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    Is it possible to put a 18 x 9 wheel with stock offset using a 265/40/18 tire on a stock suspension 2002ss. This will be going on the front or will there be rubbing issues. Thanks

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    it will fit. 18 x 9 with about 50-55mm offset.

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    no problem... but remember that the tire will be taller than stock.
    ideally, you'd want 275/35-18 on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugenio_SS View Post
    no problem... but remember that the tire will be taller than stock.
    ideally, you'd want 275/35-18 on them.
    I agree there should be no clearance issues with 275/35's.

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    The reason I ask is I don't like the way a 35 series tire looks on a fbody unless the car is lowered. I don't want to lower the car since my neighborhood has speed bumps every 100ft or so. This would also let me by a small bit get rid of some of that 4 x 4 look. Still looking for any problems that would arise. Thanks

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    remember that the 35 is the percentage of wall height relative to tire width.
    The overal diameter of a 17" w/ 275/40-17 is same as a 18" w/ 275/35-18
    you are sacrificing 1" of tire wall for 1" of rim.
    Having a 275/40-18 will have the same sidewall height, but the whole Overall Diameter would be increased by that 1"
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    that's what he is wanting. to take up the fenderwell clearance between the tire and fenderwell. there may, or may not be rubbing at full lock.

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    I'd have to say that it will rub at full lock. I've got 255/35/18s on a 9.5" rim, and it rubs at full lock. Go to work on the fenders with a hammer and you can fix it, at least I could. I agree with the fender well gap though, I can't lower my car because of the conflict between LTs/Duals and SC roads, so I just stuffer 295/45/18s out back and I'm going to put 245/50/18s up front, then drop the front by 1-1.5". It's going to give the car a vintage slant to it, like it's got slicks on it, but I think it's the only option other than 2k worth of Air-bags and mediocre handling.
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