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I just bought some 18's (18 x 7.5) +40 offset for my 2002 2.5S. The guy at the tire shop convinced me to buy 225 45 18 telling me that the 245 45 18 would rub when I turn. I got the tires but now I dont like how the front tires look. The gap is too big between the fenders and the tires in the front. The back are fine but the front seem to have a bigger gap. What size tire should I get for the front or should I lower the car to fix this?
 

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lowering will always fix the gap but I thought 245/45/18 would fit. 245 seems like it owuld match the stock tire size than the 225 would. I had planned on getting 245/45/18 myself when I find the right 18 inch wheel.
 

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Tire Calculator says:

215/55R17 = 26.3 inches

225/45R18 = 26.0 inches
245/40R18 = 25.7 inches
245/45R18 = 26.7 inches

The 225 tire you purchased should be as close as you can get.
It is an optical illusion more than anything, with the bigger rim and shorter sidewall.


If you staying stock height, you can go up to 245/45R18.
If your dropping, either 225/45R18 or 245/40R18 would be the best choices.
 
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i wound up getting 235/40/18 and yeah it's a little too small of a diameter compared to the stock but they don't look that bad. i just think the rims itself look too small but i had a few people say they look bigger than 18s b/c of no lip
 

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Dropping the front only is the best way to solve the gap problem but does make ground clearance dicey. 245 width tires are .8" wider than 225's and thats why they rub in the rear, not front. So far, all the Altimas we have seen with 245's on any offset less than 45 mm have rubbed in the rear and required rolling the fender lip. And so far all but one on 45 mm offset, and his had a 1/4" narrower lip. If you want the virtually guaranteed solution lower the front only and mount 235/45x18 tires. Correct diamewter fits well and has decenttread on the ground. If you buy a good all weather tire you'll be better off than stock.
 
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