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Hi all.

I'm in the process of choosing some new wheels.

The wheels I'm looking at are 17", PCD 98 & ET35.

I was asked if the car was lowered (1997 1.8 TS) which it is but I'm currently replacing the shocks and springs (Eibachs) so it won't be as low as it is now. The question was tyre width. What are you guys running on your 17" wheels ? 215s ? The guy I was speaking too about the wheels says I should check as I may need to fit 205s.

Anyway I want to fit 215/40s. Shouldn't have any problems should I ?

Anyone have any opinions on Nankang tyres ? Currently I run Goodyear F1s on my 16" TSWs. 17" F1s are around £100 each so can anyone suggest an alternative cheaper tyre that's good in the wet ?

Thx as always.
 
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Mine had a new set of Nankangs put on when I bought it - a bit cheap and nasty IMHO, and not ever so good in the wet I find myself going sideways on roundabounts (don't know if this is true of the whole product range?). The car felt better when I test drove it on the worn out P6000's.

They're quite hard wearing though - 13k on them so far and still plenty of tread left.
 
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I am running 205's 40x17 but i know Deano has eibachs so ask him his size off tyre and he should give you some idea
 

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Compared to standard 205/50/15 the following applies: -
Size Sidewall Circumference Gearing
205/50/15 4.0'' 72.5'' 00.00
205/55/15 4.4'' 75.0'' 3.5% over
205/45/16 3.6'' 73.1'' 0.8% over
225/40/16 3,5'' 72.5 0.1% over
205/40/17 3.2'' 73.7'' 1.7% over
215/40/17 3.4'' 74.7'' 3.0% over
215/35/17 3.0'' 72.0'' -0.6% under
I run 225/40/16 on lowered Eibachs and have never experienced any rubbing.

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Hi

I'm running 17's with 205/40's on... with Apex 35mm lowering springs (Waiting on some Eibachs ordered 3 weeks ago)... There is very little clearence but they don't rub... If you do go for 215/40's and the Eibach springs I'd be interested to see what you make of the ride etc because mine is definitely not comfy...hoping (praying actually!!) that the Eibachs will sort out the ride but half expecting to discover it's the wheel and tyre combo make it ride so damn hard....having said that I love her whatever ! :D
 
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I run 205/40 17 Nankang Sprt SP-3s on my V6. Ride is hard at the recommended 36psi/32psi, however grip is good, not as good as a premium brand but good none the less and at £57.50 a corner, half the price of a P-Zero.
 
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hi

ive got 205/45/17 tyres on mine with the eibach's lowered 35mm and everythings ok..... not sure if there would be a problem with 215's??? sorry

the tryes ive got on are fedral which are pretty good in the wet and they have got lip round the edge of the tyre which gives good protection for your wheel from scuffing

i cant remember exactly how much they where now but some where round about £85 ish seems to spring to mind. definatly under £100

hope this helps

ps DJSTANLEY the ride will deffinatly be better with the eibachs trust me wink

seeya
 

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Thanks for the replies.

What is the width of your 17" wheels ? 7 or 7.5 ?

Phil. What is the width of your 16" wheels ?

I ordered my E0bachs from Alfashop. Standard dampers and Eibachs delivered within a week.

http://www.alfashop.co.uk/
 

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i run 215 40 17 no probs but standard sport height , henry runs same size on his with eibachs no probs unless youre on full lock in reverse and hit a pot hole :D and my wheels are 7.5
 
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