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Old 08-07-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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Need help with tire sizing!

Hi, I'm looking at two winter tires for the front of my 2011 V6...(Already have the back two 235/60/17)...this size was recommended by a tire shop btw.

I need to know by tomorrow if 235/50/17 would work for the front two wheels or am I just asking for trouble? I'd like to get 235/60/17 to match the front but I've got a smoking deal if I get the 235/50/17 tires...

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Old 08-07-2013, 02:37 PM   #2
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What wheels do you have??
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:43 PM   #3
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They will be the same width (235), but your sidewall will be shorter.

And yes, they will fit just fine assuming the 235 width is what your car had before.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:12 PM   #4
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I thought all 5th gens had 18s or bigger? Aftermarket 17s, or am I simply mistaken?
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:43 PM   #5
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I thought all 5th gens had 18s or bigger? Aftermarket 17s, or am I simply mistaken?
Yes, I thouht the factory wheels were 18s or larger too. Not sure if 17" rims would even clear the front disk brakes and calipers. You don't provide enough information to know if they will fit so be careful to check before buying.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:51 AM   #6
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Thank you all, I can clarify! I'll be getting just plain Jane steelies for the winter (Calgary, Canada), the tire shop said 17" wheels will work for my car. My car (used) came with 19" front 20" rear , with summer tires only when I got it. I know the SS have the Brembos, but mine doesn't being a V6.

I have 245 & 295 right now so want some thing a little thinner all around during the winter (235s all around). I'm mostly just concerned about the sidewall height (235/50/17 in front, 235/60/17 in rear tentatively)...basically is that 10mm difference between 50 and 60 crucial?

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Old 08-08-2013, 09:40 AM   #7
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Actually, the 50 and 60 designates the percentage width of the tread to get your sidewall...if that makes sense. If the tire is 235/50, then your sidewall is 50% of the 235 width. So, your sidewall height on the 235/50 tire is 4.6", whereas your sidewall height on the 235/60 is 5.5".
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:00 PM   #8
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The factory size tires on the V6 are 245-55-18, which is 28.6" tall. The 235-60-17 is 28.1" tall. The 235-50-17 is 26.25" tall.

That 2.35" in height is huge. Especially since you have a taller tire in the back. Typically, people go slightly taller for snow use so they can drive over, and plow through the snow. A 235-65-17 would be more ideal.
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