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Old 03-31-2008, 02:37 AM   #1
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tire width

Im trying to find out what size tires should be one buy if front and rear wheels have different widths???

lets use 20x8.5 and 20x10

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Old 03-31-2008, 08:49 AM   #2
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Well the easiest way I found is to go to tirerack.com and select wheel and tire packages and select the size rim you have and it will give you a recommended tire size. 20x8.5 would use a 245/35/20 and 20x10 would use a 265/30/20. First # being width of tire, second # being height of tire, and third # being wheel size.
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lol... you want to maximize your width greater than that... you want the smallest possible rim witdh witht the greatest possibly tire width...for lightness... i had a 265 35 19 that was 8.5 and on a 9.5 19 i had 305 35 19
the wheels were WIDE and only 9.5 on the rear they were light... i would NEVER go bigger then 265 on the front... it completly changes the car's handlling and gives you more understeer... 245 is even a big front...
with a 20 8.5 you can use 265 35 20
and a 20 10 you can go as high as 325 35 20 but thats a tough size
to find your better off going 20 by 9.5 it gives you 265-305 30-35 20
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i would go wider than a 265 on the 10". and why are you telling him to put a smaller profile tire on the rear for the same size rim? lol



if anything go 265/35/20 and 285/35/20


these are for a car that is. if you switch to a truck or something, upgrade the side wall dimension
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Old 03-31-2008, 03:12 PM   #5
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appreciate it a buddy of mine asked me this question cause Im a wannabe grease monkey...but tire sizes I usually do the tirerack thing also. But like spike I didnt agree with the tire sizes that they recommended
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well, it all depends on what you want.

for example, the 4th gen camaros and their 16" salad shooters with 245/55/16s. HUUUGE side wall height mixed with a thin width. now compare that to say...the corvette, with 17" wheels up front and 18s in the back with wide, low-pro tires for maximum grip.

you throw in a larger wheel like we will more than likely be getting with the new camaro. at least an 18" i would imagine, and your tires get smaller on the sides.

my Z06 rims on my Z are wrapped with 275/35/17s and 295/30/18s
i increased the sidewall height on the fronts to balance out the car a little more front to back. also my wheels are 8.5" and 11" wide respectively. i would have gone with 315s on the rear or even 305s, but i got one hell of a deal on the 295s so i took it. plus i dont drag race on those wheels, thats what the ET streets are for. lol
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got cha...well now I know who to pm when ever Its time to get tires for rims!
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The best look I've found, with my car, has been 275/10/17s on the front (17 X 9) and 335/35/17s (17 X 10.5) in the rear. The rear sidewall stuck out a little more than I would've usually likey, however, it offered some curb protection and I think it helped fill the haunches out a little more. It didn't require any more work than 315s did and I'm hoping GM will give is some room to work with...
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i would go wider than a 265 on the 10". and why are you telling him to put a smaller profile tire on the rear for the same size rim? lol



if anything go 265/35/20 and 285/35/20


these are for a car that is. if you switch to a truck or something, upgrade the side wall dimension
Actually the second number (aspect ratio) is a percentage of the first number (width in mm from sidewall to sidewall)

In the first tire the width is 265 mm and hight of the sidewall is 35% of that which is 92.75mm
If you have a wider tire, the second number doesn't have to be as big to equal the same height of the sidewall.

Here is a link that explains all the numbers: Understanding tire sizes
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thats good to know. hmmm, i always thought it was the size in mm of the sidewall height.

makes sense enough
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I was wondering why different sizes are being offered on the V6 and V8 models- V6 only offers 8.5" width while V8 offers 9.5"width in the rear tires. If I bought the V6 would it still be possible to buy thicker tires for the rear? I saw some nice ones on a new BMW maybe 9.5"-10" not sure. Really thought that thick rear tires would look nice on my 2lt.
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Actually the second number (aspect ratio) is a percentage of the first number (width in mm from sidewall to sidewall)

In the first tire the width is 265 mm and hight of the sidewall is 35% of that which is 92.75mm
If you have a wider tire, the second number doesn't have to be as big to equal the same height of the sidewall.

Here is a link that explains all the numbers: Understanding tire sizes
and that's section width, not tread width... just in case anybody was thinking otherwise

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I was wondering why different sizes are being offered on the V6 and V8 models- V6 only offers 8.5" width while V8 offers 9.5"width in the rear tires. If I bought the V6 would it still be possible to buy thicker tires for the rear? I saw some nice ones on a new BMW maybe 9.5"-10" not sure. Really thought that thick rear tires would look nice on my 2lt.
i say go for it.
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This approaches epic levels of necro!
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it approaches epic failure... damn zebra.... I thought you had recovered from the necro-posting.
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i was answering the necro...
you coulda sent him a pm with his post quoted....
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WHOOO!!! TIRE SIZES!

On a related note, you can get a 9.7 inch section width pretty easily on the stock V6 rims - and they're only 7.5 inches wide.
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Hmmm... 315/35/20's on 10" wheels? Nitto says you need at least 10.5" to run their INVO's (which is what I plan on getting). Problem is unless I widen my rears and powder coat them, the only affordable wheels I can find (>$400 each) max out at 10". Will that tire fit on a 10" wheel... safely and without issue?
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pick your diameter, your width, and your offset... expensive though


I am currently running 18x9 with 265/35-18 and 18x10 with 295/35-18...

You can get a 305 or 315 on a 10" rim, but most people usually have to run a lower psi to get a flat footprint with the tire. I had a 285 on a 9" rim and had to run the tires at 32psi. I used the chalk trick on the tire.
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i'm running 265s on my 16x6.5 wheels with room to go to a 285... oh but wait... i've got sidewall!
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