That's the same size tires I'm running, but my BBS are 17x7 tho.
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:33 PM   #9
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You will be fine....

Coming from V-Dubs I know a little bit about stretch.
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Old 11-26-2008, 04:39 PM   #10
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You will be fine....

Coming from V-Dubs I know a little bit about stretch.
but WE know stretch is stupid and dont recommend doing such stupid, unnecessary things
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