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Stock 16" steelies are 6.5" wide. I found these 16" alloy wheels on Tirerack that match the factory offset of 48" but they're 7.5" wide:


Using the View on Vehicle option, I like the way the look for my almost black (dark gray metallic) '09. Just need to confirm the stock 215/65-16 Bridgestone Dueler's will behave okay on 7.5" rims and that the extra rim width won't cause any interference with suspension parts. The XT uses 7" rim width so I'm guessing an extra 1/2" won't be an issue (?...)
 

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Just need to confirm the stock 215/65-16 Bridgestone Dueler's will behave okay on 7.5" rims...
There's no info on Tire Rack's or Bridgestone's websites about approved rim widths for the Dueler H/T D687 tire, which appears to be OEM specific. However, Bridgestone spec sheets for other tires (i.e., Dueler H/T 684 and 689) in size 215/65R16 (or P215/65R16) indicate they're OK with rim widths between 6.0" and 7.5".

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Jim / crewzer
 

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I'd say if you're buying new rims for the '09 you should really go up in size from 16's. I'm guessing 16's are stock for the base model because 17's come on the premiums and limiteds and even they look small. I'd suggest going with 17's or 18's and a better tire than stock.
 

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I'd say if you're buying new rims for the '09 you should really go up in size from 16's. I'm guessing 16's are stock for the base model because 17's come on the premiums and limiteds and even they look small. I'd suggest going with 17's or 18's and a better tire than stock.
I really don't want to go lower profile than what is there now, because I tend to throw this thing over rough railroad crossings etc. I read in tire size thread where a guy was running 235/60-16's with no rubbing on his '09... interesting.
 

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I'm almost positive stock for the 17's is 225/55/17 and I drive through NJ's horrible roads with those and have no problems so you could at least go that size or even a little bigger
 

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Do the X and XT have different suspension?
Has he say he did test drive the X but did NOT test drive the XT.

My point of view would be the XT would have a firmer ride has it's most "sporty" but this is just a guess..:shrug:

But yes check tire to make sure they are not over inflated.

If your looking for new Coil have a look at Swift(1"drop) or Kingspring(15 to 20mm gain).
 
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