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Hi,

I put winter tires on the OEM wheels of a '13 OB 3.6R and with the temps going up in NJ it's time to look for a summer wheel/tire combo. I've read dozens of posts about sizes, etc. but I still need a bit of help to make a final decision. As way of background, I'm looking to improve handling (especially while turning) but I care about looks too, so I'm looking for a compromise. The other thing is I don't want to sacrifice too much ride quality/cushion protection since I do go out on fire roads quite a bit.

So, I want to get 18" rims to go with 235/55 18 tires (most likely Continental ExtremeContact DWS). Ideally, I was looking for 18 x 8 wheels but the ones I like (Enkei PF01) come in 18 x 7.5 or 18 x 8.5. I spoke with a Tirerack person and he recommended the 7.5 over the 8.5, although he said both would be fine. He recommended the 7.5 mostly b/c with the 8.5 the tire would be at the limit of the recommended rim width (6.5 to 8.5"). I kind of prefer that the tire is stretched out since these tires have a bit too much flex on the side wall (I have them in this size on the X3 of my wife).

Is anyone running 18 x 8.5 wheels with this tire size? I found some people running these wheels but with 245s... Any tire recommendations for an all season with good handling in water and good traction in light snow (I really care about good traction in light mud but there are no tire ratings for that).

Thanks!
 

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Its an 01, but mine runs 18x8+45 with 245/55/18 Nankang AS radials. Even with the Legacy struts installed to drop it, no rub. The tires are quiet, grip excellently and ride smooth. The lighter rims and larger contact patch made a huge difference in braking. The wider rim and tire do come closer to the strut. As fare as I can determine, a +45 with an 8.5 width should clear. Maybe +42 for good measure.
 

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Its an 01, but mine runs 18x8+45 with 245/55/18 Nankang AS radials. Even with the Legacy struts installed to drop it, no rub. The tires are quiet, grip excellently and ride smooth. The lighter rims and larger contact patch made a huge difference in braking. The wider rim and tire do come closer to the strut. As fare as I can determine, a +45 with an 8.5 width should clear. Maybe +42 for good measure.
Thank you for the info!
 

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The Continental Extreme Contact DWS would be an excellent choice. We have them available as a special order for $206.00 each. I called Continental and they do have them in stock so we can get them in 10 days.

Give us a call to place an order. Our first available agent will be happy to assist you.

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The Continental Extreme Contact DWS would be an excellent choice. We have them available as a special order for $206.00 each. I called Continental and they do have them in stock so we can get them in 10 days.

Give us a call to place an order. Our first available agent will be happy to assist you.

Shipping is FREE and no tax in NJ.
Thank you. Will do if I decide on the TSW wheels.
 
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