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Old 07 Aug 2013, 10:02 pm
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Default Im wanting to upgrade from 14" tires/rims to 17" on my 1996 Honda Civic EX!?

My 14" tire says "P185/65R14" - I want to get 17" rims and tires on my 1996 Honda Civic EX Coupe. Preferably low profile tires. The rims I'm getting are 17" Proline Type 700. If anyone could link me the tire I need to be looking for to match these rims I'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks

P.S. Let me know if this is even possible, if not I'll proceed to get the same rims but size 16". Thanks again
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Old 07 Aug 2013, 10:20 pm
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17's are possible but if you look on civic forums most owners recommend 16's for various reasons. Personally I think 16's just look better. Anyways as for tire size you'd be looking for 215/45/16's or something close to that. (Generally the first size is the tire width, the second is the sidewall height or "rim ratio" and the last is the rim size). Easiest way to figure out what works is find the same size wheel (16x7) on and shop tires there.
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Old 07 Aug 2013, 10:34 pm
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Ok, just a pet peeve, so I have to say it.

Rim. Spoke. Hub. These are all parts of a wheel. You want to upgrade your tires and wheels, not just the rims.

Ok, got that off my chest.

Now, a 16" wheel and tire combo is going to handle better and ride smoother than 17" on a civic.

The tire size you'll need for a 17x7 wheel like you would be running on a civic would be a 205/40-17.

General rule of thumb, every 1" you increase wheel diameter, you decrease the aspect ratio by 5%. Also, for every 10mm you increase the width of the tire, you want to drop the aspect ratio by 5% typically.

So, going from a 185/65-14, if you went to a 15" wheel, you would go with a 185/60-15. To go to 16 you can go to a 195/50-16. Go to a 17" and you can use a 195/45-17 which I haven't seen, or you step up to a 205/40-17.
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