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Hello my name is AnTonio I have a 2005 Cadillac STS it currently has 17"x7.5 rims front tire size 235/50/17 rear tire size 255/45/17 I was wanting to put 20"x8 rims what would be the best tire sizes for this set up and do I need to keep the tire size split or can I put the same all round as far as the height goes? THANK YOU

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AnTonio,

Both Tire Rack and Discount Tire have on line tire upsize programs.

http://www.tirerack.com/

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/home.do

Follow those for the best advice available.  They will tell you about the staggered fitement, but I think the car is supposed to have the stagger continued for handling reasons - but both of them will tell you the answer.

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I have over 30 years experience in the design, manufacturing, and testing of tires. I have served as the technical advisor to the "800" number. I have authored or co-authored many publications - usually without credit. I can answer almost any technical question, but please don`t ask me to compare brands. I probably have prejudices because of my work experience.

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Member SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Member Tire Society (Tire Technical Organization) SCCA Regional Competiton License holder Authored many training manuals on tires, their care and use.

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SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Tire Society

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You may want to visit my web site: http://www.barrystiretech.com/index.html

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I am a graduate of the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH - BME, 1971 I attended graduate school at the University of Akron - but did not complete my PhD - something I regret.

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