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Old 05-30-2008, 10:33 AM   #1
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225 45 17 vs 225 35 17

im looking at a set of rkII's to buy, and i was wondering if i would run into any problems if i ran 35s instead of 45s on the wheels?

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Old 05-30-2008, 10:37 AM   #2
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Why not 40?

You're just going to end up with a short sidewall, no other issues other than making lots of empty space in your wheel wells.
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it'd look funny?
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:17 AM   #4
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The sidewall will be an inch shorter, and since the wheel is the same size its going to look pretty odd. Usually you only step the sidewall down if you are going with a larger diameter.

check it out on here:

http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

Plug in the #s and see what I mean
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cant find any 225 40's,
i thought lower pros might look nicer, and i have the konis spring going in aswell
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You're going with that short of a sidewall on Ontario roads?

My 225/45 are already about as short as I'd like to go on Minnesota roads.
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:21 AM   #7
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if you increase the wheel diameter then lower sidewalls will look good, but if you have the same size wheels, its just going to leave more open space in the wheel wells and look like a car you would see in my local Mexican-American (maybe) populated neighborhood.
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:23 AM   #8
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im probly not going to get the 35's,i guess ill stick with 45's
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Old 05-30-2008, 12:12 PM   #9
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i get a little bit of rubbing with koni kit and my rkII's on my 99 9-3 vert. i use 225-45-17 some have stated no rubbing and some have. depends on the tires and i think the reason mine rub (fuzion zri) are because of the curb protector style. it sticks out little more and so im looking for a decently priced summer tire with a flush mount no curb protector really. the tires im looking into maybe trying to get in near future after i can sell all the tires i have now are sumitomo HTR Z III. but anyways, i would not go lower than a 40 sidewall. i say no to 35. 40 or 45
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