Re: Carcraft article on tire/wheel sizes. What do you think?
those numbers have been around awhile now and i think they're pretty accurate for stock situations. it all boils down to your individual vehicle. they say in carpentry 'measure twice, cut once'. in this situation, 'measure twice, buy wheels and tires once'!
I agree, and the key word being "Stock". I can tell you right now that those numbers would cause problems with the 17" wheels I have. I'm currently running 17x8 up front with 4.75" bs and only running a 235 tire up front. Even if it were stock, I can see problems with rubbing the frame slightly as is. Now, do as they suggest and run a 1" wider wheel at 5.5" bs, which will effectively put the wheel .25" closer to the frame. And then put on the 245 or 255 tires they suggest "all the way around"?
I don't think so. And of course, we aren't even going to consider a 2" drop in front with that spacing and tire size.
I mean, they are the "experts" and I'm a lowly average Joe, learning more stuff each day, but I don't see their "fits all" application being very sound, at least not for the front whether lowered or not. In fact, I can see it causing a lot of guys headaches & money if they were to buy wheels & tires based on reading that.
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