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Old 05-02-2001, 09:30 PM   #1
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Question Want to lower my final drive: Anybody use 205/45-16

When I had my AWD swapped over, we used a 3.90 tranny instead of a 4.11 (long story). As you can imagine, with 1.8L of raw horsepower pushing me down the road, I can't afford to have the final drive any taller. I spend 500+ miles a week on the Interstate at about 85 MPH, and now that I'm starting to have to run the AC, even Nebraska's mild hills are making things interesting.
[edit] At an indicated 85 MPH, my engine's only turning at about 3375 RPM. LOTS of lugging going on here. I'm running stock 98 RS wheels and 205/55-16 Pirelli P7000SS right now which will need to be replaced soon.

Soooo... I want to run lower profile tires. Miata.net's tire size calculator shows that my final drive would be ~6.5% lower, which would be just about right. So I guess I have two questions: 1) Anybody else run this tire size? and 2) Any recommendations on tires in this size? At this time, reasonable price, "all weather" performance, and decent durability are FAR more important to me than ultimate performance. Thanks for your input.

Josh Beach | <a href="http://www.lifeisbeachy.com" target="_blank">World's Slowest Impreza Project</a>

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