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Old July 10th, 2003, 08:59 PM   #1
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Need wheel / tire advice

I'd like to get a set of Kosei 17x7.5" wheels and Pirelli P-Zero Nero 225/45-17 tires for my wife's V6-6speed coupe. However, Tirerack says these may rub in the back. I have trouble believing this as Tirerack is sure that these same wheels fit fine with 215/50-17 tires. The difference should only be 5mm on the outside, 10mm at the most. It is hard for me to believe that such a small increase in width could cause rubbing.

Anyone have any first hand experience to share?

For those interested in why I want this particular set up, I want to improve handling without increasing rotating mass. I suspect the Kosei wheels at about 16lbs each are lighter than the factory wheels which should offset the likely heavier tires. The tires should improve grip for acceleration, cornering and braking substantially.

Also, note that I have not changed the stock ride height. At some point in the future, I will probably want to install a set of higher performance shocks and springs, but I am not interested in lowering the car more than about 1".

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Old July 11th, 2003, 02:47 PM   #2
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Surely someone has some experience here. How about those with 18" or 19" wheels. Anyone running anything wider than 215?

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Old July 11th, 2003, 02:53 PM   #3
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My experience with tire rack is that they are very conservative with their tire width. I have the sedan, got 18X8 rims, and lowered it around 1.5". I got my tires from tire rack and they told me to get the 215's and I went with the 225's anyway and I was fine. I am not sure if that helps but that was my experience.
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Old July 11th, 2003, 03:06 PM   #4
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225s will be fine, i had some and didn't rub at all
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Old July 11th, 2003, 03:31 PM   #5
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I have what may be a stupid question about tires/wheels, but I'm a noob at the mod game so bear with me:

My OEM set-up on my 2003 EX-V6 coupe is 205/60-16 and the tire suggestions that TireRack.com gives for larger wheel sizes are 215/50-17 and 215/45-18.

So here's my question: I know width doesn't matter in this, but if I put 40-series tires on 18" wheels, will that affect my speedometer and odometer? Any explanations for how these instruments are linked to the tire/wheel diameter would be appreciated... Thanks!
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Old July 11th, 2003, 04:25 PM   #6
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usually when you check on those sites, they have what is called "plus sizing" this takes into consieration the bigger wheel and will give you a lower profile tire that'll keep the overall diameter the same size...so imagine your stock wheels now, and if you go to 18's add one inch of wheel and subtract one inch of tire all the way around from the inside
hope that makes some sense?!?

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Old July 11th, 2003, 10:06 PM   #7
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NO PROBLEM! I have 225-50-17s on 17x7 43mm offset wheels and there is absolutely no rubbing at all. You might want to go to the 225-50-17, because they are closer to the stock diameter. Discount Tire Direct reccommends up to a 245-40-18 on a 7th gen coupe. Looking at mine, I can see no reason why they would not work.
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Old July 12th, 2003, 08:18 AM   #8
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I have 225/50-17x7.5 on my car. I got the Michelin pilot sport a/s. No rubbing problems. Great handling, smooth ride.

Now dropping might change that. I am going to waiting to buy Teins.
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Old April 12th, 2004, 05:06 PM   #9
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Can someone tell me what the tallest or widest 17in tire is I can put on the 6speed stock wheels?

I did a search, but I'm still not sure.

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Old April 13th, 2004, 08:34 PM   #10
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yeah can someone please tell me.. i have 235/17 on it.. and it seems fine but all these comments makin me nervous
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Old April 13th, 2004, 09:08 PM   #11
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It depends a lot on your rims' offset as well. If your rims offset is close to stock (+55 or 50) then you should have no trouble. But if your offset is say +40 they might rub if your lowered.
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It depends a lot on your rims' offset as well. If your rims offset is close to stock (+55 or 50) then you should have no trouble. But if your offset is say +40 they might rub if your lowered.
wat if the offset is 45? that's between , I have the new acura tl rims on my acccord, I mean i guess it's not rubbin or anything cause it on Teins' H-tech
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Old July 20th, 2004, 05:51 PM   #13
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if you guys need to know speedo readings and size comparisons, check out my site, it has a tire calc.

http://www.7thgencivic.com/index.php?page=tirecalc
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Old July 20th, 2004, 06:02 PM   #14
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if you guys need to know speedo readings and size comparisons, check out my site, it has a tire calc.

http://www.7thgencivic.com/index.php?page=tirecalc
For the 7th gen AV6 coupe, does it have a 4 or 5 lug. I found these badass 19"s but they come in only (4x114.3) or (4x4.50) sizes. Will these fit on the coupe?

thanks for the help
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Old July 20th, 2004, 06:48 PM   #15
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^^^ it is a 5 lug..

ps.. don't forget to check the sticky on "how do i buy rims / tires? " in the suspension section.. very good writeup there..
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Old July 21st, 2004, 01:16 AM   #16
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damn..that sux...o well...thanks for the reply....looks like i'll have to pass these 19s over..
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Old July 22nd, 2006, 01:10 PM   #17
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This post died a long time ago but I'm hoping someone out there can provide some first hand feedback to relieve my concern.

I was wondering if any of you actually installed the Kosei rims and if so I'd like to know your opinion of them. I'd like to put some light-weight rims on my 7th gen '03 AV6 without breaking the bank. I just want to be sure these rims can hold up in the long run and wont warp or crack on me.
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