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There seems to a lot of questions regarding tire size, offset, and lug pattern ---> so here is a list of suggested tire sizes and offsets, along with the lug patterns for each generation

Tires
  • Other sizes can be used, but these will be the majority of sizes used.
  • Where "Overall Diameter is Larger" is noted there maybe a problem with cars that are lowered.
  • These are only tires that are close to stock O.D., the offset of your wheels needs to be correct in order to prevent rubbing issues.
  • 235 Width Tires are Not Recommended
  • Larger Diameter Wheels with cause your Speedometer to Display Slower than you Actual Speed
  • Smaller Diameter Wheels with cause your Speedometer to Display Faster than you Actual Speed
5th Generation (1997-2001)
205/50/15 - Better Acceleration, Overall Diameter is Smaller
205/55/15 - Recommended 15� Size Tire w/ 6.5" wide wheel
215/50/15 - Larger Contact Patch, Better Acceleration, Overall Diameter is Smaller
225/45/15 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Minimum of 7" wide wheel is recommended, Overall Diameter is Smaller
225/50/15 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Minimum of 7" wide wheel is Recommended
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205/50/16 - Stock Size, Recommended 16� Size Tire
215/45/16 - Larger Contact Patch
215/50/16 - Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Larger
225/45/16 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Minimum of 7" wide wheel is Recommended
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215/40/17 - Larger Contact Patch, Recommended 17� Size Tire
215/45/17 - Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Larger
225/40/17 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Very Limited Selection of Brands
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215/35/18 - Larger Contact Patch, Small Profile means Less Protection for Wheels
215/40/18 - Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Larger
225/35/18 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Recommended tire size for 18x7.5" with at least a +48mm offset
225/40/18 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Larger, Not Recommended if car is Lowered

4th Generation (1992-1996)
205/55/15 - Stock Size, Recommended 15� Size Tire
205/50/15 - Better Acceleration, Overall Diameter is Smaller
215/50/15 - Larger Contact Patch, Better Acceleration, Overall Diameter is Smaller
225/45/15 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Minimum of 7" wide wheel is recommended, Overall Diameter is Smaller
225/50/15 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Minimum of 7" wide wheel is Recommended
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205/50/16 - Recommended 16� Size Tire
215/45/16 - Larger Contact Patch
215/50/16 - Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Larger
225/45/16 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Minimum of 7" wide wheel is Recommended
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205/40/17 - Overall Diameter is Smaller, Not Recommended w/ 7.5" wide or larger wheel
215/40/17 - Larger Contact Patch, Recommended 17� Size Tire
215/45/17 - Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Larger
225/40/17 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Very Limited Selection of Brands
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215/35/18 - Larger Contact Patch, Small Profile means Less Protection for Wheels
215/40/18 - Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Larger
225/35/18 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Recommended tire size for 18x7.5" with at least a +48mm offset
225/40/18 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Larger, Not Recommended if car is Lowered

3rd Generation (1988-1991)
195/60/14 - Stock Size
205/55/14 - Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Smaller
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205/50/15 - Larger Contact Patch
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215/45/16 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Larger
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205/40/17 - Larger Contact Patch


Offset
  • These are only recommendations based upon comments from members of the board.
  • 4th & 5th Gen. Stock = 6.5" Wide Wheel w/ +55mm
  • 3rd Generation Stock = 5.5" Wide Wheel w/ +45mm
Note:
Most people who lower 5th Generation Prelude w/ aftermarket wheel equipped need to trim off a small piece of the rear bumper cover inside of the wheel well. You can trim is using a dremel, grinder, a file (take longer obviously), etc --- it is only plastic. If you put your hand inside the wheel well you will see what I'm referring to. See image below:



6.5" Wide Wheels w/ 4th & 5th Gen.

Less than +38mm ::: You take the chance of rubbing the outside lip of the wheel well.
+38mm to +55mm ::: You shouldn't have any problems. Recommended Offsets for 6.5" Wide Wheels.
Larger than +55mm ::: You take the chance of rubbing the inside lining of the wheel well.


7" Wide Wheels w/ 4th & 5th Gen.

Less than +38mm ::: Not Recommended
+38mm to +41mm ::: Not Recommended if you are, or plan to be, lowered. You take the chance of rubbing the outside lip of the wheel well.
+42mm to +44mm ::: This is a grey area if you are lowered, results vary depending on tire and/or drop. You take the chance of rubbing the outside lip of the wheel well.
+45mm to +50mm ::: You shouldn't have any problems. Recommended Offsets for 7" Wide Wheels.
Larger than +51mm ::: Not Recommend. You take the chance of rubbing the inside lining of the wheel well.


7.5" Wide Wheels w/ 4th & 5th Gen.

Less than +40mm ::: Not Recommended
+40mm to +43mm ::: Not Recommended if you are, or plan to be, lowered. You take the chance of rubbing the outside lip of the wheel well. Wouldn't recommend using any tire with an overall diameter larger than stock and/or with a tire width larger than 215.
+44mm to +47mm ::: This is a grey area if you are lowered, results vary depending on tire and/or drop. You take the chance of rubbing the outside lip of the wheel well. Wouldn't recommend using a tire with an overall diameter more than slightly larger than stock, you chances of rubbing increase.
+48mm to +52mm ::: You shouldn't have any problems. Recommended Offsets for 7.5" Wide Wheels.
Larger than +53mm ::: Not Recommend. You take the chance of rubbing the inside lining of the wheel well.


