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Old 01-08-2017, 03:53 PM   #1
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Planning for spring with new wheels and tires

I had a flat over the weekend, and was almost forced to buy all new tires, and made me think more about getting wheels and tires when spring comes only because I'm not sure of the wheel or setup. So I'm getting everything together since this is how I make big purchases months beforehand.

I have, however, bought a new tire to replace the flat. I wasn't happy to do it, but it was done nonetheless.

I'm thinking I really want to stay with 18's and a 10.5" wheel sounds pretty nice. I've been doing quite a bit of reading and search on the topic, but have a few questions.

I've found a wheel that I like and they make them in 18x10.5 with a 22 offset. I'm trying to figure out

1) what is the best tire size for DD? (I'd like to get a set of coilovers shortly after) It looks like there are a few sizes, 275 35, 285 30 and maybe one more

2) I live in Tennessee where we get snow/ice once or twice a year, and am thinking about either Michelin pilot super sports or the Pilot sport A/S 3+. Mainly I can't decide if I want to get all season tires or just stick with summer. I'm very familiar with the PSS as I buy them for all my cars. On Tirerack's website the A/S 3+ have the same or better numbers in the wet, dry and comfort performance. So it seems like getting them might be just as good as the PSS but with ability for snow.

I am a very spirited driver. My main concern is being able to have superior handling in ALL conditions, especially in wet and dry conditions. Can anyone chime in on the A/S 3+?

3) Lastly, with the 10.5" wide wheels I should expect having to roll the fenders, correct? I have zero experience with this and mostly like would have to do this myself. Would this be something I can do myself if I get the right setup up, or should I just go with a 9.5 wheel?

Let me know if I'm missing something. Thanks!
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Old 01-08-2017, 03:55 PM   #2
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Another size looks like 285 35? Looks like the 2 tires don't come in all those sizes
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Old 01-08-2017, 06:44 PM   #3
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I have not personally run either of those tires. Maybe someone here has.
The pilot super sport, Extreme Contact DW and Bridgestone S04 pole positions are some great all around summer tires that arent scary in the rain.
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I changed from PSS to A/S 3+ for the winter. If you have temperatures near or below freezing at all, go with the A/S 3+. They work great in rain, snow and even ice. In cold temps the PSS is like riding on four blocks of concrete! In warm, dry conditions the PSS is superior. But the A/S 3+ is better even than the Conti DW in my opinion.
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It kinda seems like because this car is a high performance AWD rally car that it needs All season tires on it. Kinda like summer tires would be sacrilegious or something...lmao

And A/S 3+ seem to be #1 from what I've been reading
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A 10.5 inch wide wheel is too big. You also have to pull your fenders to get them to not destroy everything. Ideally if you could get an 18x9.5 +22 in like a volk or gram light that fits perfectly. A 18x9.5 +15 rpf1 fits too but you have to roll the fenders depending how low the car is. Ride height plays a lot as well as alignment. Having a 275 tire on your most likely basic bolt on car is pointless. It will make it slower and costs a lot more
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So no fender rolling with 18x9.5 and +22? Is that the widest I can go without rolling fender? If fenders aren't a concern what is the ideal setup with tire size?
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Well that depends on how low your car is. If it's dropped a lot then even that size will rub. You need to figure out how low you want the car and then go from there. A stock tire size can be used on the 18x9.5 as well by the way
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Well I planned to lower the car flush with the top of the tires. So if I do this I'd need to get the wheels/tires on. That normally how I do it. I'm not trying to stance the car and play with camber and all that. I just want it to look clean when lowered.

It's mostly why I want to go with coilovers so I can lower it a certain height with the wheels on.
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A 10.5 inch wide wheel is too big. You also have to pull your fenders to get them to not destroy everything. Ideally if you could get an 18x9.5 +22 in like a volk or gram light that fits perfectly. A 18x9.5 +15 rpf1 fits too but you have to roll the fenders depending how low the car is. Ride height plays a lot as well as alignment. Having a 275 tire on your most likely basic bolt on car is pointless. It will make it slower and costs a lot more
Lurker here.

What tire size would you recommend for a bolt on evo then? I thought the general consensus was that 275 35 was a good size.
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