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Old 11-13-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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345/30-18 on a 18x10.5" wheel

it is possible. i know because i have one mounted right now. that said, for me, it's very far from desirable due to having too much of a deep-dish style, so i'm in the process of trying to get a smaller tire to replace it. the tread sticks way too far out from the fender for my taste.






















for anyone who's curious as to what it looks like when mounted:
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:39 PM   #2
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What wheel is that and does it fit the SS? How much does it weigh by itself?
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:44 PM   #3
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Just because its possible does not mean its safe.......12" min. wheel width for that tire. I could stuff my 300 lb. ex wife into a micro bikini but ....well, you get the point!
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:55 PM   #4
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I could stuff my 300 lb. ex wife into a micro bikini but ....well, you get the point!
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:14 PM   #5
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oh yeah... i should probably mention that for those not familiar with Nitto Invos, the biggest 18" tire they make is a 295/35, and that's what this was until Sat night. i must've ran over something that caused this
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and likewise was running flat until i could get off the interstate & see what had caused the new slight vibration in the car. obviously, it had rode on the sidewall long enough to completely obliterate the sidewall belts & this is what happened when i tried to put enough air to get home on (i didn't know there was a hole at the time)

looking at the inboard side, you can see that as soon an i inched the car forward to check the rollability, the entire tread swelled & shifted 3" out!

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so for those who still don't get the joke, i know good & well a 13.5" wide tire should NEVER be put on a 10.5" wheel... and it physically can't happen with a sidewall this short anyway.

i just thank God my stock fronts hadn't sold yet & i hadn't dismounted them either. it's what got me home. when we rolled this one away from the car, you can just hear bits of shredded crap rolling around inside the tire

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What wheel is that and does it fit the SS? How much does it weigh by itself?
it's a reproduction C5 thin spoke Corvette wheel with a custom powdercoat job i designed. factory ones are 18x9.5
i ain't never seen anybody run one on a 5th gen, but it's close to the same offset as a C5Z wheel which has been used before i'm wanting to say they were somewhere close to 25lb each.

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Just because its possible does not mean its safe.......12" min. wheel width for that tire. I could stuff my 300 lb. ex wife into a micro bikini but ....well, you get the point!
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:34 PM   #6
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The best performing wheel and tire combo stretches the tire tight across the rim. Not only will it handle better, but it delivers better fuel economy. I took some pictures of a BMW race car at SEMA with what I thought was a spectacular fitment. I'll get them posted soon. It is the exact opposite of the Zebra fitment. His is black stripes on white and the BMW is white stripes on black
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:41 PM   #7
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:17 PM   #8
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You're right and I'll get them.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:30 PM   #9
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that's right, you will!
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:00 AM   #10
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LOLOLOLOL! I feel sorry for any viewers of those pics that think they look good, and will use your pictures in the future to justify their poor fitment decisions. Good stuff, haha.

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LOLOLOLOL! I feel sorry for any viewers of those pics that think they look good, and will use your pictures in the future to justify their poor fitment decisions. Good stuff, haha.

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Stretched tight across the rim by a reasonably knowledgeable race BMW Race TEAM











For street use this would be taking a great concept too far, but using the widest possible rim according to the tire MFG spec is a good place to be. Most of us 'intuitively' know that a wider tire will handle better. It is much harder to accept that a small tire that fits the rim better will be safer and handle better. We need to channel our inner engineer on this choice.
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i think i get where that school of thought comes from because it don't look like the sidewalls have any room to roll out when cornering, but i absolutely can't stand that look. it looks like you got new wheels & were too cheap to put the 'right size' tires on it
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:40 PM   #14
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i think i get where that school of thought comes from because it don't look like the sidewalls have any room to roll out when cornering, but i absolutely can't stand that look. it looks like you got new wheels & were too cheap to put the 'right size' tires on it
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You'll be so fast in the corners no one will see them any way.

We need to channel our inner engineer on this choice.
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