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    1995 GT 17 inch Tri Bar rims on a stock SVO.

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    I just got a set of the 94/95 GT 17x8 Tri bar rims. When I put the rim on the front it comes very close to hitting the strut. What tire size do I need to use to ensure it won't rub on the strut? I wont be doing the sn95 front brake conversion for some time so i need it to work on the stock suspension.

    i have 245/45/16 right now on a set of 94 gt 16x7.5 pony star rims and they don't rub. Not sure if I can use 245/40 on the 17 though.

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    I have 245/45/17's on my silver car with no rubbing issues, but they are on bullett wheels. The tri-star offset is quite different as that's a sn95-era wheel.
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    I think the tri-bars have the same offset as the 96 Cobra (17x8") wheels I used to run. I ran 245/45R17's on those without any rubbing issues other than the rear fender lip. Rolling that up prevented cutting the tread/sidewall of the tire, which is really not good. If you go with 40-series rubber, that won't make any difference in the overall width of the tire, just height. You could always go with a 235/45 tire to narrow things up a bit, but I don't think you will have an issue with the 245's.

    If you can get a picture of the clearance, that would also help us throw out an opinion as well.
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    The 245/40R17 will get you very close to stock diameter size. I have run this size on tri-bars with both stock and coil-over set-up for autocrossing. No rubbing front or rear. Don't sweat it too much if it's close to the strut, this gap is relatively static as you drive, it doesn't change significantly (unless your wheel bearing are loose). If you would feel more comfortable with a bit more wheel-strut clearance, you can loosen the 2 strut-knuckle bolts, pull the top of the wheel outward slightly to take up the "slack" in the bolt hole, and retighten. This will get you about 3/16" more clearance at the tire. **Note - this will push your camber slightly positive, and will mess up you toe-in. Re-alignment would be necessary. You'll have to drop the camber back towards negative at the strut top and then reset toe. This will also increase your included angle and decrease scrub radius, but only a tiny bit. Not enough to have a significant effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SVOeric View Post
    I have 245/45/17's on my silver car with no rubbing issues, but they are on bullett wheels. The tri-star offset is quite different as that's a sn95-era wheel.
    Not all Bullitt's are the same. The 99-04's have a 35mm offset, 05 and newer have 43mm offset (same as SVO).
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    I really like these wheels on the svo, I have a buddy (can you believe that) with a white 86 and dark charcoal painted tri' and it is pretty sweet. I would try the 45', I don't think you will have a prob and just an opinion but I feel like the 40 series will look to short.
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    Last edited by unicorn; 11-10-2014 at 06:35 PM.

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    I will put the rim back on the car and take another picture this weekend. Guess for now I can try and buy 1 245/40 tire and see if it fits ok and if not i will use it in the rear and then get 235's for the front. The fenders in the back got rolled once i went 245/45 on the 16's.

    I had looked at getting some spacers but heard that can be an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laredo View Post
    Not all Bullitt's are the same. The 99-04's have a 35mm offset, 05 and newer have 43mm offset (same as SVO).
    guess I should have specified, the bullits I have are 05+
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    I ran a set of those wheels for a couple of years when they first came out. Lowered 1.5 inches a had 245/45/17 with no rubbing. I now have my race tires on them and they are the same demension.
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    yeah, my only complaint with these wheels is they are a bit heavy.. I'd like to find something lighter for some auto-x tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unicorn View Post
    I would try the 45', I don't think you will have a prob and just an opinion but I feel like the 40 series will look to short.
    Tony
    I agree. Unless the car is lowered, the 40 series will look 'too short'
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