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Old 04-28-2003, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default 225's on 17" x 7" Wheel?

I have OZ SLs in 17" x 7". I was told to go with a 215/45 rather than a 225/45 due to my wheel width. However, many people, including the Tire Rack, seem to recommend a 225/45. This is not a wheel diameter, gearing, speedometer accuracy, etc. question. I just want to know if a 225/45 can be used on a 17" x 7" and if some brands work better than others. Will this have any effects on the sidewall?
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Old 04-28-2003, 04:51 PM   #2
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i had dunlop 225/45 on those same wheels and they fit/looked nice. however, i think 215/45 is better suited from a performance aspect. with the wider tire, depending on the manufacturer of course due to different sizing, you may lose performance with the wider tire cuz the area of load on the sidewall will move to weaker points on the tire.
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Old 04-28-2003, 05:30 PM   #3
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I can't speak to a 225/45 on the Superlegs but I currently have a set of 225/50s on mine. Then again, I have mine mounted on a Forester.

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Old 04-28-2003, 07:02 PM   #4
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I have 225/45 mounted on BBS RK's - they're 17x7". They work very well. When it comes time to replace them however, I might go with a 215/45 simply because there's a little extra tire hangover around the rim edge. This can actually be a good thing though... brushing a curb won't hurt your wheels, and like I mentioned performance (at least from my Goodyear F1's) is outstanding.
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Old 04-28-2003, 07:58 PM   #5
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225's are fine on a 7 inch wheel. Even a 6.5 inch wheel would be ok, but getting to a 6 inch wheel is pinching it a bit. Some Miata guys at auto-x run a 225 on a 6 inch wheel, but then they have lower profiles as well...

Anyways, no problem IMO.
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Old 04-28-2003, 10:08 PM   #6
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Just go to the tire manufacturer's website and check the specs on the tires you want to mount.

You cannot just assume all 225 tires will be okay on a 7" wheel. It depends on the diameter of the wheel as well as aspect ratio.

For example, with Bridgestone S-03, 225/50r16 is approved on 6" to 8" wheels.

225/45R17 is 7" to 8".
225/40R18 is 7.5" to 9".

Etc, etc.

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