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      10-03-2012 11:34 PM #1
      Relatively new .:R owner here, first time posting in here...

      So I've started shopping for winter tires for the R and I've decided to go with a wheel and tire package from tire rack. I was looking at going with the recommended 205/50R17s. However, the tires I'd really like to get don't come in that size, nor do they come in the 225/45 size. The closest size they come in is 215/55R17. Now by my calculations the 205/50 comes out to a 25.1" diameter (the same as the factory size) and the 215/55 comes out to a 26.3" diameter. Would it be feasible to run the 215/55s? The difference in diameter is 1.2" so realistically it will only require 0.6" of additional space in the wheel well. I'm at stock height and looking at the clearance around the tire now, I don't see anywhere where that little bit of extra meat would interfere.

      I'm aware that the taller tire will throw off my speedometer a little bit and that I'll have to compensate for that. Other than that, is there any problem going with the bigger size?
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      10-04-2012 01:30 AM #2
      I ran 225/40/18 blizzacks and dunlop wintersport 3d's on 18x8.5 wheels 2 winters and the car was an absolute animal in the snow. Very comfortable and inspired alot of confidence. I didnt miss a storm in 2010, we went out playing around in parking lots in all of them
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      10-04-2012 08:17 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by chad413 View Post
      ...is there any problem going with the bigger size?
      Check the clearance between the top of the tire and the bottom of the spring perch on the front struts. If I remember correctly, there's not an awful lot of room there.

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      10-04-2012 09:18 AM #4
      x2 on the Blizzaks

      They have impressed me on 3 other vehicles. Just had a set put on the R yesterday (stock wheels).
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      10-04-2012 01:16 PM #5
      That size is just too big. Largest overall diameter that will fit is around 25.8". Anything more will make contact with the liner at full lock. I've tried numerous fitments and that's largest I've found that works. It's close enough (less than 5mm) that when gravel/debris gets stuck in the outer tread blocks it will scuff the liner.

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      10-04-2012 02:04 PM #6
      Id fine a 17inch rim that fits out brakes and get some blizzacks
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      10-05-2012 12:12 AM #7
      Thanks for the advice guys. Guess I'll be sticking with the 205/50s. Being a little bit budget minded, I'm probably gonna go with the general altimax arctics. They're $33 cheaper per tire and get similar/slightly better ratings than the blizzaks. I really wanted to get firestone winterforces because I've had them on a few other vehicles and absolutely loved them... oh well, time to try something new
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    8. 10-05-2012 12:14 AM #8
      Nokian Hakka R

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      10-05-2012 12:17 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Firewired1 View Post
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      10-05-2012 09:43 AM #10
      "They are best driven aggressively."
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      10-05-2012 03:46 PM #12
      You'll be happy with those general tires. I have the same tires on a set of 17in wheels. Car was an animal in the snow

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      10-05-2012 04:40 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by chad413 View Post
      Thanks for the advice guys. Guess I'll be sticking with the 205/50s. Being a little bit budget minded, I'm probably gonna go with the general altimax arctics. They're $33 cheaper per tire and get similar/slightly better ratings than the blizzaks. I really wanted to get firestone winterforces because I've had them on a few other vehicles and absolutely loved them... oh well, time to try something new
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    13. 10-05-2012 07:00 PM #14
      True. Heard good things about the Generals too.

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      10-05-2012 08:51 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Budgeezer View Post




      Im sure the nokians are awesome but 200 bucks a pop is a just a wee bit out of my price range
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