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Very stupid question about tire size

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    It's time to replace my tires and it's been so long I forget the process I went through last time. When I was shopping around I noticed the '06 tC generally uses 215/45/17 tires but I currently have on 225/45/17. I confirmed on the door frame sticker that the car should be using 215. Do I have special wheels (I'm 2nd owner) that require 225 or are they interchangeable? Which size should I buy new?
    boarderboy wrote:
    It's time to replace my tires and it's been so long I forget the process I went through last time. When I was shopping around I noticed the '06 tC generally uses 215/45/17 tires but I currently have on 225/45/17. I confirmed on the door frame sticker that the car should be using 215. Do I have special wheels (I'm 2nd owner) that require 225 or are they interchangeable? Which size should I buy new?


    hey I like stupid questions, maybe I can give a stupid answer!! lol

    nope nothing special about the wheels, a 225/45-17 tire can fit on the same wheel as a 215/45-17. I think our wheels are 17x7 (original factory size) and the bigger tire can fit on a 7in wide wheel. I remember people going to the bigger size back in the day. Y Only issue is drag causing a drop in fuel economy. Since it's wider, more rubber = more friction = more energy to keep it moving. Hey, thought you'd like to know the whole story if you go back to the bigger size.

    It's really up to you what you'd like to do. I know places (not that I'd go there) like walmart won't install any tire but what's specified on that frame label/sticker.

    I have 215/45-17 on mine right now, and am using the nitto motivo tires.. got them from discounttiredirect.com for a really good price, I think I got 'em for $98 a tire! I think they're awesome! Balanced up well, smooth riding, good steering feel, fuel economy did not take a hit, handles well. Some people complain about them I think they just want to complain. I had pirelli before and couldn't stand them, rode like i had concrete on the wheels! Plus so many defects, never again. I did try the bridgestone re970 back in the day.. wandered all over the road. Lots of steering corrections.

    What do you want to do with yours? just daily driving with some "spirited" driving occasionally? or are you auto-crossing? it all depends what you want in a tire and how much $$$ you have for it.
    Thanks for the reply dude. Honestly the only "spirited driving" I get involved in is when I'm angrily passing some dumbshit doing 55 in the left lane. I'm in Seattle so I'm just concerned with having some decent tires that will last a while and won't kill me when I eventually hydroplane on our glass-smooth freeways.

    I'm looking at the EXTREMECONTACT DWS 06 tires right now ($122/ea) which seem nice but since I can probably get away with 215s I'll check yours out as well
    boarderboy wrote:
    Thanks for the reply dude. Honestly the only "spirited driving" I get involved in is when I'm angrily passing some dumbshit doing 55 in the left lane. I'm in Seattle so I'm just concerned with having some decent tires that will last a while and won't kill me when I eventually hydroplane on our glass-smooth freeways.

    I'm looking at the EXTREMECONTACT DWS 06 tires right now ($122/ea) which seem nice but since I can probably get away with 215s I'll check yours out as well


    hey boarderboy.. yeah a lot of people look at the continentals. Some say the sidewall is too "mushy" others think it's awesome (ride quality). I've heard the same complaints about my nitto motivo tires, I think they're the right balance between stiff and soft. gives a really nice firm, but comfortable ride. so what did ya decide on getting?
    *bump* so what tire did ya decide on??
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