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Old 09-21-2005, 08:54 AM   #1
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Default Pros/Cons of going to 225/50-17 from 225/45-17

Found my same falkens in a bit bigger size for cheap as hell. im going to need to replace in spring and wouldnt mind snagging these and holding till then. i really like this tire as an overall all season and very affordable. id like to stick w/ them as ive had great luck.

theyve done me good in winter, and held up fine in a couple autox (going for fun not trying to win nationals or anything)

whats the pros/cons of going up in profile?

these arent the stiffest sidewalls so will these be even worse?

the tire is .9 inches larger from what ive found.

im running tanabe GF210s on AGXs to give you an idea of ride height/stiffness


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Old 09-21-2005, 10:41 AM   #2
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That's tall. When your speedometer says 60, you will be going 62mph. It will also accelerate slower, due to the change in gear ratio & the extra weight. I can't think of any pros, besides cheap as hell.
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Old 09-21-2005, 02:30 PM   #3
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Cons: Bigger. Heavier. Slower. More chance to rub. Speedo off.

Pros: None. Unless they're like 1/2 price, but even still, I'd avoid them.
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Old 09-21-2005, 03:38 PM   #4
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well, there is a one pro...they are a tad wider i guess
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Old 09-21-2005, 05:50 PM   #5
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softer ride is a pro
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Old 09-22-2005, 01:13 AM   #6
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ding ding ding. i've ridden on 14,15,16,and 17" wheels/tyres the past 12 months, and can say u can easily feel the difference in decreasing sidewall.
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Old 09-22-2005, 01:27 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by dudical26
softer ride is a pro

...much(most) of that is tire design and pressure...
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Old 09-22-2005, 08:10 AM   #8
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I wouldn't do this on a car I would be putting in a situation where I wanted "the best performance" but I sure would for "winter tires" if I were just going to use some garden-variety all-seasons for winter use, or if I didn't care to get the greatest handling and acceleration out of the car.

From a non-performance strictly utilitarian standpoint, the pros are taller gearing for better gas mileage, less likely to bend a rim on a pothole, nice soft ride.

The speedo thing is no big deal.
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Old 09-22-2005, 08:15 AM   #9
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thanks. kinda the answers i figured id get.

ill stick w/ what i have.
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