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Old 10-18-2002, 04:42 PM   #11
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I went with the Sumitomo HTR 245/45 17'*. Overall diameter on the new tire is 25.7" versus the 27.1" on the original Goodyears. I have about a 5% speedo error now.

They dropped the car about an inch or so.....but made the wheel wells look pretty empty though

I then put some clamps on the springs to get a feel for how much lower I could go, have about another 3/4 inch clamped down and been driving it about a week...I do get a scrape on a couple of driveways I frequent, but it looks like a small change in my driving habits might take care of that (going up the driveways at a bit more of an angle).

Had to adjust the rear sensor for auto-height a bit too. If I can live with this thing for another week or so at the height it is now Ill go ahead and cut the springs to that height (havn't found any main-stream aftermarket springs for this beast yet).

The car sits now at about 27" measured from the ground to the wheel well opening top, both front and rear, before the change is was about 29".

Good for you getting the miles on the tires! I thought I would have gone some more but the thought of replacing one after the hole in it didn't do much for me.
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What year and make car do you have? Mine'* a 2001 SSEi (Black). I was just wondering...since you went with lower profile tires like I was looking to do, what differences have you noticed besides the slight speedo error? Why did they drop your car?? Did you ask them to or did they say they had to? Just curious because I would think that going from 55 series to 45 series tires would show even more space in the wheel well right?? How much more? Does it look bad? If they dropped it an inch, I would have thought it would have decreased the wheel well space?? Just let me know...curious..thanks!

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so we got the same ride....2001 Black SSEI....I have the factory chrome rims.

The tires alone lowered the car a bit less than an inch, as they are about an inch and 3/4 less in diameter (see my previous quite). Just going to the 245/45 17 did that, but left the wheel well too open looking. I would say without lowering the car don't go to the 245/45'*....it looked a bit goofy.

I clamped the springs for another 3/4 inch drop....looks a bunch better now.

It seems to be a bit quicker off the line, of course it would by looking at the speedo as it reads a bit fast anyway. The car handles nicely...still some body roll, but less than before as it is 1.5" lower you don't feel it as much. A few more rattles now (maybe more sensative now as I know I changed something) and of course the scrapes over the tall speed bumps and steep driveways.....all of which I can control with a little thought.
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Earl,

You're the first one in this forum who'* the got the same ride as me...nice I was curious...I was actually looking at Potenza RE-950 in the 235/45/HR17 size. What do you think the difference would be?? Still gonna have too much wheel well showing? I still have the factory rims as well. To be honest...my car'* in the shop right now because somehow at only 39000 miles...the sun gear in the transmission got stripped so they had to replace my entire transmission!! They've had it for a week already :( Have you noticed the wheel "sqawk" problem that deathrat had talked about?? Any other problems to note?? My car is completely stock right now but I'm looking at getting into the mods...have been doing tons of research..where are you with your car besides the 1.5" drop and upgraded tires?
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Sorry so long on the return....as far as the 235/45 instead of the 245/45 I went to, I think you are gonna see too much gap. Check out the link that Jstpsntym provided earlier in the thread...see how much smaller in diameter the tires are than your existing ones, and even than the 245'* that I used. Like I said earlier in the thread...it didn't look real cool with the 45'* on it until I dropped it a bit...I would not suggest going to anything smaller in diameter unless you are willing to do the springs too sometime.

Too bad about the car breaking....I kinda thought it might give me some issues so I got the 100K 5yr extended warranty on it....we'll see. Not really a lot breaking here yet, do seem to have a pretty consistent oil leak from the top somewhere....I get a good smell of burnt oil from under the hood when I pull in the garage. No drips on the floor though, so the exhaust manifold must be doing its part in just burning it off Been in a few times for that, no fix yet...really a conversation for another thread

I havn't heard any tire squak....I do have some new squeeks and thumps with the car lowered though that I'm not sure I can live with :( The 45 series tires dont rub at all when turning.

Not really done a bunch to my ride; tinted the glass, added an amp and a sub to the Bose, gauze air filter, headlights...pretty simple so far. I do like the blower pulley idea I must say....not 100% sold yet though...

Let me know what you do on the tires...and the mods!

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Oh hell....the squak problem.....I did have the rack replaced for a low speed groan when turning the wheel....I found a TSB on it and took it in too... :(





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