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Old 24 Sep 2003, 11:53 pm
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Default I have a very unique question on wheels

I am about to pick up my base pt cruiser, and I want to change my wheels the same day I buy it.

the wheels I want are 18", gunmetal, deep-dish(not too deep dish) and stick out about half an inch from under the fender for an aggressive look.

MY questions.
1. how do I get the wheels to stick out. Do I have to buy hubcentric spacers or can a get a wheel with a low offset, of say -10 to +10 to achieve the same look?

2. IS there any danger in using an offset other than +40. IN this case say +10?

3. If I have spacers or a low offset, can I go with wider than recommended tires on the back, like 255?

thanks a lot for helping me answer these. I searched high and low before finally deciding on a new pt cruiser and I am ecstatic about owning it.
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Old 25 Sep 2003, 12:40 am
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just buy a wheel with a wider rim then stock, try 8-10inchs wide.

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Old 25 Sep 2003, 01:40 am
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will a 10 inch wide wheel not have problems with the springs or something?

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Old 25 Sep 2003, 11:01 am
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dude goto a tire shop!
check tirerack.com

wider tires in the back of a front drive car, no good
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You should probably contac

connor@tirerack.com

He can give you an accurate and informed answer

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Old 29 Sep 2003, 03:24 am
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I still dont have the info I need.

CAN SOMEONE HELP ME?

Connor recommends up to 235/40 in the front. THat does not help me at all. I dont even know the maximum wheel size that will fit without hassle on the cruiser. This is really frustrating me.

Connor also cant tell me what size width I can go up to if I add 1" spacers before the wheels. Is there a way I can calculate this?

I just want to know this: Can I fit 245/45/18 on all four corners without any rubbing or clearance problems? Thats my simple question and I still dont have an answer.

Other question is, how much wider can I go if I add the 1" spacer (25.4mm) Can I get up to 265?

I know a guy that has 265/30/19 on his pt cruiser but I cant contact him to ask if he had to have any mods done to the thing.

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Old 29 Sep 2003, 09:45 pm
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drive the car to a tire shop that sells rims, try a few on, simple!

265/30/19 would be 10.4 inch's wide x3.12 sidewall hieght for a total diam. of 25.25"
235/35/19 would be 9.25 inch's wide x3.24 sidewall height for a total diam. of 25.48"
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205/50/17 would be 8.07 inch's wide x4.04 sidewall height for a total diam. of 25.07

since peeps lower their vehicls all the time, you won't have a problem with the hieght of the tire, now I will search for info on the spacing for you.
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Old 29 Sep 2003, 10:40 pm
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Punch,

I THANK YOU.

I really appreciate the time.

I have a question. Now that I know I wont have any clearance problems (since I will not be lowering the car)

can you tell me if a width of 245 will cause any problems with the springs. I would hate to go to a tire shop and have them fitting wheels all day.

Also, at the 8 inch wheel width, what offset wheel be necessary.?

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Old 29 Sep 2003, 10:58 pm
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hi punch,

I figured out your calculations, and I figured that my choice of

245/45/18 will result in an overall diameter of 26.68

If I go down to 245/40/18, its 25.7, which does not quite fit the wheel well enough for my liking.

My question is, is the 26.6 overall diameter too much? I dont think so, but I need an educated opinion( I know it will mess up my speedo reading but I can live with that.
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The 245/45-18 will cause the speedometer to run 6.4% to slow. At an indicated 60, you will be doing 63.9 mph. That should not be enough to confuse the computer too much.
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