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    Thread: tire sizes and offsets.

    1. 01-23-2007 04:29 PM #1
      lets discuss them.
      hopefully some of you mongrels can learn something in here.
      ask questions, make comments, lets refine our knowledge and ability to set up a good stance.
      ill start.
      in my personal opinion, the ideal wheel/tire setup on a mk3:
      16x7.5 et25 front and 16x8.5 et10 rear with 195/40s up front and 205/40s rear.
      this would accomplish tuckable fronts and rears with a subtle amount of poke. i like that.
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      01-23-2007 04:32 PM #2
      well, what else is there to discuss, you got it
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    3. 01-23-2007 04:34 PM #3
      well considering how many confused posts ive seen on t he subject lately we could have a help session.
      we can discuss tire sizes that exist (195/45/14) and tire sizes that dont exist (185/40/17) or whatever else. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      01-23-2007 04:35 PM #4
      can we get an imaginary tire size list going?
      beat me to the suggestion.

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      01-23-2007 04:35 PM #5
      If you're low, and are planning on running 17s between the widths of 7 and 8.5, you want a 205/40/17 tire.

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      01-23-2007 04:35 PM #6
      et35, 15x7, H&R Cup Kit, stock fenders
      195/50 if you want to run a 50 series tire, a 205 will rub too much.

    7. 01-23-2007 04:37 PM #7
      205/45/16's are balloooooons.

    8. 01-23-2007 04:37 PM #8
      ^^ YES.

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    9. 01-23-2007 04:39 PM #9
      i enjoy this, and will continue to enjoy it.
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      01-23-2007 04:39 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by Rub a dub dub »
      205/45/16's are balloooooons.

      truth, i made that mistake last year.
      anyways...
      16x7 et35 wheels. i was going to get 205/40's this spring. should i be considering 195/40's?
      spacers will be added to the mix, but i need to get the tires and wheels on the car first.

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      01-23-2007 04:43 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by coppertone »
      As far as a tire size 215/40/16 on the rears and 195/40/16 for the fronts.

      why???




      Modified by DertiJerzi at 4:46 PM 1-23-2007

    12. 01-23-2007 04:44 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by 2.0lover »
      truth, i made that mistake last year.
      anyways...
      16x7 et35 wheels. i was going to get 205/40's this spring. should i be considering 195/40's?
      spacers will be added to the mix, but i need to get the tires and wheels on the car first.

      either would suffice in my book.
      205/40s = very good choice
      195/40s = going the extra mile, icing on the cake

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      01-23-2007 04:45 PM #13
      the great wheel debate;
      For years now I've toiled and had many arguments either on the Internet or in person about what wheels look good on a MKIII
      How a set of wheels can make or break the look of a car.
      Even how good or bad some cars can look with the same wheels
      for myself Its been a mental process of actually settling on a set of wheels.
      Its not so much as the style of the wheel but how the wheel fits the complicated mathematics of Offset + Spacer/Adapter =final ET
      after that is settled you get the great Debate;
      will it rub ALLOT,
      Not at all
      or just a little?
      do you need fender rolling?
      will it crack your paint?
      what do you do if it does crack your Paint?
      what id you put all that time and effort into it and you don't like the end result ?
      what if you buy Scion wheels?
      there are the questions I always have
      16X6.5 et 43 + 15mm front and 20mm rear spacers = fender work? Rubbing Issues? Tire Size?
      that is my world and I am consumed by it

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      01-23-2007 04:45 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by JRon24 »
      If you're low, and are planning on running 17s between the widths of 7 and 8.5, you want a 205/40/17 tire.


      on a 7 to 7.5 is good for me but on 8.5 is too much stretch for me

    15. 01-23-2007 04:46 PM #15
      ethan, it would seem as though you enjoy a comfortable ride in lieu of a nicer looking tire. [/random observation]
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      01-23-2007 04:47 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by JRon24 »
      If you're low, and are planning on running 17s between the widths of 7 and 8.5, you want a 205/40/17 tire.

      I like the 195.40 conti's

    17. 01-23-2007 04:50 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by Moe Sizlack »
      ethan, it would seem as though you enjoy a comfortable ride in lieu of a nicer looking tire. [/random observation]

      well i would say either of those is a comfortable ride compared to a 165/45/15 haha.
      but real world, ive never noticed a HUGE difference between 195/40s and 205/40s as far as looks are concerned. several other factors play a role in this thought as well: i think on 8s-up falkens stretch as well, or better than the contis (maybe the toyos too) and price wise you cant beat em.
      that being said im gettin 195/40s next time the phone dials need rubber.

    18. 01-23-2007 04:53 PM #18
      i know where you can get some 165's in 16" tires. nudge nudge, wink wink.
      Autocratic

    19. 01-23-2007 04:57 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by PrupleGTI »
      there are the questions I always have
      16X6.5 et 43 + 15mm front and 20mm rear spacers = fender work? Rubbing Issues? Tire Size?
      that is my world and I am consumed by it

      i would do 195/40s if you plan on being low enough. if not, do 205/40s all around.
      20mm spacers front, 25mm rear.
      light roll of the fenders in the rear, fronts will be fine.

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      01-23-2007 04:59 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by DertiJerzi »
      I like the 195.40 conti's

      for sure. but most wouldn't be low enough on 17s to warrant getting them

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      01-23-2007 05:00 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by LedJetta »
      i would do 195/40s if you plan on being low enough. if not, do 205/40s all around.
      20mm spacers front, 25mm rear.
      light roll of the fenders in the rear, fronts will be fine.

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      Modified by PrupleGTI at 5:02 PM 1-23-2007

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      i think i got my point across......
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      01-23-2007 05:07 PM #23
      ideal 16x9 setup for stock rolled fenders:
      -et 25 front
      -et 15 rear
      -215 40 16 or 205 40 16
      WET.

      PVW 7/08

    24. 01-23-2007 05:11 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by Rollin_GTI »
      it alwaysis easier to agree when you see it.

      try and use your head for once.
      it's good for you.
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      01-23-2007 05:12 PM #25
      oh and another one...
      -just because the offset is low doesnt mean it cant fit on stock fenders, it depends on the et and the width. with narrow wheels low et is fine and vise versa
      WET.

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