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17 inch wheels, how do they look & perform?

Old 05-05-2016, 12:25 PM
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oldie bump...

ok to run 255/40/17 square on a 9.5" wheel? I have a 2003 Track/VDC. I've been running 245/40/18 square with no issues.

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Damn you run some small *** tires. Post a picture im curious to see how those little tires look.

I would think 255/40 275/40 would be better and would still be too small.
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lots of guys have run 245 square for events, etc...

still too small? lol.. how big do you want to go exactly?
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Yeah but people that run 245 square run 245/40 front and 245/45 rear.. 245/35 is like rubber band tires


Sorry I wasnt clear.. I ment the actual hight of the tire, not the 245 portion.

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ah, they are 40s - typo.

So anyway, can anyone address my initial question? thanks in advance.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Gunkata View Post
lots of guys have run 245 square for events, etc...

still too small? lol.. how big do you want to go exactly?
Track Version Reference Sizes
225 45% 18 25.97 Front
245 45% 18 26.68 Rear


17" Sizes
225 50% 17 25.86 Stock Reference Size Base, Enthusiast
235 50% 17 26.25 Stock Reference Size Base, Enthusiast
235 45% 17 25.33
245 40% 17 24.72
245 45% 17 25.68
255 40% 17 25.03

That's a pretty big delta... but would probably work fine on the track given a little extra width and slight gearing advantage but THINK it might look a bit funny on the street with that extra fender gap.


255 45% 17 26.04
275 40% 17 25.66
285 45% 17 27.10
285 40% 17 25.98
295 40% 17 26.29 None

Personally, I wouldn't go down to 17s (lot more tire choices in 18) but that's just my pref.

Oh, and yes, the 255s will fit just fine on a 9.5" wheel.

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Originally Posted by Kolia View Post
Here what my 17" setup look like on stock ride height.


This 255/40 275/40 17 set-up looks good especially if the car was lowered a bit...

Ive been going back and forth for weeks on new tires and wheels... I even considered a 17-18 stagger with 275/40 tires... Just because 275/40/17s are about the same height as stock fronts
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Originally Posted by MicVelo View Post
Track Version Reference Sizes
225 45% 18 25.97 Front
245 45% 18 26.68 Rear


17" Sizes
225 50% 17 25.86 Stock Reference Size Base, Enthusiast
235 50% 17 26.25 Stock Reference Size Base, Enthusiast
235 45% 17 25.33
245 40% 17 24.72
245 45% 17 25.68
255 40% 17 25.03

That's a pretty big delta... but would probably work fine on the track given a little extra width and slight gearing advantage but THINK it might look a bit funny on the street with that extra fender gap.


255 45% 17 26.04
275 40% 17 25.66
285 45% 17 27.10
285 40% 17 25.98
295 40% 17 26.29 None

Personally, I wouldn't go down to 17s (lot more tire choices in 18) but that's just my pref.

Oh, and yes, the 255s will fit just fine on a 9.5" wheel.
Thanks. Yeah, its about a $500 difference between the 17" vs 18" setup, so tahts why i was exploring it. Who knows, I may just go with the 18s and go 265/35/18 all around and roll with it.

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This 255/40 275/40 17 set-up looks good especially if the car was lowered a bit...

Ive been going back and forth for weeks on new tires and wheels... I even considered a 17-18 stagger with 275/40 tires... Just because 275/40/17s are about the same height as stock fronts
thanks. I am trying to keep all wheels and tires square for easy rotations and to have more neutral or oversteer vs understeer with a staggered setup, as at least i understand it.
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Run 275/40 square... Get that sticky icky grip...
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I donno for the price I would say they better be... I was thinking those $108 specials were right up my alley... That and this sweet deal.http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...kageFlow=false

Unfortunately the offset is not ideal.. But that price though. $950 for new tires and wheels...
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