Recent Topics
Where part store parts are made and by who
by ram_man
Yesterday at 11:36 PM
Isn't it sad they can't predict the weather?
by motor_oil_madman
Yesterday at 11:04 PM
recirculation mode makes ac last longer?
by motor_oil_madman
Yesterday at 10:17 PM
Supertech ELC & NAPA Cool for 7.3 powerstroke
by T-Stick
Yesterday at 10:16 PM
Toyota TGMO 0W20 - VOA
by VolkswagenFox21
Yesterday at 09:38 PM
POTUS scolds "Bad Germans" ref auto sales in US
by wemay
Yesterday at 08:35 PM
Do thermostats get 'lazy' over time?
by Klutch9
Yesterday at 07:38 PM
Goodyear Endurance trailer tires
by another Todd
Yesterday at 06:58 PM
What visits your yard?
by funflyer
Yesterday at 06:47 PM
LR3 Brake pads
by HoosierJeeper
Yesterday at 06:44 PM
Delco synchromesh friction modified MT fluid
by deoxy4
Yesterday at 06:41 PM
Out of State Car Purchase Questions
by FirstNissan
Yesterday at 06:14 PM
Smitty's Blue Light Special
by Egg_Head
Yesterday at 03:56 PM
I ran Castrol 5W-50 for 5000 miles in my bike
by ammolab
Yesterday at 03:25 PM
engine oil viscosity
by hamm
Yesterday at 03:23 PM
Interesting Reads: Computer Scientists, SEs, CEs
by JeepWJ19
Yesterday at 03:04 PM
NAPA PROSELECT 27151, CUT OPEN TORN!!!
by car51
Yesterday at 02:53 PM
Changing ATF for first time
by Oilied
Yesterday at 02:40 PM
Remington circling the drain
by L_Sludger
Yesterday at 02:26 PM
any new car batteries with the built in hydrometer
by lexus114
Yesterday at 02:19 PM
Newest Members
Jes, hamm, Curlscurls, stuka, rodekyll
61656 Registered Users
Who's Online
19 registered (Bandito440, fj610, FordBroncoVWJeta, ctechbob, DeanLutz72, 3 invisible), 995 Guests and 10 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
61656 Members
66 Forums
265622 Topics
4389596 Posts

Max Online: 3590 @ 01/24/17 08:07 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: 273
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: 8921
Loc: Western 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)
_________________________
"Retired"
'80 Firebird FORMULA V8/4bbl-purchased "NEW"
'06 Mazda 3i 2.0L
'15 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV

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: 3138
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: 115
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