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Old 05 Mar 2013, 11:32 am
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New to group and dislike stock Low Profile RSA tires. I feel like I am riding on the rims. Has anyone been able to run 215/55R17 tires without rubbing the top inside corner of the front tires on the shock/strut spring plate? Have pothole damage to existing RSA's so I need to pick out new tires ASAP. Any help would be great. PS the PT is a GT convertible and not used in winter/snow.
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Old 06 Mar 2013, 01:04 am
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Default Re: 215/55R17 Tires

You'll see listed below, there's a number of old threads discussing tire sizes. My 05 gt has 205/50r17's which I like a lot. Keep in mind that the taller tires will lift the car higher which some people like, some don't .

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Old 06 Mar 2013, 08:27 am
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You ought to consider 16" - keeps speedometer the same and gives more rubber between road and rim.
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Old 06 Mar 2013, 10:47 am
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No. I don't believe anyone has used a 215/55-17 tire. That size is 3/4" larger in radius which will definitely rub. It also has a 5% speedo error and probably same percentage of loss of pick up.
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I use to always run 50 series with my Trans Am and Mustang 5.0.

I run 40 Zr's now and really didnt notice a difference with them, and this was before It was lowered a bit.

Sorry I am not much help but go with what your butt tells ya
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Old 09 Mar 2013, 09:40 am
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Default Re: 215/55R17 Tires

Thanks for your input. I decided on Continental Pure Contact, 215/50R17 tires on advice of Tire Rack. So much improvement over OEM RSA's. Went from driving a "Jeep" like vehicle to a smooth car. I hated to drive it on long trips as it bounced around the road on every groove or pot hole. I thought the PT had low torsional stability as it is a convertible. Bought the car as a year old dealer corporate car with less than 7k on it and thought the tires may have been the cause but suffered with them for another 13k miles. What a mistake that was as I liked everything but the handling/ride. Amazing what a tire change can do for a car's road stability.
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