You know, after I road in MikeWRX's car I realized that the 235/40-17 is too tall IMO. I mis-stated the 35 series previously, I have 40's. Mike's tires are a little less wide but his car seemed to roll a little less than mine, could've been in my head and the fact I was a passenger so maybe it "fealt" tighter. I think he agrees his car is tighter. It also could have something to do with the aluminum (I forget the part
) thingy's he put in the front, when I remember the part I'll post it.
One thing about the 235's is that they are a BIG tire for our car. I really can't wait to do some comparisons on the track to see which of the tires performs better. I would think technically the 235's have more contact patch, but due to the slightly taller sidewall I am curious which really sticks better and gives a better contact patch.
The tire rack had the best deal on the tires I found, ~$185ish I think. A little steep but everyone locally wanted damn near $300 for the same tire. I must say they stick pretty damn well and now that I am used to them are very predictable. At first they grabbed and chirp/bounced through really hard corners, now they slide right when I want/expect them too and grab right when expected.
Going forward I think I'm going to get some cheaper tires when I burn through these. If money was no object I'd just keep trying various flavors but thats not the case. If I burn through a set every 6 months then these are too much money for me. I guess hindsight is 20/20.
The wheels are nice, 7.5"'s wide and very light. I can't complain about them accept that they cost too much. I think they look good and they really are light. Though again, hindsight is 20/20, there are lighter rims out there that look damn good for a similar price range. I might have gone with something a little lighter if I had known about them before.