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Old 05-26-2003, 02:05 PM   #1
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Question 225/45/17 more comfortable than 215/45/17 ?

My car's been riding around on 215/45/17 712s for a while now, and everytime I drive into Boston the bumpy roads drive me pretty crazy - everytime I drive into town I almost rush back to NASIOC.com to put my wheels for sale and get a set of 16" RS rims or something.

But then, oh for the bling and the few extra mms of rubber.

When I'm done with my current set of tires I plan on replacing them with 225/45/17 azenis, and I guess the sidewall is slightly thicker on these than what I have now.

Does the thicker sidewall make the ride of the 225/45/17 any less hard-edged than the 215/45/17? Should I just go back to 16"?

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Old 05-26-2003, 03:09 PM   #2
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The difference in sidewall height between a 215/45 and a 225/45 is very very small.

If comfort (or at least keeping your tooth fillings...) on rough roads is a priority, you may want to look for a tire with a softer sidewall and run them at a slightly lower pressure.

FWIW the 225/45/17 is a closer match for the 205/55/16 in overall diameter.

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Old 05-26-2003, 04:11 PM   #3
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For a tire with softer sidewalls, try the Toyo T1-S. The Azenis have very stiff sidewalls, part of the reason why they're so heavy.
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