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Old 09-16-2014, 05:15 PM   #1
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Hey guys! Don't beat me up, just thinking outside the box and wanted to pose the question. There could be a very simple technical answer, like they won't fit with the existing brakes, etc. Here goes:

I've always liked white letter tires, but about the only ones you can get anymore are BF Goodrich Radial T/As, which don't come any larger than 15". It is possible to put 15" wheels all the way around on a S197? Or do wheels just not even exist? How much would it affect everything else about the car, like handling, etc? I'm thinking a person could find a size tire with the overall diameter similar to the stock 17s, so the speedo would be pretty accurate and the overall drive ratio would be the same.

I know they sell tire paint, I'm not asking about that as an option. I'm also not looking to run out and do this, just posing the question to see what everyone else thinks about it.


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Just buy the tires you like and get a white paint marker and color the letters on your tires...
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Just buy the tires you like and get a white paint marker and color the letters on your tires...

I mentioned that's not an option. I hear too many negative comments about that.


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I use to do it on my bike all the time. Never had an issue.


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I use to do it on my bike all the time. Never had an issue.


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What brand? When you say all the time, did you have to keep reapplying it?


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What ever I could find. I think M3 is what I used most of the time. About $6-10 a pen


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You could also use a white shoe polish (one of the wet stick things, not the can of paste). I tried using that as a quick way to monitor sidewall deformation on a friend's dart while autocrossing a few months back, and the lines are still there after countless miles and storms.
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