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Old 04-15-2015, 02:02 PM   #1
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New Wheels and now confused

My apologies for asking questions covered many times but searching isn't bringing up the answers I need. I now realize I should have researched this before I ordered my new wheels from AM. Arriving today btw. I only have 20k on my 2012 Automatic and really can't afford new tires at the moment. I now see from Tire Racks site that the OEM 215/65r17 tires should go on wheels no wider than 7.5" and the American Muscle Bullitt Wheels are 8" wide.
I found another site that says Min Tire width for 8" wheel is a 215, ideal 225, 235 and maximum 245. So I guess my first question is from your experience will I be ok running my OEM 215/65r17's for awhile without any problem.

AM recommends 235/55r17 but those will throw my speedo off 3 miles for every 100. Hind sites says I should have waited and got 235/55r18 with new tires. Best case scenario I could run 235/60r17 with these rims raising my gear ratio ever so slightly. But choices are limited. I have 3:31 rear end. I see that the manual trans tires of 225/60r17 are close and I only lose 1.34 miles per 100 and lower the final ratio just a tad. Those tires are rated for 8" wide rims and I can stick with OEM tires which is important to me. Second question I guess is, are the 225 and 235/ 60's my best option when I get new tires. Keeping the 17" rims of course. Don't need the hassle and cost of a return.

Sorry to be long winded but I've been up all night researching this and the narcotics are kicking in for the pain caused from being rear ended. Which is where I got the $ for wheels btw (diminished value)

Thanks in advance
Ps my mechanic will put my original tires on the rims I just want to be sure it's safe.


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Youre overthinking this. Youll be fine. Use what you have for now.
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Yes you will be ok for now, just replace the tires when you get the $$
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Way over thinking huh? Thanks much. OEM manual tires fine when I replace ie 225/60r17?


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