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Hi folks.

Pretty new to the site and looking for some guidance. After some research, we're looking at the below wheel and tyre setup.

Front 15x7 et 35 or 41 with 205/50/15 tires

Rear 16/8 et 28 or 35 with 225/45/16 tires.

My question is, for a stock suspension car, which offset is best and will avoid rubbing ?

Thanks for all advice.

Martin.
I think you should stick closer to stock offset (45). Especially for the rear, 16/8 et28 with 225 will poke out a bit and may rub occasionally.
 

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...the general rule that if you go +10 width, you go -5 on the AR...
Is the idea to maintain similar overall diameter? In that case, for tires in the neighborhood of 200/50, it would be more like +20 width for -5 AR. A 195/50 is about the same diameter as a 215/45. It is actually equal percentages. If you went +10% on width, then -10% on AR would give you about the same size.
 

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I need wheel recommendations for a monocraft widebody. It seems like there are so many different versions of this kit its hard to find accurate measurements. Mine is the cl performance kit. I want to run 17" up front and 18" in the rear. Any ideas?
 

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Advanti Racing S1 Storm, 15x7 +35 front (185/55/15), 15x8, +25 rear (205/50/15):




How much camber have you got at the rear on these pics?
I'm looking at getting a similar setup. Thanks
I have been considering exactly this setup! Glad to see it before pulling the trigger.

I would also like to know what your suspension setup and alignment specs are, and how you feel the car handles with this setup vs stock wheels.
 

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Weds Sport SA-90
16x7 +36 all around
215/40r16 Federal 595
BC Racing Coilovers w/ Swift springs 8k front and 12k rear.
No rub, not even on hard turns.

 

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Lotus Elise S2 OEM Wheels, made in England.

Front 16x5.5 +31, 195/45. Rear 17x7.5 +18, 225/45.

Rears stick out and rub like mad, need to roll and flare fenders to make them work, or use stretched rubber. Fronts are tucked nicely though.

I'm lowering the car soon. And rear bumper is off fyi.

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2002 spyder
Tien S Lowering Springs
F: 205 40 r17 Federal Evoluzion
R: 215 40 r17 Federal Evoluzion
XXR 530 17x7 et 35 all around
I have rubbing when i hit a bump hard, not sure if i will roll the fenders or remove fender liner.


 

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Anyone tried 14" wheels?

Has anyone tried smaller wheels than stock? Tried to read through all 15 pages and catch it but haven't seen anything.

Really like the low weight of enkei rpf1 14x7 (8.6 lbs) and cheap nitto NTO1s, but not sure if they would clear the calipers?
 

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Anyone try 205/45/17 front and 235/45/17 rear, will they fit stock height?

Reading through the comments, the front supposedly has 24.4” clearance, the 205 measure at 24.2”.

My wheels are 17 x 7.5 with +42 offset.

I realize these are much taller, but I fear that 40’s will ride too harshly. Thoughts?

I’m also considering buying wheels that are 17 x 7 with +37 offset. Would the same size tires stick out beyond the fenders?

Lastly, just how much more sluggish will acceleration be?

PS: To add to the thread, I have the factory wheels with 195/55/15 front and 205/50/15 rear. No rubbing, but oversteers easily.
 

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Konig Hypergram Matte Gray 7.5 x 15 ET35
205/50 x 15 Continental Extreme Contact Sport, Same size F/R.
Total wheel/Tire weight: 31.2lbs (stock 2001 wheels with same tires were 33.85/34.4 F/R)

Stock ride height
Fits perfect, no rubbing even at Autocross events.
Great grip and very predictable handling at the limit.

Honestly, I'm disappointed with the looks. Maybe lowering would help.
 

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Konig Hypergram Matte Gray 7.5 x 15 ET35
205/50 x 15 Continental Extreme Contact Sport, Same size F/R.
Total wheel/Tire weight: 31.2lbs (stock 2001 wheels with same tires were 33.85/34.4 F/R)

Stock ride height
Fits perfect, no rubbing even at Autocross events.
Great grip and very predictable handling at the limit.

Honestly, I'm disappointed with the looks. Maybe lowering would help.
Good info! And FWIW, I think lowering will help.
 

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Advanti Storm S1

Front
17x7 +40 205/45/17

Rear
17x7 +40 215/45/17

Stock Springs, Koni Yellows
No rubbing at all
Big reason that I decided to this was to have better gearing while highway cruising.
I have a set of 15" SSR's for AutoX.
 

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-Enkei J10 (I chose grey center/spokes but are also available in black)
-16x7 front, 17x7 rear
-Offset 42 front & rear
-Yokohama Advan Fleva V701 195/45 front, 215/40 rear
-Tein S. Tech green springs, adjustable Koni's
-No rubbing

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I have Michelin 185/60-15 on the front and 215/60-15 on the rear of my 2003 MR2 Spyder and yes I bought 15" chrome stock wheels for the car just after purchasing the car. The tires transformed the ride, the ride is much smoother and more comfortable now, and the tires last a very long time with the 800 tread wear rating compared to the 140 tread wear rating of the original tires. Also, these tires fill much of the wheel well space that was caused by the OEM tires. With these tires I normally get between 35 and 41 MPG. I highly recommend using 60 series tires. These tires are the same width as the tires that originally came on my Spyder. Wider tires than stock causes more road noise, gets less traction on wet or snowy roads, gets less gas mileage and normally cost more. I have found that the "sweet spot" as far as air pressure goes is 25 or 26 PSI for the front tires and 30 or 31 PSI for the rear tires. Because of the low weight of the MR2 Spyder a well balanced tire is very important so I always have my tires "Road Force" balanced.

I have the SMT Transmission and love it. The extra gear was much needed plus the taller rear tires gives a 6.5% decrease in RPM as well. At 70 MPH in 6th gear and with the rear tires I have the RPM is 590 less than with the five speed manual transmission Spyders.
 
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