12-22-2002, 01:06 AM
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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Canadian stuck in St. Louis, Missouri
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wish I could take credit for this but John from TalonTire.com tok some time to write this up for the TPC.
As per 2000 Yokohama Figment Guide
Approved Rim Widths
"Each tire has a specific rim width range on which the tire can be mounted. Failure to follow rim width recommendations may result in poor tire performance or possible wheel and/ or tire failure. Choosing a wheel near the middle of the range will give a balance between ride quality and handling. A wider wheel will improve handling at the expense of ride quality(comfort)), while a narrower wheel will improve ride quality(comfort) at the expense of handling. "
Performance Tire and Wheel Relationship
"The Only contact a vehicle has with the road is each tire's contact patch. A tire's contact patch provides traction and responsiveness when accelerating, braking and cornering forces are generated for vehicular control. Because many dynamic performance demands are placed on a tire, interaction between a tire and the wheel on which it is mounted is critical. Proper choice of both tire and wheel is necessary to achieve efficient transmission of braking, accelerating, and cornering forces through the drive train and suspension components."
As per 1995 Michelin Mast Figment Guide
Rim Diameter and Width
"When selecting tires, you must also pay attention to the rim width. The tire manufacturer's specifications will recommend a range of proper rim widths that will assist the tire/wheel assembly in meeting its performance potential. To achieve the best balance between ride, handling, and tread-wear for highway vehicles, select a rim width in the middle of the manufacturer's recommended range.
To improve cornering traction and steering response, choose a rim at or near the maximum recommended width. The wider the rim width, the straighter the tire sidewall, and the quicker the steering response. Conversely, using a rim width at the low end of the range will cause the tire to balloon or curve out, slowing steering response.
For light truck tires that will be used off-road, select a rim near the minimum recommended width. The tire sidewall will balloon or curve out, providing additional rim protection from rocks and other objects that could cause air loss or blowout. "
OEM Honda Prelude
Tire size = 205/50-16
5th gen OE rim = 16x6.5
Approved Rim Ranges
205/55-15 = 5.5" - 7.5" Diameter = 23.9
225/50-15 = 6.0" - 8.0" Diameter = 23.9
205/50-16 = 5.5" - 7.5" Diameter = 24.1
225/45-16 = 7.0" - 8.5" Diameter = 23.9
215/40-17 = 7.0" - 8.0" Diameter = 23.8
215/45-17 = 7.0" - 8.0" Diameter = 24.6