Recent Topics
Cooper Zeon RS3-A Long Term Impressions
by MCompact
10/24/14 11:01 PM
Desulfator built into battery charger do they work
by Crankytank
10/24/14 10:47 PM
what are you guys flipping?
by Chris142
10/24/14 09:50 PM
Fram Ultra low prices at Rockauto $6.76
by 901Memphis
10/24/14 09:35 PM
mobil 1 vs castrol synthetic gear oil????????
by whitearrow
10/24/14 09:30 PM
5.7L Hemi Ram 1500 rod knock when cold
by butcherman
10/24/14 09:29 PM
Turbo 350 - DexIII or VI
by GSCJR
10/24/14 08:48 PM
94 Jaguar XJS 6.0 V12, 1400 mi, Unknown xW-30
by Wampahoofus
10/24/14 08:43 PM
Snow vs ice tire
by supton
10/24/14 08:35 PM
Formula Shell Full Synthetic from BJ's
by tojo1968
10/24/14 08:17 PM
PQIA 5w30 VOAs - Kangaroo, Hess, Murphy USA & 7-11
by 901Memphis
10/24/14 07:43 PM
Warranty Facts
by BrianC
10/24/14 07:32 PM
Newest Members
ChevyTwo, BrianPA, JeepCommander, hevslark, Hox
51688 Registered Users
Who's Online
74 registered (901Memphis, 01_celica_gt, another Todd, actionstan, 340_Magnum, 55Test, 5 invisible), 1165 Guests and 204 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
51688 Members
64 Forums
221170 Topics
3496799 Posts

Max Online: 2862 @ 07/07/14 03:10 PM
Donate to BITOG

Page 2 of 2 < 1 2
Topic Options
#3353582 - 04/26/14 06:44 AM Re: Changing Tire Size - 205/55/16 to ? [Re: 99Saturn]
Sonataman Offline


Registered: 01/15/12
Posts: 264
Loc: Ga
I'd go 205-60-16 or 205-65-16 to get a little less rpm and maybe a little more mpg.
_________________________
2011 Hyundai Sonata
1994 KLX686
2004 Ninja 250

Top
#3354368 - 04/27/14 05:18 AM Re: Changing Tire Size - 205/55/16 to ? [Re: Sonataman]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 7314
Loc: Rochester NY
Originally Posted By: Sonataman
I'd go 205-60-16 or 205-65-16 to get a little less rpm and maybe a little more mpg.


I like doing this myself but, the OP needs to make sure everything fits in the wheel wells and the tires aren't rubbing against the shocks/struts/towers.

And, even though you(Sonataman) and I may know this, others may not! The car owner needs to know about the speedometer error and take this into account when traveling.

smile

CB



Edited by Char Baby (04/27/14 05:22 AM)
_________________________
"Finally Retired"!

1980 Firebird FORMULA V8-NEW
2001 Lexus RX-300 V6-NEW
2004 Nissan Altima 2.5S-NEW
2006 Mazda 3i 2.0L-PreOwned

Top
#3354396 - 04/27/14 06:40 AM Re: Changing Tire Size - 205/55/16 to ? [Re: 99Saturn]
CapriRacer Offline


Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 2543
Loc: Somewhere in the US
OK, the reason you are considering this change is:

a) Cheaper tires

b) Beat up wheels

a) Well the difference in cost of tires isn't all that great. At most you might be able to save $100 on a set of 4, but then you have to buy wheels - which are going to cost considerably more than $100 - EACH - unless you buy junkya .... er, auto recycling center wheels. Even then, this becomes a money losing proposition.

b) If you are considering new wheels and that is the driving force behind this, then you have to consider what it is you are trying to accomplish - and it isn't clear in your question what ELSE you would be looking for.

But to answer your question: As a general rule, the direction you are considering is towards better riding, less handling.

- BUT -

The differences between tires (meaning make and model) create bigger differences than a simple change like this. You can likely make a large enough change in ride/handling properties without making a rim diameter change.

IMHO, you ought to keep the same wheels and tire size and live with that. I have found that trying to keep a car shiny and new looking is pretty expensive and and constant drain on my time. I have better things to do and better ways to spend my money.
_________________________
CapriRacer

Visit my web site: www.BarrysTireTech.com

Top
#3400297 - 06/18/14 03:33 AM Re: Changing Tire Size - 205/55/16 to ? [Re: 99Saturn]
Darris Offline


Registered: 08/12/06
Posts: 74
Loc: Toronto, ON. Canada
Nah, stick with the 205. I don;t see the point of BUYING another set of wheels only for the purpose of being ablt to get a cheaper tire size. You'll lose too much of the difference in buying the wheels unless you roll the dice with something really corroded and potentially damaged.

It makes more sense to save the money buy looking for a good rebate or close-out price. Or buying a less glamorous brand. I don't think a cheaper tire will be worse than going to a skinnier size. Especially if you end up needing to increase the pressure - so not only do you have the narrower tire but you are also taking it in with higher pressure - I think that's playing too much with the shape and size of the footprint.

You may expect not to feel a difference with your "driving style: or "normal driving conditions" but even so nobody can guarantee you that hard braking or steering will not be FORCED on you by others.


Edited by Darris (06/18/14 03:33 AM)
_________________________
'02 Nissan Altima 2.5L 2011-2014
'03 Nissan Altima 2.5L 2014-

Top
Page 2 of 2 < 1 2