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Old 03-21-2009, 04:47 PM   #1
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if i were to get 215/50/15 size tires, would they be considered drag radials. theres a guy using 225/50/15 for his drag radials that look like a decent size to drive around with on the streets, but i kinda want something slightly smaller and was wondering if it was the first number on the tire size that actually changes that. im a tire noob. never cared to be into them. but i have been going under my car lately (stupid exhaust is coming apart at the header) and i notice the inside wall of the tire is getting pretty bald. the outside looks ok, but the inside not so ok.

heres the guy with the 225/50/15's
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Old 03-21-2009, 05:41 PM   #2
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my guess is you'll have rubbing issues with 215 wides for daily driving. but for the drag strip you'll be alright. I rub on my 205 wide azenis when i'm racing, but only in really tight turns.
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i guess what im asking is, is the tire thickness going to look as thick as the one in the pic if i went to 215? i dont want so much of the tire sticking outside the fender, or rubbing the fender, but i want that drag look, but with a street look as well. i just need better traction. and do you think it will break my axles? i hear people talking about going through axles with slicks and drag radials.
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my guess is you'll have rubbing issues with 215 wides for daily driving. but for the drag strip you'll be alright. I rub on my 205 wide azenis when i'm racing, but only in really tight turns.
oh dang. lol. it said no one was on the forums when i was posting my last post.

so thats just the width, from outside the tire to the inside of the fender? then how is it so thick like that? what gives it that thickness? i dont really want wide tires, i just want something to help me stick to the road thats thicker like the ones in the pic kinda.
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I don't like the way that red civic sits.

When I was shopping around for New Rims, they would ask me if I wanted to go with a 8" Rim

I say you just stick with the Same Size of Tire you are rolling with and get yourself a Camber Kit so your Tires wear out even and not on the inside like right now. I was going to say to lower your Civic a little more but I just remembered how low your Oil Pan it


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Are you looking to get New Rims also or just Tires?

Is it too late to Rotate your Tires and put the good part inside?
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im just looking for 2 new front tires. the reaer is almost like new. but i think it would be nice to have some drag radials. im just always spinning tires. i just want to eliminate that a little
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You're going to spin out no matter what when you step on it.

Do what I did, put the rear on the front and rotate the front tires around and put them in the back. I went a month like that.
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the "50" is the sidewall thickness. that is the number you want to look at if you want your tires to resemble "drag radials".

you have the right idea though, a wider, stickier tire will give you a little better traction, but like pata said you will still spin if you stomp it.
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The Main concern here is not only after your Swap you started to notice more Torque and your Tires are Spinning too much when You step on it but your Camber now is what's going to mess with your front tires more.

That's why I'm throwing the Camber Kit idea out there cause at least you'll wear the Tires Evenly.

Either that or do what I do and Keep a Close Eye on them with a Tire Depth Gauge and Rotate them Accordingly
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I'd just get a nice sticky summer tire like the Falken Azenis, Bridgestone Potenza RE-01Rs, Kumho XS, etc.
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well tires just seem cheaper for me right now than a camber kit. but i know what you mean. i was looking at camber kits as i was tire shopping.

but will the "50" be the size in the pic im looking at no matter how wide the tire is? because mine right now are 195/55/15. didnt think that extra "5" less made a difference like that.
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it the long run a camber kit will save you a ton of money. not to mention distribute the rubber more evenly on the ground increasing the contact patch. good for straight line racing, but a little camber helps in the corners.

a 50 tire is a 50 tire they are the same overall diameter. i did a search between an extreme performance summer tire and a high performance all season tire and the sidewall looks to be different, but the overall diameter is the exact same.

maybe its an optical illusion, i don't know.
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im just asking. so like the pic above, what if i kept my tires width 195, would the 50 look like the one above.
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The Tire will look that tall but not that Wide.

They're going to cost you a little more than going 55 but not too much.


Let's do this.
Have you got a Price on the 2 New Tires you want to buy?

Post up how much for what size and what kind of Tire.
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