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Re: Any other specific make/model found NOT to rub (archive)

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Posted by Rob Levinson on May 31, 1999 at 19:44:32:

In Reply to: Any other specific make/model found NOT to rub? posted by Skid on May 30, 1999 at 21:36:34:

: It seems the best chance is with something no less than 20mm offset. But the key is really the shoulder profile of the specific tire used. Can anyone specify cetain 225-50/16's that are on the small side or with more "sloping" shoulders?

Hold on there, pardner... there are only two reasons to put a really wide tire on a car:

1) Performance: you want ore lateral grip and better braking ability.

2) Appearance: you want to look like you've got a muscular car with big manly (or womanly) tires on it to show how tough you are. See http://riceboypage.com/ for examples.

Now, with that in mind, realize that tires that actually "perform" are of specific construction. This means things like low-profile, stiff sidewall, and "broad" shoulders - category #1 above. These are not the characteristics of the average all-season or family-car tire.

Tires with a "sloping" shoulder would generally be somewhat below the standard for "high performance" tires (not to mention "maximum performance", the step above). So if the tire would have the characteristics that a "sloping" shoulder tire would have, it would be "big" just for looks, therefore category #2 above.

Now, since you've got an E28 which is practically the ultimate "Q-ship" or "sleeper", we know you're after performance. If, for reasons having to do with the offset of the wheels you happen to own or an (understandable) reluctance to trim your fenders, a 225 will rub then you would quite simply go with a narrower tire like a 215 or even 205. The best choice of tire is not always the widest. Think about it this way - what would you expect to perform better, a "Pep Boys Special" 225-section tire or a 205-section Pirelli P-Zero? It's not the width that counts, it's the rubber.

Check out http://www.tirerack.com> for their tire recommendations at the performance level and price in which you're interested.

- Rob


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