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Old 03-25-2005, 05:52 PM
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How wide can you go with a 17" wheel?

I am having no luck finding any decently wide tires to mount on some 17" wheels. I am hoping to find something in the 10"-11" TREAD width...which would be around a 295 or 305 size tire. Anyone have a line of radial tires that will run this wide? I can find lots of 295.15's and almost no 16" tires to pick from. I have not purchased my wheels yet but am leaning towards 16/17" Billet Specialites or Budniks. I want to find the rubber first before I'm stuck with $1600 worth of work bench props.

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Old 03-25-2005, 06:16 PM
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Go to tire rack and search by size. Michelin Pilots come in 345 width, but they'll be REAL short, say 26" tall...
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Old 03-27-2005, 05:04 PM
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Okay, back to the top....come on, someone has to be running some wide 17" tires....what you got?
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not that it's gonna help you much but i'm running 255's on all fours on an 8" rim. seems to be at least 10" of tread on the ground but i havent measured.
okay, you just made me walk ALL the way up stairs to get my tape measure, then walk ALL the way back downstairs, go out in the POURING RAIN and bend down just to tell you i got a whole 8.5 inches of tread on the ground. so keep searching. btw, my tires came from discount tire. and oh yeah, they don't make them anymore anyway, so it really wouldn't matter! tirerack sounds like a plan.
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Old 03-27-2005, 06:19 PM
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A ton of tires come in the 315/35-17 size, check out the tire rack and browse by size. They have 23 different tires in that size. There arnt any tires in a 305 width or 295 for a 17 inch rim. I have a few friends that run the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KD in that size on Vettes and a Camaro. Good luck!
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Old 03-28-2005, 05:47 PM
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Right on....I guess I didn't think to search as low as a 35 series but duh, it makes sense since your making it up on the wheel diameter....Tire Rack here I come!
I'm just a little worried it might look "gheto"....I'm going to hit some car shows early this spring summer to see what looks "right" in my head. I'm hoping a 3" lowered 57 will look right with taller wheels and less rubber. I think lowering is the key...hide the upper portion of the wheel.
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