The traklite gear 17x7.5 45mm wheels seem pretty nice - 200 with free shipping on ebay is nice and 15.5lbs - not a fan of the other styles for them.
im looking through the other brands now
Is there a reason you recommend a wider wheel than stock and a narrower tire? Im still learning this stuff but that doesnt seem like a logical choice. Unless its just to open up good options to choose from?
You need to look at tire specs and actual pictures of various combinations to get a feel for how various tires fit. Not all tires are the same. Tread width can vary considerably from tire to tire. Performance tires can be significantly larger than standard all season type tires in the same size.
For example -
Both are 205 width. Continental ECS 205/50-17s on the left, Dunlop Signature HP 205/60-16s on the right.
As for tire/wheel choice, you can actually get more grip that way. A 205 on a 7.5" rim will stretch the sidewalls just slightly, enough to make the tire a bit stiffer and more resistant to rolling the sidewalls under in a corner. This will generally keep the tread face on the road better than a wider tire with a sidewall that rolls. You'll also see quicker steering response due to less sidewall flex.
Unless you buy a true sports car, OEM tires are usually selected for appearance and according to manufacturer recommendations more than to maximize performance. The market wants tires that have square shoulders with vertical sidewalls and perfectly flat tread face because it looks cool, so that is what you get. There are almost always better wheel / tire combinations that make the car handle better.
The Conti DWS is a good tire, but its not a real performance tire. It has real soft sidewalls, not great for ripping up a canyon or autoxing, but they ride well and are pretty good in the wet. A better choice would be the Michelin PSS or the new Conti ECS if you want a summer performance tire, or the Michelin Pilot A/S 3+ or BFG Sport Comp2 A/S if you want a year round use tire.
The Conti ECS tires on 17x7.5" Traklites -