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I purchased a set of wheels and tires for for my prelude. Tires rubb when i hit bumps. Is it the size of the tire, or the offset that is giving me issues. Are there any recommendations or anything i can do to keep this set up, because i prefer the cushion like ride of 50 for my daily driver. My Car is stock height.

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Re: 215/50/17 +42

Just a guess, but usually people put 45's on 17's for a comfy ride, 50's might be too big, hard to tell without any pics of your car.. sounds monster truck looking lol..

another thing, maybe your struts are worn out and you need new ones.. too much give when u hit a bump
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you got the wrong size tires
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Just a guess, but usually people put 45's on 17's for a comfy ride, 50's might be too big, hard to tell without any pics of your car.. sounds monster truck looking lol..

another thing, maybe your struts are worn out and you need new ones.. too much give when u hit a bump
Monster truck like? Seriously think about it. going from stock 205/55/16 to 215/50/17 make the car sit up .3 of an inch taller. Not even noticeable to the eye. I already dropped down from 55 to 50. I rather not go any lower. not on these houston rodes. My springs are stock, but my shocks are kyb, and there not even 2 years old.
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Re: 215/50/17 +42

for 17's these are your options:

215/40/17 - Larger Contact Patch, Recommended 17" Size Tire
215/45/17 - Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Larger
225/40/17 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Very Limited Selection of Brands
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Monster truck like? Seriously think about it. going from stock 205/55/16 to 215/50/17 make the car sit up .3 of an inch taller. Not even noticeable to the eye. I already dropped down from 55 to 50. I rather not go any lower. not on these houston rodes. My springs are stock, but my shocks are kyb, and there not even 2 years old.
Stock size is 205/50/16. Your new tires are 1.4" taller than stock
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for 17's these are your options:

215/40/17 - Larger Contact Patch, Recommended 17" Size Tire
215/45/17 - Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Larger
225/40/17 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Very Limited Selection of Brands
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Re: 215/50/17 +42

ok well tell me this, say i drop down to 45s. With the 42mm offset how far would i be able to lower the car. I do want to drop it eventually.
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Re: 215/50/17 +42

depends, are you going to let the camber go negative or will you get a camber kit to straighten out the negative camber? If you let the wheels drop in negatively you can go around 2" without any rubbing problems. My wheels are the same specs and I have 215/45/17 tires and I have a drop of about 2.25". Didn't have rubbing issues until I fixed the camber in the rear from -3.5 to -.5 so I just adjusted them back in a touch to around -1.5 and I don't have any problems anymore.
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Re: 215/50/17 +42

as long as you have the right tire size your good
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depends, are you going to let the camber go negative or will you get a camber kit to straighten out the negative camber? If you let the wheels drop in negatively you can go around 2" without any rubbing problems. My wheels are the same specs and I have 215/45/17 tires and I have a drop of about 2.25". Didn't have rubbing issues until I fixed the camber in the rear from -3.5 to -.5 so I just adjusted them back in a touch to around -1.5 and I don't have any problems anymore.
Your wheels are 42 Offset? That do not sounds right to me. You telling me 50 to 45 is the difference between scraping at stock height, and clearing with the ability lower the car another 2 inches with no problems?
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for 17's these are your options:

215/40/17 - Larger Contact Patch, Recommended 17" Size Tire
215/45/17 - Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Larger
225/40/17 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Very Limited Selection of Brands
listen to this guy bc when you go with a wider tire your actually goin taller so to go from 205/55/16 to 215/50/17 its a bit of a dif. so i would either go with 45 or 40, my buddy has 17's n he runs 215/40/17
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Your wheels are 42 Offset? That do not sounds right to me. You telling me 50 to 45 is the difference between scraping at stock height, and clearing with the ability lower the car another 2 inches with no problems?
It's .8" of tire, which can make a big difference. There might be spots you're rubbing on that a smaller tire couldn't touch
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i know all about wrong offsets and tire size's
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i agree mine only barely rub at full lock
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Im willing to got 45, 40 is way to thin for Houston. What im trying to determine now is how far can o lower the car on 45 series tires with 42 offset wheels.
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Re: 215/50/17 +42

You can go as low as you want really. The lower you go the more the tops of the wheels will camber in towards the car and that should give you enough clearance. If it's still hitting the lip of the fenders you can always roll them.
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Re: 215/50/17 +42

something the op never mentioned, what is the width of the wheels?
width combined with offset are what matters. 42 offset on a 7in wide wheel will fit just fine, but if its a 7.5wide wheel with 42offset they will rub even with a 45series tire without rolling the fenders.

the tires are definitely an issue, but the offset could be an issue as well
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something the op never mentioned, what is the width of the wheels?
width combined with offset are what matters. 42 offset on a 7in wide wheel will fit just fine, but if its a 7.5wide wheel with 42offset they will rub even with a 45series tire without rolling the fenders.

the tires are definitely an issue, but the offset could be an issue as well
+1 for you, I didn't even realize he never said anything about the width of the wheels. For some reason I figured he was talking about 7" wide wheels.
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yes im running 7 wides with 42 offset.
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So I'm a bit confused as well. You mention you can reduce tire size to a still by my experience, too much sidewall because of road conditions....however you are also concerned with lowering. Which is not ccondusive to poor quality roads. I had 45s and had slight rubbing issues under certain circumstances. Went to 40s, got my camber corrected and still have 0 rubbing issues. The geometry of a 40 series tire is really the big difference. Sidewall integrity is actually increased due to slight decrease of lateral movemement and unless you're buying half rate tires, manufacturers build in rim protection and beef up the area around the bead on very lowprofile tires. I can't imagine Houston's roads can be any worse than rural Montana. But I've had nothing but great luck with mine.
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40 series tires are hard. Very often people in houston buy 40 series, hate them then try to sell them on the forums. As far as lowering go, i may or may not do it. i was just asking if i had that option on 45s.
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You can run 40 or 45. 50 is overkill. You could also run 45's stretched but that all depends on your rim as well.
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40 series tires are hard. Very often people in houston buy 40 series, hate them then try to sell them on the forums. As far as lowering go, i may or may not do it. i was just asking if i had that option on 45s.
I'm willing to bet this has more to do with tire construction over the profile.
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