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Hello my Fusion Brothers !!! This is my first post on this site. My question is, what is the widest tire that will fit on my stock 17" rims? Like the rims but would rather have a tire that's a bit wider and gives the car a little more of an aggressive look. I enjoy this site. It's very informative. My Fusion is a brand new 07 SEL and so far I'm very happy with it. Anyone on this site from the Seattle area ??? Thanks, John.
 

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Welcome to the forum John and congratulations on your new Fusion. What size tires do you have on the car now?
 

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I would guess something in the area of a 245/45/17 or maybe even a 255/40/17 I cant check and post up the facts tomorrow.
 

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Thanks for the replies fellas, appreciate that. My tires are the stock Michelin pilots. P225/50R17. From the looks of the wheel well and the space on both sides of the tire, it seems I have adequate room. I think the 245s would look nice and help the handling a bit. John. :)
 

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I've got 245/40 18's on mine right now. I love the way they look on this car. I think you can go a little wider too.
 

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[quote author=Jaysen link=topic=77297.msg1409105#msg1409105 date=1179171493]
Just checked the computer @ work. 245/24/17 or a 245/40/18
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Is this a typo??
 

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A 245/45 on a 7" rim is really quite a stretch. Yes it would fit and it would probably not rub, but I don't think you'd get much performance benefit from it, since the tire will be significantly bulged. I also don't think it would give you the aggresive look you want, since the sidewall will be about the same. It will just look like a fat tire on a skinny rim, kinda like how my gut hangs out over my belt.
 

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Its really not that bad, with a 245/45 sidewall there isn't much to hang over the lip of the wheel. I have had several diff. wheel and tire combos on my fusion ranging from sizes, they really didn't look that bad. Working for Discount tire, I usually change them around about once a month! :klavergreg:
 

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[quote author=Jaysen link=topic=77297.msg1412625#msg1412625 date=1179263792]
Its really not that bad, with a 245/45 sidewall there isn't much to hang over the lip of the wheel. I have had several diff. wheel and tire combos on my fusion ranging from sizes, they really didn't look that bad. Working for Discount tire, I usually change them around about once a month! :klavergreg:
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So next month try some 18" Enkei GF1's with some Kuhmo Ecsta SPT's and then when your tired of those, lemme have em... ;)
 

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There isn't a 245/45 on the market, by any manufacturer that is approved on a 7" rim. The narrowest rim you can put a 245/45 on is 7.5".
 

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[quote author=Waldo link=topic=77297.msg1410898#msg1410898 date=1179227526]
It will just look like a fat tire on a skinny rim, kinda like how my gut hangs out over my belt.
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Now I don't care what you say thats some funny sh!t.
 

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The General Altimax HP 245/45/17 is one of the only tires I have seen that is approved for a 7 inch rim.Tirerack rates them No. 1 in their class and these are the tires I am considering for the stock rims.They also only want $89.00 a tire which is a great price.
 

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I upgraded my 16" SE wheels/tires to the AWD SEL wheels (7.5") w/ 235/50/17's (stock is 225/50/17). I like the stance of the car with these, moved the tires out closer to the edge of the fender and wider then the 16" originals. The 235/50/17 is slightly taller then the original 16" but not much. I will try to get some pictures...
 
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