Lexus CT200h Forums banner

1 - 20 of 117 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,101 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I was hoping we could all start sharing what setups everyone is running, as it will help others decide what kind of a setup they wish to go with. For example, I'm contemplating some 18"x8" wheels with a 35mm offset and now want to get some tires that will help me fill up the fenders a bit more as well as provide some more tire sidewall. I understand it is going to throw off my speedo a bit, but I think it's well worth it as the roads here in New England aren't the best.

Here are the OEM 17" wheel specs:

215/45/17 (96.75mm sidewall = 3.8"): 17 + 3.8 + 3.8 = 24.6" O.D.

From what I've read, there are some members running the following setups:

1) 215/45/18 (44 offset) (96.75mm sidewall = 3.8"): 18 + 3.8 + 3.8 = 25.6" O.D.

2) 215/40/18 (86mm sidewall = 3.38"): 18 + 3.38 + 3.38 = 24.76" O.D.

3) 225/35/19 (45 offset) (78.75mm sidewall = 3.1"): 19 + 3.1 + 3.1 = 25.2" O.D.

I want to go with the 35 offset for a more aggressive look and am contemplating tires that are slightly wider than stock (225/40/18 (90 mm sidewall = 3.54"): 18 + 3.54 + 3.54 = 25.08" O.D.

Does anyone know if that spec. would fit on the CT?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
I am actually looking for wheel/tires in the other direction. I would like 16" that should give a better ride (I believe). I am an old guy and don't need the new look, I would like a smoother ride. I see that TireRack.com suggests 16" for snows for the Ct200h, but they don't show 16" for summer tires. Has anyone out there used 16s?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,101 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
Some of the CT's delivered in Europe come with 16's standard, so you should check to see what they are running.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
170 Posts
16s are standard in Canada unless you upgrade.

What I'd really like to do is put 205/55/16 winters on the Corolla 'S'/'LE' 10-spoke mags. I've always liked the look of them.

My concern is will they support the CT200h? I know the center bore and bolt pattern will fit, but are all mags designed the same? I believe the offset on the CT200h 17s are +45 while the 16s on the Corolla are +38.

Are hybrids in general, heavier than gas engine cars? Are there any perils of putting a car on wheels they were not built for? I remember asking a Toyota salesman about that once when I was thinking about buying a Prius and wanting to change the wheels because I didn't like the look of the Prius ones and his reply was the hybrid ones were built differently.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
You guys in Canada always get the sensible alternatives. When my wife bought her 2000 Honda Accord, she wanted heated seats, but they were only available in Canada. We live in Wisconsin and it gets cold here to, but someone forgot to let the Japanese know that.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
661 Posts
You guys in Canada always get the sensible alternatives. When my wife bought her 2000 Honda Accord, she wanted heated seats, but they were only available in Canada. We live in Wisconsin and it gets cold here to, but someone forgot to let the Japanese know that.
I would have to disagree with you. Lexus Canada makes a lot of stupid decisions about their vehicles. Sure we get heated seats. But we don't get the heated steering wheel (but people in Arizona do, what do they need it for). We don't get automatic car starter dealer installed either (which would be handy for warming the car up in winter). Other things we don't get are the advanced parking guidance system, or dynamic radar cruise control. This is not only with the CT, but with my other Lexus vehicles I have had. This is a downer but not enough of a downer to switch companies, because I do enjoy the vehicles and the quality/service.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
wheel customization at time of purchase

I thought I'd use this thread to pass on to potential new buyers of the ct200h to consider getting a deal on powder coating the stock rims with a custom color(gunmetal, etc) at the dealership. I was fortunate that Lexus of Bellevue WA had that service and showed an example of it on one of their own manager's Lexus. I really loved the idea because it was quite economical and I like the stock shape, just not the color.I happily got a good deal on it negotiated into the final cost.I won't specify what exactly was agreed upon, so as not to take any leverage from Lexus of, Bellevue. I really had a great experience with them and has been one of the first car purchases that seemed to be a "win-win". If any one has experience with powder coating their wheels (durability, etc) it would make for a good sub thread?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
193 Posts
16x6 +45
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,101 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
Thanks !... Don't really mind the smaller wheel...but the problem is the offset...the wheel seems to be set inside too much...
Yeah, I noticed that too, not crazy about it either, though I think it's for aerodynamics and keeping the tire rotation out of the wind drag along side the car. If you look at the wheel well, the tires are most inset at the top of the wheel but as you go down to where the fender/wheel well ends, the car tapers and the wheel gets closer to the edge (not sure if that makes sense, but if you look at your car, you'll see what I'm talking about)! My fear of going with a more aggressive offset it the tires will stick out in the lower portion but still be tucked in towards the top.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
I'm thinking of going from the stock 205/55/16 to 225/45/17 ET35. That would bring the wheels/tires 20mm further out from current original position...wonder if it'll hit any bodywork
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,101 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
I'm thinking of going from the stock 205/55/16 to 225/45/17 ET35. That would bring the wheels/tires 20mm further out from current original position...wonder if it'll hit any bodywork
I highly doubt it. OEM tires & wheels in the US are 215/45/17 with I think a 44 or 45 offset and there is quite a bit of room.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
193 Posts
looooooots of room!

I'm gonna get 20mm spacers for my Volks to push them out for a more aggressive look.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
Thanks for the feedback.

But with a 20mm extension, would the tire/wheel extend beyond the fenders ?... or still inside or just nicely in-line with the fender ?

How about the TPMS ?...can it just be removed and installed on the new wheels ?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,101 Posts
Discussion Starter #17
Thanks for the feedback.

But with a 20mm extension, would the tire/wheel extend beyond the fenders ?... or still inside or just nicely in-line with the fender ?

How about the TPMS ?...can it just be removed and installed on the new wheels ?
Take a ruler and put it on the face of your wheel. Not sure where you live, but 1" = 2.3 cm, so they will stick out just under 1" from where they are now. Hope that helps.

TMPS, most likely, but they won't fit all wheels. I transferred my Infiniti OEM TPMS in my last car to my aftermarket wheels with no issues.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
It's really the rear wheels that are very INSET...with the stock 16's the front are only a little bit inset from the fender.

I think if I went with a more aggressive offset (+35)...the front wheels would stick out beyond the fenders...maybe go with something like a +42 instead...

Would it cause any problems if I went with +42 for the front and +35 for the rear ?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,101 Posts
Discussion Starter #19
It's really the rear wheels that are very INSET...with the stock 16's the front are only a little bit inset from the fender.

I think if I went with a more aggressive offset (+35)...the front wheels would stick out beyond the fenders...maybe go with something like a +42 instead...

Would it cause any problems if I went with +42 for the front and +35 for the rear ?
Doubt it would cause problems as this isn't an AWD car and that's not a huge difference.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
54 Posts
which one would be a better fit?? and which tires to go with it? sorry i'm a noob when it comes to wheels/tires...


18X8.0 / 5x114.3 / +35
18X8.0 / 5x114.3 / +45
 
1 - 20 of 117 Posts
Top