The sidewall height is the best to preserve the native over/understeer characteristics with the 215 fronts I plan to run.
Thanks for the help everyone.
...so what front tire? trust me unless you have some funky suspension with stiffer rear spring rates your car will push(understeer) with 215/285 stagger.
I'm with DocJohn on this one!!
The max stock stagger is 215/255 (2002+), the next down is the 1994-2001 which had a 215/245 stagger. Going anything wider than 255 will just make understeer WORSE.
Diameter. (though naturally, yes Width as well)
This is something most don't often realize.
I did that exact test a few years ago with one of my BMWs. I switched from 255/40 to 245/45 rear tire (why? because I wanted to run a 255 in the front of my other car). Realize everything else was the same (they were mounted on identical wheels/same size/offset).
But damn, did the 245s understeer like hell in comparison.
And yes, the other car also undsteered worse now, even though I went from a 245 to 255 wide Front while keeping the rear width the same. This was because the rear wheel diameter was now taller than front.
Moral of that weekend, keep an eye on F/R overall diameter ratios, in addition to F/R width ratios.
Hapa88, I like it....you did all the work for me researching the tires. Thanks much! 265 it will be, assuming I successfully get the wheels.
May I ask, what is your front wheel + offset + tire you balance out the 265 rear with?
Looks like a low 30s, 18in wheel if I am not mistaken.
Looks like I need a prescription change!
The setup looks great.
Did you notice any change in steering adding the 5mm spacer?