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Old 06-30-2008, 12:14 AM   #1
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Default widest tire on stock (2002) wheels

well i popped one tire, and now im being told i need to replace all of them
i was planning on buying wheels, but am short on cash at the time, so im thinking of just buying high performance tires for the stock rims
right now i got 205/55/16, how would 225/50/16 work? i was thinking potenze re01r or rt615

please speak up if you have any info on this subject
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Old 06-30-2008, 01:23 AM   #2
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id throw some 225/45's on
the hankook r-s2 is ~$100/ea in that size
and falken 452 comes in that size for ~ the same $$

225/50 is the 'popular' size for what you are looking for
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:34 AM   #3
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225/50-16 would be the size to run on the OE wheels
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:40 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
225/50-16 would be the size to run on the OE wheels
....to keep the OEM gearing...

However, many people prefer the 45's for two main reasons...

First, the shorter gearing, but probably more important, an average 225 50 on the stock rim is pretty spongy in the side wall department. It takes a good stiff tire with higher than average pressures to make it feel good on the narrow rim.

The 45's go a long way to eliminating this. I think you'd fine most people that have run both prefer the 45's.
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:13 AM   #5
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225/50-16 is the size on my stock wheels. You should look at the Dunlop star spes. Better tire than the rt615 and right on par with the re01r but a bit cheaper.
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