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Old 29 May 2007, 11:32 am
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Default Wanna Upgrade those stock tires?

I just went through this ordeal last week as my stock GY Eagle RS-A's didn't make it to 30 K miles (worn tie rod and not the first owner). I came across a site that offers a tire size calculator. Tire Size Calculator. Just type in your current size and it will give you a chart of optional sizes, including color coding to indicate best options.

I wanted to go a bit wider than 205/50R-17 with the tire but balked at the service advisors lecture on the "ills" of bigger tires. It was the only shop in my area that could get me Kumho ECSTA ASX's, in the stock size, so I settled. Gotta say though these tires are as awesome as the reviews I have read and I highly recommend them. They do everything better- ride, noise, bumps, name it.

The chart at the URL above will show that I probably could have gone up to 215's or 225's and not affected the peripherals too much. I could have even ended up with more sidewall to handle the nasty potholes around here.

Would appreciate any feedback for future reference.
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Old 29 Sep 2007, 12:28 am
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Default Re: Wanna Upgrade those stock tires?

One thing I've learned is that the tire-changing monkeys at the chain tire stores are parrots. That is - they repeat what they hear and don't know what they're talking about.

I like that chart, but I don't understand why they have 255's on a 17" tire shaded in green, even when there's a greater than 2% differenential.
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 07:33 am
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Originally Posted by Jeff V View Post
One thing I've learned is that the tire-changing monkeys at the chain tire stores are parrots. That is - they repeat what they hear and don't know what they're talking about.
Agree with you. I was told my PT needed high performance tires, because that's what the stockers were - I said, yeah, I'm going to do sustained speeds of 118 mph!.
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Old 05 Oct 2007, 08:19 pm
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If you go with 18 inch wheels you can run a 225 40 18 no problem it also makes the car handle better
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