Originally Posted by Dubbedown
Will it be like those VW stancework GTI stretched? No but it's definitely not ideal. I would aim for 235 and could even go up as high as 255 if you have a little bit of camber. I think a 235/45 or 255/40 would be best since it keeps you closest to stock height of 17". FWIW, I run a 235/40 on my 18x8.5" square and I find it pretty neutral.
Thing with 225 is even if it's not stretched, you're not leaving yourself a lot of rim protection and you'll find yourself curbing those new rims pretty quickly.
Thanks a lot dubbedown.. yeah the stretched look is definitely not what I'm aiming for :-) I'll look into the 235 if I choose to buy these wheels. I have some forgestar 18's but the ride was not what I cared for (and i chose a staggered setup which i also don't want) so 17's is what I'm looking at. Gotta make sure I get things right for my needs this time ;-)
Does anyone know an appropriate offset for these 17's with 235s? Is the et40 on the first post just the max or is that the recommended offset for 17x8.5? I'm on a lowered (dinan) setup with stock camber (-.7) up front and about -2.1 in the back, if that helps
Thanks in advance!