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Old 06-27-2008, 11:39 PM   #1
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235/45/17 at the back

215/45/17 - front (or maybe 225)
235/45/17 at the back
This is on 45ET wheel (17x7)

does anyone did this before?
whats the widest tire you can run at the back with this setup on 2 door NG
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Performance wise it would be better to put the wider tires at the front. Visually may look awkward. As far as the the size goes 235 may be too big for 7in rims.
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Old 06-28-2008, 12:06 AM   #3
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Reason that i putting 235 at the back is i have this tires (for free) so I'll just buy two new front 215 or 225
should i expect any rubbing issue with 235's at he back with 45 offset rim?

I pretty sure that 235 will fit on 7in ,can anyone correct me if im wrong
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Don't do this.

It will increase the understeer on your car.
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Old 06-28-2008, 06:55 AM   #5
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Find the specs for the exact tire and look them up, TireRack.com has many. The specs will list a range of acceptable rim widths. Of course they'll probably rub a little and checking the specs won't tell you whether they'll rub or not, and your car will handle weird.

It'd be awesome if you could make them work on the front. I say try it and report back, but make sure they're okay with your rim width first.

Not the same thing exactly, but I'm running 225/50/16's on a set of stock 6" rims...6" is the smallest rim width allowed for that size tire in that model.
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Also I've learned recently not all 225s are the same... I was running Michelin Pilot Sports 225/45/17 in the front and rear, car is lowered, with no rubbing. Then I put KDW's in the front which are also 225/45/17 but look much wider because they are the "squared" corners style instead of rounded... they look awkward with the Pilot's being smaller looking in the back, and they rub every so slightly at full turn. The rear's I can't say, as they don't turn, I think 235 would fit but I would think it'd make more sense to run spacers *ducks for cover*
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Old 06-28-2008, 07:52 AM   #7
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There is nothing wrong with spacers.
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Uh why are you trying to fit the widest tire in the back on a FWD LOL car?
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Uh why are you trying to fit the widest tire in the back on a FWD LOL car?
Because as he mentioned above, he is getting a good deal.

There are many variables here.

Consider this, the difference in width between a 225 and 235 tire is just 1 cm, so .5 on either side of the tire. As 225 pretty much always work, I would say its worth a shot. The only thing you have to loose is time and a bit of cash in getting the free tires mounted up. Try it out!
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If you are going to do this run the 235 on the front. Not the rear.
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It has a better chance of working on the rear than the front. But you might need to notch the front side of the wheel arch.
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Uh why are you trying to fit the widest tire in the back on a FWD LOL car?
I recommend never joining a forum that is VW biased.

I'm just trying to save you the headache.
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I recommend never joining a forum that is VW biased.

I'm just trying to save you the headache.
LOL....+1

It's a flurry of facepalms, reading posts from V-Dub owners who stretch their tires over wide rims and run crazy staggers
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i got my tires for really cheap there 235/45/17's i bought them from a friend of mine who bought them and then sold the car without putting them on so there brand new i couldnt say no and i was really surprised they fit and all i had to do was bend in the the front of the rear wheel well like the viggen's and i have no probs at all.... eventually ill down size a bit when these wear out...
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Your fuel filler neck in the back wheel well is PLASTIC.

215/55/16 will rub that neck, the last thing you wanna do is rub all the way thru it.
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Your fuel filler neck in the back wheel well is PLASTIC.

215/55/16 will rub that neck, the last thing you wanna do is rub all the way thru it.
i have 215/55/15 and its fine.

i wanted to go to 225 all around. or even 235 in the front. would those rub in the front?
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:16 PM   #19
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235 will not fit on the front, you will rub at locks and put holes in your wheel wells. I had no problems running them in the back, but make sure you fuel filler neck is adequately fastened. I did this because I had a set of SS wheels/tires that I wanted to try on the NG.

Please post photos when you are done !
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