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    Default Max wheel/tyre size for Gen 1 MPS 3

    Hi guys, Does anyone know how wider tyre I can fit on the factory wheels to get more traction?

    I am also considering new wheels but can't find many that look as good as the factory. How wide is the factory wheel and how wide can I go without scrubbing?

    I am sticking with the standard ride height but have fitted Koni FSD shocks all round.

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    225/40/18 standard gen 1 mps rims. 18/19x8 +45 225/40/45/18 without rubbing standard ride height. lowered you will need 18x8 +48 225/40/18 for no rubbing

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    215/45/18 on 18x7 +52 is stock gen 1 size
    ive got 225/45/18's on my stock rims, dont think i would want to go any wider

    18x8 with an offset around 50 is what you should aim for (RX8 wheels are a great choice)

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    I tried:

    18x8 +35, 235 tyres, mild guard rolling and lowered on springs = Rubs with people in the car or going fast over sharp bumps.

    Currently on:

    18x8 +45, 235 tyres, mild guard rolling and lowered on coilovers = no rub at all, not even with the 5 people in the car.

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    Same as you with stock height and FSD shocks I had 18x8 +45 225/40, no rubbing
    Currently on 18x8 +50 235/40 also no rubbing

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    Glad to hear I can go 1" larger in both width and diameter...just have to find a wheel/tyre package that looks better than the factory. The Advans wheels on that red mps 6 wagon conversion look pretty damn hot..

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    I'm going for 22s on a mps3 gen I .

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    i have 18x8.5 offset +45

    tyres 225/40

    my car is lowered with coilovers. all guards are rolled and front guards are flared.

    no scrubbing at all, even with people in the car.

    after all the hype in other threads about wheels at risk of scrubbing or being unsafe, my car has not felt safer since fitting good quality wide tyres/wheels.

    i personally wouldnt do an offset lower than 45 though..

    keep in mind this could be an illegal fitment in some (or all?) states as its over 1 inch wider than stock.

    hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbro View Post
    I'm going for 22s on a mps3 gen I .


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    Quote Originally Posted by turbro View Post
    I'm going for 22s on a mps3 gen I .
    Why? That's overkill. 19s fair enough but 22s?

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    I run 225/45/18 on std MPS Gen 1 rims - Yokohama S Drives. Grip really improved when I first fitted them the first time, so I am on my second set now and great tyre with no scrubbing or problems fitting.

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    Im 225/45/18 on STD rims and eibach pro springs no rubbing unless brand new rubber and full car. Then only rubbing at the back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmac View Post
    Im 225/45/18 on STD rims and eibach pro springs no rubbing unless brand new rubber and full car. Then only rubbing at the back

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    225/45/18 std rims/shocks/springs...
    when people get in the back seat, get scrubbing when going over speed bumps or taking corners with a bit of speed
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarcasticOne View Post
    225/45/18 std rims/shocks/springs...
    when people get in the back seat, get scrubbing when going over speed bumps or taking corners with a bit of speed
    The springs change the camber of the rears considerably I think it actually helps clearance..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarcasticOne View Post
    225/45/18 std rims/shocks/springs...
    when people get in the back seat, get scrubbing when going over speed bumps or taking corners with a bit of speed
    You've got to stop letting those scrubbers in your back seat Sam
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattMPS3 View Post
    You've got to stop letting those scrubbers in your back seat Sam
    They should be in the front passenger seat. Not enough room in the back of the mps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmac View Post
    They should be in the front passenger seat. Not enough room in the back of the mps

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarcasticOne View Post
    it's a bit hard when it's me + 2 others
    You missed the point.. I was being dirty lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmac View Post
    You missed the point.. I was being dirty lol
    bit slow there justin...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarcasticOne View Post
    bit slow there justin...
    Old age rofl

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    did everyone miss that he wants tyne size for traction? Increasing width and have offset doest get you traction it gets you lateral grip.
    Larger diameter increases traction, so 225/45-18 or 225/40 -R19 would be examples of fitments that might be chosen to improve traction.

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    The wide tyre argument bores me now.

    The question really should be about tyre quality and design and/or brand to improve traction, not size.

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    for a gen 1 mps 3 - can you go 20inch? if so what 20inch rim/tyre size combo, like +45mm offset? 225/30 20in tyres??

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    Will I rub wit 18x9 +38 with 225/40/18 tyres? Gen 1 MPS

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    @Nexus,

    I'm by no means an expert, but why wouldn't a wider tyre increase traction?

    I would think that a wider tyre and also a bigger diameter would both increase traction. The tyre footprint is larger in both cases.

    One may help more than the other though - my wheels are the still the same diameter so I can't comment on that.

    Agreed on the other point made about tyre quality being equally important. Wider and better quality wheels/tyres made a significant difference to me in getting off the mark and gripping well around corners.

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