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Thread: Would 245/40-17 Tires Fit on the Front?

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    Would 245/40-17 Tires Fit on the Front?

    Hello everybody, its been a long time since I posted. I hope everyone is doing good! I'm looking to purchase some tires for my e23. It's currently lowered with BBS RC090 Style 5's 17x8 with 235/45-17 tires all around. I would like to put 245/40-17 tires all around but, my concern is putting these tires on the front, the rears I'm not worried about. Will they rub against the front strut tower with 245/40-17 tires?

    Here is the front wheel on 235/45-17 tires:


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    wheelimage.gif Shape is probably close enough to be fine. I'm sure someone will weigh in with experience though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomadicvar View Post
    wheelimage.gif Shape is probably close enough to be fine. I'm sure someone will weigh in with experience though.
    Thanks for taking the time to upload this picture and responding to me. I think it is going to be real close but, who knows.Yes, I hope someone else can chime in.

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    235/40/18s hit the splash guard at the rear of the front wheel well when turning once I lowered my e23 w/ Dinan/Mtech springs. This is on an 8" wide wheel with ET13 backspace. I am now running a 225 front tire w/ no rubbing. I probably could have ommitted the splash guard w/ 235 and solved the rub, but I wanted to keep the guard. I also test fit 245s on the same wheels and they rubbed by a lot. Hard to say if 245's will put you over the edge if you are not rubbing w/ 235's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BONDOSPECIAL View Post
    235/40/18s hit the splash guard at the rear of the front wheel well when turning once I lowered my e23 w/ Dinan/Mtech springs. This is on an 8" wide wheel with ET13 backspace. I am now running a 225 front tire w/ no rubbing. I probably could have ommitted the splash guard w/ 235 and solved the rub, but I wanted to keep the guard. I also test fit 245s on the same wheels and they rubbed by a lot. Hard to say if 245's will put you over the edge if you are not rubbing w/ 235's.
    Thanks for the information. Yep, 245's will be close real close!

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