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Old 05-22-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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So after looking at tire reviews and other pics on the ride height/setup page I ordered a set of the following:

4x - Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 235/60/15

My concern is that I just saw some posts mentioning that that size was a tight fit in the back.

Will I have issues getting these on in the front and back?

What if my stock suspension is sagging slightly or I lower and inch in the front and back?


I am ordering 15x7 Magnum 500s and the other size I was looking at was 215/65/15. I also see people saying that that size is too big for a 7inch wheel.

I need to move quick as these tire are being discontinued despite the rave reviews on tirerack (esp compared to the Radial T/A).
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:13 PM   #2
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even if they do rub just a hair it is real easy to clearance where they rub.
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on dodgestangs wheel chart these fit just fine with no modifications. I dont see how these could pose a problem. its actually a pretty small tire. maybe someone else had backspacing issues.
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on dodgestangs wheel chart these fit just fine with no modifications. I dont see how these could pose a problem. its actually a pretty small tire. maybe someone else had backspacing issues.
People seem to say at that size with a 7inch rim they will basically be bubble on the side which will cause wear and handling issues.
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Panicked...changed the order to 215/60/15 x 4

Probably would have been fine since I think its the 65-66 you have to be more concerned about but hated the idea of tire damage or excess wear since I want to plan some very long road trips.

These two links helped a lot

http://www.rimsntires.com/specs.jsp

http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
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a 215 is too narrow to me, but i fit as wide of a tire as possible.
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a 215 is too narrow to me, but i fit as wide of a tire as possible.
I think if I could do it again I would do 225/60/15 which people say fits all around but they did not have it for the tire I wanted. I want 4 of the same size as I will likely buy a spare if I do any long trips (planning a NYC to SF trip for next year).
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I have Yokohama YK520 in 215 60 15 on 15x7 Magnums. Its a great fit both tire to the wheel and on the car.
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I have the Firehawk's on my GS Villager 215/55/15 one was defective and I returned it.
My steering wheel was shaking and I knew I needed rack&pinion and inner & outer tie rod ends, $700.00 repair. And yes Firestone is discontinuing the Indy 500.
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I am ordering 15x7 Magnum 500s and the other size I was looking at was 215/65/15. I also see people saying that that size is too big for a 7inch wheel.
my fronts are 15X7 and 215/65's

the 215/65's are about the same diameter as a 235/60

the recommended rim width's for the radial T/A's are located here:

BF Goodrich Radial T/A

the recommended rim width for a 215/65 is 6-7.5"

a 235/60 is 6.5 to 8.5"

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