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I'm looking to upgrade to 20's on my SX and would like some help with a pic of SX model with 255/45/20 tire size. I have already seen Adam's pic with 245/50/20 size and I really like the way it looks, but the 255/45 size (according to 1010tires.com) is a closer diameter match to stock, has a bigger tire selection, and the tires are cheaper.

Let me state, that I REALLY dislike the look of wheel well gap (unless your rocking a lifted 4X4, then it makes complete sense) and I don't want a smaller tire to introduce more gap. I think 255/45 will look fine but I would appreciate a pic if anyone has one that I could see.

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You should be more specific in your subject since this applies to a VERY small subset of SX owners.
 

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I think kobi's tires are series 45s so its better to view his photos. He's rocking a massive 22s though.
 

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I would update subject but I can't with edit function. Thanks for the tip though.
 

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Yes I used 245/50/20 they are a little more expensive but im happy with them and would recommend.
 

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you cant make the wheel bigger unless you want your sorento slower, you kmight be able to get coil over springs to lower it..

with my 22s they have same gap in the wheel well... however you change the tire/wheel sizing its same overall diameter with your stock because if not, either its too slow (bigger tires) or too fast (smaller tires) sidewall speaking..

here's my 18 stock with oem tire size winter tire wityh the 22s installed




these are the pics i can show you with wheel well gaps
winter mode

summer mode
 

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Thanks for the pics guys. I understand the concept of slower and bigger wheels and tire diameters. The tire sizes I'm looking at would probably have negligible differences in speedo reading and I just would prefer to be close to stock as possible while also increasing appearance (and also spending as little as possible).
 

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Just an update to my wheels/tires search. Yesterday I had Discount Tire mount 20" MKW 105's, wrapped in Yokohama YK580's (DT exclusive tire) sized 245/50/20. After much debate and virtually no pictures to compare, I decided to go with slightly bigger tire, because I prefer more sidewall and I did not want to chance not liking look of 255/45 tire. Although, seeing as how beautifully these tires fit, I probably would have been fine.

After I'm able to wash and shine my wifes beauty, I'll post pics. Just give me a few days. I can say after only one day road harshness has barely increased but handling is improved (as it should since I went from worn tires to new ones). The biggest difference is the decrease in perceived torque steer. when you make a hard right turn with some gusto, the Kumho's would slip even from day 1. These babies don't do that. Even though they are not a performance tire, they are a step up in most areas from what I can tell so far. I know many complained of the Kumho's horrible snow traction. Being in AZ, I have to seek snow so that isn't a worry for me but dry and the occasional wet traction is and I don't think these tires will dissapoint. Hopefully the tread life is somewhere close to the 60k warranty. I'd be happy with 45k quality mi as I only got 29k on the factory Kumho's.

I'll be cleaning and trying to sell the old chrome SX 18's. Let me know if interested, they will be going on local CL very soon.
 

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Hi, I'm running 255/45/20 on my Sorento at the moment. There's a bit of gap between the fender and the wheels so i'm getting Eibach Pro-Kit springs soon which should lower it around 20mm throughout, a bit more in the front.

255/45/20 were the closest size i could find to my OEM setup ( the 17 inch stock rims) and had minimal difference on the speedo accuracy.

The pictures are showing the same rims, i just had them painted recently. The sidewalls looked like plastic in the second photo because the paint shop used cheap tyre shine in excess.
 

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I have an Eibach lowering kit on my Mazda and it really made my 3 look sharp, but it did make the ride more harsh than I would like. I'm ok with it, but I wouldn't want to do it to my wifes daily driver. Plus, the SX trim already sits like .6" lower so I don't see the need to lower it. You will definitely like the look and increased handling with the Eibach kit.
 

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Discussion Starter #11 (Edited)
Pics of the new wheels mounted!

Below should be the pics. Hope it helps my fellow forum members with another set of pics to enjoy. I may be partial but I do believe I have the prettiest 2011 SX in existance... The last mod I plan to add to her is some K badges and she should be all finished.








 

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Not a fan of the wheels but the silver and tinted front windows do look good!
 

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I put 20% on the fronts and 35% around the rears. It seems to match pretty well and I can still see at night.
 
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