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Unread 11-07-2006, 02:20 PM   #1
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18" Chrome Rims - Tire Fit

I have the 4x2 Compass Limited with the 18" Chrome Rims...it seems like the tire doesn't fit properly, there's probably a good 1/4 inch gap from the side of the tire where the rim sticks out. I actually work at the plant that builds these, but have been off work, so I haven't been able to check some of the cars out at work to see if this is normal or not. Has anyone else noticed this on theirs or is it possible my car has the wrong tires on it?

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Unread 11-07-2006, 04:51 PM   #2
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I have looked at both the chrome and aluminum rims, both have a 1/4" lip on the rim. Is this what you are looking at, or is there a 1/4" gap from inside this lip to the tire?

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Unread 11-07-2006, 05:31 PM   #3
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Rbongirl,

I measured .315" along a flat lip on the rim and .370" from the outside of the rim to where I could actually touch the tire with my calipers. Tires are as called for: P215/55R18 Firehawk. Doesn't show up real well with this night shot, I'll try again in the daylight.


Rockton? Church by the side of the road?
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Unread 11-08-2006, 12:49 PM   #4
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Yes, exactly like that picture! Just doesn't seem normal, does it? I know I've already called the dealership about my TPMS going crazy when it gets cold, but I haven't bugged them about this yet.

And yes Grandpa..Rockton, Church by the Side of the Road..literally a mile down the street from me!
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Unread 11-08-2006, 01:00 PM   #5
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That doesn't look normal to me. (1/4" gap from inside this lip to the tire)
I'll check mine (aluminum) and report back.
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Unread 11-08-2006, 01:30 PM   #6
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Looks to me like the sealing bead portion of the rim is just a little more before it flares out to the edge. I don't think it is anything to worry about. But let's see what others find.

(Whenever I used to use the tire machine to mount new rubber, I always got a kick out of popping the beads onto the rims with air pressure. Considering the force it took that machine to get them back off even when deflated, well, I'm none to worried about it.)
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Unread 11-08-2006, 04:45 PM   #7
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I took a walk around the parking lot at work and eyeballed some of the chrome/aluminum rims. The Compass has them all beat! Subaru, Audi, a Dodge Truck and a Ford Truck came in not too far behind at maybe .200". I did have to look at the others a bit more closely because their sidewalls bulged quit a bit more and it just wasn't as obvious.

So far, I've had mine in 107 degree heat in Tucson (hate to think what the pavement temp was!) and tire pressure was up to about 44 psi going across the desert and it's been down to 22 degrees here at home. I filled up the tires before I left for Tucson to 35 and I haven't had to change that since. I had them rotated at 6K and all was fine. 8000 miles on mine so far.

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