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I just bought new wheels for my 04 vert and went from staggered to non staggered. I was running the stock 245/45 on front with 17x8s... Now with 17x9s in the front what do people suggest? I have read since in have coil overs I will need spacers. Is this true? And my car is lowered 2 inches so I know the 275/40 that AM suggests will rub... I was thinking a 255/40 or 255/45... Any opinions????
 

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255/40's or 255/35 look best IMO


Why would you go from staggered to non though?
 

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Get 255/40/17 for a 17x9 wheel, for the fronts. I wouldn't do a 35 series as it would look weird.
 

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255/30-17?? It has a tire wall height of 76.5 mm while the stock tire is 110 mm which would lower the car about 1.3" and increase the gap on top the tire by 1.3". When looking up the data 1010 tires doesn't sell a tire in that size so perhaps it was a typo.

As a test I am currently running 245/45-17s on 17x9 wheels on the front of my car. That size tire fits 7.5-9" wheels. It looks OK, maybe a little stretched but not much. It's safe but I don't car for it. Running staggard significantly reduces the life of the front tires. It's hard to keep the front end perfectly aligned and you cannot rotate tires.
 

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255/40's or 255/35 look best IMO


Why would you go from staggered to non though?
This is for the street driving with street tires... I am keeping my other staggered set with drag radials for the track... Maybe it was the style wheels (black bullitts) but i was not a fan of the huge dish on them... It could have been the fact that the fronts are 17x8s and 17x10.5 in rear which really looked weird to me... so i ordered 17x9s... if i dont like the non staggered look i will buy the 10.5 s to match and go from there... I went with anthracite bullitts this time around... i like the way they look on a black car compared to the black bullitts
 

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255/30-17?? It has a tire wall height of 76.5 mm while the stock tire is 110 mm which would lower the car about 1.3" and increase the gap on top the tire by 1.3". When looking up the data 1010 tires doesn't sell a tire in that size so perhaps it was a typo.

As a test I am currently running 245/45-17s on 17x9 wheels on the front of my car. That size tire fits 7.5-9" wheels. It looks OK, maybe a little stretched but not much. It's safe but I don't car for it. Running staggard significantly reduces the life of the front tires. It's hard to keep the front end perfectly aligned and you cannot rotate tires.
Sorry, I typed 30 instead of 40. It is fixed now though.
 

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I think i am going to order 255/40s and see what happens... i dont think they will rub and wont be stretched like a 245/45 would be...
 

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On a 9" wheel up front the rim will rub the front sway bar on a full turn unless you have spacers. I would suggest spacer and a tire 245 45 ZR-17.
 

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255's won't rub at all.
 

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255/40R17s. That's a fairly common tire size, so you'll have better selection and the tires will be cheaper. Only issue with those is that they are slightly shorter than 245/45s, so your speedo will read ever so slightly high (Bonus is that it will behave as if you're ever so-slightly lower geared). If that's a concern, 275/40s are nigh-identical heightwise to 245/45s.

Whether you'll rub or not will really depend on the backspacing of your wheels. I ran 275/40s on the front on an SN95, and it only rubbed on the back of the A-arms at full lock, however the wheels I was running had more of an S197 offset (~1" more backspace than '94-'04 wheels).
 

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255/40R17s. That's a fairly common tire size, so you'll have better selection and the tires will be cheaper. Only issue with those is that they are slightly shorter than 245/45s, so your speedo will read ever so slightly high (Bonus is that it will behave as if you're ever so-slightly lower geared). If that's a concern, 275/40s are nigh-identical heightwise to 245/45s.

Whether you'll rub or not will really depend on the backspacing of your wheels. I ran 275/40s on the front on an SN95, and it only rubbed on the back of the A-arms at full lock, however the wheels I was running had more of an S197 offset (~1" more backspace than '94-'04 wheels).
The wheels i bought are from AM and they are the anthracite bullitts.. I am hoping that they wouldnt offer a 9 inch rim on the front if it would rub... they offer their packages with 275/40 on front but i think with my car being lowered 2 inches that i will rub the wheel wells
 

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Would anyone like to post pics of there cars so i can see what your cars look like with the size you are running?
 

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I only have pics of 18s. 255/35/18s.

Not sure if that will help though. Let me know and I can put them up if you'd like
 
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