8" Wide Wheels w/ 4th & 5th Gen.
Not recommended without enlarging or rolling outside lip of wheel wells. Some people have had success with running offsets larger than +48mm, but you are taking a risk. The setup that is working for monk3y is 215/40/17 tires dropped about 1.5".


Stock Lug Pattern
  • 5th Generation ::: 5x114.3
  • 4th Generation ::: 4x114.3
  • 3rd Generation ::: 4x100

Note: If you see any error let me know and I'll change them, I don't want to be putting the wrong information out there. If I could get more information on the 3rd Generation tire and offset sizes that would be nice, but there just isn't as much information.
 

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shik0me said:
Wow, very nice thread...answered a lot of my questions. This should be in the FAQ or at least a sticky.
I hope it helps everyone else too. :D
 

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This is a great post! Definitely FAQ material!! :eek:

the only suggestion I have is your comment for tire size 225/35/18. You have listed, "225/35/18 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Slightly Larger"

The 225/35/18 tire size is "slightly larger," i suppose...but not really, at .1" taller...the overall revs per mile is nearly the same (only 5revs per mile off of stock! ultra close!). I just think saying "slightly larger" could mislead people to believe that it's more than just .1" total diameter taller... Just my opinion :)

edit: or maybe add, too, that 215/40/18 and 225/35/18 are the recommended tire sizes for 18" wheels (i don't want people getting 215/35/18 tires...I don't know why some people recommend them, and not 225/35 instead...and people say that 225/35 is small!! then why 215/35?? :nono: :laugh:
 

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SuperFleaJQ said:
This is a great post! Definitely FAQ material!! :eek:

the only suggestion I have is your comment for tire size 225/35/18. You have listed, "225/35/18 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Slightly Larger"

The 225/35/18 tire size is "slightly larger," i suppose...but not really, at .1" taller...the overall revs per mile is nearly the same (only 5revs per mile off of stock! ultra close!). I just think saying "slightly larger" could mislead people to believe that it's more than just .1" total diameter taller... Just my opinion :)
You're right... it is changed... thanks.. :)
 

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Also, I think that 225/35/18 is the recommended tire size (with the recommend offset obviously), but if you could confirm I would appreicate it... I have gone thru a ton of posts, but the 18" tire size issue just doesn't seem black and white to me so I don't have a recommended tire size in my list above...
 

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true, there does seem to be a lot of grey area in the 18" wheel market for 5th gens...

there aren't many 18x7"s, so I'm just going to deal with 18x7.5" wheels. Maybe you can put:

215/35/18 - Larger Contact Patch, Small Profile means Less Protection for Wheels
215/40/18 - Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Larger
225/35/18 - Even Larger Contact Patch (Recommended tire size for 18x7.5" with at least a 48+ offset)
225/40/18 - Even Larger Contact Patch, Overall Diameter is Larger, Not Recommended if car is Lowered

or something to that effect? I'm not completely sure of the offset needed for 215/40/18, as my AVS 7s were a 50mm offset, so all of those tires fit well w/o rubbing issues (except 225/40/18 -- i will not roll my fenders). My GUESS is that it'd go something like "(Recommended tire size for 18x7.5" with at least a 45+ offset)" ...but not 100% on it.
 

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Good summary . . . . .

Just one quick typo I noticed:
4th Generation (1992-1996)
205/55/15 - Stock Size, Recommended 16� Size Tire
That 16" should read 15", shouldn't it?

And maybe we could add information on how to calculate overall tire diameter for yourself . . . . .

For example, if your tire size is 205/50-16.

a) 205 is the tire width in mm. (205/25.4 = 8.07" width.)
b) 50 is the aspect ratio, or sidewall height as a percentage of the width. (8.07 X .50 = 4.035" sidewall.)
c) 16 is the rim diameter in inches. (16" rim.)
d) 2 sidewalls (4.035" + 4.035") + the rim diameter (16") = overall diameter (24.07")
 

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Re: Re: Recommended Tire Sizes & Offsets

Daemione said:
Good summary . . . . .

Just one quick typo I noticed:

That 16" should read 15", shouldn't it?
Thanks.

Daemione said:
And maybe we could add information on how to calculate overall tire diameter for yourself . . . . .

For example, if your tire size is 205/50-16.

a) 205 is the tire width in mm. (205/25.4 = 8.07" width.)
b) 50 is the aspect ratio, or sidewall height as a percentage of the width. (8.07 X .50 = 4.035" sidewall.)
c) 16 is the rim diameter in inches. (16" rim.)
d) 2 sidewalls (4.035" + 4.035") + the rim diameter (16") = overall diameter (24.07")
You can use this page for that (this is a sticky too) - Wheel/Tire Calculator
 

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Nice post. I am getting closer to buy rims for my 5th gen and I need help picking out good tires and you did it for me. I am going to get RH Evo C5 18x7.5 and I am going to get 225/35/18. Answer one question for me, what does offset mean, well I know what it means kind of but try to explain it cause you seem to more about tires and rims than I do.
 

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Enhanced said:
Nice post. I am getting closer to buy rims for my 5th gen and I need help picking out good tires and you did it for me. I am going to get RH Evo C5 18x7.5 and I am going to get 225/35/18. Answer one question for me, what does offset mean, well I know what it means kind of but try to explain it cause you seem to more about tires and rims than I do.
You can go here to read about offset. http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/tech/offset.htm
 

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RH Evolution rims in 18x7.5 come with a 42mm offset. Not a very good offset for a 5th. Gen. Honda Prelude that is lowered. Most people run into problems with small offsets such as 42mm and some people don't.
 
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