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Old 12-28-2008, 08:53 PM   #1
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Will a 255/50/17 fit without rubbing on a 02 ssei?

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We have heard yes and no here on the forum, so I guess it depends on the brand. Shame you can try them out for size. Like a pair of shoes.
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Grrr. I found some Nexen N3000 255/50/17s. I like they way they look and they are cheap. Don't care if they last all that long, just need something now.

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I swear I answered this already. 255s tend to rub on most cars. The offset of the wheel will effect that a bit. If you offset to much you risk hitting the fender, not enough you risk rubbing when you turn. I'm running 245s on my 97 and I have a good inch when fully turned. But I'm close to the fender. I went a little shorter on the sidewall. I went 245/45/17 instead of 245/50/17 which would be very close to my stock tire. The smaller tire gave me a little more clearance. This also gave me just a little more torque. But did throw my speedo off by 3.8% Or about 1 mph per 25.
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Dan, you did give me some input. I was looking for as many different experiences as I could find. I don't want to make the speedo read incorrectly. I don't have the means to set the new tire size.

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Help me out here Danthurs....I thought we're talking P235- 55- R17'*? I just got this car a month ago so educate me a little if you don't mind.....As I said before, looking for a good, solid 4 season tire for Michigan weather. (2000 SSEI)
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Yes. The stock size on all 2000+ SSEi'* with 17" wheels is 235/55R17. I have Goodyear Assurance TripleTread'* on my 03, and they are some of the best all season'* I've used.

EDIT: Please, don't cheap out on tires. They are the only thing connecting you to the road, and cheap tires can cause accidents, and cause deaths.

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Default Couldn't agree more Ed....

I always have very good rubber on my cars. I've got little kids and I wouldn't have it any other way really.
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Cheap tires doesn't necessarily mean low quality. tirerack.com has incredible deals on certain brands at different times. And an incredible variety. Their pricing usually outweighs the freight charge to your front door. Example, I got BF Goodrich g-Force'* (all weather) for $82 a piece. And they outperform the OEM Goodyear RSa'* hands down. Which are $269 a piece. I'm not going to give you a brand name. There are many good name brand tires out there, just stick to them. I have seen this question asked dozens of times here on the Forum, and each time 20 people will swear 20 different brands are the best. I would look at the Price, Wear and Traction Ratings first, then consider reports and recommendations.
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Default Thanks SO much GPX....

I'm a big Discount Tire guy, BUT I can always get the tires from your site and have DT service them. Those are GREAT prices: I appreciate the tip.
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