Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Sacramento, CA
Car Year: 2007
Car Model: Forester Sports XT
Difference between 225/45-17 & 225/50-17 negligible?
So I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on some Rota Tarmac II's (17x7.5 +48) in bronze. The decision has now come to the tires and I'd like to get some opinions between a 225/45-17 and 225/50-17. This is going to be a daily driver, with an occasional run up and down the hills, through the snow, but nothing too aggressive (which is why i'm not going wider 235, 245, etc). My setup will eventually be with Swift Springs on the OEM struts. The reason I'm comparing these two sizes is because there seems to be a lot more tire choices in the 45 versus the 50. Is the difference pretty big (in terms of filling the wheel well)? I also checked the spreadsheet and it didn't look like anyone was running 225/45-17 on a 17x7.5 wheel.