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Old 09-11-2005, 12:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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im getting a new set of rims and was looking to get the parad spec 2's. they only come in 205's for R16. the azenis 215's come in 215 though. is there a big difference between the size besides rubbing issues? any performace differences? thanks
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well, i bought me som 19s for my car cuz im done wit racing, i had 205s on my blades and everythin was good, till i bought my 19s and they rollin on 215s, hell yea they rub like a bitch, all ova my fender, but is all good i stay slammed!!
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hahaha, yeah i have 18's right now on 215's but im getting 16's now and i heard a lot of good things about the parada spec 2's and i was just wondering if there is a big difference performance wise between 205 and 215.
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I have 205's on my stock rims, and it friggin sucks monkey balls. In a hard turn, I can feel the sidewalls flex. I wouldnt put anything larger than a 205 on a teg though, would just begin to look retarded from behind
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Don't get 215s unless you are high off the ground. I used to have them on my car with a 1 finger gap all the way around. But the 215s are too wide for the rear and rub the hell out of the fender....for the front they were good though...as long as you aren't very low.
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The difference between 205 and 215 is 10mm. It'll give you a little more of a contact patch which will improve traction. If you're worrying about scrubbing Mike, just roll your fenders and you should be alright.

And Philip, the only reason your sidewalls flexed was because of the height, not the width (which would be 205).
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well i dont do any thing where id be taking corners fast or making hard turns fast. i will probably just go with the spec 2's 205/45/R16.
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im not worrying about the rubbing or aynthing, i jsut wasnt sure of the peformance aspect between the 2 sizes. thanks for everyones input.
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It's not that a 215 necessarily makes them rub, it is the actual section width and/or the diameter that makes them rub combined with your wheel's offset. Just because 2 tires have the same official measurements, i.e. 215/45-16, doesn't mean their actual measurements are exactly the same.

For example:

205/45-16: apx a -0.772% diameter:
-Yokohama AVS ES100: 8.3" section width, 7.9" tread width, 20 lbs
-Yokohama Parada Spec-2: 8.2" section width, 7.6" tread width, 20 lbs
-Kumho ECSTA Supra 712: 8.1" section width, 7.4" tread width, 20 lbs

215/45-16: apx a +0.733% diameter: (*best size in my opinion)
-Falken Azenis RT-215: 8.5" section width, 8.0" tread width, 22.8 lbs
-Yokohama A022: 8.4" section width, 7.2" tread width, 21 lbs
-Bridgestone Potenza RE010: 8.3" section width, 7.3" tread width, 22 lbs

215/40-17: apx a +1.375% diameter:
-Yokohama AVS ES100: 8.7" section width, 8.4" tread width, 21 lbs
-Yokohama Parada Spec-2: 8.7" section width, 8.1" tread width, 22 lbs* w/+45 offset, rubs slightly in front, rubs lip in rear but can easily be rolled up out of the way.
-Kumho ECSTA Supra 712: 8.6" section width, 7.8" tread width, 21 lbs

Things that will effect your performance, tread width, rubber composition, & inertial force (weight).
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