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#3353582 - 04/26/14 06:44 AM Re: Changing Tire Size - 205/55/16 to ? [Re: 99Saturn]
Sonataman Offline

Registered: 01/15/12
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Loc: Ga
I'd go 205-60-16 or 205-65-16 to get a little less rpm and maybe a little more mpg.
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#3354368 - 04/27/14 05:18 AM Re: Changing Tire Size - 205/55/16 to ? [Re: Sonataman]
Char Baby Offline

Registered: 05/25/05
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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.



Edited by Char Baby (04/27/14 05:22 AM)
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#3354396 - 04/27/14 06:40 AM Re: Changing Tire Size - 205/55/16 to ? [Re: 99Saturn]
CapriRacer Offline

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 2805
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.

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

Registered: 08/12/06
Posts: 82
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)
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