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Title: 235 45 / 17" on 17" x 8" rims with 32 offse
Post by: Noob_Shum on August 13, 2004, 06:39:15 AM
Old tires are 225 45 / 17, thinking of getting some less expensive tires in a slightly larger size (235 45 / 17). According to the tire specs, the old tires have: 25" overall diameter, 8.4" tread width, 9" sectional width and spin at 833 revolutions per mile. The new tires I am thinking about have: 25.4" overall diameter, 8.1" tread width, 9.4" sectional width, and spin at 820 revolutions per mile.. Will I have any problems with the slightly wider sectional width on my car ? Car is a stock 2002 S4 6 speed (just ECU upgrade and aftermarket wheels).

The reason I am not buying SO-3's again is the price, $178 a tire (from tire rack, not including shipping and mounting) is more than I want to pay for something that last ~15K miles. The new tires are supposed to have decent traction ("A" traction and temperature rating), have better wear (320 treadwear rating), and cost $101 a tire (plus tax and possibly mounting/balancing- if my buddy can't do it for me free!). Any input would be great, thanks all  :D

Jonathan
Title: 235 45 / 17" on 17" x 8" rims with 32 offse
Post by: kraut-sled on August 13, 2004, 07:14:11 AM
I have two sets of wheels one with 235 45 17 and the other is 225 45 17.  Having run them both recently I can say the only difference I have noticed is a bit more torque stear with the 235.  However this will not be an issue for your S4.

I think you will be fine.
Title: 235 45 / 17" on 17" x 8" rims with 32 offse
Post by: ColoradoB5 on August 13, 2004, 07:38:57 AM
Hey Jonathan, I have the S03's as well and really like them.  I got them free so I can't complain about the price.  What are you looking at now?

I have to agree with Randy, the new ones at 235 won't cause you any problems.
Title: 235 45 / 17" on 17" x 8" rims with 32 offse
Post by: Noob_Shum on August 13, 2004, 05:09:49 PM
I think I am going to try the new Fuzion ZRi tires.  They came out within the last 4 months I think, and so far, no bad reviews (although they won't stick as well as the SO-3's).  Traction and temperatire are both A, and treadwear is rated at 320...  $101 a tire plus tax, supposedly a very good buy (good bang for the buck), we will see how good or bad I guess ;)

Jonathan
Title: 235 45 / 17" on 17" x 8" rims with 32 offse
Post by: ColoradoB5 on August 15, 2004, 08:33:56 PM
Speaking of S03's, I have 245 40/18's all around on my car.  If someone has them in 235 40/18 size and wants to run staggered tires with me, I'd love to do a trade so I can run 235's up front.

Let m eknow if anyone is interested in the next 6 months or so...