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I would like to put wider tires on mine. Also, which brand would you recommend for good everyday tires that will not cost me more than $400 for all four? Thanks! :D
 

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Im running 235 45 17's, my left front rubs VERY slightly when I have the steering wheel maxed to the Right. No other rubbing. In the back you can go wider obviously but since its front wheel drive thats a waste.
 

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I have to check my tire size but my 17x8's dont come clost to rubbing at all. Plus going wider in the rear will improve turning by having more area for traction, no help in acceleration tho cause it would be heaier. At least that makes since to me. I would do it for looks tho.

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it all depends on the offset. the stock wheels are in close to the car with an offset of +42. the front has lots of clearance the problem is in the rear where one might have contact on the shock or swingarm. i can go full lock both ways with my 18X8.5 no rub. those wheels have an offset of +35.
stock wheels on a GT i personally wouldnt go wider than a 225/45/17
245's will fit with no rubbing on an 8" or larger width rim
 

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I just realized if I want wider tires, I have to buy new wheels for those tires....OUCH! that is going to cost a lot of money! 8* I think I will wait a little bit.
 

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When you're ready for new tires I have to recommend getting them at www.tires.com or America's Tire shop. For about $12- $16 a tire you can buy a 'certificate' that will allow for free replacement if the tire is still legal & you have a road hazzard issue or they wear prematurely(mileage wise).
Under this warranty I have had to buy 2 tires, in almost 5 years ( simply because my alignment was out & the insides wore down smooth,so they were no longer covered ).
I've had 6 wheels replaced by them under warranty ( for manufacturing defects: 4 Fittipaldi wheels & 2 Primax all for clearcoat peel).
Tires are a whole 'nother deal. I've gotten 7, I think. All roadhazzards!! 2 bubbled sidewalls & the rest unrepairable nails/bolts. I am obviously VERY glad I got my original wheels & tires through them, or I'd be broke! |(

As for tires, I like the Kumhos I have. They are very sticky & therefore don't have too long a tread life (30K). I run the Ecsta ZR tire. The rears I have are a Phantom GTX & they are definitely not as nice. I went with them sinply because they had the size I wanted in stock the day I needed them & they were Z rated.
I have 17x8 inch wheels. The front tires are 215/45/17, the backs are 235/45/17.I like the wider tire to the back look. But it's of no value other than cosmetic.
 

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2_2COOL said:
When you're ready for new tires I have to recommend getting them at www.tires.com or America's Tire shop. For about $12- $16 a tire you can buy a 'certificate' that will allow for free replacement if the tire is still legal & you have a road hazzard issue or they wear prematurely(mileage wise).
Under this warranty I have had to buy 2 tires, in almost 5 years ( simply because my alignment was out & the insides wore down smooth,so they were no longer covered ).
I've had 6 wheels replaced by them under warranty ( for manufacturing defects: 4 Fittipaldi wheels & 2 Primax all for clearcoat peel).
Tires are a whole 'nother deal. I've gotten 7, I think. All roadhazzards!! 2 bubbled sidewalls & the rest unrepairable nails/bolts. I am obviously VERY glad I got my original wheels & tires through them, or I'd be broke! |(

As for tires, I like the Kumhos I have. They are very sticky & therefore don't have too long a tread life (30K). I run the Ecsta ZR tire. The rears I have are a Phantom GTX & they are definitely not as nice. I went with them sinply because they had the size I wanted in stock the day I needed them & they were Z rated.
I have 17x8 inch wheels. The front tires are 215/45/17, the backs are 235/45/17.I like the wider tire to the back look. But it's of no value other than cosmetic.
Hi Rachael, I like America's Tire Shop. I have been going to the store for a few years now. They have a warranty that can not be beat by any other tire store. One time, our Caravan had a flat. The tire was under warranty with them. I took it back and they replaced free of charge, no questions asked.
 

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I just ordered these

18x 7.5 and Pirelli P Zero Nero M+S 225-40-18

The Badyears just had to go, Wheels should be here today, tires later this week

Tom
 

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:-{ You may wish to look at this sticky(posted by the Tire Rack rep) that was "borrowed" from PTCC forums:
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I have created this string to show the correct tire sizes for the Different PT Cruiser models. i have listed the tire sizes and the wheel width mounting ranges.

PT Cruiser base and Dream Cruiser
195/65-15 25.0 ---- 5.5-7"
205/55-16 24.9 ---- 5.5-7.5"
225/50-16 24.9 ---- 6-8"
245/45-16 24.7 rear olny --- 7.5-9"
205/50-17 25.1 ---- 5.5-7.5"
215/50-17 25.5 ---- 6-7.5"
225/45-17 25.0 ---- 7-8.5"
235/45-17 25.3 ---- 7.5-9"
245/40-17 24.7 rear olny ---- 8-9.5"
245/45-17 25.7 rear olny ---- 7-9.5"
215/45-18 25.6 ---- 7-8"
225/40-18 25.1 ---- 7.5-9"
235/40-18 25.4 ---- 8-9.5"
245/35-18 24.7 ---- 8-9.5"
245/40-18 25.7 rear olny ---- 8-9.5"
235/35-19 25.5 --- 8-9.5"
245/35-19 25.7 rear olny ---- 8-9.5"

PT Cruiser Limited and Touring
205/55-16 24.9
225/50-16 24.9
245/45-16 24.7 rear olny
205/50-17 25.1
215/50-17 25.5
225/45-17 25.0
235/45-17 25.3
245/40-17 24.7 rear olny
245/45-17 25.7 rear olny
215/45-18 25.6
225/40-18 25.1
235/40-18 25.4
245/35-18 24.7
245/40-18 25.7 rear olny
235/35-19 25.5
245/35-19 25.7 rear olny

PT Cruiser GT
205/50-17 25.1
215/50-17 25.5
225/45-17 25.0
235/45-17 25.3
245/40-17 24.7 rear olny
245/45-17 25.7 rear olny
215/45-18 25.6
225/40-18 25.1
235/40-18 25.4
245/35-18 24.7
245/40-18 25.7 rear olny
235/35-19 25.5
245/35-19 25.7 rear olny
 

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RubyRed said:
:-{ You may wish to look at this sticky(posted by the Tire Rack rep) that was "borrowed" from PTCC forums:
Rubyred, that is fantastic!! Two thumbs up on that! ;) I am going to print it, so when I ready to buy wider tires, I will have a good reference. Thank you! :D
 

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turbo2004 said:
Rubyred, that is fantastic!! Two thumbs up on that! ;) I am going to print it, so when I ready to buy wider tires, I will have a good reference. Thank you! :D
:-{ You're quite welcome. But before you run down to your local tire and wheel store you should check out this link over at the Miyata forums :
http://forum.miata.net/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=3;t=010689

Bigger and wider ain't always better if you're more interested in "go" than "show." Do yourself a favor and do your homework before you plunk down big bucks.
 

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RubyRed said:
:-{ You're quite welcome. But before you run down to your local tire and wheel store you should check out this link over at the Miyata forums :
http://forum.miata.net/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=3;t=010689

Bigger and wider ain't always better if you're more interested in "go" than "show." Do yourself a favor and do your homework before you plunk down big bucks.
I just bookmarked the web page. It look like a good place to go for more in-depth info for tires. Thanks again. :D
 
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