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Update 14NOV2016 - The wheels are WedsSport TC105N 16x7+36 and 17x8+30. Tires are Yokohama S.Drive 205/45/16 and 235/40/17.

Wheels, tires, suspension will be my first real "mod" to my new Spyder. I am new to the Spyder scene, so I asking for feedback/advice on the following wheel/tire set-up so I can validate prior to ordering everything.

16x7 +45 with 205/50/16 rubber
17x8 +45 with 245/40/17 rubber

I will be installing a set of PowerTrix coilovers at the same time.

Will I have any clearance issues with a slight drop?
Are the tires sized appropriately for this set-up? I could go 235/40 rear, but the tire selection is very limited compared to 245/40. Would 17x9 +55 rear be better? I don't know how much inboard clearance I will have with the coilovers.

Thanks!
 

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Do you like going slow?

If not then I would stick with 215 for the rear and buy quality tires. Unless you are above 250 wheel horsepower you don't need the extra width as it will only slow you down and kill your acceleration with no benifit to handling.
 

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Long-term plans include either a turbo kit or 2ZZ swap. I don't plan on being the fastest thing out there with any set-up on the stock 1ZZ. :D
 

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1754658[/URL]]Long-term plans include either a turbo kit or 2ZZ swap. I don't plan on being the fastest thing out there with any set-up on the stock 1ZZ. :D
With a 2zz you don't need anything wider than stock size tires. Bigger wheels and wider tires are evil but a nessesary evil if you race competitive or have too much torque. Wider tires will make the car perform like a pig and kill the nimbleness of the handling. Basically takes the fun out of the car.

Unless you run the worst tires in the world you will not be able the loose traction easy on a street driven car unless you are driving recklessly. Money is better spent on quality tires rather then wide tires.

A majority of the time some owners want the wide tires primarily for the look at the detriment of performance but they want to justify it somehow.
 

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Wheels, tires, suspension will be my first real "mod" to my new Spyder. I am new to the Spyder scene, so I asking for feedback/advice on the following wheel/tire set-up so I can validate prior to ordering everything.

16x7 +45 with 205/50/16 rubber
17x8 +45 with 245/40/17 rubber

I will be installing a set of PowerTrix coilovers at the same time.

Will I have any clearance issues with a slight drop?
Are the tires sized appropriately for this set-up? I could go 235/40 rear, but the tire selection is very limited compared to 245/40. Would 17x9 +55 rear be better? I don't know how much inboard clearance I will have with the coilovers.

Thanks!
What tires? If you are running summer tires maxxis now makes a 245 in 15 which would be easier to fit.
 

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In the 205/16 245/17 size, there are lots of options: G-Force Sport Comp-2, RE760 Sport, HTR Z II, S.Drive. Any one of these tires is fine with me.

I've read posts about guys running 9" width wheels in the rear - some with rubbing/camber issues and others without. I figure 8" should be fine, I just want to ensure my proposed offset of +45 will be just enough to clear both fender and suspension with normal camber.
 

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Honestly if you are only running an 8" wheel there is no point in running a 245 tire. A 225 or 235 would fit better.
 

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Honestly if you are only running an 8" wheel there is no point in running a 245 tire. A 225 or 235 would fit better.
Edit: I agree a 235 would fit better than 245. I could always run 235/40/17. Would I have any fitment issues in the rear with 17x8 +45?

Maybe I should move up to an 8.5" rear wheel. Would a +45 still work?
 

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I'm getting some rubbing with 17x8.25 but with ET 35 and 235/40 Toyo r1r. If you go with 17x8 ET 35 and 235/40 you should have no rub(at least on stock height). However... where did you find 17x8 4x100 ET45 rims?

If you are worried about your rim size do tyre size, here is the table that will help:

(I can't past link, just copy it to new tab)
tyresizecalculator.com/charts/tire-width-for-a-wheel-rim-size-chart

However, when you decide which tyre brand and model you want to use go to producer website and check their recommendation, they might be a bit different from that universal table.
 

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I'm getting some rubbing with 17x8.25 but with ET 35 and 235/40 Toyo r1r. If you go with 17x8 ET 35 and 235/40 you should have no rub(at least on stock height). However... where did you find 17x8 4x100 ET45 rims?
17x8.25 is an odd wheel size! Not sure we have quarter inch sizes here in the USA. The wheels I am looking to get are Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 - http://www.outmotoring.com/mini-cooper/mini-cooper-team-dynamics-pro-race.html

You can order in a good assortment of offsets. Right now, I am leaning towards getting an 8" wide rear with +45 offset. That moves the outer rim 12.7mm closer to the fender and 12.7mm closer to the suspension.
 

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Yeh, 8.25 is rare. Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 looks like best choice for MR2 thanks to it's uniq for this wheels size offset (up to 53mm for 17x8.0). It's hard to get those rims in Poland and are definitely overpriced (~$400), but it should be fairly easy to get them from Germany for ~200 euro each. Maybe I will try for next season.
 

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Thanks for all the input, fellas. I pulled the trigger last week on new wheels and tires. The wheels are WedsSport TC105N 16x7+36 and 17x8+30. Tires are Yokohama S.Drive 205/45/16 and 235/40/17. Will post photos once they're on!
 
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