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Hi other xb owners,
I was looking to get a set of 17" wheels and was wondering whether to go with 215/45/17's 215/40/17's or 205/40/17's tires. Every website that I look up wheels on recomend different sizes. I don't want my speedometer to be too off, but I don't want to get too small of tires. I've looked around this site and have found some answers but am still a little bit confused. Any info would be great.
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thanks. What exactly is a shim? Is it like a spacer?
I'm running 5zigen FN01R-C Hyper Black 17x7, Yokohama AVS ES100 215/40ZR-17. The tires might be just under the sock dia. These wheels have a 42mm offset and they were very close to rubbing. I installed a set of OTG 10mm spacer shims. That did the trick.
On my next set of tires I am thinking about going to the 45 series.
check out www.onetongarage.com for the spacer shims.
 

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If you are lowered 215/45R17's are too big, they rub. So go with the 215/40R17's.

If you are at stock ride height, I would go with the 215/45R17's though.
 

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If you are lowered 215/45R17's are too big, they rub. So go with the 215/40R17's.

If you are at stock ride height, I would go with the 215/45R17's though.
I have progress on mine and no rubbing with the 214/45R17's. Having a little side wall makes a big difference on ride. If you do not plan on doing anything lower than a 2 inch lowering kit then you will be fine.
 

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Well, the wheels that I got are 17x7 with a 42mm offset. I planed on lowering with tein S tech's.
For some reason the 215/45/17 tires are cheeper then the 215/40/17, thats really the only reason that I'm wanting to go with the 215/45/17's, but if they are going to rub then I'll pay the extra $ to avoid it.
 

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If those TIEN's will lower you xB 2" or more you will rub. If they lower your xB 1.75" they you may rub sometimes.

If I had choice in the tiresize on my wheels (bought them used) I would have bought 215/40's.
 

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If those TIEN's will lower you xB 2" or more you will rub. If they lower your xB 1.75" they you may rub sometimes.

If I had choice in the tiresize on my wheels (bought them used) I would have bought 215/40's.
I've heard that tien's tend to settle, they're suppose to be 1.75 front and 1.5 in the rear though.
I don't want to take any risks with rubbing, so I'll probably go with the 215/40's and fork over the extra $.

Thanks alot for all of the info guys!
 

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The 215/45/17 should be fine. It is 2.9% large in diameter but will ride better than the 40 series. It is .6% smaller in diameter than my 18's are. My wheels are 18x7.5 with a 42MM offset. The 42MM offset sits too close to the rear axle for comfort, I put 5MM spacers in for more clearance (rear only)and am pretty close to hitting the outside on the 1/4 panel but it is fine. My car does not rub at drops down to 3 or more inches. With the 17x7" rims 42MM offset, you should be able to use no spacers front and rear and not hit anywhere with a 2 inch drop (the inside of the rear tires will be very close to the axle however). You might prefer to space the wheels more in the center of the openings using a 5MM or 10MM spacers (I think 10MM ones would likely be the best fit.)
 
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