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Old 07-04-2009, 02:23 PM   #1
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Default How can I know?

I need new tires, and I'm not stock anything, so no tire decision guide is going to help me...

Right now running 215/45-17's, no rubbing no issues.

I used to run 225/45-17, but I had a stock height suspension, now I don't.

I'd like to go back to the 225, but not if it rubs.

Which brings me to another question - In the past I have liked the Pole Position tires, not perfect, but good dry and excellent wet traction, and even if I'm caught in light snow, I won't die. The Pole positions were rated 2nd in class by Tirerack.com and so I thought I'd try the Mich PS - My friend has them on his Infinity and he loves them, so he let me drive.

I know his car is not like mine, but i think the sidewalls on the PS's are soft compared to the PP...I didn't like it at all...or is it just the difference in car setup/tire size? so how can I know what I'll like?
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:24 PM   #2
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What are your suspension modifications?
What are you currently sitting at ride height wise?
Are you driving a sedan or a wagon?
What size are you wheels currently?

The tires that you mentioned above really should NOT be driven in the snow as that is not what they are designed for as they are not All-Season tires. Now if you were to go with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires then yes you could drive those in the snow, but I personally believe there are other tires that are completely comparable to or better than those tires for cheaper.

Help us figure out what you have, then you will be able to get better recommendations.
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Old 07-04-2009, 04:41 PM   #3
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Only real way to know for sure is to take some measurements. Plus you could always role your fenders to get a little more room.

Also, as said above please post your mods. B/c 225s on a sedan shouldn't be a problem, but on a wagon depending on the drop and it is possible to rub a little bit.
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Old 07-05-2009, 01:13 AM   #4
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I have whiteline coil overs, love the lowered look, hate the suspension with a passion. I'm lowered, but no idea how you measure this to tell you how low I am.

I have a 2003 wagon.

17" rims with 50 mm offset is what the Tirerack website says, where I bought them.

I have 215/45-17 now, no rubbing at all. I went to the smaller tire size because I was rubbing on the 225's, turned out the body shop replaced my broken axle, with a sedan axle...I haven't tried the 225's since I replaced the axle.

I have dedicated snow tires, Conti extremes that I use for snow days - they have no sidewall stiffness at all, and squeal like a stuck pig on corners, but hold okay...

I have not had much luck trying to find a shop to roll my fenders.
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Old 07-10-2009, 06:26 AM   #5
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http://www.autoheadquarter.com/fender.html - AutoHQ can do the Fender Rolling for you. I know there are others as well. For that you might want to check out i-Club.com as there are a lot more people from the Bay Area over there.

For measuring purposes, I believe you measure from the center of the hub to the fender to see what your height is at (I could be wrong though).

So you have a wagon and they replaced it with a sedan axle? Is it a new axle or a used axle? Did you get both sides replaced or only the one side?
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