'04 3 Autocross/DD tires?
My 2004 3s Hatch is about due for tires due to autocrossing. I have 7/32" left on my all-seasons and have 4 events left, and will likely kill them off before the end of the season as far as ability to not get stuck in 1" of snow.
So, I'm thinking a good move would be to get some really solid summer tires to drive on the rest of the summer (and next summer) and autocross on for the remainder of this season and hopefully all of next season as well.
The issue I find is that the stock wheels are 17x6.5, and there's a limited selection in 205/50r17. All I can really find are Potenza RE-11s, and while I realize they're great tires... They're also considerably more expensive than, say, Hankook Ventus R-S3's. However, the Ventus R-S3's closest size to stock is a 215/45r17, which recommends no less than 7.0" wheel width. Will 215s or the immensely popular 225 width tires fit the stock wheels or am I stuck with either installing RE-11's or buying non-stock-legal wheels (which I can't afford anyway and would just as soon throw R-Comps on) just to avoid spending $1,000 on a set of summer tires?
I did some searching but didn't find much other than 225's didn't seem like a good idea. I couldn't see anything that said one way or another on 215s.