It was time to bite the bullet and get new skins on my 2000 SSEi.
I replaced the Toyo 225/50/17'* I had on my ride with Toyo Tourevo LS 245/50T/17 and used the stock rims (couldn't find any rims that really tripped me).
The ride is great! Road noise is greatly reduced. The car corners like a Cheetah after lunch and they don't bark as much when the evil right foot get'* a playing.
The tires do not rub when going over rough roads or speed bumps and when steering from lock to lock (L to R).
All four tires, new valve stems, balancing, mounting, etc was about $1200 at Les Schwab.
Time to go break them in......