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Old May 7th, 2014, 05:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Winter Tire Fitment???

Hey guys, so last year I bought Hankook winter tires and some used wheels off a 3g. The rims are 17 x 6.5 and the tires are 215/55R17. I chose to go with this size because they are relatively thin and they are the closest I could get to the stock wheels. I took them to walmart to get mounted and everything was fine. They looked fine except a little bulge, which I really didn't mind.

So a couple months ago I dropped my car on tein S-techs. A week later I took my car to go get an alignment. I went to a reputable and local performance shop to go get the alignment, because I wanted to get a sportier alignment and nobody else would do it.

After the alignment the guy came back and asked me where I got my tires mounted. I said Walmart and asked why. He claims that the rim is too thin for a 215 tire. Thats when I argued back and googled pictures on my phone and told him it has been done before. Thats when he came back with:
"Exactly!! If you look at any of those pictures, you will see that they are only summer and all season tires, where the sidewall is a lot stiffer. With a stiff sidewall, the tire is able to hold on the rim and handle aggressive cornering." Thats when he went to the back and got 2 tires. A Dunlop Starspec and Bridgestone Blizzak. He went on to demonstrate that the winter tire has a significantly softer sidewall. Then he said "If you go too fast on a corner, you will be able to break the bead very easily and the tire could come off the wheel. You also run the risk of your tires bulging on you later down the road. You will also be able to get better handling and grip from the tire. The best thing to do is either get a rim that is 7-7.5" wide or a different tire size."

Should I go ahead and get different rims? What do you guys think about his argument? I mean he does do this for a living lol. I'm actually worried about this. I know I have a lot of time till next winter, but I just want to start looking early.
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