225/55/17 - Wheel and Tire Forum

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225/55/17
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 2:17 AM
I've tried looking all over this forum, but can't find the answer I'm looking for. I currently have 225/45/17 on my Z. The tires I am interested in doesn't come in that size. The closest they have to a replacement size is 225/55/17. What are the pros and cons of a 55 over a 45 for our cavaliers?

Re: 225/55/17
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 3:44 AM
They are going to be taller and slightly wider. I'm not sure if they will clear the front lower string perches.




Re: 225/55/17
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 9:22 AM
strat81 Online
the 55 will be roughly an inch taller overall. clearance may be an issue as stated above.




Re: 225/55/17
Thursday, January 19, 2012 9:04 PM
Those are 26.7" tall, my winter tires, 205/75/14 are 26.1" tall and barely fit, they are very close to rubbing but don't. I highly doubt they will fit without rubbing, offsets and everything will play factors but I think they are too tall.


2000 Cavalier Z24 5spd - Intake, Dynomax muffler, Hawk Pads, Powerslot rotors, Sportlines/Koni reds, Neon Coil, MSD 8.5 Wires
2005 Mazda 3 GS Auto- Wifes car

Re: 225/55/17
Friday, January 20, 2012 1:40 PM
why are those tires so special that you HAVE to get them? Id find a different tire and get a 225/45/17 still.



Re: 225/55/17
Saturday, January 21, 2012 4:05 PM
The higher sidewall will result in a bit more of a cushy feel but also dramatically affect handling. You will notice more pitch and roll, as well as less grip during faster cornering due to a sidewall that has more flex. IMO, stick with 45series with your 17's. They're the standard and best compromise between comfort and performance. Also easier and cheaper to get.
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