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Old 04-15-2011, 06:45 AM   #1
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215/45-17 on NG900?

Plain and simple, will 215/45-17 fit on the NG900 without rubbing, and if so, with which offset wheel?

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Yes I run 215/45r17 on both of my NG's. My coupe is lowered and runs them with no rubbing at all. No idea on offset, there are multiple threads on it though.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:57 AM   #3
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Yes they'll fit, I'm running 225-45s and I'm lowered and I have no rubbing issues whatsoever... Search for the offset part of your question
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IIRC this is the factory size tire for a 17" wheel on a 9-3, atleast thats what my viggen had. You shouldn't need anything special
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Thanks, I'm ordering form the Tire Rack today. Haven't decided on which tires or wheels yet. I am leabing towards the Sparco Assetto Gara or Focal F5 in 17" with Pirelli Zero Nero or Re760s in 215/45-17. We'll see...
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FYI - for the short time I had both BBSRK2's and a 9-3 in the household - I had them installed onto the 9-3 with said tire size. I had rubbing on the REAR wheel arches, but I believe this to have been a offset issue. So check on the offsets and you will be fine. I had to perform one of the OLD Saab Viggen Campaigns to the 9-3 FYI - which was a matter of just trimming back some metal from the inner rear wheel arch lip. This was the solution Saab had actualy came up with I believe back in 1999 where cases like that occured.
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225's rubbed through my fuel filler neck, ng900 5 dr, lowered on eibachs, was only on highway on/off ramps with a fullish load.
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FYI - for the short time I had both BBSRK2's and a 9-3 in the household - I had them installed onto the 9-3 with said tire size. I had rubbing on the REAR wheel arches, but I believe this to have been a offset issue. So check on the offsets and you will be fine. I had to perform one of the OLD Saab Viggen Campaigns to the 9-3 FYI - which was a matter of just trimming back some metal from the inner rear wheel arch lip. This was the solution Saab had actualy came up with I believe back in 1999 where cases like that occured.
yeah the rk2's were a wider wheel and the off set was different as you said.

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Thanks, I'm ordering form the Tire Rack today. Haven't decided on which tires or wheels yet. I am leabing towards the Sparco Assetto Gara or Focal F5 in 17" with Pirelli Zero Nero or Re760s in 215/45-17. We'll see...
Id stay away from the pzero nero tires, saying they are nothing special is an understatement, and they aren't very quiet. The continental extreme contact DW is what i'm getting for my 9k now, really well rated, and if you want a really good all season get the DWS version. I've had bad experiences many times with Pirelli and a few times with Bridgestone. Michelin and Continental are the only ones that haven't upset me yet lol.
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I've had great experience with Pirellis in the past, but I won't be getting those anyway as they are not available in the size I want. Decisions...
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I've had great experience with Pirellis in the past, but I won't be getting those anyway as they are not available in the size I want. Decisions...
Your lucky,

05 9-5 P6 4 seasons, tread seperated at the inner sidewall with 20k miles on them, first set on new car, noisy near the end,

same car 2 sets of pzero nero m+s, garbage, 30k miles to a set, not horrible, but noisy, decent in snow, nothing great.

then went to Michelin Pilot Sport a/s, best a/s tire i've ever driven on, bar none. quiet, awesome in all weather.
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My current summer tires are Pilot Sports which are very old and are nearly bald. Right now I am still running my winter studded tires, but after May 1 I can't run studs anymore.
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Alright, I ended up going with 17" Elbrus I05 Silver shod with 215/45-17 Continental Extreme Contact DWS.

I currently live in Alaska and could be moving to either upper New York or Gemrnay next, so a high performance all season tire sounds more practical than a summer tire. This Continental tire has great reviews and seems like a good choice.

I will retain my stock 16" Viking wheels and if I do get into autocrossing next (which I haven't done in 12 years!) I might use those wheels with an aggressive summer tire like the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec in 195/50-16.
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The continental extreme contact DW is what i'm getting for my 9k now, really well rated
Good luck finding some of these... you may be alright considering they're for a 9000 and I assume a 16" wheel. I was hoping to get some for my 9-5 and turns out they are on international backorder and won't be available until God knows when. Going with Hankook V12's since people seem to like them and the price is OK.
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Getting them mounted in 12 hours lol...... I called my tire dude on tuesday and ordered them.

They are available in the sizes i need for the 335 too, but im pretty sure i'm staying with michelin for those, they arent much more and are supposedly the benchmark for max performance summer tires.

Hopefully your hankooks wear nicely, my roommates aero suffers from the same thing i did with hankooks, uber noise the older they get. between 25 and 35mph its almost unbearable, you can barely hold a conversation.
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Change of heart at the last minute, I went with 16" tires and rims, also switched to a summer tire as my winter tires still have lots of tread left. I ordered General Exclaim UHP tires (lots of great reviews on these, that are also made by Continental), mounted on Rial Milano Gunmetal rims.
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Lol wow talk about a change, should look good though, i'll be waiting for pics...
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Yeah, went with same size tires as stock for several reasons: Alaska's pavement sucks, so low profile tires aren't ideal. Same as stock will keep speedometer correct. 16" tires and rims are cheaper than 17". They are also lighter. Also, I am already putting the Vogltander springs and Koni shocks, with poly bushings, so the front end will be already stiffer. Adding 40 profile tires will make the car too hard (see comment on Alaska's pavement above).

The car should look like this:


And like this with the springs and shocks:
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Approved Mod - nice choice! Good reasoning too - not many people put that much thought and logic into things as simple as wheels and tires...
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