No offense taken. But I'm sure the rim can handle it. Also I compared this set of tires to my old set of Nitto and this set seem to be smaller. Both set were 235 & 245. Some tires are design different. My cousin have a set of BFG Drag in 295 and they look like 305 compared to a real 305.Take no offense, 6GT: you might have the extra traction for straight line performance(and that's fine), but I sure as hell would be afraid of wanting to toss your car hard in the corners with those tires on stock rims. I wouldn't be surprised if you would actually get better corning performance on a thinner tire (as well as a little better MPG). And you've probably read Tire Guy's post as well as the others, wider tires doesn't necessarily mean better performance if they are not on the right rim widths.
I, myself, just recently had to replace my tires. I wanted to put 225s on, but was concerned about a loss in cornering performance since the stock rim width is only 7" (not ideal for 225s but good for 215s). Since there are very few stock size options available (215/45/18), I went ahead and stuck with the Pirelli P Zero Nero M+S 93W. I was hoping to get more mileage out of the stockers (gone at 24,000 due to my fault of infrequent rotation and balancing +hard driving) so as to replace my rims and tires at the same time. But alas, that did not happen.
Maybe next year I'll get new rims (I want the Mazdaspeed 17lb 18"x7.5" forged wheels), especially since Mr. Tire scratched my rims when putting new tires on. They did it to my 17" rims on my 3 as well, through the pain and close to the metal. Those BASTARDS! At least I got a settlement out of them for the 3, it took 9 months to get and not for the amount I wanted (only half of what the rims are worth new, around $900). These scratches aren't as bad, but they still shouldn't be there(noticiable when wheels are dirty. Hardly noticiable when wheels are clean). Debating if I want to go through the trouble again for a settlement.
How can you be so sure? The rim can handle it alright, but can the tire's sidewalls handle being so "pinched"?No offense taken. But I'm sure the rim can handle it. Also I compared this set of tires to my old set of Nitto and this set seem to be smaller. Both set were 235 & 245. Some tires are design different. My cousin have a set of BFG Drag in 295 and they look like 305 compared to a real 305.[/b]
I don't know about the SPTs, but I agree that the K104s on my ATX are mighty sticky - at least as sticky as the Supra 712s on my MTX, which are all but worn out now. The ride is much more refined with the K104 too, but the 712s are nearly silent compared to the K104s. In either case, however, I find it hard to complain for the price!my hankook ventus k104 sports are wayyy wayyyyyy stickier than these.
but these are much quiter though.[/b]