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I had one of my Kumho Ecsta V710 225/50-15 R-compound tires mounted on a 9-3 five-spoke rim on the weekend, just to see if it might possibly fit.

Well, it does! I put it on both front wheels, and on the right rear (fuel filler pipe). There isn't a lot of clearance, but there should be enough. So I'm going to get the other three tires mounted, and thus be ready for autocrossing. (Without R-compound tires, you can have fun, but you won't be competitive. I might as well use them instead of trying to sell them.)

Oh yeah, I picked up a set of four 9-3 thin five-spoke 15" rims cheap. I figured they were worth it for the centre caps alone. Two of the Michelin tires on them were probably original to the ~2000 9-3, and the other two were from March '03. They'll make fine racing rims, though.
 
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