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Old 04-05-2006, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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tire size on my 18s

I currentlly run a 225/40/18, but my tires are a bit to big(the total wheel size is a little to big for my front bumper) I can use them any way but if i Hit a big pothole i might rip my bumper off, it is most unlikly that would happen but would it be worth it to switch to a 225/35/18 ? The diameter would be smaller then and would save me the trouble of wooring,but then would there be not enough tread to drive safelly cause I could bend my rim?
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Old 04-05-2006, 03:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What? How will it hit your bumper? I guess youve got a lot of play in your wheel hub. How are your control arms and tie rods? Sway bar links?
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You should have no problem with /40/ size tyres...

I have had them on my car before with 18s... no problem... both with a completely worn suspension and with a brand new entire suspension.. no probably with touching at all.

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You shouldnt have lateral movement dude. Just vertical.
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reguardless... if u hit a pothole with 18s and a 35 profile, your gunna bend the rim??
i just don't understand
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The tires are also going to be about an inch shorter in height. Should make speed bumps more interesting. And if you hit a pothole with them, the road might take your bumper off.
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i ran 225/40/18s and my car was dropped 1.5 inches,i cracked my rim
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on an oem bmw it is fine no rub, but when i jack up my car off the ground my tire hits the bottom of my front bumper I have a rieger infinity 1 bumper, it isnt oem, it comes down lower and it curves to appear tighter to the wheel, I have to turn my wheels when I raise my car so I dont hit, I will take a picture of it next time it is in the air.
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with 18's shouldnt you have 35 series rubbe anyways? i am about to order 245/35/18's, i hope i have no problemsused:
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I've been told on this forum that 245s will rub unless you've rolled your fenders. I was thinking of 245/40/17's.
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