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Old January 2nd, 2013, 05:08 PM   #1
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Question Reducing the Tire Gap

I have a 2003 Accord Coupe. It's the V6 model with stock 16"s. I'm currently looking around for new ways to modify its look and I decided that I cannot stand the amount of space between the top of the tire and the bottom of the fender. I don't really want to lower my car that much as I drive it in the winter a lot. Would bigger tires be my only other option?
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 05:12 PM   #2
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Get springs like Tein H-Tech or Eibach Pro-Kit, they lower a small amount compared to Tein S-Tech or Eibach Sportline

That or even the HFP sport suspension, or H&R springs

I would not suggest the taller tire unless you are going to bigger wheels too (ie 18" wheels and using 225/45/18) tires

Another option could be coilovers but that would be expensive given the small drop you want to achieve
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 05:13 PM   #3
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bigger tires will make you look like a tank
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 06:24 PM   #4
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Your going to look like this. No Gap but really tall

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Old January 2nd, 2013, 06:27 PM   #5
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Do it the right way by lowering your car.



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Old January 2nd, 2013, 07:44 PM   #6
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Yeah.. I think lowering it will be the way to go. No more than 2 inches though. Any recommendations for that?
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 08:03 PM   #7
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If you're on a budget just buy the springs and leave the stock shocks unless they're already bad.

Search for Teins, H&R, Neuspeed, Eibach springs and you'll find how much each of them lowers you car.

I only have experience with neuspeed and they're good springs but i think most people here will tell you to buy teins.

Keep in mind that you will also need to buy a rear camber kit.

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Old January 2nd, 2013, 08:34 PM   #8
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Wisconsin winters are bad and I still drive around lowered around 3in. Not had a problem yet, but my tires are good in snow. Lowering the car is the only right way to eliminate the gap.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 01:18 PM   #9
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I can't afford much at the moment so unless I get a better job soon or wait for next Christmas (Santa's always nice to me) then I'll just have to wait on lowering the car for now. Springs with a rear camber kit is too much at the moment.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 01:28 PM   #10
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In the winter I like to use oversize tires, I use 215/55/17, or 225/50/17 instead of 215/50/17. The tire size in larger but no so much that it looks like you're riding on truck tires.

You don't need a camber kit in the rear unless you're going to use your tires for 60k+ miles. I've been dropped 2"-3" (depending on summer or winter) for over 4 years and no camber kit, just fix your toe. Toe can be adjusted from the factory, camber cannot. Toe is what kills your tires, camber does so too but to a much, much lesser extent. I usually don't put more then 20k miles on a set of tires because I change them up so much and never did I notice any excessive tire wear due to a lack of camber kit.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 05:06 PM   #11
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My stock tires are 205/50/16. Winter tires should just be a little taller right? Winter would be like 205/60/16? Or am I doing it wrong? (I have no idea when it comes to tires, other than the basic types)
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Unless you misread your tire size, that is the wrong size. Stock tire size should be 205/60/16.
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getting bigger tires would be more expensive then buying springs. springs are only about $200ish. I got my Teins for $170 on ebay. they are great, and the ride is very close to stock.
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Old January 6th, 2013, 12:18 AM   #14
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I agree with Dave. Not only that, a lot of people sell their springs or spring/strut combo in the FS section all of the time after updating to coilovers, you just need to keep your eyes open for them, Nego
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Old January 6th, 2013, 09:19 AM   #15
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Unless you misread your tire size, that is the wrong size. Stock tire size should be 205/60/16.
I'll look at them again today. The used car dealer may have swapped them or something.
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Yes, look on your door jam not the tire itself. Just because the tire is mounted on the car does not imply that it is actually the OEM size.
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Tien H Techs are good springs for a mild drop. It'll still leave you a 2-3 finger gap all around to give you an idea. I have them on the stock 6 speed wheels and 225/45/17 tires and no rubbing at all.
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I agree with Dave. Not only that, a lot of people sell their springs or spring/strut combo in the FS section all of the time after updating to coilovers, you just need to keep your eyes open for them, Nego
Like me right now but yeah you need a suspension change toget rid of that gap kid
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Old January 20th, 2013, 09:43 PM   #19
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I got cheap lowering springs for like 70$ or something and it dropped it fine, cant link pic yet cause post count but its not bouncy whatsoever and its almost sitting on tires. Pic of my car is the avatar over there <<. xxr530s 17"
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