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    What size wheel to improve versatility?

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    My ST is all stock, but at 16K miles it looks like the stock tires don't have a whole lot of life left in them. I am very happy with the way the car handles and feels in corners now, but I live in fear of potholes and other road irregularities, as the stock tires (Bridgestones) don't have much sidewall. I am also rapidly approaching retirement, and I would like to use this car for road trips and such when I have more time. I don't want a busted tire and/or rim ruining a trip, but I don't want to give away too much in the way the car handles. Should I be considering a smaller wheel (16" or even 15")?

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    Run some 215/40/17s on the factory wheels.

    More sidewall and awider contact patch.

    You might want to consider a high performance all-season tire. They'll last a lot longer than summer tires and ride a little softer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plainrt View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpt50 View Post
    My ST is all stock, but at 16K miles it looks like the stock tires don't have a whole lot of life left in them. I am very happy with the way the car handles and feels in corners now, but I live in fear of potholes and other road irregularities, as the stock tires (Bridgestones) don't have much sidewall. I am also rapidly approaching retirement, and I would like to use this car for road trips and such when I have more time. I don't want a busted tire and/or rim ruining a trip, but I don't want to give away too much in the way the car handles. Should I be considering a smaller wheel (16" or even 15")?
    You want a 16x7, 16x7.5, or 16x8.

    205/50R16 BF Goodrich Sport Comp 2 All Season (Thanks @M-Sport fan)
    205/50R16 Michelin Pilot Sport AS 3+
    205/50R16 Firestone Indy 500 Summer

    Are all excellent daily driver tires that will give you the handling you love with more forgiveness in the ride quality department.

    Check out this thread for inspiration:
    https://www.fiestastforum.com/thread...y-Tires-Thread
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    ^^^That would be a BF Goodrich (now a subsidiary of Michelin) G Force Comp-2 all season, above. ;)
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    I found that going to the 215/40 17 when I was seeking a tire for longevity and comfort was good for me. I ran a cheaper tire, Federal Formoza FD2. It's a all season, economical, and logged right at 20k when I took them off to go with an aggressive summer tire for motorsport activities.

    I can recommend both the size and tire, but your needs may vary. That tire should have lasted at least 35k miles, if not 40k. I'd also like to add that the set delivered and installed was HALF the price if not even less than the stock Bridgestones or Michelins and gave me zero issues in the handling department
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerickson88 View Post
    I'd also like to add that the set delivered and installed was HALF the price if not even less than the stock Bridgestones or Michelins and gave me zero issues in the handling department
    Also, NEITHER of those companies above could find it in their hearts to build us a tire in that (215/40-17) size (or even a 225/40-17, better yet) in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M-Sport fan View Post
    Also, NEITHER of those companies above could find it in their hearts to build us a tire in that (215/40-17) size (or even a 225/40-17, better yet) in the first place.
    No kidding, the 215/40 is a fantastic size, why cant anyone else get on board?

    Nitto used to make the NT555 IN 225/40 back in the way back lol
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