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RUBBING. Way to much of it as a matter of fact. I have come to the conclusion that people who say they don't rub with 215/45/17s(especially with +45 offset and lower wheels) do not do spirited driving on back roads with undulations and bumps. Not even with big bumps, the slightest bump in mid turn caused contact with the tire and whatever it is it's hitting(which i shall be checking out ASAP). I was out drving on back roads with my friend in his MR2 turbo last night and i couldn't believe how much it was rubbing. My friend in the car with me actually had his digi video-cam of it and i will get it up ASAP so everyone can hear what i'm talking about. I don't know if it's the same in a 5th gen but in a 4th, if you don't want rubbing and you're lowered as much as i am, get the 215/40 tire size.
 

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Oh, and if anyone wants to buy a set of 215/45/17 Bridgestone Potenza S0-3 tires with less than a 1000 miles, email or pm me.
 

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gills, I would be interested in your 215/45/17 tires....I'm not rubbing on those with a 40 offset, and i'll be sporting those on a 48 offset....I rubbed like mad at first, but if you find the contact points, which are along the edge, you can sand off the areas (fiberglass bumpers for me so it was very easy)...and the rest of it eventually scraped away after a year so I really can say with spirited driving I get minimal rubbing. If you decide to give up those tires and will sell at a nice price, give me a holler [email protected] Thanks!
 

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215/40/17 with 48 offset dropped with HR Sports. Progress front and Ingalls in the rear. No rubbing.
Yup, on my old wheels with +42 offset w/ 215/40/17 on neuspeed sports and ingalls all around, i had no rubbing. To be honest, i think the S0-3 is a big tire for it's class so that doesn't help either.
 

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Brigdestone S0-3s vs. Kumho Ecsta Supra 712 vs. Sumitomo HTR-Z 2. All 215/45/17 tires mounted on a 7" wide rim(taken from tirerack.com):

  • Section width:S0-3-8.5" Kumho-8.4" Sumi-8.7"
  • Tread Width:S0-3-8" Kumho-7.8" Sumi-7.7"
  • Overall Diameter:S0-3-24.6" Kumho-24.6" Sumi-24.5"
  • Rev-per-mile:S0-3-847 Kumho-838 Sumi-851

Ok, i guess there is not that much different compared to these but how do the kumho's revolve almost 10 less times per mile if they are the same overall diameter?:confused:
 

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You have a 4th Gen don't you? I run 215/45/17 on 17*7 with a 45mm offset and rarely get a bit of a rub in a tight corner.
 

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I have a 5th gen with 215/45/17 S-03s on 17x7.5", +47mm wheels. I'm lowered about 1.5". And I have never had any rubbing problems on the street or at autoX. (...Well, they rubbed once at autoX when I had a 270+ lb instructor sitting in my passenger seat for an autoX ride-along... :D )

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215/40/17s on +40mm offset wheels, and lowered about 1.5" with Ground Controls/Konis (tires are Pirelli P7000 SS). The only time I've ever rubbed was taking a corner at an autocross hard with an undulation (bump) on that same spot. Haven't had any problems besides that instance.
 
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